Report card of Government of Jammu and Kashmir for 14 Oct 2016

Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs calls on Governor

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: Mr. Chering Dorjay, Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs, called on Governor N.N. Vohra, at the Raj Bhavan here today.

Mr. Dorjay briefed the Governor about the major governmental initiatives which are being presently implemented in Ladakh. The Governor particularly stressed the critical importance of a network of satisfactory roads being built to connect the remote and far flung areas of Ladakh. In this context he urged Mr. Dorjay to particularly watch and regularly review the progress of the Kargil-Padum; Padum-Darcha; Padum-Nimu roads and also see that the Leh-Khardungla-Nubra and Leh-Siachen roads were well maintained.

Governor also urged Mr. Dorjay to especially focus on the establishment of agriculture cooperatives which are engaged in seed-multiplication, poultry farming, fish farming, food processing, and animal and sheep husbandry.

MLA Rafiabad calls on Mir Zahoor

‘Fish farming potential of North Kashmir to be exploited’

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: MLA Rafiabad, Yawar Mir today met Minister of State for Forests, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, here today where ways of exploiting vast pisciculture potential of North Kashmir was discussed.

It was decided that a draft Project report has already been prepared in this regard. The Minister said that all the available modern technology and innovations would be put in place to exploit the pisciculture potential of North Kashmir to the benefit of locals as well as the State.

During the meeting, the MLA apprised the Minister that adequate land for the proposed Fish Market at Doabgah Rafiabad is available and added that proposed site lies on the banks of river Jhelum which provides a vast scope for commercial exploitation of fisheries in the area.

The Minister informed the MLA that Government has decided to promote fish farming in a big way given its high scope of employability among youth.

Woman empowerment lies at core of govt’s policy: Asiea

Asks stakeholders to avail benefits of welfare Schemes

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JAMMU, OCTOBER 14- Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development, Social Welfare, Health and Medical Education, Asiea Naqash Friday said that woman empowerment lies at the core of government’s policy and asked woman folk to take maximum benefit of schemes meant for their welfare and growth.

Speaking at a function organized by the Bharat Scouts and Guides Association in collaboration with Sri Guru Gobind Singh Higher Secondary School to mark ‘International Girl Day’ ,  Asiea Naqash said that the schemes  like ‘Ladli Beti’, ‘Aasra’ etc have been launched to address the areas of concern like female feticide and declining female sex ratio. “These schemes have been devised to protect girl’s right from birth to adulthood by providing financial security to them” she asserted.

The Minister said these schemes are starting point towards the welfare of the girl child, while the real responsibility to provide a conducive and protective atmosphere to the girl child rests with the family and the society at large. “We together need to put in concerted efforts to achieve the desired objective of securing the future of the girl child,” she said.

Asiea Naqash exhorted upon the members of the Bharat Scouts and Guides Association to identify the deserving families and encourage them to avail the benefits of such schemes.

Reiterating the commitment of the present coalition government headed by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti towards   women empowerment, Asiea Naqash said “We need to focus on empowering women by providing them better education, healthcare, and social security.

Terming women as harbingers of peace, the Minister said for establishing peace in the world, there is need to first create peaceful atmosphere at home for women. She also laid stress on imparting skill development training to women to enable them to become financially independent.

Students of various schools presented skit, speech and poems on the occasion. Later the Minister distributed prizes among the participants.

Among others who attended the function includes Chairman of Sri Guru Gobind Singh School, Harbans Singh, principals, MDs, staff and students of various schools.

Spurious Drug Menace: House panel for surprise check of pharmacies, hospitals

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: A House Committee of the Legislative Council today called for conducting surprise check of pharmacies, hospitals and sample collection centers to curb the menace of spurious drugs.

The Committee constituted by the Chairman, Legislative Council during the last budget session of the state legislature to look into the menace of fake and spurious drugs, met here today under the chairmanship of MLC, Dr Shehnaz Ganai.

Legislators, Dr Bashir Ahmad Shah (Veeri), Naresh Kumar Gupta, Yasir Reshi and Saif-ud-Din Bhat were present at the meeting. The members gave their suggestions to make the committee more vibrant in dealing with the menace of spurious drugs.

