Report Card of Government of Jammu and Kashmir for 03 Oct 2016

CM chairs JKAACL Central Committee meeting

Academy to open new Regional Centres in JK; Best Book Award raised to Rs 1 lakh; Financial assistance for artists, writers enhanced to Rs 2500


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: The Jammu Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) will soon open new state-of-the-art regional cultural centres in different parts of the State.

The announcement was made during the meeting of the Central Committee of the JKAACL which was presided over by the Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti, who is also the President of the Academy, at CM’s Secretariat here.

During the meeting, various committees like Central Committee, General Council, Finance Committee and Sub-Advisory Committee were constituted for a term of five years. The committee also decided that steps shall be taken for documentation of intangible cultural heritage of the State which is on the verge of extinction.

Minister of Finance, Labour and Employment, and Culture, Dr Haseeb Drabu, Minister of State for Culture, Ms Priya Sethi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, BB Vyas, Commissioner Secretary, Finance, Navin K Chaudhary, Secretary to Government, Department of Culture, Dilshad Khan and Member Secretary of the Committee and Secretary of JKAACL, Dr Aziz Hajini, also attended the meeting.

The Chief Minister said the Academy will be granted financial autonomy to make it an independent institution that will work towards the promotion of arts and culture in Jammu and Kashmir. She also directed Finance Secretary to put up a note so that the matter is included in the agenda of the next cabinet meeting.

“The state government will establish full-fledged and powerful cultural centres of JKAACL in Maraaz (south Kashmir), Kamraaz (north Kashmir), Basohli, Chenab valley, Pir Panjal and other important regions of the state,” Ms Mehbooba said.

To decide the contours of these centres, the Chief Minister ordered setting up of a committee, to be headed by the Minister for Culture, which has been asked to standardise the design and concept of such centres by consulting Oscar-award winning composers, AR Rehman and Resul Pookutty.

The Chief Minister also instructed Secretary Academy to organise special monthly folk and cultural programs in various villages of the State so as to promote and revive local folk and culture.

Meanwhile, the Committee also enhanced monthly financial assistance of Rs 700, being paid to artists and writers who are facing difficult times, to Rs 2500. The duration of the calligraphy course was reduced from three years to two years and the stipend of Rs 1000 and Rs 1200 was enhanced to Rs 2000 and Rs 2500 per month for students from urban and rural areas respectively.

The Chief Minister authorized the Secretary of JKAACL to finalize publication programs of the Academy at his level in consultation with the respective subsidiary committees. It was also decided that the meeting of the newly constituted General Council of the Academy will be held at Jammu in November in which, besides other things, vice-president of the academy will be elected as per the guidelines of the JKAACL constitution.

The meeting also enhanced the award money in favour of Best Book from Rs 40,000, decided by the Governor NN Vohra in a meeting earlier this year, to Rs 1 lakh and Best Translation work from Rs 40000 to Rs 50000, which is at par with the award money given by Sahitya Academy.

HCC, PEL executives call on CM

Mehbooba emphasizes on skilling of local youth, contributing in employment generation


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Representatives of the two major construction companies Patel Engineering Limited (PEL) and Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) involved in execution of some flagship projects in J&K, called on the Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti here today.

Representatives comprised Managing Director, Rupen Patel, Deputy Director, Vaibhav Patel, Director, C K Singh and General Manager S Debnath from Patel Engineering, while as HCC was represented by President and CEO, Arun Karambelkar, COO, Ambuj Jain and Deputy CBDO, Kamal Verma.

Also present on the occasion were, Financial Commissioner Planning and Principal Secretary to CM, B B Vyas, Commissioner Secretary PDD, Dheeraj Gupta and Commissioner Secretary, PWD, Rohit Kansal.

The company representatives presented a brief resume of various completed and ongoing infrastructural projects especially in road and power sectors in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. They also informed the Chief Minister about their future interests and focus in being part of various developmental projects in the state. The companies also sought project specific support from the Government required for smooth and timely execution of the ongoing works.

The Chief Minister in her remarks appreciated the works completed especially in topographically and technologically challenging areas in the state. She at the same time asked the representatives to help in skilling up local youth so that they become employable in these or other similar future projects. “We want you to mentor, support, sponsor and employ the local youth to productively channelize the State’s human resource,” she told the representatives of these companies.

The Chief Minister also asked them to contribute towards development in and around the project areas especially by building productive infrastructure in education, health and tourism sectors under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

The Chief Minister assured the companies of complete support of the government in smooth execution of their projects in the state.

HCC has been involved in major projects like Mughal Road, Kishanganga HEP, Ramban to Banihal Road Project (NH 44) and Sawalkot HEP in the State. While as PEL has been involved in projects like Udhampur Railway Tunnel, Parnai HEP, Sewa HEP, etc.

Govt to ramp up autonomy of higher education institutions

Naeem Akhtar asks KU, JU to initiate academic reforms in tune with market needs


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Calling for expediting reforms in the higher education, Minister of Education, Naeem Akhtar today said the government will further strengthen financial autonomy of the State’s Universities to ensure quality education to the students.

The Minister was speaking at a meeting to discuss financial reforms in the University of Kashmir and University of Jammu. He said the government has taken up various steps to increase the base of higher education and raise the quality of academia to global standards.

The meeting was attended by Vice Chancellors of Kashmir and Jammu University, Commissioner Secretary Finance, Commissioner Secretary Higher Education and other officials.

The Minister assured the Vice Chancellors that the government will provide full support to both the universities in their endeavor to raise new infrastructure, start new courses, improve the curricula, begin new research projects and other steps.

The Vice Chancellors raised concern that the annual hike in their budget from state government is limited to 10 percent which has a potential to arrest the growth of the universities due to inability to hire new faculty. The Minister assured the meeting that the state government will devise a financial model where Universities will be encouraged to raise their own resources whereas any deficit will be covered through the state budget.

The Minister asked the Universities to expedite the reforms in education by removing those faculty positions of subjects that are outdated and adding the new faculty positions that are in vogue in market. He said the need of the hour is to produce job creators and not job seekers besides producing human resource that will bring positive change to entire socio-economic scenario of the state.

JK Govt relaxes Protected Area Permit for Leh

Foreign tourists can now visit, experience breathtaking beauty of hitherto unexplored areas of desert district

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: In a significant decision, the State Government has ordered relaxing the Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime for allowing the foreigners to visit the hitherto restricted areas in district Leh.

