Report Card of Government of Jammu and Kashmir for 04 Oct 2016

NC delegation meets Governor


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: A delegation of National Conference, led by Ms Sakina Ittoo, former Minister, called on Governor N.N. Vohra, at the Raj Bhavan here today.

The delegation apprised the Governor about the obtaining ground situation and hardships being faced by people due to the prevailing unrest and demanded conspicuous presence of responsible government functionaries to handle the situation in the rural areas. The delegation also expressed the concerns of parents and students about the recently announced examination schedule which they consider insensitive particularly because the students have not had the opportunity of covering the syllabus. The NC members also complained about losses to fruit growers due to the daily closure of Jawahar Tunnel and the severe traffic jams on the Highway.

The delegation appealed to the Governor to intervene and advise the State Government to systematically address the concerns of the public and handle the existing situation.

Stressing the crucial importance of peace being urgently restored in the State, the Governor urged the NC members to continue with their endeavours in this regard.

The delegation led by Ms. Ittoo included Mr. Altaf Ahmad Wani, MLA Pahalgam; Mr. Abdul Majeed Bhat, MLA Homeshalibugh; Mr. Showkat Ahmad Ganie, MLC; Dr. B.A. Veeri, MLC; Mr. Ali Mohammad Dar, MLC; Mr. Qaiser Jamsheed Lone, MLC; Mr. Mir Saifullah, former Minister; Mr. Javid Ahmad Dari Dar, former Minister; Mr. Imran Nabi Dar, Vice- President, JKYNC; and Mr. Peer Aafaq Ahmad, District President, Srinagar.

VC, JU calls on Governor

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: Prof R D Sharma, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, called on Governor N. N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University, at the Raj  Bhavan here today.

The Governor held discussions with Prof. Sharma regarding the recently concluded visit of NAAC team to the University and implementation of a systematic plan for enlarging and enhancing the University’s capacities and capabilities in the teaching and research arenas. The Governor also discussed with the VC important issues relating to the functioning of the off-site Campuses and the possible approaches towards increasing the University’s revenues to be able to meet the increasing expenditures.

The Governor re-iterated his concern about the need for maintenance of high standards of discipline, decorum and productivity by the students and the Faculties and prompt action against any element which vitiates orderly functioning of the institution.

Hanjura inspects under-construction DH Building, Bus Stand Ganderbal

 Directs for timely completion of projects

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura today conducted tour of Ganderbal district and inspected various ongoing developmental works being executed under core sectors.

MLA Ganderbal, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar, District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Mr. Tariq Hussain Ganai and other district officers accompanied the Minister during the tour.

During the tour, the Minister inspected 200- bedded under construction District Hospital Building and Bus Stand, Ganderbal.  The District Hospital building was coming up at an estimated cost of Rs. 52.56 crore under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) on which Rs.25 crore stands expended so far and an amount of Rs. 4.5 crores is required immediately for the purpose.

Directing the executing agency, Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) to accelerate the pace of work on the hospital building ensuring its completion within six months, Mr. Hanjura also asked the concerned for timely completion of work on Bus Stand Ganderbal.

 Earlier, the Minister visited Government District Hospital Ganderbal and took stock of the facilities being provided to the patients there.  He inspected various sections of the hospital included X-Ray, Ultrasonography, Theater Block and emergency and in-patient wards. He interacted with the patients and attendants and enquired about the medicare facilities available in the hospital.

 The management informed the Minister that the hospital has adequate stock of life saving drugs with five ambulances in the hospital and about 850 patients are treated daily.  It was given out that 150 samples collected and analyzed on daily basis and an amount of Rs.3 lakh revenue is generated through conducted of various tests on monthly. It also informed that the management is facing difficulties due to lack of sufficient accommodation in hospital.

Interacting with the staff of the hospital, the Minister asked the concerned to ensure cleanliness in and around the hospital premises. He also directed them to ensure every possible help to the patients and provide all medicare facilities to them well in time.

Mr. Hanjura said that the present government led by the Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti is committed to provide best healthcare facilities to the people of the State.

Later, the Minister visited Semen Frozen Plant Ranbir Bagh Ganderbal and took stock of functioning of the Plant.

e-PDS key step towards greater transparency: Zulfkar Ali


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, today said that the Government is fully committed to create a transparent system, and putting electronic Public Distribution System (e-PDS) into place is a step in this direction.

 Speaking during a review meeting, the Minister said that present dispensation is striving hard to create a transparent system where consumers are made well aware with its functioning. He added that putting e-PDS into place is a step towards the same as it would enhance transparency in FCS&CA functioning, especially in its distribution mechanism.

Stressing the need for making e-PDS system operational at an earliest, he said that the system would automatically increase transparency in the department’s work as all the information related the department, especially information related to its distribution of food items would be made public by putting it on the portal.

Mr. Zulfkar Ali said that e-PDS would make employees of the department more accountable. He said consumer satisfaction is Government’s top priority.

If a consumer feels he is not getting allotted food supply under National Food Security Act (NFSA), or under Mufti Mohammad Syed Food Entitlement (MMSFE) scheme, or faces any issue, he can lodge a complaint which would be addressed at an earliest, he added.

Secretary FCS&CA Shafiq Raina, Director FCS&CA Tassaduq Jeelani, Director Finance, and others attended the review meeting.

Bali Bhagat visits SMHS Hospital

Interacts with patients, assures best possible medicare


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, today paid a surprise visit to the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital and reviewed the facilities being provided to the patients.

The Minister inspected various wards like Emergency, OPD, Surgical units, and Ophthalmology section and interacted with the patients and doctors to enquire about quality of services available in the Hospital.

