15th Council Meeting of SKUAST-J held
Governor stresses early completion of ongoing infrastructural projects
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: Governor N.N Vohra, Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J), chaired the 15th Council meeting of SKUAST-J, here at the Raj Bhavan. Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, Pro Chancellor of the University and Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister for Agricultural Production, participated in the discussions.
The Chancellor, while reviewing the ongoing infrastructure development projects, regretted the continuing delay and advised the Vice Chancellor to ensure that the University Auditorium and the Hostel for International Students were completed by 31st March 2017 under all circumstances.
The Chancellor appreciated the VC’s efforts to strengthen the Counselling and Placement Cell in the University and advised him to take all required steps for improving the placement prospects of pass-outs in the University.
The Pro-Chancellor advised the VC to identify fruits, particularly mango, of which high density cultivation could be introduced in Jammu region.
The Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor advised the VC to conduct regular training programmes, especially in far flung areas of the Jammu region, for upgrading post harvest skills of farmers, to improve their economic status.
Earlier, Dr. Pradeep K. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST, Jammu, presented a detailed report on the status of teaching, research and extension activities undertaken by the varsity. He informed the Council that the intake capacity of the students of BSc. (Ag.) Hons. programme has been increased from 60 to 120 seats and for the 2016-17 session, the enrolment of students against available seats under various UG programmes has been 100% and the enrollment in MBA (Agriculture Business Management) has increased to 80%.
The VC informed that, for boosting the area specific specialized farming, the KVKs are implementing specialized farming activities; specialized commodity villages for Rice have been established at village Rajpura Szada in Jammu district and in Sultanpur and Haripur Saini villages in Kathua; four specialized commodity villages have been set up in district Reasi, including organic vegetable production in village Talwara, marigold production in village Kangle, Integrated Farming System (IFS) Model in village Sirah, Poultry production village in Tanda, specialized village for garlic production in village Malothi of Doda, specialized village for vegetable production in Bhagwal and Bangle of Sunderbani, Rajouri, and specialized village for maize production in village Digwar of Poonch. Besides, the University is engaged in boosting the area specific specialized Integrated Farming System (IFS) models based on diagnostic surveys. The tribal area of Badodi village comprising 100 farmers has been selected for adoption of IFS model developed by SKUAST-J.
The VC further informed that the University, through its KVKs, is conducting regular training programmes in far flung areas of the State for upgrading post-harvest skills of people in the rural and backward areas to improve their economic status; it has launched Beej Vahan in June, 2016 to make available the best quality seeds to farmers at their door steps; signed MOUs with 22 universities/ICAR institutes at national and international level in pursuit of academic excellence, students exchange and sharing information pertaining to research & extension activities.
In furtherance of the Pro-Chancellor advice, village Swanjna has been adopted by the University under RAWE programme wherein final year BSc. (Ag.) Hons. students are attached with the farmers of the village for gaining on-farm practical experience; a large scale unit for promotion of dairy, poultry and fish farming has been started involving public sector agencies like NABARD, J&K Bank, SBI, PNB, New India Assurance Co. Ltd and United India Insurance Ltd. for making the farmers aware of bankable models.
VC informed that the University is effectively utilizing all its available resources for generation/dissemination of technologies, and presently, externally funded research projects valuing Rs. 40 crore are in operation in the University for the speedy development of agriculture and its allied sectors.
VC informed that the University has adopted new guidelines of ICAR and VCI for BSc. (Agric.) Hons. and BVSc. & AH from the academic session 2016-17 and KVK Samba will function from the Advanced Centre for Rainfed Agriculture, Dhiansar till such time as the land at Mananu village becomes available.
Among those who attended the meeting were Mr. B.B. Vyas, Financial Commissioner Planning; Mr. P.K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Mr. R.K Goyal, Principal Secretary Agricultural Production Department (Incharge); Prof. Nazeer Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Kashmir; Dr. Ishaq Wani, Director (Budget) and Mr. Daleep Kachroo, Registrar, SKUAST-J.
TFJ deputation meets Governor
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: A deputation of Tourism Federation Jammu (TFJ), led by its Chairman, Mr. Rajesh Gupta, called on Governor N. N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today.
The deputation informed the Governor about the impact of prevailing unrest in Kashmir Valley on Jammu’s tourism sector and made certain suggestions for enhancing the participation of Jammu based traders and tour operators, with the support of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board to boost tourist traffic to various leisure locations in the region. The deputation sought Governor’s support in their plans to develop special packages for senior citizens and women, among the pilgrims visiting the Holy Shrine, and enable them to visit identified tourist and pilgrim circuits in J&K. Issues relating to the planned development of new and attractive circuits in Jammu region were also discussed.