A formal notification in this regard has been issued by the State’s Home Department vide SRO-313 dated: 27.09.2016.

According to a spokesman of the Home Department, by virtue of this notification, foreign tourists will now be permitted to visit a number of unexplored areas like Panamik, Phukpochey, Hargam, Taksha, Sasoma, Chaglung, Kobet, Aranu, Khemi, Warshi, including Yarma Gompa/ Yarma Gonbo Monastery of the Nubra Valley in district Leh.

Pertinently, these areas were thrown open for the local tourists in 2015 creating a positive impact on the life and livelihood of the people residing in these remote areas.

Situated at the average altitude of 10,000 feet, the Nubra Valley is known for its breathtaking beauty, gushing rivers, Buddhist monasteries and Pashmina goat rearing.

The Home Department spokesman said that after taking note of the positive dividends emanating from the initiative, and to further augment the opportunities of employment and income generation for the local youth, the State Government has decided to open up the area for ‘foreign tourists’ as well. “With this decision, a long pending demand of the people of the Nubra Valley and Ladakh has been fulfilled, which in effect, is expected to give considerable boost to the local economy of Nubra Valley,” he said adding the flow of foreign tourists to the new areas from Panamik to Warshi, is expected to substantially enhance the earnings of the people, and transform their socio-economic profile.

Pertinent to mention that Ladakh has, over the years, emerged as a prime tourist destination, and is attracting tourists, both domestic and foreigners, in significant numbers. State Government has been consistently taking steps to expand the possibilities of tourist activities in this beautiful region of the State, with the purpose of enabling it to harness full potential in the realm of tourism. Creation of top-notch tourist infrastructure, providing of enabling policy framework and opening of hitherto restricted areas for tourism purpose, have been key components of the strategy being followed by the State Government to give fillip to the tourist trade in the region.

The latest decision of the State Government is a continuation of the policy to further enhance footfall of tourists in Ladakh region as also reflects the abiding commitment of the Government to expand the sphere of economic opportunities for the people in every nook and corner of the State.

Information Deptt postpones interview


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: The interview of the shortlisted candidates for the Class IV posts in the Department of Information which was scheduled to be held on 5 October 2016 is postponed and shall now be conducted on 15 October 2016 from 10.00 am at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Opposite Sher-e-Kashmir Park, Srinagar.

Dy CM distributes free LPG connections to women beneficiaries


KATHUA, OCTOBER 03 – Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh today launched the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) in his home constituency Billawar to provide free LPG connections to BPL households.

After the launch, the Dy CM gave away free LPG connection documents to 60 eligible women beneficiaries of the area.

Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister said that the initiative, in line with creating smokeless villages across the state, has come as a moment of pride for the women of BPL households. “The LPG connection on her name has given an new identity to the woman own and now she can have a smoke-free, less polluted,    convenient and healthy environment at her home” Dy CM said.

He said the scheme is more beneficial for the women residing in hilly areas who generally use firewood for cooking which is a difficult task to procure. “The government has decided to address their problems and lend them a helping hand by providing them LPG connections” he added and said early verification of the beneficiaries will be ensured to enable them to get supply of cylinders soon.

Highlighting the benefits of the scheme, he   said that so far only 60 percent women in the country use clean cooking fuel i.e. LPG. The government has set the target of providing 100 percent LPG connection in every home by 2020 under PMUY, he informed.

Deputy CM also highlighted UJALA, the government scheme launched across the state for providing LED bulbs at subsidized rates to the consumers. He said under UJALA scheme consumers can purchase upto 5 LED bulbs at a rate of Rs 20 each of 7 or 9 watt  by showing their electricity bill or the identity cards. If the consumers want to purchase more than 5 bulbs, charges will be Rs 95 per bulb. The scheme is expected to bring down the power bills and save the electricity for the state & for the nation as well.

Later in the day, Dy. CM reviewed the progress achieved under various development projects initiated in Billawar. He directed SDM and Tehsildar Billawar to adhere to the guidelines for timely completion of these projects.

Hanjura stresses on timely completion development projects in Ganderbal

Reviews progress of Board decisions


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, Mondaystressed on timely completion of all ongoing developmental works in the Ganderbal district.

The Minister, who is also Chairman District Development Board Ganderbal, was addressing a meeting, convened to discuss and review the pace of progress of developmental works and Action Taken Report (ATR) of last year’s Board decisions and commitments made by Chief Minister regarding the same for the district.

Legislators: Main Altaf Ahmad and Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, besides District Development Commissioner Ganderbal Tariq Hussain Ganai, senior officers of different departments, sectoral and district officers were also present at the meeting.

On the occasion, Mr. Hanjura asked the district administration Ganderbal to work with utmost dedication and give focused attention for completion of all developmental projects under execution in the district.

He exhorted the officers to put in their sincere and dedicated efforts for effective implementation of various government sponsored schemes and prioritizing issues of public interest so that tangible results are realized on the ground level.

He also asked the officers to conceive development projects in such a way that the same are completed within the set time-frame to avoid cost overrun. He impressed upon the concerned to ensure implementation of all the DDB decisions in letter and spirit.

Reiterating the commitment of the coalition government headed by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti to provide improved and better amenities to the people of the State, the Minister said that adequate funds have been released under various sectors like PHE, PDD, RDD, Health, R&B and Education in the district, but need is to utilize them  judiciously.

Earlier, DDC Ganderbal gave a detailed resume of the achievements registered during the current year and ATR of the last year. He also gave review of Schemes and programmes under Swachh Bharat, MGNREGA, IAY, Health, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Horticulture, SSA and NHM sectors.

Referring to physical and financial achievements, the Deputy Commissioner informed that out of available outlay of Rs 24.81 crore, Rs 12.44 crore, were utilized for the execution of various developmental works and welfare schemes during the current fiscal up to ending August, 2016.

He said that 4.30 kms of road length were macadamized, 2 bridges were completed while as the construction work on 4 other bridges are apace. Under PMGSY, out of 13 roads projects, 2 were completed. Similarly under PHE sector, out of 22 water supply schemes 13 are already completed, while as 5 more schemes are targeted for completion during current financial year.

Under Irrigation and Youth Services & Sports sector, it was informed that several works were identified and estimates prepared under convergence programme.