During his visit, the Minister also interacted with the eye injury patients to enquire about their present condition and medical facilities being provided to them. Mr. Bhagat assured them that the Government is committed to provide quality medical facilities to them and further arrangements, if required, will be made for their advanced treatment.

The Health Minister appreciated doctors for their commendable service they rendered during the unrest and directed the concerned that all facilities at the hospital should be utilized at their optimum for the benefit of patients.

Principal GMC, Superintendent SMHS Hospital and other doctors accompanied the Minister during his visit.

Asiea reviews functioning of ISM

Calls for effective measures to tackle communicable, non-communicable diseases


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04:  Minister of State for Health and Medical Education, Housing & Urban Development, and Social Welfare, Ms. Asiea Naqash today, in a meeting of officers, reviewed the functioning of Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM) run hospitals and dispensaries.

 Stressing on the need for taking effective preventive measures to tackle with communicable and non-communicable diseases prevalent in the state, the Minister asked the concerned to gear up to promote AYUSH and implement the ongoing schemes for the benefit of people at grass root level.

The meeting was informed that AYUSH healthcare services are provided through a network of institutions which included one Ayurvedic Hospitals,  417 standalone ISM Dispensaries, 21 Homeopathic OPDs and 87 newly created dispensaries.

The meeting was further informed that the department runs one OPD Unani hospital, 54 OPD ISM dispensaries on integrated arrangements basis, besides 3 private Medical Colleges functioning in the state with total intake capacity of 170 students per year.

The meeting was further informed that two government AYUSH medical colleges are also being established in the state with an estimated cost of Rs 58.30 crore.

The meeting also discussed the present status of the implementation of various Centrally Sponsored Schemes and mechanism in place for prescription audit.

The meeting also discussed number of units established for manufacturing the Ayurvedic products in the state and the amount spent on procurement of drugs separately under AYUSH, non-Plan and national health mission during last two years.

 The meeting was attended by Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Dr. M K Bhandary, Director General ISM Dr Kabir,   besides ADMOs of various Districts and other senior officials.

Naeem Akhtar condoles demise of young lecturer Talib Hussain

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: Minister of Education, Naeem Akhtar today expressed his condolence at the sudden demise of a young lecturer Talib Hussain in Jammu.

In his condolence message the Minister said that his sympathies are with the family of Hussain and hundreds of students who had privilege of being taught by him. The Minister said that Hussain was highly intelligent and a capable teacher and his demise has left a difficult to fill vacuum at Higher Secondary School Mansar where we was posted.

The Minister prayed to almighty to grant the deceased highest place in Jannat and give courage to his family members to bear the loss.

Prof Mattoo for pursuing Mufti’s vision of reconciliation in subcontinent

NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 04: The Advisor to Chief Minister, Prof Amitabh Mattoo today called for pursuing and promoting the vision of late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to facilitate lasting peace in the sub-continent.

“Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was a firm believer of non-violence and advocated peace, and urged people to live in harmony and shun all forms of violence,” the advisor said while interacting with academicians and members of civil society here.

Prof Mattoo said the former Chief Minister always believed and advocated the medium of dialogue for resolving the long pending issues, and also stressed for making it inclusive and broad-based.

The Advisor said that Mufti Sayeed believed in a simple philosophy of promoting a vibrant democracy which would percolate to the grassroots and ensure empowerment of the political and democratic institutions in the state. “Contribution rendered by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for sustainment of peace and overall development of the state is historic and would be remembered for ages,” he said.

Prof Mattoo said the Mufti Sayeed had created a vision for Jammu and Kashmir that laid down the necessary roadmap for the future of the state. He said Mufti Sayeed was not just the face of PDP but a reflection of the sentiments of the people, besides being one of the most visionary politicians and statesman who was respected across the party lines.

DGP takes up issue of JK students with Punjab police

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: Taking cognizance of the reports of alleged harassment of some Kashmir students studying in Private College in Ludhina, Punjab, Director General of Police (DGP), K Rajendra Kumar urged his Punjab counterpart to ensure safety of the students.

The DGP today contacted Punjab police chief, Mr. Suresh Arora and enquired about the alleged harassment of students from Jammu and Kashmir State.

He was told that that the Punjab Police have already issued an advisory to all educational institutions across the Punjab to ensure safety and security of the students. The Punjab DGP said every possible measure would be taken for safety and security of Kashmir students and added that a congenial atmosphere is being created so that the students may not feel insecure.

Meanwhile, Mr. Kumar has appealed to the parents, whose wards are studying outside the state not to pay any heed to the rumours being circulated on the social media by rumour mongers. He urged the people especially the youth to desist from posting any unverified content on the social media.

 DG Coordination/Law and Order, Dr. S. P. Vaid also rang District Superintendent of Police Khana in Punjab, Mr. Satinder Singh, who informed that all students of J&K are safe and all measures are being taken for their security.

Div Com reviews arrangements for CJI’s visit

JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 04 – Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Pawan Kotwal today chaired a high level meeting to review the arrangements being put in place for the visit of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice T.S. Thakur.

Justice T.S. Thakur will be visiting Ramban on October 8 to inaugurate Justice D D Thakur Memorial Library at District Court Ramban, Munsiff Court at Ukhral (Kunchi), Community Hall at Batroo, Ukhral besides laying foundation stone for Munsiff Court Complex at Ukhral (Hungal.

The meeting was attended by, Deputy Commissioner Simrandeep Singh, IGP Danish Rana, Director RDD Pardeep Kumar, Director School Education Smita Sethi, Director Litigation Jammu Rohit Gupta, Joint Director Tourism Vishesh Mahajan, Joint Director Information, T R Shastri, General Manager JKTDC Rajni Gupta, SSP Traffic Kotwal, SSP Security Ramesh Kumar Angral and other concerned senior officers.