The deputation comprised its executive members: Mr. Asif Iqbal, Mr. Jatinder Koul, Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Mr. Rajesh Chandan and Mr. Nishant Gupta.
Governor distributes compensation to owners whose ponies were killed in accidents
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: At a function held at the Raj Bhavan here today, Governor N.N. Vohra, who is the Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), gave away cheques valuing about rupees fourteen lakh to 49 ponywallahs for the loss of their horses / ponies in accidental deaths during the Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2016. The pony owners were awarded compensation at Rs. 30,000 for each pony / horse killed accidentally.
The Governor interacted with the claimants and lauded their cooperation and contribution in facilitating the Yatris and making the annual Shri Amarnathji Yatra a successful event every year. He observed that ponywallahs are an important part of the pilgrimage and that he had directed Mr. P.K. Tripathi, CEO of the Board to ensure that all insurance claims payable to the ponywallahs are settled without any delay whatsoever. The Governor observed that since the Shrine Board decided in 2010 to provide insurance cover to ponies killed in accidents, compensation valuing about Rs 1.69 Crore had been paid in 551 accident cases.
Mr P.K. Tripathi informed that this year 2,20,490 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Shrine Cave and elaborate arrangements were made by the Shrine Board with the active support of various Departments of the J&K Government, NGOs and the local people, particularly the residents of Ganderbal and Anantnag districts. The security arrangements were provided by the Army, Central Police Organization and the State Police. For 2016, 10,212 ponies / horses were registered by the Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department for the use of pilgrims. Besides, 4,486 pithoos, 6,952 dandiwallas and 9,034 ponywallas were registered by the Labour and Employment Department for providing service during this year’s Yatra. CEO further informed that the Shrine Board has since 2010 been providing Group Insurance of Rs one lakh to all Registered Yatris and Service Providers against death resulting from any kind of accident, natural or man-made, during the period commencing from one month ahead of the Yatra till one week beyond the date of conclusion of the Yatra.
In 2010, an insurance cover of Rs. 20,000 was provided to the registered ponies against death resulting from any kind of accident, natural or man-made. The Insurance cover for ponies was enhanced to Rs. 25,000 in 2011 and further increased to Rs. 30,000 from Yatra 2013 onwards.
Mr. Jitendra K. Singh, Additional CEO of the Shrine Board, gave details of the insurance claims of the pony owners who were presented insurance claim cheques.
Mr. Abdul Ghani Kohli, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries; Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Minister of State, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative & Fisheries; Mr. Altaf Ahmad Wani, MLA Pahalgam; Mr. Ishfaq Ahmad Sheikh, MLA Ganderbal, Mr. R.K. Bhagat, Secretary Animal Husbandry Department; Dr. M.Y Chapru, Director Animal Husbandry Department, officials of SASB and pony/ horse owners were present on the occasion.
Naeem Akhtar for exploring innovative model for new Engineering Colleges
Growth and self-sustainability should be motto: Akhtar
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar today called on the officers to explore an innovative model while establishing the government engineering colleges to ensure that the institutions remain autonomous and grow into a world class hub of education within the shortest possible time.
The Minister was chairing a meeting regarding establishment of government engineering colleges under Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) at Safapora in Kashmir and Kathua in Jammu division. The meeting was also attended by Minister of State for Education, Technical Education Ms Priya Sethi, financial commissioner planning, development and monitoring department, commissioner secretary to government school education department, Commissioner Secretary to government power development department, director National Institute of Technology Hazratbal, Director RUSA Srinagar and other officers.
The Minister said that the new government engineering colleges should be models for all the new professional colleges being set up in the state. He sought suggestions from academicians and experts to pitch in the best ideas for setting up the colleges in a best professional way. While drawing comparison with private colleges, the Minister said that government colleges often get stuck up in time warp unable to progress whereas private college become top ranked institutes within few years, which needs to be changed. The Minister asked the officials to finalise a model for setting up the college that will ensure their autonomy, accountability, time bound growth, self reliance and best of education.
The Minister said that the new colleges should have need based courses in tune with changing market. “The starting point of the colleges should be its ability to grow. Its management structure should be oriented in such a way that it should optimally utilize government resources to turn the college into an institution of excellence,” said the Minister. He further added that government will be open for including successful entrepreneurs, businessmen into the board of governors for such colleges. He said that government wants these colleges to be self reliant in the near future.