In Education sector, works to the extent of Rs. 2 crore in elementary education sector and works to the tune of Rs 50 lakh are under process in through convergence mode.

Under Rural Development sector, 962 works were completed under MGNREGA generating 2.31 lakh man-days in the district.

Detailed discussions were also held on functioning of Social Welfare Department. It was given out that the department has achieved the targets fixed under various schemes like Integrated Social Security Scheme (ISSS) and National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) in full.

While taking review of Agriculture sector, it was informed that 47 Rehbar-e-Ziriats (ReZs) were posted in the district recently. The Minister directed the concerned to conduct field visits and aware farmers about the latest techniques for increased production.

Threadbare discussions were also held on pace of progress of Degree College Kangan, development of Rock Garden at Gangerhama upto Watalbagh and Floating Garden at Ahansan and Malhar Hi-Tech Nursery.

MLA’s Main Altaf and Sheikh Ishfaq also spoke on the occasion and highlighted various demands and issues including establishment of Fire and Emergency Service Stations at Ellaqe Fakh and Shaar Pathri areas and other issues related to their respective constituencies and demanded their immediate redressal.

Zulfkar reviews Shopian dev works

Applauds District Admin for accomplishing CM’s commitments


SHOPIAN, OCTOBER 03: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today reviewed pace of ongoing developmental works in Shopian district and stressed on for their timely completion.

Legislators, Muhammad Yousuf Bhat, Aijaz Mir, Zaffar Manhas, Deputy Commissioner Shopian G.M. Dar, Director FCS&CA Tasaduq Jeelani, SSP Shopian, and senior district and sect oral officers attended the meeting.

On the occasion, DC Shopian apprised the Minister about the major developmental activities carried out during the current financial year. It was informed that various important projects have been completed in the district by expending 44 percent of Rs 34. 30 crore of available budget. Notable achievements included macadamization of 15.50km of road length, upgradation of 26.2km of  road length by way of all grades, construction of flood protection bunds along the banks of Rembehara River, besides various projects in P.H.E., P.D.D., Health Department & Horticulture Department.

The Minister applauded the district administration for accomplishing the Chief Minister’s commitments and implementation of Board Decisions in the stipulated time. He expressed great satisfaction about overall development scenario in the district and stressed upon the officers to work with added zeal and zest to achieve 100% targets in physical and financial terms.

Mr. Zulfkar assured the district administration that sufficient funds would be made available by the present Government and no project will die down due to paucity of funds.

Keeping in view the great potential of the district to be developed on Tourism map of the state, he said the all seven lakes in this region of Himalayas will be connected and developed under special tourism circuit and this district will be connected to Budhal area of district Rajouri via Konsernag. He said this will boast tourism in this area and take the district to new heights of development.

Further, the Minister assured that equitable development of all the areas of the district will be carried out. He directed the DC to ensure that suitable number of trucks are made available to ferry fruits to different markets within and outside the state.

Andrabi receives last batch of Hajj pilgrims


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Minister of State for Hajj and Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi today received last batch of 345 Hajj pilgrims at Srinagar International Airport who returned from Saudi Arabia after performing the holy pilgrimage.

Deputy Secretary Revenue & Nodal officer State Hajj Committee, officers of police and civil administration were present on the occasion.

While interacting with the returning pilgrims, Andrabi felicitated them for performing Hajj. He said all the requisite arrangements have been put in place to facilitate hassle-free return of the pilgrims to their respective destinations.

Hajjis expressed satisfaction over the arrangements made by the Government for their smooth travel and stay at the Holy places in Saudi Arabia.

On the occasion, the Minister said that he and officials of State Hajj Committee (SHC) were personally camping at Mecca to ensure safety of the pilgrims during the pilgrimage. He said the SHC conducted disaster management drill for the first time in Mecca before two days of Hajj Pilgrimage, in which 32 Khudam-ul-Hujaj as well as volunteers and young Hajjis were trained.

Hajj flights from Saudi Arabia to Srinagar had operated from September 24, with two flights per day.

This year 6457 pilgrims performed Hajj from the State. All arrangements of transportation, boarding and lodging, luggage checking and security at Srinagar Hajj House and smooth screening of baggage, refreshment, food, Prayers, distribution of travel documents and issuance of boarding passes at the Srinagar Airport were in place for the Hajj pilgrims.

Andrabi greets people on Islamic New Year

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, greeted people on the occasion of Islamic New year, which began today.

Andrabi said that the first month of Hijri calendar, Muharram, reminds us of the supreme sacrifice made by the grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) to uphold his unwavering belief in the principles of truth and justice.

The Minister further said that in this new Hijri year, we must inculcate love, compassion and tolerance in ourselves and create inclusive society where the message of peace, harmony and prosperity spreads across the State.

Asiea calls for beautification of Hazratbal shrine

Directs relocation of vendors from shrine premises


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 03: Calling for beautification of Hazratbal Shrine, Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development, Health and Social Welfare, Ms. Asiea Naqash, today directed Municipal authorities to relocate vendors from the shrine premises.

The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of concerned officers regarding face lifting measures to be taken around Hazratbal shrine. She directed the officers to find a suitable place for the vendors in the shrine vicinity.

Ms. Asiea sought a Detailed Project Report (DPR) from the officers with regard to beautification and face-lifting of the premises within a month.  She said vendors at Bus stand and Dhobi Ghat will be relocated to some suitable places and the space will be given a facelift and more public conveniences will be established near the shrine.

Asking the concerned officers to personally visit the spot so that DPR is prepared well in time, the Minister also issued instructions for developing the lakefront on the backside of the Dargah so that it is made attractive for the visitors.

Ms. Asiea Naqash directed the officials to develop the banks of lake around the shrine which will improve the ambiance of the place. She also issued instructions for landscaping the parks along the banks to make them more attractive for visitors.

It was given in the meeting that the face-lifting of the shrine will be taken up under Centrally Sponsored Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (PRASAD) scheme.

Chief Engineer R&B Satish Razdan, ADDC Srinagar Aijaz Ahmad Bhat, CEO Wakf Board Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Director Tourism Mehmood Ahmad Shah, Chief Town planner and other senior officials attended the meeting.

MLA Rajouri launches cleanliness, awareness drive

RAJOURI, OCTOBER 03 -To commemorate Gandhi Jayanti and 2nd anniversary of the launch of Swachh Bharat Mission  a two week long cleanliness drive was launched by Rural development department  here today from Dak Bungalow.