 DC Ramban Mohammad Aijaz and SSP Ramban Kumar attended the meeting through video conferencing.

Threadbare discussion was held over the arrangements being put in place by various departments for the visit of Justice T.S. Thakur.

Deputy Commissioner and SSP apprised the meeting of several arrangements especially security being put in place at Ramban, Konchi, Ukhral and Hoonga, where the functions are being organized.

IGP Jammu informed that fool proof security grid will be provided to the VVIP’s and at all the venues where the dignitaries are scheduled to visit.

Divisional Commissioner exhorted upon the officers to work in tandem for appropriate arrangements for CJI’s visit.

All India ‘Devotional Song Competition’ organized

KATRA, OCTOBER 04 – The second day of  All India Devotional Song Competition started with lighting of traditional lamp by Director Sher-I-Kashmir Police Academy Udhampur, Rajesh Kumar Yadav, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

Sarbjeet Singh from Jammu was adjudged  first while Kiran Bawa from Jalandhar secured 2nd position in the competition .The 3rd position went to Rakesh Malhotra from Jammu

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar appreciated the organizers of the event for holding such a melodious and enthralling competition. Such events greatly help in preserving our culture and traditions besides providing a platform to budding artists exploit their talent, he added.

The proceedings of the programme were conducted by Rakesh Wazir who is also the Chairman of the competition.

Shobha Yatra, Cultural procession marks 3rd day of Navratra festival

KATRA, OCTOBER 04 – A shobha yatra cum cultural procession was taken out today on the 3rd day of Navratra festival. The Shobha yatra which started from Asia chowk passed through the main bazaar, Panthal Road Bus stand and finally culminated at Yog Ashram,  Katra.

Director Sher-e- Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) Udhampur Rajesh Kumar Yadav was the chief guest on the occasion while Commandant 160  CRPF Battalion Reasi Surinder Kumar Mehra  was the guest of honour.

Various cultural programmes depicting the rich culture of our country were presented by various artists from within and outside the state.

A large number of people and pilgrims participated in the Shobha Yatra besides Jhankies were also taken out on the occasion

Yashpal Sharma inaugurates Digital Radiography unit

Announces Rs 10 lakh for infrastructural upgradation in District Hospital

POONCH, SEPTEMBER 04 – Member Legislative Council Yash Pal Sharma inaugurated Digital Radiography unit in Raja Sukh Dev Singh  Hospital  Poonch.

Dr. Niaz Chudary, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Mumtaz Bhatti, Superintendent  of District  hospital besides Advocate Sunil Kumar, Amar Singh  Josh, Naresh kumar besides doctors were present on the occasion.

Pertinently, the MLC had contributed Rs 18 lakh for this Digital radiography unit out his constituency development fund.

During the inaugural ceremony, Sharma annonuced Rs 10 lakh more for establishing oxygen cylinder refilling in the district hospital besides 200 bedding services.

The people appreciated the MLC for his pro-people approach and contribution towards enhancing health facilities in the district hospital.

DDC Budgam visits Imambaras to take stock of Muharram arrangements

BUDGAM, OCTOBER 04: District Development commissioner Budgam, Mir Altaf Ahmad, today visited various Imambaras of the district including Chatergam, Sutsu, Khanda, and historic Imambara Budgam.

During his visit, the DDC met various delegations and discussed threadbare matters pertaining to processions and Majalis regarding Muharram.

The DDC Budgam gave a patent hearing to the delegations and assured them that their grievances would be looked into.

On the occasion, the DDC called for better sanitation measures around Imambaras and directed the concerned to provide best possible services to the people. The District Development commissioner was accompanied by SSP Budgam and other senior officers of the district.

Control Room setup in Baramulla

BARAMULLA, OCTOBER 4:  The District Administration Baramulla has set up a Joint Control Room to keep a vigil and handle any law and order situation during Muharram processions in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr. Nasir Ahmad Naqash, said the joint control room will be operational from tomorrow for Muharram days and will be in service round-the-clock.

Officials of Police and District administration will be available in the control room established in the Police Control Room (PCR) Baramulla   with telephone numbers 01952237830 and 9596767768 which will deal with the specific requirements like supply of electric power, water supply, sanitation, health and other issues of emergency.

Officers from Police, Municipality, Public Health Engineering, Health, Power Development Department (PDD), Roads and Buildings (R&B), Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department, Fire & Emergency Services departments have been designated to redress issues, if any, raised by public.

Monga chairs DRSC meet

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: A meeting of Department Related Standing Committee (DSRC-I) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held under the Chairmanship of MLC, Ghulam Nabi Monga here today.

Legislators, Ashok Khajuria, Ali Mohammad Dar, Javaid Ahmed Mirchal, Sofi Mohammad Yousuf and Zaffar Iqbal Manhas (Special Invitee) took part in the meeting and gave their suggestions for making the working of Committee more effective and result oriented.

The Committee discussed agenda points of its allotted Departments including Food, Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA), Ladakh Affairs, Higher Education, Industries & Commerce, Hajj & Auqaf and Information & Technology.

The Committee stressed on the need to help the concerned departments by way of creative suggestions and recommendations so that larger majority of the state is benefited. The Chairman said that Government is committed for equitable development of all three regions of the state and providing good governance.

The Committee also deliberated on the agenda points that will be discussed in its next meeting and sought comprehensive detailed report from the FCS&CA department related to streamlining the functioning of department as the same is the most important department catering to poor and needy people of the state.