Threadbare discussions were held on the objectives of the Committee including the State Government’s drug policy and the measures to be taken to make it more effective. The Committee observed that the drug policy needs to be tailored to suit the needs of the people of the State, so that they get better health care facilities.

The Committee also discussed the procedure to be adopted for procurement of quality drugs in the State.

The Legislators asked the officers of LC Secretariat to seek proper replies on drug policy, CAG report and other relevant records from the concerned departments within a week’s time and furnish the same to the Committee.

Chairperson Dr Shehnaz Ganai sought full cooperation of the members as well as Officers of Council Secretariat so that the targets of the Committee are achieved accordingly.

Among others, Deputy Secretary Legislative Council, besides officers and officials of Council Secretariat attended the meeting.

Fruit exports from Kashmir witness massive surge

300366 MTs dispatched to outside mandis between April 2016 & September 2016 against 124990 MTs last year

Highest ever fruit exports in September at 249996 MTs with 22117 truckloads crossing Lower Munda Toll Post last month

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: There has been a massive increase in fruit exports from the Kashmir valley during the current season with the cumulative exports touching a whopping 300366 MTs between April 2016 and September 2016 against only 124990 MTs during the corresponding period of the last year.

According to the data released by the Department of Horticulture (Planning and Marketing), a substantial swell in fruit exports from the Valley was witnessed during the month of September 2016 with 22117 truckloads crossing Lower Munda Toll Post between 1st September 2016 and 30 September 2016 carrying 249996 MTs of fresh and dry fruit. “Last year only 66259 MTs of fruit in 7291 truckloads went out of the Valley during the month of September,” an official of the Department of Horticulture (Planning and Marketing) said.

Giving details of the fresh and dry fruit exports, the official said that 296789 MTs of fresh fruit have been dispatched out of the Valley between April 2016 and September 2016 in 26940 truckloads while last year the exports of fresh fruit during this period were just 122987 MTS with 14232 truckloads moving out of the Valley. He said similarly the exports of dry fruit have also witnessed manifold increase with 3577 MTs being exported from the Valley in 643 truckloads between April 2016 and September 2016 while last year only 2003 MTs of dry fruit were exported in 426 truckloads during this period.

The official said that the volume of the fresh fruit that has been dispatched outside the Valley during September 2016 is 248571 MTs in 21866 truckloads while 1425 MTs of dry fruit in 251 truckloads has been dispatched during last month. He said in 2015 only 65734 MTs of fresh fruit in 7192 truckloads had moved outside the Valley during the month of September while the volume of dry fruit exports during this period was 525 MTs involving 99 truckloads.

Pertinently, the horticulture sector contributes around Rs 5000 crore to the State’s economy annually and it is the core sector of J&K’s agriculture economy with about 4.5 lakh families engaged in it. Around 20 per cent area of the state is under horticultural crops.

Among the horticultural crops in the state apple occupies the predominant position constituting around 45 percent of the total area under fruit crops.

Interview for Class IV posts in DIPR on Oct 15

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: The interview of shortlisted candidates for Class IV posts in the Department of Information is being conducted tomorrow on 15th October 2016 from 10.00 amonwards at the Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Opposite Sher-e-Kashmir Park, Polo View, Srinagar.

Main wing of High Court to close on Oct 27

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: In connection with Annual Darbar Move, winter session, main wing of the High Court and office of Registrar Vigilance, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir will close at Srinagar on October 27, 2016 (Thursday) after office hours and reopen at Jammu on November 7, 2016 (Monday).

72245 qtls rice, 5123 qtls sugar distributed to consumers in Budgam district

BUDGAM, OCTOBER 14: In view of festive month of October, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department Budgam had taken various pro- active steps to meet the requirements of people of the district with regard to the essential commodities.

Highlighting the various steps taken by the department, a spokesperson of the FCS&CA Department Budgam informed that during the month of September, a total of 51500 qtls of rice which includes additional quota of 14200 qtls under MMFES were distributed among 7.19 lakh consumers of district, besides 3540 qtls of sugar, 33000 LPG cylinders and 276000 litres of Kerosene oil were also distributed during the same period.

