WG set up to workout financial assistance packages for J

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Srinagar, Sep 2 (UNI) The Jammu and Kashmir State Administrative Council today approved the setting up of a Working Group (WG) under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary to decide appropriate packages for financial assistance to compensate losses of the sectors of transport, trade and industries, horticulture and hoteliers and tour operators of both Jammu and Kashmir divisions.

The WG will have Administrative Secretaries of Planning, Finance, Agriculture, General Administration, Industries and Commerce, Tourism and Transport departments as its members.

With a view to making the exercise meaningful, a nominee each from the Jammu and Kashmir divisions, representing the affected sections, will be associated with the deliberations of the WG.

The WG will finalise its recommendations within two months and will approach the central government for providing financial support to the state government.

The Administrative Council with Jammu and Kashmir Governor, N N Vohra in the chair, also approved the initiation of action by the Home Department for withdrawal of all cases of non-serious nature like bailable and compoundable cases registered during the period of agitation in the state.

The remaining cases will be reviewed on merit by a committee headed by Principal Home Secretary Mr Anil Goswami within a period of 60 days. Till the completion of this process, no action will be taken in such cases.

In another decision, the Administrative Council approved the processing of cases by the Home Department in a time bound manner both the divisions for grant of ex-gratia relief in favour of the permanently disabled and injured, and next of kin of the deceased covered under the provisions of existing rules of the state government notified vide Government Order No 723-GR (GAD) of 10th September 1990, as amended from time to time.

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