Earlier, The Chairman of the Committee welcomed the members of the Committee and Officers of Council Secretariat in the first meeting and sought their cooperation to make the Committee vibrant and result oriented.

The Committee also decided that the Committee will visit Leh and Kargil districts soon to enquire about the functioning of the FCS&CA department at the respective places.

Among others, Additional Secretariat, Legislative Council, Farooq Ahmed Sheikh besides Officers and Officials of Council Secretariat were also present in the meeting.

Khalsa chairs Petition Committee meeting

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: A meeting of Petition Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held under the Chairmanship of MLC, S. Charanjit Singh Khalsa here today to review and discuss the agenda points of the Committee.

Legislators, S Dharambir Singh Oberoi, Qairser Jamsheed Lone and Javaid Ahmed Mirchal were also present in the meeting and gave their valuable suggestions for early redressal of pending Petitions filled by the people from time to time.

Threadbare discussions were held upon previous petitions received by the Council Secretariat from the people/general public of the state to mitigate their issues regarding different matters through the Petition Committee of Council Secretariat.

The Committee also discussed the modalities of new petitions by the general public/people to sort out their grievances and issues through the Petition Committee and in this regard the Council Secretariat will publish notification along with form in local newspapers soon.

Among others, Additional Secretariat, Legislative Council, Farooq Ahmed Sheikh besides Officers and Officials of Council Secretariat were also present in the meeting.

IG (Ops) CRPF briefs Governor

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: Mr. Zulfiquar Hassan, IG (Ops) CRPF, called on Governor N.N. Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here today and briefed him about the obtaining security situation in the Valley.

The Governor stressed the need for enhanced surveillance on all fronts and ensuring against excessive application of force in dealing with maintenance of public order.


Div Com headed panel to suggest mechanism for procurement of paddy: Dy CM


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4: A Committee headed by the Divisional Commissioners of the respective divisions would be formulated for devising mechanism for procurement of paddy from the farmers, mandies, besides also addressing the issues of the mill owners who process the coarse paddy.

The directions were given by the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh in a meeting convened to discuss the procurement of coarse foodgrains in the State by the Food Corporation of India.

Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Hanjora,  Minister for CAPD, Choudhary Zulfkar, Vice Chairman Kissan Development Board, Mr. Daljeet Singh Chib, MLA Marh, Choudhary Sukhnandan, Secretary CAPD, Mr. Shafiq Raina, Director CAPD Kashmir, Tasadul Jeelani, Director Agriculture Kashmir, representatives of the Food Corporation of India were also present.

The Deputy Chief Minister directed for constitution of the Committee which would also be having the Director CAPD Jammu, Director Agriculture Jammu, Deputy Commissioners of Jammu, Kathua, Samba and the General Manager Food Corporation of India as its members. He said that they would ensure that the food grains are procured from the farmers at the rates which would be negotiated so that the wastage of the paddy is stopped besides the farming community of the State would also get benefited by the intervention of the Government. For exploring the possibility a similar Committee would also be set up for the Kashmir Division.

It was given out in the meeting that 19 centres for the procurement of the paddy have already set up at different places in Jammu for which the department of Agriculture is providing the full logistic support. It was also told that centres would also be set up in Kashmir Division for the first time so that the paddy can be procured from the farmers.

The meeting also decided to take up the issue of procurement of the coarse maize with the Union Government so that the farming community living in the hilly areas of the state would also get benefited by the intervention of the Government. For the same a formal request would also be send for the purpose.


Kohli inaugurates fish farm at Leh


LEH, OCTOBER 04: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli, today inaugurated a fish farm at Chuchot Shamma, Leh in presence of Minister for Ladakh Affairs & Cooperative Tsering Dorjey and MLA Leh Nawang Rigzin Jora.

Funded by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) under its Environment Management Plan, the farm is being built at a cost of Rs. 1.18 crore.

On the occasion, Mr. Kohli expressed hope that the farm will help in employing many locals and said the project has the potential of immediate returns.

Minister for Ladakh Affairs and MLA Leh said that supply of this kind of fish would be highly beneficial from tourist point of view as it is generally difficult to import them due to their short shell life.

They requested the NHPC to build similar farms in other parts of the district for the benefit of people and to give a boost to the tourism sector.

Executive Councilors, nominated Councilor Saida Bano, Joint Director Fisheries, Assistant Director Fisheries, and heads of various Government Departments, besides a large number of locals were also present on the occasion.

Kohli reviews developmental works at Leh

LEH, OCTOBER 4: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli, who is on a 2-day visit to Leh, today chaired a high level meeting here to review pace of various developmental works in the district.

Minister for Ladakh Affairs & Cooperative, Tsering Dorjey, Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Leh Dr Sonam Dawa, Secretary Animal & Sheep Husbandry R.K Bhagat, Executive Councilors, Deputy Commissioner Leh Prasanna Ramaswamy, Directors of Fisheries, Animal and  Sheep Husbandry departments and other senior officers attended the meeting.

On the occasion, Kohli praised the work of Hill Council Leh in giving better shape to the development scenario of the district. He and Minister Ladakh Affairs assured early sanctioning of the de-haring plant for the Sheep Husbandry Department on the demand of CEC LAHDC.

The CEC briefed the meeting about various issues being faced by different departments like non-functional machinery lying with Department of Animal Husbandry which needs technical help of the Government. He was assured of all possible help in this regard by Mr. Kohli.

Mr. Kohli assured of all possible help in establishing animal birth control centre and help in expanding infra at animal birth control unit at Skara. Regarding the escalation of purchase price of cows, Minister Ladakh Affairs Mr. Dorjey directed for forming a purchasing committee for the benefit of farmers.