Hanjura reviews health scenario in Chrar-e-Sharief
Calls for early completion of hospital buildings
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Tuesday asked officials of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC) and Housing Board to speed up work on all hospital buildings in Charar-e-Sharif Constituency, so that these are completed within stipulated time.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting convened to review progress on all under execution hospital buildings including Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the Constituency.
While taking stock of construction of Dadompora, Hanjura, Nowpora and Nilnag PHCs sanctioned under NABARD, he was informed that an amount of Rs 5.82 crore have been spent on them, so far. It was given out that out of these PHCs, three are completed while as the construction work on PHC Nilnag is in full swing.
Mr. Hanjura asked the concerned to complete all the required work on these PHCs so that these are made functional for the benefit of people. He said the State Government headed by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti is committed to provide better healthcare facilities to people of all regions of the State.
During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on availability of ambulances, dentists, diagnostic facilities, other infrastructural requirements, besides utilization of funds in all health institutions of Charar-e-Sharif Constituency. The Minister directed the concerned for ensuring Supervisory Vehicle for Chari-e-Sharief Hospital.
Earlier, he also reviewed the pace of work on shopping complex and beautification of Khankha in the town and asked the executing agencies to work with zeal.
Secretary Health and Medical Education, Dr. M. K. Bhandari, District Development Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf Ahmad, Managing Director JKPCC Dileep Thusoo, Chief Medical Officer Budgam, Executive Engineers, Deputy General Managers of J&K Housing Board, R & B and JKPCC, Block Medical Officers of Chadoora, Chari-e-Sarief and Nowgam were present in the meeting.
Zulfkar for formulating Tourism Master Plan for Pir Panchal region
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, chaired a meeting here today to discuss ways and requirements for bringing twin district of Rajouri and Poonch on the tourist map of the State.
The meeting also discussed steps to explore tourism potential of these districts and need for identifying sites for their development as tourist destinations.
It was said that the districts have huge potential in leisure tourism, pilgrimage tourism and adventure tourism and the Tourism Department is approaching private tour operators to include places in these districts in their tour package itinerary.
The Minister was informed that the Department motivates the locals to create and provide paying guest facilities to tourists, which shall help to boost the local economy in these districts.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister directed the concerned to make Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of Budhal-Shopian Road, which he said would boost tourism potential of these districts. He also directed drafting of a master plan for Pir Panchal for development of tourism in the region.
Mr. Zulfkar said that besides indentifying new sites for their development as tourist destinations, there is need to upgrade the already identified sites for developing better tourism infra in the twin districts.
Managing Director, J&K Tourism Development Corporation Ltd., Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, informed the Minister that the Corporation will also offer a plan for development of public parks, adventure sports and other tourist attractions in these districts.
Secretary Tourism Department, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Deputy Commissioner Poonch, Harun Malik, ACRs of Rajouri and Poonch and CEOs of Tourism Development Authorities of Rajouri and Poonch attended the meeting.
Govt working to provide 24×7 electricity: Farooq Andrabi
Minister reviews working of JKSPDC
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: In a bid to enhance electricity supply in the State, Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf and Power Development Department, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi said that all pending projects under Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) should complete within timeframe.
Minister chaired a high level review meeting with the officials of Power Development Department and JKSPDC here today.
Commissioner/Secretary, Power Development Department Dheeraj Gupta, Managing Director JKSPDC and other senior officers, Development Commissioner (Power) are present in this meeting.
The officials gave detailed presentation of pending works under centrally sponsored and state sector power projects and related issues.
The Minister was informed that 23 power projects under State Sector with 1220.96 MW capacity, 7 under central sector (operated by NHPC) with 2009 MW capacity and 4 under Independent Power Producers (IPP) arrangement with 42.5 MW capacity are under execution across the State.
Andrabi directed the engineers to make minimum use of time and resources to create a tangible impact in Power sector so that all pending works are complete in a time bound manner.
The Minister instructed the officers to speed up the works in different power projects so that JKSPDC fulfill the demand of electricity during winters.