Member Legislative Assembly Ch Qammer Hussain and Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shabir Ahmed Batt flagged off the drive.

The motive of week long drive is to aware the general masses about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in their surroundings.

The drive is being vigorously taken up  in  each ward in  Rajouri municipal  limits  as well in  each  panchayat and village of the district.  On the occasion an awareness van was also flagged off which will reach   rural areas to create mass awareness regarding the mission.

Speaking on the occasion Member Legislative Assembly Choudhary Qammer Hussain exhorted upon the people to maintain cleanliness   and said that it is the collective responsibility of the society to make Swacch Bharat mission successful.

He appealed the people to actively participation in the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission. He also urged them to devote at least 100 hours in a year for achieving the goal of ‘’Clean India Mission’.

‘’It was the dream of Mahatma Gandhi  to see India a clean nation and now our Prime Minister took the initiative of making the Swachh Bharat Mission a mass movement’’, he said adding that it is now every individual’s responsibility  to carry forward  the mission.

In his address, District Development Commissioner Rajouri, Shabir Ahmed Batt said that Swachh Bharat Mission needs to be implemented on mission mode to bring about a perceptible change. He  also directed  District  Panchayat officer Poonch  to make the general public aware  at Panchayat level  and  organize  such programmes  at  micro level.

Deputy Commissioner appealed the people to avoid use of polythene bags and throw garbage in dustbins in their areas for maintaining hygienic surroundings. He also asked them to aware others and involve them in the drive for making   the Clean India Mission successful.

Additional District development Commissioner Rajouri Avtar Singh Chib, Assistant Commissioner Development Noor Alam District Panchayat Officer Yar Ali khan Besides other district officers and a large number of people were present on the occasion.

Navratra Festival Katra-2016

Festivities begin with Kavi Sammelan, cultural programme


KATRA, OCTOBER 03 – With the inauguration of the 21st Navrarta festival yesterday, the holy base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra is reverberating with many colorful programmes.

The Katra Culture Club in collaboration with SMVDSB and Tourism department organized the 8th Kavi Sammelan at Bus Stand, Katra last evening

Tehsildar Katra, Mohit Raina – the chief guest inaugurated the Kavi Sammelan by lighting the traditional lamp.

Around 10 poets from different districts of the state participated in the literary meet.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest lauded the efforts of the organizers and stressed upon them to organize more such programmes in future also. He also extended his best wishes to the people   on the auspicious occasion of Navratra festival At the end, the chief guest felicitated the meritorious students.

Meanwhile a cultural programme was organized by the Song and Drama Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India at Government Higher Secondary School, Katra. The programme featuring artists from Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh besides the locals was witnessed by a jam packed audience including the pilgrims.

The cultural bonanza depicting rich cultural heritage of different parts of the country was highly appreciated by the audience.

A.D Song and Drama Division, Baljeet Singh was the Chief Guest on the occasion.

Among others, Chairman Katra Culture Club,. Shiv Kumar Sharma,Vice – Chairman Katra Culture Club Sardari Lal Dubey, President Virender Kesar and large number of people attended the Kavi Sammelan and Cultural programme.

Andrabi reviews functioning of PDD

Directs expediting online electric bill payment


SRINAGAR OCTOBER 03: Minister of State for, Hajj & Auqaf and Power Development, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, today chaired an officers meeting to review the progress of Power Development Department (PDD).

Commissioner Secretary PDD Dheeraj Gupta, Development Commissioner (Power) & Chief Engineer S&O, Chief Engineer P&MM J&K, Chief Engineer EM&RE and other officials of PDD were present at the meeting.

On the occasion, the Minister was informed about the progress in upcoming electronic billing, power tariff deposit and SMS alert facility for the convenience of the consumers.

He directed the officials to start online services immediately so that consumers deposit their power tariff on time. This facility will also provide relief to the consumers from remaining in long queues at the collection centers.

he Minister also directed the PDD officers to repair the damaged transformers on priority basis before the onset of winter.

He also stressed to speed up the process to complete the pending power projects in the state before the completion of the financial year.

Mr. Andrabi further said that the Government is committed to provide 24×7 electricity across the State and said is working round the clock to achieve this.

Possibilities being explored to extend JMC limits: Kavinder

Attends convention on holistic health at polytechnic college

JAMMU, OCTOBER 3 – The Speaker J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta today said that possibilities would be explored to bring more areas in periphery of Jammu city under the ambit of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC).

Kavinder Gupta said this after inaugurating the work for blacktopping of roads at Raina Colony, Babliana, Jammu.

The Speaker said that process is underway to include the left out and adjoining areas of Jammu city under the municipal limits. He said that this will facilitate periodic development in infrastructure, health care and increase accessibility of various amenities to the people of these areas.

Responding to the issues raised by locals during the event, the speaker informed that a systematic plan has been devised to promote development in semi urban and rural areas. He said that 14000 electric poles have been sanctioned for the area and work for which will be started soon. He said replacement of old distribution infrastructure would greatly help to regulate power supply to the people.

Kavinder also informed that as per the demand of the people, public transport facility will soon be started on Satwari-Maralian route. For this, the matter has already been taken up with the concerned department, he said.

Later, the Speaker attended a District Youth Convention at Government Polytechnic College, Jammu.

Being organized by Nehru Yuva Kendra in collaboration with Helpline Humanity and Polytechnic College, the objective of the programme was to raise awareness among the youth about the significance of holistic health and yoga in today’s life besides making them aware about different schemes launched for welfare of youth by Government of India.

Speaker appreciated the organizers for holding such an informative programme which will greatly help the participants to lead a healthy and peaceful life. He emphasized upon the need of adopting healthy habits in our day routine.

“With the efforts of Prime Minister for making yoga an integral part of life more and more people are now practicing this ancient science to improve their lives”, he added.

Chairman, Mission for Health, Happiness and Harmony, Dr T.R. Raina gave a detailed presentation on the holistic health and science of Yoga. He elaborated on the benefits of adopting healthy lifestyle and yoga for leading a happy and harmonious life.

The Deputy Director, Nehru Yoga Kendra, S.S. Kashyap gave detailed information about various schemes launched by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for a focused all-round development of youth. He urged the

Steps afoot to ensure welfare of senior citizens: Dr Nirmal Gupta

JAMMU, OCTOBER 03 – Chairperson J&K State Social Welfare Board (J&K SSWB) Dr (Prof) Nirmal Gupta has said that the government is committed to create facilities and extend benefits to senior citizens under the relevant rules.