During the meeting many important decisions like relocating the  Stakna Angora Sheep Breeding Farm to Chang-loog Sheep Breeding Farm, shifting of double-humped Bactrian camels from Chuschot to Nubra, declaring of Fish Pond at Shey village as  reserve water with aquarium for tourists, banning fishing and procurement of bigger size Yak from Arunachal Pradesh to  Leh for  hybriding purpose were taken.

Later, Mr. Kohli inspected Pashmina Deharing Plant, Bull Mother Farm Agling, Bactrian Camel Farm Chushot, Russian Merino Farm Matho and Pashmina Goat Farm Upshi and reviewed facilities there.

JK to get 30000 SHLs, 20013 SSls under JNNSM from MNRE

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 4:  Union Ministry of New & Renewal Energy (MNRE) has sanctioned 30000 LED Solar Home Lights and 20013 LED Solar Street Lights for J&K under JNNSM special package against the proposal of 129863 SHLs and 20013 SSLs submitted by the state’s Department of Science and Technology.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Jammu and Kashmir has tremendous hydro, wind and solar energy potential and the Department of Science and Technology has the mandate for harnessing and utilization of New and Renewable Energy sources for catering to the needs of the people with focus on un-electrified villages and hamlets and other deficit areas, besides harnessing the potential of Science and Technology as instrument of socio-economic change.

The State Science and Technology Department has two wings viz Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) and Jammu and Kashmir State Science, Technology and Innovation Council (JAKSSTIC).

JAKEDA has been nominated as Nodal Agency for implementing all the programmes of Union Ministry of New and Renewal Energy (UMNRE) in the State for promotion and implementation of projects aimed at meeting the energy requirements in general and un-electrified areas in particular by harnessing new and renewable energy sources such as Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Small Hydro Power (up to 25 MW) Bio-Energy (biomass/bio-wastes: agricultural/rural/urban/industrial) and New Energy Sources (hydrogen, geothermal, tidal).

In the border districts of Ladakh region, the S&T Department is implementing the programmes through Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency (LREDA) and Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) respectively.

JAKEDA was initially providing solar home lighting systems and solar lanterns to the general masses of the state under different programmes of MNRE. After the launch of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) in 2010, the work has been increased manifold which includes development of power plants both off-grid and grid-connected, solar water heating systems, . Besides, the government has given a mandate to JAKEDA to implement the programme of construction of mini and micro hydro projects up to 2 MW station capacity in the state.

JAKEDA is implementing various Centrally and State funded innovative schemes and programmes in every nook and corner of the State for the benefits of the people which include providing Smokeless Chullhas, setting up of Gobar Gas Plants, Distribution of Energy Saving Devices, construction of Mini and Micro and Small Hydel Power (SHP) Projects (up to 10 MW capacity) and up-gradation of Water Mills, .

JAKEDA is also carrying out the water resource investigation and assessment for development of Mini Hydel Projects (MHPs) up to a capacity of 2MW in various areas of the State which are being implemented in a phased manner under Independent Power Producer (IPP) mode. So far, 26 sites aggregating 41.85 MWs have been allotted to the producers, while as, 60 more sites aggregating 87.35 MW are under the process of allotment.

The MNRE has approved the proposal for enhancing the capacity of Small Hydel Projects (SHPs) from 2 MW to 10 MW in the State. Accordingly, the JAKEDA will, soon, submit fresh proposals to the MNRE for the development of SHPs under the Prime Ministers Reconstruction Programme (PMRP).

Under the Remote Village Electrification (RVE) Programme, JAKEDA has submitted a proposal for providing 105666 LED Solar Home Lighting systems (SHLs) and 36118 LED Solar Street Lights (SSLs) to the MNRE under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).

Under the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plants Scheme, JAKEDA has been given a target to achieve 450 MWs till ending financial year 2022, of which 54 MW are to be achieved during the financial year 2016-17.

JAKEDA is setting up 100 MW Solar Park at Samba in Jammu Division for which 600 acres state land has been identified. The documentation of the proposed land is in process and will be transferred to the concerned Department for its development.  A proposal for development of Solar Park project together with the central financial assistance of Rs 20 lakh has also been submitted to the MNRE for approval.

To harness the wind energy, National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE), which is an autonomous institute of MNRE, has identified a 25 MW potential windy site at village Bidda in District Reasi of Jammu Division. The project will cost an amount of Rs 40 crore approximately and the MNRE has agreed to provide Rs 9.5 crore for the development of the project in the first instance. The arrangement has been made to exploit the available potential of 6 MW at the site in the first phase as a pilot project under Wind Demonstration Scheme.

Sham Lal inspects Water Supply Schemes, flood protection works

REASI, OCTOBER 04 – Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Lal Choudhary conducted an extensive tour of district, Reasi yesterday and inspected Water Supply Schemes (WSS) Dhansar and Bhabbar Brahmana, Irrigation Scheme Lower Pai, flood protection works at Banganga  and other areas  in Reasi, Pouni and Arnas.

During his visit to WSS Dhansar having a capacity of 1 lakh GPH, the Minister directed the officers to maintain cleanliness in and around the area, so that clean drinking water can be supplied to holy town of Katra and its adjoining areas.

The people of Karua Kotli raised the issue of non-availability of water in their village due to delay in laying of water pipes.

The Minister directed the concerned officers to expedite the process of laying the water pipes and restore  water supply  to the village as soon as possible.

During the inspection of Irrigation Scheme Lower Pai, being executed under NABARD, the Minister directed the engineers of Irrigation & Flood Control department to channelize the flow of canals, besides taking up necessary protection works along river Chenab.

