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SAC sets 4-Phase schedule for Municipal elections, 8-Phases for Panchayat polls

'Govt to launch campaign to sensitize voters about importance of elections'


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Srinagar, Aug 31 (KNS): In a major decision aimed at empowerment of the people at the grass root level, the State Administrative Council (SAC), which met here on Friday under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik after extensive deliberations on various aspects and feedback received from the Departments of Housing & Urban Development, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Home decided to commence the formal process for conducting Municipal Body and Panchayat elections in the Jammu & Kashmir and take all other consequential action as per law.
The SAC decided that the elections to Municipal Bodies will be conducted in four (4) phases with polling dates between 1st October, 2018 and 5th October, 2018.
Similarly, elections to Panchayats will be conducted in Eight (8) phases with polling dates between 8th November, 2018 and 4th December, 2018.
The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K was asked to adjust the schedules keeping in view security, operational and the polling requirements.
The SAC also decided to grant one month’s extra salary/wages/remuneration in favor of the staff engaged in the conduct of elections besides insurance cover to mitigate risks.
Voter education will be given special focus. For this purpose, the government will launch a sustained campaign to sensitize the voters about the importance of these elections in the socio-economic development at the grass root level.
Panchayat and Urban Local Body elections will enable people to take decisions at their own level, without having to go to the state capital or the district headquarters for their basic requirements.
Local Bodies will handle a substantial amount of funds and truly empower people all over the state.
Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for all Govt employees approved
In a major decision for the welfare of government employees and their family members, the State Administrative Council (SAC) accorded sanction to the implementation of the Group Mediclaim Insurance Policy for all State Government Employees including Employees of PSUs/Autonomous Bodies/Universities on mandatory basis; and, Pensioners, AIS Officers, Adhoc, Contractual, DRWs, Work charged/Contingent paid workers and their dependant family members on optional basis w.e.f. 1st October, 2018, for a period of one year and extendable annually for three years, based on claim settlement ratio and satisfactory performance of the Insurer.
Advisors to Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar & Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chef Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam and Principal Secretary to Governor, Umang Narula were present in the meeting.
The policy will include medical insurance cover of Rs 6 lakhs for individual employees upto 5 family members with a Corporate Buffer of Rs 10 crore, the cost whereof is loaded in the quoted premium. The premium to be paid by the employee annually would be Rs 8776.84 minus Rs 3600 (Medical allowances currently admissible annually) equal to Rs 5176.84. For pensioners, this amount would be Rs 22,228 minus Rs 3600 (Medical allowances currently admissible annually) equal to Rs18,628, annually.
Further, the deduction of the annual premium will be made from the salaries of the employees in four installments, as shall be notified separately by the Finance Department.
This policy would allow treatment in almost 5000 hospitals across the country. It represents a significant step up over the previous policy in that it covers domiciliary hospitalization and day care procedures also. There is good news for women employees too as the expense cap on maternity cover has been enhanced to Rs 30,000 within State and Rs 70,000 outside the State. Further, pensioners would not be required to undergo pre-policy tests and all their pre-existing diseases would receive immediate coverage, much to their relief. There is also a new provision for the insurance coverage of the dependent family member’s upto 100 years as compared to 80 years in the previous policy.
In what will benefit a large number of employees and pensioners, a dedicated Corporate Buffer of Rs 10 crore each will also be in place in the policy to cover the expenditures incurred by the employees and pensioners on identified illnesses over and above the expenditure coverage provided in the Policy.
For the first time, the insurer will provide a Management Information System (MIS) report regarding enrolment, admission, preauthorization, claim settlement and other information about the services as required by the government on a regular basis.
Further, the website designed by the insurer will have district-wise/state-wise enrolment status, claims, treatments rendered and hospitals data. Stage wise tracking facility for claims and grievances shall also be available to the beneficiaries.
Also, for the first time, the services of a professional consultant have been hired to set up a robust grievance redressal system for employees and pensioners. The consultant has already set up grievance redressal offices in all districts and these offices can be accessed by the employees and pensioners in case they have any grievance regarding implementation of the policy.
SAC approves amendment in JK Forest Act-1987
The State Administrative Council (SAC)also approved the proposed amendment in the J&K Forest Act, 1987, to facilitate cultivation, harvesting, transportation, trade and processing of bamboo which has an important role in the rural economy.
The amendment will boost and encourage the farmers to cultivate bamboo as a cash crop, which could play a pivotal role in poverty alleviation and spread of bamboo cultivation to other parts of the State, too. This shall be an important milestone for the holistic development of bamboo in J&K.
SAC approves posting of Suresh Chug as PCCF (Territorial) JK
The State Administrative Council (SAC)also approved the posting of Suresh Chug, IFS, as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Territorial), J&K. The officer shall continue to hold the charge of Managing Director J&K SFC, till further orders. (KNS)

 


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