The Minister was informed that 23 power projects under State Sector with 1220.96 Mw capacity are operational in the State. These include Iqbal produce (3.75 Mw), Sumoor (0.10 Mw), (Hunder 0.40 Mw), Bazgo (0.30 Mw), Karnah (2.00 Mw), Chenani-II (2.00 Mw), Ushp-II (105 Mw), Chenani-III (7.50 Mw), Sewa-III (9.00 Mw), Baderwah Unit I & II (1.00 Mw), Baderwah Unit III (0.50 Mw), Phalgam Unit I & II (3.00 Mw), Phalgam Unit III (1.50 Mw), Igo Mercellong (3.00 Mw), Marpachoo (0.75 Mw), Haftal (1.00 Mw), Baglihar-I (450 Mw), Baglihar-II (450 Mw), Sanjak (1.26 Mw), LJHP (105Mw), USHP-I (22.60Mw), Ganderbal (15Mw), Mohra (9Mw), Chenani-I (23.30 Mw) and Stakna produce (4Mw) electricity.
Under central sector (operated by NHPC), the Minister was told that seven power projects with 2009 Mw capacity are operational in Jammu & Kashmir. In these power projects Salal produces 690 Mw, Dulhasti 390 Mw, Uri-I 480 Mw, Sewa-II 120 Mw, Nimo Bazgo 45 Mw, Chutak 44 Mw and Uri-II produces 240 Mw power.
The officers further informed the Minister that Independent Power Producers (IPP) with 42.5 Mw capacity are operational across the State. In these Power projects Athwathoo produces 10 Mw, Brenwar 7.50 Mw, Rajna-ala-Dunadi 15 Mw and Drung (Tangmarg) produces 10 Mw power.
Andrabi also directed JKSPDC officers to constitute a committee which will monitor the progress of the work on different locations across the State on monthly basis.
Sat Pal reviews functioning of PUC
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: A meeting of the Committee on Public Undertakings (PUC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held here today under the chairmanship of MLA, Sat Pal Sharma to review the functioning of the Committee.
Legislators, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Rajeev Sharma, Shah Mohammad Tantray and Vibodh Gupta attended the meeting. The members gave their suggestions to make the Committee more effective and result oriented.
Detailed discussions were held on overall functioning of the PUC. The Committee decided that the Audit paragraphs relating to the Jammu and Kashmir Bank will be discussed in its next meeting on November 08, 2016 at Jammu.
Additional Secretary Legislative Assembly, Deputy Secretary LA, besides senior officers and officials of Assembly Secretariat also attended the meeting.
Hakeem chairs Environment Committee meet
Seeks status report of brick kiln units in JK
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 18: A meeting of the Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held here today under the chairmanship of MLA, Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen, which reviewed the measures to be taken for protection of environment and minimising the pollution levels in the State.
Legislators, Usman Abdul Majeed, Dr. Krishan Lal, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Ravinder Raina, Ch. Qamar Hussain, Abid Hussain Ansari, Shamim Firdous and Abdul Majeed Larmi attended the meeting and gave their suggestions for conservation and protection of environment and ecology in the State.
Threadbare discussion were held on various issues relating to the Environment in the state including checking of pollution generating units like Brick Kilns, Stone crushers, Industrial Estates and other units.
The Committee directed the officers of Assembly Secretariat to get a comprehensive report on status of Brick Kiln units working in the state from the concerned authorities.
The Committee decided to discuss preservation and conservation of Dal Lake with the concerned authorities in its next meeting.
Additional Secretary and officials of Assembly Secretariat also attended the meeting.
Speaker kick-starts developmental works
JAMMU, OCTOBER 18- Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta today kick started the upgradation work of lane and drain in ward number 58 at Dashmesh Nagar.
He was accompanied by Executive Engineer, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Joginder Kumar, AEE, Gurcharan Singh and other officers.
While speaking on the occasion Mr. Kavinder Gupta said that works to be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 20 lakhs shall provide major relief to the residents of the area. He said that a comprehensive developmental plan is underway to improve basic amenities for the people and the concerned departments have been directed to ensure that the projects are completed in fixed timelines.
Speaker also interacted with the people and took stock of their demands. He assured them of early and swift redressal of their genuine demands on priority.
DDC holds meet with Gujjar and Bakerwal Advisory members
UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 18 – District Development Commissioner Niraj Kumar held a meeting with the members of J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Gujjars and Bakarwals here today.
CPO Udhampur, Ex-En PHE, Ex-En PWD, Ex-En PDD , Ex-En project wing , AEEs ,Technical Assistant JAKEDA and other district officers were also present in the meeting.
During the meeting, the members of the board apprised the DDC with various issues including road connectivity, drinking water facility, power supply, provision of solar lights in the unelectrified villages, improving the conditions of Mobile schools and special camps for Aadhar enrolment for the tribals of Mansar and Charwa areas of Tehsil Majalta.
