CS approves purchase of advanced snow removal machines

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Launches a portal for monitoring the performance of its employees

Jammu: Chief Secretary Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta chaired a meeting of the State Executive Committee (SEC) for Disaster Management on Saturday and reviewed various disaster-related activities undertaken in Jammu and Kashmir .

Atal Dulloo, ACS, Department of Finance, Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Public Works (R&B), and Nazim Zai Khan, Secretary, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR) attended the meeting, a statement said. official press.

He said the SEC had approved the purchase of Rs. 78.50 crore worth of advanced snow removal machinery including snow vehicles, snow plows, tillers and front loaders for snow removal without damaging road surfaces.

So far, traditional snow removal machines have eroded the surface of the asphalt road, necessitating repairs on damaged roads every year, the press release said.

Earlier, to address this concern, the Chief Secretary had ordered the formation of a high-level committee for the formulation of a standard operating procedure for snow removal with the aim of reducing damage to roads during winters.

The committee considered various options and suggested the purchase of modern machinery to provide scientific snow clearing and recurring repair control for the long-term maintenance of quality roads in the snowy areas of the Union territory. The committee had pointed out that the introduction of high-end machines would result in long-term savings in addition to reducing the need for frequent major repairs.

In addition, the SEC has approved Rs. 3.82 lakhs for conducting four non-residential training courses on different disaster management topics to promote general education, awareness and community training on vulnerability and disaster risk. disaster mitigation.

He also approved the release of funds to district administrations to meet emergency expenses related to disaster management, relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction.

The Chief Secretary has also launched the Employee Performance Monitoring (EPM) portal to assess the monthly performance of all government employees in the union territory, an official spokesperson said.

Calling the initiative pioneering, Mehta said good governance practices will take a notch higher in the union territory.

He commended the joint team of the General Administration Department (GAD) and the National Informatics Center (NIC) for developing the portal in a short time to enhance administrative efficiency, the spokesperson said. .

Mehta argued that all employees should be encouraged to file monthly performance sheets capturing their contributions to department goals and achievements.

The Chief Secretary also urged officers to make arrangements to submit the performance on behalf of those responsible in the field.

Principal Secretary (GAD), Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, said this is a unique mechanism in the country, under which employees will be required to report their monthly performance until the 7th of the following calendar month on the portal using their CPIS numbers.

The monthly reporting system is likely to bring much-needed service accountability and efficiency, he said.

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