“Every effort is being made to ensure welfare of the seniors and the process to frame rules and laws is on in this regard” Dr Nirmal Gupta said at a function organized to mark World Elders Day by All J&K Senior Citizens’ Welfare Council.

She said that every individual has a right to live a dignified life and with the focused schemes by the center and state governments for differently abled, senior citizens, BPL people soon a positive change will be visible in the society. She said that the department is formulating many welfare schemes which would greatly assist and improve the life of seniors in the state.

Appreciating the works done by the organisation, she said that today’s celebration saw an amalgamation of the rural and urban culture with the popular and regional music coming together on the same platform. These events are essential for the mental and emotional well being of senior citizens she added.

Earlier, president, KK Gandotra listed various works undertaken by the Council  and highlighted  various issues   of the seniors, including reservation in all public transport, especially in local buses, concessional travel, day crèche, medical dispensaries focused on the old age ailments, home medical  care among many other things.

All J&K Senior Citizens’ Welfare Council president, KK Gandotra, General Secretary Manjeet Singh, Gandhi Global Family president S.P Verma and many prominent senior citizens.

DC Jammu reviews Dussehra arrangements

JAMMU, OCTOBER 03- Deputy Commissioner, Jammu Simrandeep Singh today chaired  a meeting of civil and police functionaries to  review the arrangements for Dussehra festival.

Speaking at the meeting, the DC discussed the necessary arrangements for the festival including barricading of grounds, security, healthcare, Public Address System and erection of stage at Parade ground.

Taking review of the arrangements for Shobha yatras to be taken out during the festival, the DC directed the concerned department to make advance arrangements for barricading inside Dussehra grounds including Parade, Gandhi Nagar, Channi and Sainik Colony.

The Jammu Municipal Corporation was directed to ensure sanitation and cleanliness in and around all venues. Special instructions were issued to Fire and Emergency Services Department to keep their services ready at the venues.

The officers of PDD were instructed to install electricity poles at the venues for uninterrupted power supply.

The DC also stressed on formulation of an effective traffic management plan to facilitate hassle-free movement of religious processions in and around the city. He also discussed arrangements enroute for the smooth conduct of the procession particularly traffic regulation and security with SSP Traffic.

The meeting was attended by ADC, Arun Manhas, SP City North Vinod Kumar, Deputy Director Fire and Emergency Services, Executive Engineers PHE and PDD and other officers of the concerned departments.

Special Gram Sabhas held across Reasi

REASI, OCTOBER 03 – Special Gram Sabhas were organized successfully in all 147 Panchayats of the District Reasi today to mark the Gandhi Jaynati as Swachta Divas.

The special Gram Sabhas were convened to generate awareness among the general masses regarding the implementation of various programs of the Department of RD & PR with special emphasis to sanitation, zero tolerance for use of polythene, maintenance and cleanliness of water bodies and plantation to create Green Villages.

The activities would be included in developmental plans under MGNREGA, 14th FC and schemes of other departments.

The main function was organized at Panchayat Hutt in Block katra where   hundreds of Gram Sabha members pledged to make their surroundings pollution free, polythene free and open defecation free.

Assistant Commissioner Development Reasi   Suram Chand Sharma presided over the function. Sarpanch Panchayat, Panches and other prominent persons of Panchayat including staff of BDO Katra were present.

Speaking on occasion ACD highlighted the importance of holding Special Gram Sabhas  to make the Villages clean and green and worth living as envisioned by Gandhi Ji. He also laid stress on organizing Safai  Diwas under Clean Green Mission and Rozgar Diwas under MGNREGA on 1st Day of every month for achieving the desired goals of various schemes and programs of the Rural Development Department.

He informed that similar Programs were organized simultaneously in all 147 Panchayats spread over 12 CD Blocks of the District.

At each block Headquarter concerned BDO presided over the Special Gram Sabha and made aware the masses about the purpose of Holding Special Gram Sabha.

Special Gram Sabha held at Panchayat Berraru

DODA, OCTOBER 03 – A Special Gram Sabha under the Chairmanship of District Development Commissioner Doda Bhupinder Kumar was held yesterday in Panchayat Berraru, Block Bhalla as a part of Swatchhita Pakhwada being observed in the district from Oct 1 to Oct 15.

A large number of people participated in the gram sabha and discussed the achievement of Gram Panchayat under various schemes likes MGNREGA, IAY, SBM, Bima Yogana and Social assistance schemes of social welfare department.

The representatives of   Rural Development, Social Welfare, Irrigation & Flood Control, Health and Bankers educated the people about various government schemes. They   urged upon the people to register themselves under various pensions as well as Bima Schemes to avail benefits out of these schemes.

A memorandum of demands was also presented by the people to DDC.   The DDC   also inspected ongoing works taken up in the area under MGNREGA.

ADC Doda Mohammad Hanief Malik, ACD Doda Susheel Kumar, CMO Doda Kulbhushan , Principal Hr. Sec. School Berraru, BDO Bhalla Nayeem Sheikh, Branch Manager JK Bank Bhalla also attended the meeting.

Power Shutdown


JAMMU, OCTOBER 03 – In order to carry out 11 KV reconductoring work to be carried out by M/S. IRCON International Ltd under R-APDRP scheme, the power supply to Greater Kailash and adjoining areas fed from 11 KV GK-2 feeder shall remain affected on October 04 from 09 am 12 noon.

Similarly, the power supply to Nanak Nagar and adjoining areas fed from 11 KV N-6 feeder shall remain affected on October 04 from 09 am12 noon.

Meanwhile, the power supply to Shastri Nagar and adjoining areas fed from 11 KV N-2 feeder shall remain affected on October 04 from 09 am 12 noon.

‘All India Devotional Song Competition’ commences at Katra

KATRA, OCTOBER 03 – The ‘All India Devotional Song competition’ commenced last evening here at Yog Ground.

Yoganand Maharaj ji was the chief guest on the occasion who inaugurated the program by lighting the traditional lamp.

A total of 12 participants from different parts of the country participated in the competition.

At the end, the chief guest distributed cash prizes among the winners. Rs 10000 was given to Varsha Jamwal from Jammu for securing first position in the competition, Rakhi Goutam from Shimla was adjudged second while the third prize went to Nitin Mahi from R.S Pura.