Responding to their demands, the DDC directed the PHE department to make provision of water tankers to the areas facing shortage of drinking water along with laying of water pipes in areas to augment water supply.
The DDC further directed the PDD department to take requisite steps to improve power supply in the areas facing acute shortage of power while PWD department was asked to ensure leveling of road by filling up the potholes.
He also issued directions to the concerned departments to expedite Aadhar enrolments.
Among others, Ghulam Mustafa, Hassan Sardar, Choudhary Mohammad, Choudhary Farooq, Choudhary Majid, Choudhary Tanveer Ahmed, Abdul Lateif attended the meeting.
DC conducts surprise inspection of various offices at Ramnagar
UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 18: Deputy Commissioner Udhampur, Niraj Kumar today carried out surprise inspection of various Government offices at Ramnagar.
Deputy Commissioner inspected Municipal Office at Ramnagar and took stock of the ongoing work of the Town-Hall. He directed the concerned agencies to expedite the works and ensure completion of the building in time.
The DC also reviewed the functioning of Tehsil Office, Sub-District Hospital, Higher Secondary school for Boys, Higher Secondary Schools for Girls and various Government offices besides conducting market survey.
He directed the Municipal Committee to ensure cleanliness of the playgrounds and also asked the Department of Floriculture for proper upkeep of the parks and playgrounds. He further directed the Revenue officers to provide services to the people in time bound manner so as to save both money and time of the common masses of far-flung hilly areas.
Later, the DC also held a public grievance camp and listened to the problems put forth by the people. He directed the concerned officers to resolve their problems on priority.
SDM Ramnagar, Anshul Garg, Tehsildar Ramnagar Romesh Singh besides other officers accompanied the DC.
UDAAN recruitment drive on Oct 21/22 at R S Pura
JAMMU, OCTOBER 18 – To provide employment opportunity to the educated youth of Jammu, two-day UDAAN recruitment drive would be conducted at Govt Degree College, RS Pura on October 21 & 22, 2016.
The recruitment drive is being organised by National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) in collaboration with district administration for the welfare of the unemployed educated youth of district Jammu.
The graduates, post-graduates and three-year engineering diploma holders can take part in the recruitment drive and start their career with reputed companies of the country.
The details of the placement drive can also be seen from the official website of the department: www.jammu.gov.in.
JAMMU, OCTOBER 18 – In order to carry out various development works by M/S. IRCON International Ltd under R-APDRP Scheme, the power supply to Gandhi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Nanak Nagar and adjoining areas fed from 11 KV N-2 and N-8 feeders shall remain affected on October 20 from 07 am to 12 noon.
Similarly, the power supply to Trikuta Nagar area fed from 11 KV JDA-5 feeder shall remain affected on October 21, , 24 and 26 from 06 am to 11 am.
Meanwhile, the power supply of Kartholi Industrial areas fed from 11 KV K-2 and K-3 feeders shall remain affected on October 23 and 30 from 08 am to 05 pm.
Similarly, the power supply to Greater Kailash and adjoining areas s fed from 11 KV GK-2 feeder shall remain affected on October 20 from 08 am to 12 noon.
Meanwhile, the power supply to Nanak Nagar and adjoining areas fed from 11 KV N-6 and N-11 feeders shall remain affected on October 20, 22 and 25 from 06 am to 11 am.
Similarly, the power supply to Nanak Nagar, Gandhi Nagar and Shastri Nagar fed from 33 KV G-3 line shall remain affected on October 20 from 08 am to 12 noon.
Meanwhile, the power supply to Seora, Babliyana and its adjoining areas fed from 33 KV GG-3 line shall remain affected on October 20 from 08 am to 11 am.
However, in order to carry out emergency repairing and maintenance of 33 KV G-10 line, the power supply to Transport Nagar, Fruit Mandi Complex and adjoining areas, Narwal, Bathindi, Railway Colony, Sunjwan and its adjoining areas shall remain affected on October 19from 08 am to 11 am.
Similarly, the power supply to Gandhi Nagar, Bahu Plaza, Part of Trikut Nagar, Jammu University, Divisional Commissioner Office, Bikram Chowk and its adjoining areas shall remain affected on October 19 from 08 am to 09 am.
Meanwhile, the power supply to Nanak Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Part of Gandhi Nagar and its adjoining areas shall remain affected on October 19 from 08 am to 10 am.
Similarly, the power supply to Gladni Complex shall remain affected on October 19 from 08 am to 11 am.