He further informed that in view of Muharram, the department distributed ration quota in advance due for the month of October in Shia dominated areas for the convenience of people. Accordingly, out of 22783 qtls of rice and 1622 qtls of Sugar lifted for the month of October, 20745 qtls of rice and 1580 qtls of sugar were distributed which includes “additional quota of 1kg per RT” as on date. As many as 2340 Cylinders of LPG were also provided to the citizens during the same period.

In addition, 3 qtls of sugar were provided to Imambara Budgam for the purpose of “Sharbat” on occasion of Muharram, he informed.

The spokesperson further revealed that the dumping of essentials for the coming winters would be completed soon. He also informed that the department is in the process of verifying   the list of beneficiaries to be covered under Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojanamaintaining that the step would go a long way in helping the poor beneficiaries who are not having the facility of cooking gas, besides help in reducing the air pollution.

The spokesperson further informed that, despite unrest, the employees of the department worked tirelessly for ensuring distribution of essentials to the common people. He informed that adequate arrangements were also made in advance to meet the requirements of essentials for the Pandits residing in Sheikhpora Pandit Colony Budgam on special festive occasions like Mahanavmi, Dushehra  and ensuing Durga Puja.

Excise Commissioner reviews revenue collections, other activities

JAMMU, OCTOBER 14 -Excise Commissioner, J&K Tsering Angchuk today chaired a meeting of senior officers of Excise Department and reviewed revenue collections and other activities.

The Commissioner took a detailed review of over-all growth scenario of the revenue receipts for the month of September and total revenue realized till the month of September for the financial year 2016-17.

It was noticed in the meeting that the revenue realization of the Department is going in upward direction viz-a-viz revenue targets fixed for the financial year, 2016-17 despite hard economic conditions prevailing in the State.

Upto the month of September, 2016-17, the department has realized an amount of Rs. 618.94Crores as against Rs. 557.49 crore upto the month of September, 2015-16thus registering a growth of 11.02%.

On the front of Eradication and Enforcement activity, the Excise Commissioner appreciated the comprehensive drive launched by the Excise Department to arrest the menace of illegal smuggling of liquor, illicit distillation and other violations of the J&K Excise Act, 1958. The enforcement teams of different ranges of the State have conducted 410 raids to arrest the menace of illegal smuggling of liquor from other States, illicit distillation of liquor and other violations.  In the process arrest of 12 persons has been made and cases have been lodged in various Courts of Law against the accused persons for illegal smuggling of liquor meant for sale in other States, illicit distillation of liquor and other related offences.  About thirteen tonnes of Lahan, meant for manufacturing illicit liquor, has also been destroyed in the entire Jammu Division by the Excise sleuths who have conducted surprise raids in various areas to arrest the menace of illicit distillation. In the process 615 bottles of illicit liquor have also been destroyed on spot.

Besides this, 2100 kg of Banned Polythene and 240 kg of Bhukki has also been seized at Toll Post Lakhanpur. It was further on observed that a total of 28,71,982 quintals of fresh fruit moved out of the state in 22006 vehicles during September,2016 as compared to 8,29,899 quintals in 7800 vehicles during the corresponding period of previous year.

On the Corporate Social Responsibility Corpus Fund, the Excise Commissioner stressed for spreading awareness among the masses by engaging Print, Electronic media and cultural troupes from Jammu and Kashmir Academy for Arts, Culture and Languages on Drug Addiction.

During the meeting, all the officers of the Department were impressed upon to maintain round the clock vigil to improve revenue realization and work hard to generate revenue for the State. All the Deputy Excise Commissioners and Excise and Taxation Officers were present in the meeting.

Power shutdown

JAMMU, OCTOBER 14 – To carry out works for DT erection and 11 KV Cable laying by M/s IRCON International Ltd under R-APDRP scheme, the power supply to Karan Nagar, Ambphalla and Ustad Mohalla fed from 11 KV D-4 feeder shall remain affected on October 15 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Meanwhile, to carry out works for erection of 33 KV Isolator at Narnsoo Kotli, the shutdown of 33 KV Flatta-Battal Ballian tap of 33 KV Jhajjar Kotli-Flatta is being observed.

During the shutdown, the power supply to all Industrial Feeders and local Battal Ballian feeder shall remain affected on October 16 from 10 am to 3.30 pm.