The grand finale of the All India Devotional Song Competition will held on   Oct 10 and winners will be awarded with gold amounting to Rs 3 Lakh and a recording contract with Venus Records &Tapes  ltd , while  the first and second runners up will get gold worth Rs 01 lac and 50,000/- respectively.

Artists who want to participate in the ‘All India Devotional Song Competition’ can enroll themselves at Tourist Office Katra or by contacting on phone number 01991-232005, 233301.

CMO Reasi, Dr L.D Bhagat, DSP Ashok Sharma, Dy. Commandant Tilak Raj, BMO Katra Gopal Datt, Chairman Hotel and Restaurant Association Katra were also present on the occasion.

‘Agricultural Census’ begins in Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 3 – The 10th Agricultural Census for the year 2015-16 got underway in Udhampur today with the holding of a training programme for the revenue staff of the district.

The Census is being held under aegis of Financial Commissioner Revenue.

At the outset, Joint Director (Planning) from the office of Financial Commissioner Revenue, Z.A. Banday welcomed the participants and gave a general introduction of the 10th Agriculture Census and its importance in framing of polices, fixing priorities and strategy for achieving fixed targets of Agriculture sector at the National level.

Eight Tehsildars, 21 NTs and a large number of Patwaris besides OQs participated in the training programme.

Mr Banday -also designated as the Technical Officer of the programme, briefed the participating revenue staff about the importance of the scheme. This was followed by a detailed presentation on   the technicalities of the scheme by the technical team assisting the JD.

During the meeting, the JD said that the agricultural Census is a quinquennial Census which was first launched by the Government of India in the year 1970-71. This Census is conducted in three phases   starting with complete enumeration study and followed by two phases based on survey study, he added.

The training imparted to the revenue staff included collection of data regarding number of agricultural operational holders in the district, land utilization, Tenancy status and Irrigation facilities available etc.

At the end, the Patwaris were provided with the Census materials required for furnishing information as per the schedule fixed by the Ministry of Agriculture Government of India.

Maj Nilendra takes over as ADG NCC

JAMMU, OCTOBER 03 – Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar took over as new Additional Director General NCC Directorate, J&K.  He took over the charge from Maj Gen SS Jakhar who has superannuated from service on Sep 30, 2016.

Maj Gen Nilendra Kumar is an alumnus of National Defence Academy and was commissioned in the Brigade of Guards in Jun 1982.  Since then he held numerous command and staff appointments. He commanded his Regiment in field area in Eastern Sector and an Infantry Brigade in Rajasthan. The General has vast experience of service in varied environments. He was GOC of a Sub Area in Eastern Sector before taking over the present appointment. In a brief ceremony held at NCC Directorate in Jammu, Maj Gen took over the reins of the State NCC Directorate.

Meanwhile a grand farewell was accorded to the outgoing ADG Maj Gen SS Jakhar by all Officers and Staff of NCC Directorate J&K.

IRCS holds district level review committee meet

JAMMU, OCTOBER 03 – District level review committee meeting of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) was held here today with M. S. Rather Hony General Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, J&K State Branch in the chair.

Dinesh Gupta, Hony Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu Region and the District Secretaries of Red Cross Branch of Jammu Region attended the meeting. The meeting discussed the present situation where inhabitants of large number of villages on border areas have temporarily been evacuated and adjusted in make shift structures in safer areas.

It was revealed in the meeting that the Regional Red Cross Society has planned a programme for conducting first aid training of the concerned villagers so that they are able to help themselves in case of any eventuality. Besides, the District Secretaries are also in the process of procuring the relief material required for the affected people.

It was also revealed in the meeting that the Regional Red Cross has paid an amount of Rs 18 Lakh as medical support and other financial assistance to poor/ needy persons. Apart from, the Society held 16 Blood Donation Camps in collaboration with Sant Nirankari Mandal, Amar Ujalla Foundation and concerned Blood Banks during the current.

Similarly, around 641 Commercial vehicle Drivers, conductors and general masses in addition to 140 employees of different departments and Red Cross Volunteers of five districts of Jammu region have been imparted First Aid Training under FA/FMR programme imparted. Likewise Child Line under the aegis of Indian Red Cross Society was instrumental in tracing and getting admitted 123 Children from within and outside the State in various Homes. 174 children of Slum area were got admitted in Govt. Schools and all kind of support, material and financial assistance was provided to them by the society.

DC Budgam inaugurates cleanliness drive

BUDGAM, OCTOBER 03:  Deputy Commissioner Budgam and Director, Local Bodies Kashmir today inaugurated a cleanliness drive under Swachta Pakhwada in district Budgam .

Highlighting the importance of cleanliness and hygiene environ, Deputy Commissioner Budgam, directed the concerned especially Municipal Authorities to ensure general cleanliness and sanitation in the district  especially at and around all public places  such as hospitals, educational institutes, offices  and religious places. Special Gram Sabha was conducted under Swachta Pakhwada at Budgam.

Underlining the aim for organizing such programmes, the Deputy Commissioner reiterated to take steps to make pollution free especially polythene free district . He directed all the line departments to fully involve themselves in the programme so as to make programme a success. A schedule from October 1 to 15 has already been framed and circulated to all the concerned district officers.

Besides Deputy Commissioner Budgam others district officers including ACD Budgam, DPO Budgam, BDOs and executive officers of different Municipalities were also present on the occasion.

DDC Shopian inaugurates Sanitation Week

SHOPAIN, OCTOBER 03: Municipality Committee Shopian today started a week long sanitation programme. The programme was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner Shopian at the town headquarter. The programme will remain in operation for complete one week, where the focus will be on health and hygiene.

The main objective for celebrating Sanitation and Hygiene week is to encourage communities to priorities sanitation, health and hygiene.

The critical importance of looking after sanitation facilities is advocated.

The Communities are well informed of the need to practice good hygiene practices, like washing of hands after using the toilet and before preparing and eating food.

Communities and stakeholders are well informed and updated of the progress made in sanitation and health & hygiene promotion programme.

DDC Ganderbal inaugurates cleanliness drive

GANDERBAL, OCTOBER 03: District Development Commissioner, Ganderbal Led a cleanliness drive held at various places in district which include from CMO office to DC office and in District Hospital Ganderbal.

