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‘Govt moves towards realizing 24x7 power supply in Srinagar, Jammu cities’

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Award of SCADA/DMS under R-APDRP for Rs 173 Cr approved

Srinagar, Jun 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met here under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik has accorded sanction to the award of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Distribution Management System (DMS) under R-APDRP Scheme for Jammu and Srinagar cities to M/S G.E T&D India Limited at a cost of Rs 173 crore.

The establishment of SCADA/DMS is a major step towards realizing the vision of 24x7 Power Supply to all consumers in the twin cities, an official press release issued here claimed.

It said SCADA will enable setting up of reliable and "no manual touch" systems for system control/data collection and adoption of Information Technology in the area of energy accounting. It will reduce Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) losses and enable real time monitoring and control of electric distribution network, handling of loads while load shedding and restoration, plugging of pilferage points, supply of quality power, faster identification of faults and early restoration of power supply, proper metering, strategic placement of capacitor banks and switches and in proper planning and design of distribution network.

The SCADA project was sanctioned under R-APDRP by the Union Ministry of Power/Power Finance Corporation in the year 2011. The implementation of the project got delayed in view of poor response to the bidding process. With this step, implementation will speed up the vision of 24x7 power supply.

… decides to wind up JAKFED by August 2019

Srinagar, Jun 20: The State Administrative Council (SAC) which met with Governor Satya Pal Malik  in chair has accorded sanction to the winding up of Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Supply and Marketing Federation (JAKFED) by August 2019.

The process of winding up of the Federation will be concluded by the Registrar, Cooperative Societies, J&K in terms of Section 74 of the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Society Act, 1989 by August 31, 2019, an official press release informed today.

It said the SAC directed the Cooperative department to constitute a Committee which will coordinate the winding up of JAKFED. The Cooperative department, under the guidance of the Committee will come up with a detailed winding up plan, including an appropriate VRS for employees of the Federation by July 31, 2019.

All the movable/immovable assets of JAKFED shall be taken over by the State government and financial commitments, if any, shall be met by the Cooperative department through sale of these assets and the State government shall not bear any financial liability whatsoever on this account.

It is noteworthy to mention that JAKFED, registered under the Jammu and Kashmir Cooperative Societies Act, 1989, is an apex level institution in the Cooperative sector. The major activities of the federation included procurement and distribution of fertilizer, building material, domestic gas, etc.

JAKFED, initially a profit-earning organization could not maintain its tempo on account of malpractices which were probed by a high-level committee (Pillai Committee) and, thereafter, by the Joint House Committee of the Legislative Council.

It was observed that Federation has strength of 224 employees. The Federation is suffering annual recurring loss of around Rs 2.75 crore and has overall liabilities to the tune of Rs 67 crore, the press release informed.

After careful analyses of all the pros and cons and in view of the very limited scope for revival, decision to wind up JAKFED has been taken, it said.

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