Jammu and Kashmir to get 40 new degree colleges and Municipal elections announced- SAC

Across the State in a phased manner, forty new degree colleges will be opened according to the Jammu and Kashmir State Administrative Council (SAC) statement of late.

At a meeting of the SAC chaired by Governor Satya Pal Malik, the decision to open the new colleges was taken. An official spokesperson said the new colleges would include the 26-degree colleges already sanctioned.

The SAC has decided to constitute a committee to finalise the phasing of the sanctioned colleges, acknowledging the need for more colleges to provide access to hitherto deprived sections of the society he further said.

The feasibility of likely locations will be examined by the committee, keeping in view the prescribed norms, besides factors like enrolment, student-teacher ratio, faculty deployment, geographical conditions and financial requirement, the official said.

Municipal Elections

Polling to the state’s panchayat bodies will be conducted from November 8 while the city elections will be held from October 1,

By the state administrative council (SAC), the decision to keep the polls was taken after a meet under the chairmanship of governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday. Ever since the state came under governor’s rule on June 20, preparations for the elections had been going on.

Statements

The chief electoral officer of the state was asked to adjust the schedules keeping in view the security, operational and polling requirements. The SAC has decided that elections to municipal bodies will be conducted in four phases, with polling dates between October 1 and October 5, an official spokesperson said. “After extensive deliberations on various aspects and feedback received from the housing and urban development, rural development and Panchayati raj and home departments, the SAC decided to commence the formal process for conducting municipal body and panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir and take all other consequential actions as per law,” he added.

The SAC decided to grant one month’s extra salary, wages and remuneration in favour of government employees engaged in the conduct of elections – besides insurance cover – to mitigate risks, he said.

“In eight phases with polling dates between November 8 and December 4 this year, elections to panchayats will be conducted,” the spokesperson said.

“A special focus will be given to voter education. To sensitise, voters to the importance of these elections for socio-economic development at the grassroots level, the government will launch a sustained campaign to” he said.

While the last panchayat polls were held in 2016, municipal elections haven’t taken place in the last one decade, Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Naikoo had threatened people interested in participating in the panchayat or municipal polls in an audio message recently.

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