SPMR Commerce College organizes placement drive

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JAMMU, OCTOBER 14-The Government SPMR College of Commerce, Jammu in collaboration with NSDC UDAAN organised a two-day mega placement drive in the College premises wherein large number of job seekers participated.

As many as 15 reputed companies like Access Health Services Pvt. Ltd, Apollo Medskills, Darcl Logistics Ltd, Experis IT Private Ltd, Oerlikon Graziano Transmission India Pvt Ltd, Gumbi Software, KPMG, Ligare (Erstwhile Religare Voyages Ltd, Mount Talent Consulting, Quess Corp Ltd, Rooman Technologies, S.E-Biz, TCS and Associates Pvt Ltd, VISPL, Sahaj E Village visited the venue and conducted interviews of 157 candidates for their companies for various positions.

Engineer Ajay Pal Singh, Mobilisation Officer NSDC coordinated the placement drive and the students of Part III & Sem – V of the college also got an opportunity to interact with the corporate personnel.

Prof. J.L. Bhagat, Principal of the College encouraged and guided the participating students for utilising the opportunity to secure jobs in the reputed companies. He said the College will continue to strive for helping the students for facilitating their placement in the market with the help of Corporate sector and organize frequent such drive in future as well. He also extended his gratitude to the participating companies in the placement drive and helping the students of the Jammu and Kashmir.

2 day training Programme held for ‘Retainer Lawyers’ at Doda

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DODA, OCTOBER 14:- On the directions of State Legal Services Authority, two days training programme for Retainer Lawyers of twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar was held here today at Town Hall.

In all 14 empanelled “Retainer Lawyers” from Doda and 6 from Kishtwar are participating in this brain storming training programme, which has been divided into eight working sessions.

In his inaugural address, Mr. M.K Sharma, Chairman District Legal Services Authority (Principal District and Sessions Judge) Bhaderwah asked the participants to take maximum benefit from the programme and enhance their abilities in dealing with day to day issues of seekers of justice. Mr. Sharma mentioned that such kind of programmes will definitely help in updating the knowledge of Retainer Lawyers.

Giving a brief description about the programme, Mr. Q.P Thakur, C.J.M and Chairman Tehsil Legal Services Committee Doda focused on the duties and responsibilities of Retainer Lawyers towards the poor and marginalized section of the society who approach them for legal assistance.

The training programme shall be conducted by Ms. Jyoti Sharma, Advocate Master Trainer who shall deal with different subjects in eight working sessions spread over two days.

The inaugural session was attended by Mr. Haq Nawaz Zargar Additional District & Sessions Judge Doda and other judicial officers at Doda Headquarter and members of the Bar.

DC Doda inspects ongoing Girdawari at Paryote

DODA, OCTOBER 14:- Deputy Commissioner Doda, Bhupinder Kumar, inspected ongoing Girdawari at Village Paryote and Jangalwar area here the other day.

During the inspection, the DC emphasized upon proper maintenance of revenue record. He also directed the revenue department to hold special camps for attestation of mutation after Girdawari is over. He told the people that the presence of village Chowkidar and Lambardar is mandatory while making Girdawari entry.

He further directed that common assets like common paths and Kuls should be protected from encroachment.

The DC was accompanied by Additional Deputy Commissioner Doda, Mohammad Hanief Malik besides others officers and officials of Revenue department.

Barring stray incidents of stone-pelting, situation remained peaceful today: Police

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 14: According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, barring stray incidents of stone pelting, situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful today. “Adequate deployment was made in the sensitive areas across the Valley as a precautionary measure,” it said.

The statement said that incidents of stone pelting were reported from Sabzi Mandi in Srinagar, Naina Chowk in Anantnag, Khudwani Bypass in Kulgam and Tarzoo, Main Chowk in Sopore. “At these places, miscreants in their attempts to disrupt the situation assembled on roads and pelted stone on police and security force deployments,” it said.

The statement said that greater movement of people and vehicular traffic was observed in Srinagar city as also in other parts of the valley. “Public transport was also seen on various roads connecting towns and villages,” it said adding Muharram processions were taken out from various places today as well which culminated peacefully.

The statement said that in its continuous drive to curb the activities of the trouble-mongers police arrested 63 such individuals during past 24 hours involved in disrupting the public order in different parts of the valley.

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