Empowered Committee set up for fast tracking pending matters in PDD, S&T Deptt

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Feb 26: Following directions issued by Governor N.N. Vohra, an Empowered Committee has been constituted to review, coordinate and fast track all important pending matters relating to the Power Development and Science & Technology Departments.
This Committee will be headed by the Chief Secretary while Financial Commissioner Planning and Development Department, Principal Secretary Forests; Commissioner Finance; and Secretary Science and Technology Department will be its members. Commissioner, Power Development Department will be Member Secretary of the Committee.
This Committee is tasked to look into several important pending matters which include enhancement of JAKEDA’s mandate for exploitation of small and Micro Hydel projects from 2 MW to 15 MW; capacity building support by the PDD and the institutional framework required for carrying out this mandate; establishing a mechanism for fast tracking the approvals required under a single window clearance mode for IPP projects tendered by JAKEDA; finalizing policy issues related to approval of tariff, award of contracts and signing of PPAs for various projects like waste to energy, solar and other non conventional energy projects being tendered out by departments other than the Power Development Department; finalizing the roadmap for exploitation of solar power potential in the State by S&T Department; finalizing the identification of land for setting up of solar parks in Jammu and Kashmir Division, respectively; finalizing the action plan for the funds sanctioned for the PDD under the new PMRRP, including for exploitation of small Hydel Projects of JKSPDC; reviewing progress of various projects and Flagship schemes being implemented by the PDD and the JKSPDC and examining the need/scope of engaging/ outsourcing of CPSUs like NHPC, PGCIL etc. for the execution of projects on EPC basis for fast tracking their execution; speedy setting up of Chenab Management Training Institute as per the Budget announcement and reviewing and fast tracking all pending issues of the JKSPDC.

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