Girish Chandra Murmu sworn in as first Lieutenant Governor of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir; Radha Krishna Mathur sworn in as first Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh

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Girish Chandra Murmu took oath as the first Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Radha Krishna Mathur was sworn in as first Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh on Thursday 31 October 2019.

Murmu is a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Gujarat cadre and was principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Radha Krishna Mathur, is a retired 1977 batch IAS officer of Tripura cadre. He retired as the Chief Information Commissioner of India (CIC) in November 2018.

With the bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories of Jammu and kashmir and ladakh, the Centre will be in direct control of the police and the law and all the Central laws will be applicable in these UTs.

Murmu was administered the Oath of Office and Secrecy by Justice Gita Mittal, Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court, at a function held at the Raj Bhavan.

Chief Justice of the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir, Justice Gita Mittal also administered the oath of office to R.K. Mathur as the new Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

After the swearing in, Mathur said border areas have a lot of development related activities to be implemented. Already Government of India is implementing several programmes in the region, priorities for Ladakh will be set by the new regime in consultation with the public and Hill Councils, he said. He added that his experience in the backward areas and border areas in the capacity of Tripura Chief Secretary and as Defence Secretary will be useful.

After swearing in Mathur was given a Guard of Honour at the venue by the Ladakh Police. The swearing in ceremony took place in the presence of officials of Leh and Kargil Hill Councils, Army and Para Military forces, religious leaders and Ladakh public.

Rashtriya Ekta Divas
The Union Minister for Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) and Information & Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Thursday paid floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary, to mark the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in New Delhi.

Recalling the rich contributions made by Sardar Patel in unifying 565 princely states, Javadekar said, “Recently, a historic decision was taken by both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha with the abrogation of Article 370. He announce that both Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh have come into being as Union Territories from today, which is a start of a new chapter”.

Union Territory of Ladakh gets New Regional Centre of GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development

Prakash Javadekar

Realizing the importance of the Indian Himalayan region and recognizing the need to study its ecology, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has approved the proposal of setting-up of a New Regional Centre of the GB Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment & Development at Ladakh.

the Institute is expected to have an institutional linkage with the Ladakh Administration right from its inception. This association would be mutually beneficial (i) to the Institute through the facilitation of UT government for setting-up of the centre (i.e., appropriate space for work initiation, land for own campus and technology park/demonstrations) and (ii) aligning the centre’s activities with priorities and needs of newly created UT.

The setting-up of this centre would ensure Institute’s Research & Development outreach in entire Trans Himalayan zone of Indian Himalaya by way of targeting following objectives:

  • To promote alternative and innovative livelihoods for climate change vulnerable cold-desert communities;
  • To facilitate conservation of critical/important cold desert habitats and biodiversity;
  • To strengthen and establish approaches for addressing issues of water scarcity; and
  • To foster climate smart communities in the trans-Himalayan landscape.

The GB Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development with its Headquarters at Kosi-Katarmal (Uttarakhand) and Regional Centres (RCs) as Himachal RC at Mohal-Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. (to cover J&K and H.P.), Garhwal RC at Srinagar (to cover Uttarakhand), Sikkim RC at Pangthang, Gangtok (to cover Sikkim and W.B. hills), Northeast RC at Itanagar (to cover remaining NE States) caters to environment management, conservation of natural resources and policies for sustainable development of communities in the Indian Himalayan Region.

Government Employees of UT of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh to get all 7th CPC Allowances from 31st October 2019

After the Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Bill, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced while addressing the nation on 8 August, 2019 that all the financial facilities being given to the employees of other Union Territories (UT), as per the recommendations of 7th Central Pay Commission would be extended to the employees of UT of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh.

Following the PM’s announcement, Union Home Minister, Amit Shah has approved the proposal of payment of all 7th CPC allowances to the Government employees of UT of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh, that shall come into existence from 31October, 2019. Order have also been issued by the Union Home Ministry in this regard. The move will benefit 4.5 lakh Government employees who have been working in Jammu & Kashmir and will now be the employees of UT of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh from 31st October, 2019.

The annual financial implication of 7th CPC allowances like Children Education Allowance, Hostel Allowance, Transport Allowance, LTC, Fixed Medical Allowance etc. in respect of 4.5 lakh Government employees of the State of Jammu & Kashmir shall be about Rs. 4,800.


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