Jammu & Kashmir Current Affairs - 2019
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President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to imposition of Governor’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. This is the eighth time in the last four decades J&K was put under Governor’s rule and third time under J&K Governor N N Vohra tenure.
President’s approval comes after J&K Governor N N Vohra sent his report to President recommending imposition of Governor’s rule in the state day after Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government collapsed with BJP ending the three-year-old alliance with PDP, prior to completion of six-year term of the current Assembly which was going to end in March, 2021. No major political party showed interest in forming or continuing any coalition for government in the state. With Governor’s rule, J&K Legislative Assembly has been put under suspended animation.
Governor’s Rule in Jammu & Kashmir
In case of failure of constitutional machinery in any other state of India, President’s Rule is imposed under Article 356 of the Constitution. But in case of J&K, as per Section 92 of state Constitution, Governor’s Rule s imposed in the state only after the consent of the President of India in case of failure of constitutional machinery for period of six months. During the Governors rule, State Assembly is either suspended or dissolved. If the Constitutional machinery is not restored before the expiry of this six month period, the provision of Article 356 of the Constitution of India are extended to J&K and the President’s rule is imposed in the State.
The Union New and Renewable Energy Ministry has commissioned 1.5 MW Small Hydro Power (SHP) Plant in Biaras Drass, Kargil area of Jammu & Kashmir. It is first project to be commissioned under Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative.
The Biaras SHP project was developed by Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) under Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC). It will power Drass town in Kargil, which is one of coldest places in India.
Power from it will be sufficient to meet normal power requirement of about 1000 families, which would make them comfortable in extreme winter season. Such projects will be able to replace use of diesel to great extent at least for about 8 months in year and reduce greenhouse emissions in region.
Prime Minister’s Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative
It aims to minimize dependence on diesel in Ladakh region to meet power requirement by diverting to local renewable sources. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing project.
The approach is to meet power requirements through small/micro hydel and solar photovoltaic power projects and use solar thermal systems for water heating/space heating/cooking requirements. It also envisages setting up of 10 solar photovoltaic power plants in defence establishments.