The employees of Municipality and civil society members participated in the drive. This cleanliness drive is going to continue for a week. The participants swept the whole area and picked up the rappers along the road and in the periphery of District Hospital Ganderbal.

The main thrust of the drive was to create awareness among general public regarding the use of dustbins and to do away with littering of surroundings.

Later, District Development Commissioner also visited various wards and blocks of District Hospital Ganderbal. He was apprised that every medicine is available in the Hospital to meet any exigency and all diagnostic equipments like X-Ray machines, ECG Machines are up-to- date.

The DDC was accompanied by ADC Ganderbal and Executive officer MC Ganderbal.

National Lok Adalat in Bandipora on Oct 8

GANDERBAL, OCTOBER 03: According to Chairman, District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Bandipora, a National Lok Adalat related to Traffic and Municipal matters (pending and pre-litigation)   is being held in the district on October 8, 2016.

All the Subordinate Courts in the district shall list the cases besides the interested litigants also informed to approach the trial Courts to get their cases fixed in the said Lok Adalat on the scheduled date for resolution of disputes.

DC Anantnag kick-starts Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 03: Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Dr. Syed AbidRasheed, today kick started a week-long sanitation drive under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in the district.

The drive was launched by the DC along with senior district officers at Dak Bunglow and Degree College Khanabal.

On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner stressed upon the officials of municipalities to launch special cleanliness drives for hospitals, bus stands, and areas around religious places.

He said that it becomes duty of every individual to take forward the cleanness drive at their individual level and role of students becomes imperative in spreading this message.

The DC said that owing to its prime location on the tourism map, all the concerned Municipal councils should take measures to make Anantnag a clean and green district.

ADC Baramulla inaugurates cleanliness drive

BARAMULLA, OCTOBER 03: Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Baramulla inaugurated a week-long cleanliness drive at District Hospital Baramulla today.

Tehsildar Baramulla, Executive officer Municipal council Baramulla, Medical Superintendent and senior district officers took part in the cleanliness drive.

On the occasion, the ADC said that several programmes would be organized at Hospitals, religious places, schools and other public places in the district to make people aware about the importance of clean surroundings and maintaining hygiene.  He said a separate campaign against use of polythene and its harmful effects would be started, so as to make the district polythene free.

Earlier the Additional Deputy Commissioner along with the officers and officials of Municipal Council Baramulla took out a rally carrying banners and ply cards to sensitize people about the special cleanliness campaign.

Cleanliness week starts in Bandipora

BANDIPORA, OCTOBER 03: A special drive in connection with cleanliness week was inaugurated by District Development commissioner Bandipora today.

The drive was started from DC office Bandipora to district Hospital Bandipora during which the roads were cleaned from polythene and garbage. Executive officer municipal council Bandipora and other Karmacharies of municipal council took part in the drive. The drive was aimed at sensitizing people about the importance of cleanliness and maintaining hygiene.

On the occasion, the DC said that the drive will continue up to October 8, 20216 during which hospitals, education institutions and religious places would be covered in the district. Seeking people’s cooperation the DC hoped that the district will be made green and clean by the joint efforts of the administration and general public.

Kupwara Board meeting on Oct 4

KUPWARA, OCTOBER 03: According to the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, the District Development Board meeting the district will be held tomorrow on October 04 Tuesday at DC office Kupwara.

Doda Edu Deptt celebrates Kala Utsav festival

DODA, OCTOBER 03 – The Education departments today organised a District level function here at Govt Higher Secondary school Boys Doda to celebrate Kala Utsav.

The celebrations included various competitions in which students from 12 schools took part.

Deputy Commissioner Doda Mr Bhupinder Kumar was chief guest.

SSP Doda Mr Zahid Manhas, Col. 10 RR Uphadhayay, CEO Doda Mr Ashraf Rather were also present in the programme which was held under the overall supervision of Principal HSS boys Doda Mr Tanveer Wani.

The programme was assisted by members of cultural cell Doda Mr Om Prakash, Mr Naseem ul Haq and  Teaching and non teaching of participating schools.

The competition was held in five different categories including dance, singing, painting, craft and theatre.

Alina Suhrawardy of Govt Girls HSS Doda bagged the first position in painting competition, while Yawar Ahmed of Boys HSS Doda was declared winner in crafts.

Under dance category HSS Boys Bhaderwah emerged as the winner whereas in singing competition HSS girls Doda bagged the first position.

The first prize under theatre category was bagged by   HSS Bhagwah. All the winners were awarded with the trophies by the administration.

Speaking on the occasion, the DDC congratulated the Chief education officer and  his team for organising such a beautiful competition and giving the participants a platform to show their talent.

Rajouri DC tours border Villages

RAJOURI, OCTOBER 03 -Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Shabir Ahmed Batt today conducted an extensive tour of areas along LOC in Manjakote subdivision to take stock of situation in the backdrop of escalating tension on borders.

Pertinently, the district administration Rajouri has identified nearly seventy two safe locations for shifting people from border areas in case of any eventuality.

During the tour the DC directed the concerned departments to put in place all  basic facilities at the camps. He asked the camp officers to remain present  and ensure availability of ration, power supply, drinking water, security and sanitation.

The Deputy Commissioner stressed on close coordination among all concerned departments for providing   basis facilities in these camps to avoid inconvenience to the people shifted there.

The PHE department was directed to make necessary arrangement to ensure uninterrupted water supply to these camps, while PDD was asked to make suitable alternate arrangements   for power supply especially during night to avoid any inconvenience to the people.

He directed the concerned officers of food and civil supplies department to ensure adequate supply of ration and other essentials at the camps.

Meanwhile, locals of the area also presented various demands to the Deputy Commissioner and he assured to take necessary steps for meeting the demands.

He also appealed the people to maintain peace and amity and cooperate with the security agencies and civil administration which are taking adequate steps for ensuring their safety.

Applauding the efforts of deputy Commissioner, the locals expressed full faith in the government and assured their full support and cooperation. It was informed to the people that control rooms have been set up by civil administration at district headquarter with 24X7 helpline numbers.

Senior superintendent of police Mohammed Fareed Mir, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mumtaz Choudhary Executive Engineers of PHE,PWD  tehsildar Manjakote beside all other sectoral officers accompanied the Deputy Commissioner during the visit.