The Minister, later, convened a meeting and reviewed the pace of various ongoing works of the department in the district.

Minister of State for Finance and Planning, Information Technology, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Nanda, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi Ravinder Kumar, SP Reasi Sujit Kumar, Chief Engineer, PHE Susheel Aima, Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control Rajeev Gandotra, prominent citizens and officers of the concerned departments were also present in the meeting.

The Minister was informed that out of 10 Irrigation schemes taken up by the department for execution, two have been completed and work on remaining schemes is in full swing.

The Minister directed the officers to ensure that  Water Supply Schemes at Salal, Rolkian and Marhi Pouni are made operational within two months. He warned of strict action against the erring officers if they fail to implement schemes in stipulated time frame.

The Minister instructed for early completion of WSS Maslote, Hundar, Pouni besides the filtration plant at Reasi for providing potable water to the people of Reasi and its adjoining areas.

He further directed them to maintain cleanliness in Payi and Gajod canals, besides carrying out plantation drive along the canals.

The Minister exhorted upon the Executive Engineers, AEEs and JEs to conduct regular visits in their respective PHE installations and concerned habitations for streamlining water supply to the people.


Navratra fest witnesses talent show by differently abled children

KATRA, OCTOBER 04:- As a part of Navratra Festival -2016, the Muskan   Welfare Foundation for Disabled and Under Privileged Children presented a   talent show “Hum Bhi Kam Nahin” at Spiritual Growth Centre, Katra here today.

The show was organized by the Foundation in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), J&K Tourism Department and district administration Reasi.

DDC Reasi, Ravinder Kumar was the chief guest on the occasion.

On the occasion, children from within and outside the state presented various cultural items which were highly appreciated.

Speaking on the occasion, the DDC lauded the efforts of these children for their excellent performances. He also assured full cooperation to the foundation from the district administration for meeting their noble cause.

The DDC said that such events provide a platform to these differently abled children to exhibit their talent like other children besides making them feel equally able and privileged.

Later, cash prizes and mementos were distributed among the winners and the members of the foundation.

Among others, President Muskan Welfare Foundation,  Sandeep Mehra, Members of the  Navratra festival committee,  prominent citizens, large number of yatries were present on the occasion.


Situation remained by and large peaceful today: Police

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful today. “However, two incidents of arson were reported from Srinagar and a stray incident of stone pelting was reported from Bandipora,” the statement said.

According to the statement, normal movement of people and vehicular traffic was observed in Srinagar. “Shops in some parts of the city were open besides a large number of vendors were also on the streets. Scores of vehicles were seen plying in the main towns and on the inter district roads of the valley,” it said.

The statement said that the miscreants in their attempt to disturb the situation set on fire two auto rickshaws, one at Bhagwanpora in the jurisdiction of police station Kralkhud and another at Rainawari near Polytechnic College Saidakadal in Srinagar. “Police has taken cognizance and launched search to nab those involved in these crimes,” it said.

The statement said that in its drive to curb the activities of the miscreants, police during the past 24 hours arrested 57 such individuals involved in various offences of creating disturbances in different part of the valley.

Zulfkar chairs Kupwara DDB meeting

 4053 works completed under MGNREGA,

71% expenditure incurred up to Sept 2016


KUPWARA, OCTOBER 4: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies  & Consumer Affairs Ch. Zulafkar Ali, who is also the Chairman of DDB Kupwara,  today chaired District Development Board meeting  and reviewed the pace of  ongoing developmental projects being executed under district sector  in Kupwara.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Rural Development, PRI & Law Justice Abdul Haq, Member Parliament Mr. Fayaz Ahmad Mir, MLA Kupwara, Mr Bashir Ahmad Dar, MLA Karnah Mr. Raja Manzoor, MLA Langate Engineer Abdul Rashid, along with HOD’s, District/ Sectorial Officers.

Chairing the meeting the Minister stressed for full utilization of funds allocated under the plan ensuring timely completion of ongoing projects.

Expressing his satisfaction over the work done under R&B, PHE, Social Welfare, Education, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Health Agriculture, Horticulture, Rural Development and other departments, Mr. Zulfkar Ali said that everyone has to contribute to make an effective mechanism which would serve people in a better manner.

The Minister appreciated the officers for completion of various developmental works and stressed upon them to work with missionary zeal and achieve the targets well in time fixed for the current fiscal.

Recalling the commitments made by the late Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed during the previous Board meetings, the Chairman said that the Government would ensure that all commitments made by Mufti sahib are fulfilled on priority basis, including the developmental works to be done in Kupwara.

Mr. Zulfkar Ali said that the Government is committed for the equitable development of the state. He said that no one would be allowed to disrupt the peaceful environment in the State, and asked police officials to safeguard the life and property of common people.

Stressing on the judicious use of resources, the Minister impressed upon the officers to put their sincere and dedicated efforts for proper utilization of the funds allocated under various schemes to create valuable assets in border areas. He also directed HODs   to conduct frequent field visits to monitor the quality and pace of developmental works. He thanked all the public representatives for their support and asked the officers to take into confidence the local representatives while preparing developmental projects.

The Chairman assured that due consideration would be given to the suggestions and demands projected by the legislators in the meeting with regard to development of area.

Minister for Rural Development & Panchayati Raj and Law & Justice, Abdul Haq, speaking on the occasion, said that the officers should be pro-active in redressing the public grievances.

Giving detailed account of development activities being carried out in the district during the current fiscal year through power point presentation, the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Rajeev Ranjan informed that  71 per cent  available funds have been booked under expenditure on various developmental works in district Kupwara till ending September.

