J-K initiates multi-faceted development: Amnesty, film policy, heritage preservation and dairy industry boost

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JAMMU — The Administrative Council, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Sh. Manoj Sinha, embarked on a series of decisions aimed at enhancing various sectors of development across Jammu and Kashmir.

In a move to alleviate the burden on domestic power consumers, the Administrative Council approved the extension of the Amnesty Scheme-2022 until March 31, 2025. This scheme, benefiting over 86% of Jammu and Kashmir Power Development Department (JKPDD) consumers, aims to waive 100% interest/surcharge on outstanding principal amounts, facilitating affordable installment payments (EMIs) for consumers.

With Rs. 235.58 crore already recovered under the scheme, the government anticipates a reduction in commercial losses and improved financial stability for DISCOMS.

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Simultaneously, the Council sanctioned the Jammu and Kashmir Film Policy-2024, designed to position the region as a cinematic hub. With a focus on administrative facilitation, financial assistance, and infrastructure development, the policy underscores the commitment to nurturing local talent and fostering national competitiveness.

Notably, the policy introduces a Film Development Fund of Rs. 500 crores, catering to diverse film projects and ensuring equitable opportunities for regional filmmakers.

Furthermore, the Administrative Council approved the installation of a vertical lift from Peerkho Station to Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex, integrating key tourist attractions and enhancing accessibility.

This initiative, coupled with the transfer of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Society to the Culture Department, aims to streamline heritage preservation efforts and bolster tourism, aligning with the government’s vision of showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir.

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In a significant move towards agricultural development, the Council sanctioned the transfer of 22 Kanals and 2 Marlas of land for establishing a Dairy Plant in Estate Devipora, Ganderbal district.

With the Jammu and Kashmir Milk Producers Cooperative Limited leading the implementation, this project is poised to benefit approximately 1.50 lakh milk producers and generate employment for 400 to 500 individuals, contributing to economic growth and nutritional enhancement in the region.

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