Over 50 Financial Literacy Camps held in Doda on Gandhi Jayanti

DODA, OCTOBER 03:- Over fifty two Financial Literacy Camps were organised by various banks having branches in District Doda during fifteen day special Financial Inclusion drive launched in the district to mark Gandhi Jayanti.

The camps were held as part of initiative taken by Department of Financial Services, Union Ministry of Finance.

The mega event which included 52 camps was coordinated by Lead District Manager (Doda), Sanjeev Mahajan with active support of staff of Branches of all Banks.

In these 52 Financial Literacy camps, Bankers educated the people about various Social Security Schemes initiated by Govt of India like Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojana(PMSBY), Pradhan Mantri JeevanJyoti Bima Yojana(PMJJBY), Atal Pension Yojana(APY). They also apprised the general public about various loan schemes of Banks and Govt of India, with special focus on employment generation loan schemes like PMEGP, MUDRA loans, Stand up India etc and asked the people to derive maximum benefit out of such initiatives taken by the govt.

People were also advised to link their accounts with Aadhaar Cards, enable mobile seeding of accounts and avail benefits of RupayCard.

Around 1965 people participated in the camps of which  907 persons were enrolled under Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana(PMSBY), 515 under Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana(PMJJBY) and 104 under Atal Pension Yojana (APY).

LMD staff condoles demise of former colleague

JAMMU, OCTOBER 03 – The officers and staff of Legal Metrology Department, Jammu Province have condoled the sad demise of T. R. Choudhary, former Asstt Controller, Legal Metrology Department.

They prayed to the God to give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss.

MLC inaugurates Digital X-RAY facility in DH Poonch

POONCH, OCTOBER 03 – Member Legislative Council (MLC) Yash Pal Sharma today inaugurated Digital X-Ray machine facilities  in Raja Sukh Dev Singh District Hospital  Poonch.

Dr. Niaz Chudary, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mumtaz Bhatti, Superintendent, Advocate Sunil Kumar, Amar Singh  Josh, Naresh Kumar and a  galaxy  of doctors were also present.

Member Parliament, Jughal Kishore Sharma has provided an    amount of Rs 18 lakh out of MPLAD for installation of Digital X-Ray facility in the Hospital.

AHD conducts Artificial insemination in Doda

DODA, OCTOBER 03 – Animal Husbandry department Doda today conducted an artificial insemination camp under the chairmanship of Chief Animal Husbandry officer Dr Tariq Parvaiz.

A large number of veterinary doctors, departmental staff besides people from different villages of the district participated in the event.

In the programme, Artificial insemination was done by adaptation of estrous synchronization protocol. Large number of Indigenous and non-descript cows were covered under the programme in the district.

Farmers gathered in the event evinced great interest and thanked the department for introducing programme to benefit the small marginal farmers having indigenous and non-descript cows.

Resource persons from the department briefed the public about various benefits of artificial insemination which include having the desired characters in their animals besides upgradation of their cows with consequent increase in milk production.

National Level Painters Camp begins at Kala Kendra

JAMMU, OCTOBER 03 – Evacuees Property Department in Collaboration with Kala Kendra Jammu organised a National level Painters’ Camp to promote fading traditional, culture of the state. The Camp would continue till Oct 5.

Soujanya Sharma, Director Local Bodies and Secretary Kala Kendra inaugurated the camp, coordinated by well known painter Rohit Verma amidst 12 artists who are participating in the camp.

The participating painters are Yogesh Kasera, Vijay Anand, Rohit Verma, Sat Paul Deol, Suresh Sharma, Rakesh Kumar, Manoj Chopra, Sahil Ohri , Renu Bala, Jaswinder Singh,Rahul Dogra and Ajay Kumar.

Speaking on the occasion, Soujanya Sharma informed that unlike contemporary camps, for this camp academically trained and skill oriented painters have been invited to   work on folk marriage format of the pluralistic culture of the state. He said this would help to acquaint the coming generation with their rich legacy of yester years. Camp is with special emphasis aimed at striking communal harmony in the state, which is need of hour in this time.

Cleanliness drive launched at Samba DC office

SAMBA, OCTOBER 03 – As part of ongoing Swachhta Pakhwada, district administrative Samba today launched a special cleanliness drive at District Development Commissioner complex.

The driver was launched by Deputy Commissioner Sheetal Nanda, while all the district officers and subordinate staff actively participated in cleaning up the complex area. The DDC emphasised upon the responsibility of every individual in taking ownership of their surroundings and keeping them clean.

Later, the DDC also interacted with Media and briefed them about the activities being taken up during  the Swachhta Pakhwada.   They were informed one work under 14th Finance Commission will be started on October 4 in every panchayat of the District.   Painting/slogan writing competitions at school level and drives for cleaning up of water bodies, Angwanwadi centres, SD Hospitals, Market Places, schools and water bodies would be held on specific dates. The DDC called upon the media to project these activities to generate  greater participation of general public.

Replying to media queries, the DDC informed that project site for Garbage Disposal Plant has been identified in the District and it will be handed over to the concerned department in due course of time.

ADC Pawan Sharma, ACD Tilak Raj, PO IWMP Pardeep Manhas,DPO Aijaj Qaiser and other district level officials participated in the drive.

Quarterly District Level Review Committee Meeting held at Kishtwar

KISHTWAR,  OCTOBER  03 – The Quarterly District Level Review Committee and District Level RSETI Advisory Committee meeting for the quarter ending june 2016 for the district Kishtwar was held today in the new DC Office Complex under the Chairmanship of G.N Balwan District Development Commissioner Kishtwar.

The meeting was attended by CPO Dr. Yasir Balwan, AGM RBI Satish Sharma, Director RSETI M Y Bhat, DDM NABARD Nikhil Sharma and departmental heads of various line departments and Banks.

The lead district manager Ashok Kumar Bhat apprised the forum about the target achieved by the banks viz a viz annual action plan for the quarter ending June 2016. The main focus of the meeting was low CD ratio of the district which is for below the national average and much below the state level.

The DDC and AGM RBI enjoined upon the banks to improve the ratio to 40% upto march 2017 and upto state level by the end of march 2018.

The DDC asked the line departments to sponsor the cases of the entrepreneurs who have been imparted training by the RSETI to the bank branches and have proper follow up of the cases till their disbursement. The agriculture department was asked the get all the farmers covered under KCC. The line department and other sponsoring agencies were enjoined upon to complete their targets without any fail and in case of any delay on their part will be dealt seriously.


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