Cabinet Decisions : various schemes launched

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Marriage Assistance Scheme for poor girls

Eligible girls to get financial assistance of Rs 25000, cost of 5 gm gold

Newspoint Bureau

Jammu, December 02, 2015

The State Cabinet today accorded sanction to the adoption of the state sponsored social assistance scheme titled ‘State Marriage Assistance Scheme for Poor Girls’ (SMAS) as per guidelines for its implementation in J&K with immediate effect. The scheme is a social assistance scheme meant for those unmarried identified girls of the State living below poverty line, who may not find themselves in a position to marry due to financial constraints. The norms for availing benefit under the scheme are that the prospective beneficiary girl should be above 18 years of age, should be an identified poor girl in the survey list available with the concerned DDCs, DSWOs. The eligible girl will receive one-time financial assistance of Rs 25000 and cost of 5gm of gold from the competent authority as provided in the scheme. The Social Welfare Department will be the nodal department for implementation of the scheme.

 

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Skill development scheme ‘Hunnar’ launched for deprived girls

Newspoint Bureau

Jammu, December 02, 2015

The State Cabinet which met here today under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed accorded sanction to the adoption of the scheme namely ‘Hunnar’ as per guidelines for its implementation in J&K with immediate effect.

‘Hunnar’ is a skill development scheme for poor girls of the State living below poverty line, who may not find themselves in a position to earn dignified livelihood.

The proposed scheme will bring all schemes launched by different departments under one umbrella which have training and skill development component.

The norms for availing benefit under the scheme are that the prospective beneficiary girl should be above 18 years of age, should not be a school going girl and should be an identified poor girl in the survey list available with the concerned DDCs, DSWOs.

The scheme constituents include skill development, micro enterprises, cooperative societies for the production, manufacturing of goods and marketing of products.

The eligible identified poor girl will be imparted training through various existing schemes, extended by the identified departments, followed by subsidy, marketing and managerial support, once the venture will turn into cooperative society. The scheme will be operational in all districts across the state and Social Welfare Department will be the nodal department for implementation of the scheme.

 

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Cluster Universities Bill 2015, creation of 124 posts approved

JK’s varsities to get fiscal autonomy

Newspoint Bureau

Jammu, December 02, 2015

The Cabinet which met here today under the Chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, approved introduction of  Kashmir and Jammu Cluster Universities Bill 2015 and proposal for creation of 124 posts of different categories for both Cluster Universities.

The Bill proposes to establish two Cluster Universities in the state, one each at Jammu and Srinagar under centrally sponsored scheme RUSA.

The Cluster Universities will provide opportunity to large number of students to pursue various post graduate, under graduate and diploma courses in different streams and subjects through regular mode.

In another significant decision aimed at granting financial autonomy to the state’s Universities and to ensure efficient utilisation of resources, the State Cabinet accorded approval to the grant of block grant to the Universities which will fund salary, pension, pensionery benefits of the sanctioned faculty and administrative staff. Along with this, there will be a provision for a maximum increase of up to 10% every year.

The Universities will be free to decide how to spend the allocated money based on its own internal allocation mechanism and according to what it intends to achieve.

The Universities will decide about the amount of tuition fees, besides the Universities have also been allowed to retain all internally generated resources through paid courses, collection of fees and forms, etc.

The Universities have also been allowed to generate and retain funding from sources other than the government and to allocate them independently.

While the management of financial issues will be left in the hands of the University or its various bodies, the government will focus on establishing broad guidelines and policy issues.

The Universities will have to review and put in place a robust accountability mechanism.

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