The meeting was informed that under MGNREGA, 4053 works have been completed that generated 2.5 lakh man-days of work, besides, 65 Panchyat Ghars have been completed during the current fiscal year. It was further given out that 71 per cent of expenditure have been booked against the available funds.

The meeting was informed that under  R&B sector, three important bridges have been completed and six bridges are targeted for completion during this financial year, while 17 Kms road has been macadamized.

Under PMGSY, the roads would be constructed to  connect 21 new habitations at an estimate cost of Rs 104 crore.

Under RMSA, seven High School buildings have been completed, while under SSA, 69 Primary School buildings, three Middle school buildings , 348 ACRs  have been completed.

Under PHE sector, 18 schemes worth Rs. 19  crore  are near completion which should provide  potable drinking  water to 38,000 souls of the District. 16 ST Tanks and one Lift Irrigation Scheme is targeted to be completed during the current fiscal, the meeting was informed.

Giving details about stock supply position of essential commodities in the district, it was revealed that cent percent stocking of food grains for winter months in Keran has been done, while as the process of stocking of food grains for Machil, Jumgund, Kamkadi, Budnambal& Karnah  would be completed  by the 15th of current Month.

 Moreover,  Rs. 12 crore plan under PMKSY stands approved for the District for which action have been initiated, the meeting was informed.


Sunil holds public grievances redressal camp, lays foundation stone of link roads


KISHTWAR, OCTOBER 04 – Minister of State for Transport, PWD (R&B), Revenue, Rural development and Panchayati Raj, Sunil Sharma, today visited Palmar area of district Kishtwar and laid foundation stone for several links roads.

The minister laid foundation stone of 2 km long link road from Telan to Hari to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.410.80 lakh under NABARD scheme.  He also laid foundation stone for 2 other roads including a 3km link road from Harid to Wassar to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.373.93 lakh by PWD (R&B) and 2 km stretch link road from Bhatta Palmar to Telmal to be constructed with an estimated cost of Rs.374.34 lakh by PWD (R&B).

During his visit to the area, the Minister held a public grievances redressal camp at Higher Secondary School Bhatta and took stock of various facilities being provided to the students there.

The people of Bhatta Palmar and adjoining areas apprised the Minister of various problems and demands regarding supply of drinking water, repair of electric lines, adequate power supply, installation of solar lights, black topping of roads, availability of ration throughout the year etc.

The people also demanded opening of much awaited Jawahar Navodyala school in the area besides construction of new school building for HSS Bhatta.

The staff of HSS Palmar requested the Minister to take up the issue of starting  SRTC bus service in the area.

 Responding to the demand of road maintenance, Sunil Sharma informed the public that the government has sanctioned 37 crore rupees for macdamization of 18 km long  Bhandarkote – Palmar road. He further assured the completion of various ongoing road works besides its maintenance by the concerned agencies.

The Minister announced installation of solar lights in the area soon.

He asked the district administration to deliver services with utmost dedication and try to reach the people especially living in far flung areas of the district.

Later, Sharma announced Rs. 2 lakh for development of HSS Bhatta, out of his CDF.


Dr Nirmal Gupta reviews functioning of SWB

Meets Kashmir based NGOs   

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: Chairperson State Social Welfare Board (SWB), Dr Nirmal Gupta, today convened a meeting with Kashmir based Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and also reviewed the functioning of the Board.

During the meeting the NGOs highlighted various activities being undertaken by them for which funding is provided by the SWB. On the occasion, Dr Gupta appreciated the role played by the NGOs in the prevailing situation and urged them to ensure that benefits of the various Government welfare schemes reach the society in general and the downtrodden sections of the society in particular.

The meeting was also attended by Executive Director SWB and other staff members of the Board. It was given out that there are 694 Crèche Centres, 28 Family Counseling Centres, one Short Stay Home and two Swadhar Shelter Homes being run in the State with the financial support of Central Social Welfare board, Ministry of Women and Child Development.


Div Com Kashmir reviews status of road projects

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 04: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, todayconvened a meeting regarding the progress on prestigious road projects, including National Highway and Border Roads.

The meeting was attended by officers of BEACON, NAUGH and RAMKY, who informed the Divisional Commissioner regarding the status of different roads ongoing projects.

The meeting discussed the road projects in Qazigund, Narbal, Gulmarg, Baramulla and other projects of Kashmir Division.

The Deputy Commissioners of different districts of Kashmir division also participated in the meeting through Video conferencing.

On the occasion, the Div Com stressed for timely completion of the roads projects and called for greater synergy and cooperation between executing agencies and the administration.

 Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner also convened a meeting regarding State level Water Policy and Plan and discussed various aspects of the same in detail. The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, chief Conservator Forest, Commissioner SMC, VC SDA, VC LAWAD, Chief Engineer PHE, Chief Engineer PWD, and Chief Engineer I&FC.

Deputy Commissioners of different districts of Kashmir division also participated in the meeting through Video conferencing.


Ensure smooth traffic movement at Jawahar Tunnel: DC Anantnag

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 4:    To ease out the traffic congestion at Toll Post, Lower Munda and Jawahar Tunnel in Qazigund area, a meeting of the officers of transport department and concerned agencies was chaired by the Deputy Commissioner Anantnag here today.

The Deputy Commissioner directed the Transport and Excise Department and Traffic police to fully gear up to mitigate any inconvenience caused to the passengers and the fruit growers at Lower Munda and Jawahar Tunnel.

Deputy Commissioner was apprised by the officers of the police and excise department about the reasons leading to traffic jam.

During the meet, it was decided that Excise Department shall charge toll on empty tankers and passenger vehicles at Levdooru point so as to lighten the traffic pressure at Lower Munda point.

Owing to the Jammu-bound nocturnal traffic movement on the National Highway, the Deputy Commissioner instructed the traffic and J&K police to jointly establish a cut-off point at Qazigund in order to minimize the traffic jamming at dense jam points. He also instructed the CRPF officials to allow the nomadic movement across the Jawahar Tunnel on specified time so that their movement does not hamper the day-time movement of the truckers.

With regard to the fruit export, the Deputy Commissioner ordered the Transport and Horticulture departments to ensure the compliance of transporters with the notified freight charges bound to various destinations across the country.


Sanitation week under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan continues in Anantnag

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 04: As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the week-long sanitation drive continued in various offices of district, with Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, launched the drive in various office complexes here today.

During the sanitation drive, the Deputy Commissioner along with district officers of various departments carried forward the cleanliness mission in their official premises. The drive continued in DC Office complex, besides offices of ARTO Anantnag, CEO, Tehsil office, District Social Welfare office and fisheries department.

On the occasion, the Deputy Commissioner urged upon the government functionaries to take forward the cleanness drive at official and individual level for making our surroundings clean and reducing the ill effects of harmful pollutants.


Window of opportunity for youth in Agriculture sector

ANANTNAG, OCTOBER 04: As part of the National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture, a number of micro soil testing labs are to be established in district Anantnag by the interested entrepreneurs and SHGs under Soil Health Management Scheme.

The scheme provides an opportunity to village entrepreneurs in the age group of 18-40, self Help Groups, Farmer Joint Liability Groups, Cooperative Societies, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPO), Input Retail Outlets, Input Retailers, and Schools/colleges located in the district to establish income generating units that are aimed at promoting crop specific sustainable soil health management and judicious application of fertilizers.

Under the scheme, every identified beneficiary will be provided financial assistance and technical guidance to establish micro soil testing labs at the village level that is aimed at promoting soil testing among the farmers.

Under Soil Health Management Scheme, the self help groups, Famer Joint Liability Groups, Farmer Cooperatives Societies, FPOs, Input Retail Outlets, Schools/colleges located in the district would get financial assistance of 80 per cent of the projected cost for purchase of machinery, equipment, chemicals, glassware, miscellaneous laboratory articles and contingents.

However,  the project cost cannot exceed Rs. 10 lakh. Similarly, village entrepreneurs and input retailers would get financial assistance of 40 per cent of the project cost of Rs. 10 lakh for establishing these labs.

The scheme aims at improving soil quality by providing soil testing facilities to the farmers at their door steps as well generating employment for the rural youth. The scheme also provides 16 per cent reservation to beneficiaries belonging to SC category, 8 per cent to ST Category and 30 per cent to women entrepreneurs.

MLA distributes cheques among 132 beneficiaries under Swachh Bharat Mission

KULGAM, OCTOBER 4: MLA Noorabad, Mr. Abdul Majeed Padder today distributed cheques worth Rs 8 lakh among 132 beneficiaries under the Swachh Bharat Mission at a function organized at Rest House Chawalgam Kulgam.

The MLA urged upon the beneficiaries to fully utilize the money aimed at making Kulgam district clean and hygienic under the National mission. He said that cleanliness drives under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan should not only be restricted to official premise but should be encouraged at individual level especially among the students.

He said that authorities should provide financial assistance to the people living in rural areas so as to make Kulgam open defecation free district.


GDA continues drive against encroachment at Gulmarg

Three illegal structures sealed for violation


GULMARG, OCTOBER 04: Continuing its drive against encroachments, Gulmarg Development Authority (GDA) with the assistance of Revenue, Police and Gulmarg Municipal Committee today demolished a number of illegal structures at the famous ski resort and took possession of over 30 kanals of Government property.

In compliance to the High Court orders passed on 22/09/2016 in PIL No: 14/2012, the GDA also sealed three illegal structures at Gulmarg which were sealed for violation.

The hoteliers were advised to fence their leased land which is being demarcated by the Revenue authorities.

Chief Executive GDA said hoteliers/ lessees were further advised not to encroach upon the Government land and the encroachment, if any, shall be demolished, besides initiating criminal action against them.

He said demolition drive shall continue till all the encroachers are evicted from the Government property.


DG Prisons holds meeting with Superintendent Jails of Jammu province


JAMMU, OCTOBER 04 – Director General of Police, Prisons  J&K, S. K. Mishra, today convened a meeting with superintendents of Jails of Jammu province.

Javed Masood  Fazili,  Superintendent  District Jail Jammu, Dinesh Sharma, Superintendent Central Jail  Jammu Kot Bhalwal, Harish  Kotwal, Superintendent  District Jail Udhampur,  Mushtaq Ahmed Malla, Superintendent District Jail Kishtwar, Sanjeev  Kumar, Superintendent District Jail Poonch, Bushan Lal Bali, Superintendent  District Jail Kathua, Mohd. Rafiq Superintendent  District Jail  Rajouri, Lazar  Khandaray, Superintendent  Sub Jail Hiranagar  and Madan Singh Charak, I/c  Superintendent  Sub Jail  Reasi were present in the meeting.

The DGP discussed in detail various issues regarding staff in different jails, construction works under SRE and security related matters

The  Superintendent Jails of Jammu province apprised the DGP  of problems  being faced  by  them  in  their  respective  Jails  besides  measures  be taken up  for security and safety of  the prisons.

The DGP assured them that their issues will be looked into for redressal.

He  asked  all  the  Superintendent  Jails  to work with dedication  to ensure  security and welfare of jail inmates  as  well  as staff.

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