Report Card of Government of Jammu and Kashmir for 05 Oct 2016

Chief Minister calls on Prime Minister

Mehbooba urges Modi to reach out to people of Jammu and Kashmir, apply balm to their wounds


NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 05: Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti called on the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi here this afternoon to discuss the overall situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

In the meeting which lasted for nearly an hour, the Chief Minister discussed with the Prime Minister the law and order situation and the situation along the borders in view of the escalation of tensions in the region.

Ms Mehbooba urged the Prime Minister to reach out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir with tangible confidence building measures to address their political, economic and developmental concerns.

“The people in Kashmir have gone through enormous agony and pain and the time has come to reach out to them and apply a balm to their wounds through ample initiatives at political, economic and developmental levels,” the Chief Minister told the Prime Minister.

Ms Mehbooba said, she urged the Prime Minister to view the current situation in the state as an opportunity and start a dialogue process with the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “I hope that the Prime Minister, who has received such a big mandate, takes this situation as an opportunity and reaches out to the people of Jammu and Kashmir by starting a productive dialogue process to end the miseries of the people in the State,” she said.

While expressing grave concern over the prevailing situation along the borders, Ms Mehbooba called for de-escalation of the tension as, according to her, people in Jammu and Kashmir have been the worst sufferers of the hostility and confrontation in the region. “Today also hundreds of families have to migrate from the border areas of the State and they suffer immense hardships because of the prevailing tense situation in the region,” she said and stressed the need for reviving the peace and reconciliation process in the region.

The Chief Minister also discussed the overall developmental scenario in the State and the measures being taken to expedite the implementation of projects under the RS 80,000 crore Prime Minister’s Developmental Programme.


Hanjura for timely completion of Charari-e-Sharief dev projects


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, today chaired a meeting to review pace of different developmental works taken under Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and Convergence programme in Charari-e-Sharief Constituency.

The Minister directed the officers of Municipal Committee Charari -e-Sharief, Rural Development, Power Development and Education departments to work in synergy and speed up the pace of work on all developmental works under execution in the Constituency. He called for judicious and full utilization of funds.

He said that an amount of Rs 1.21 crore has been released under CDF for construction of lanes, drains, culverts, chain fencing, foot paths, purchase of computers, transformers and improvement of power infrastructure.

While reviewing works taken under Rural Development Department, Mr Hanjura was told that seven works under CDF were completed and construction on four other works is going on, while as under Convergence programme, out of 27 works eight were completed and 19 other are under execution. It was given out that out of Rs 1.67 crore, Rs 22.05 lakh have been incurred on these works so far.

The meeting was informed that under Power Department 11 works were completed and funds to the tune of Rs 50 lakh released under CDF have been utilized.

Officials of the Municipality Committee while briefing the Minister about activities carried by them said five Community Sanitary Complexes were completed last year under Swachh Bharat Programme. It was given out that work on 10 Community Sanitary Complexes and 2000 individual Household Latrines has been started during current year.

About the purchase of computers for some educational institutes of the constituency, Mr Hanjura directed the Chief Education Officer to submit a detailed report regarding the samewithin two days.

The meeting was attended by the officers of PDD, Planning & Development, Education, and Municipal Committee Charari-e-Sharief.


Bukhari hears Roshni appeals


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 08:- Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Syed Bashart Bukhari today heard several appeals related to the Roshni Act

The appeals were filed by persons who had applied for proprietary rights under the said Act. The next date of hearing of these cases has been fixed on 18th October, 2016 and all the parties concerned have been directed to remain present on the said date.


Bali Bhagat reviews functioning of JKMSCL

Directs hassle-free medical supplies to Health Institutions  


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5: Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat, today chaired a meeting to review the overall functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Medical Supplies Corporation Limited (JKMSCL) here today.

The meeting discussed various issues confronting the Corporation and Medical Institutes of the State with regard to medical supplies.

The JKMSCL officials informed the Minister that the Corporation has uploaded 31 tenders and Notice Inviting e-Tenders for e-tendering with active participation of vendors and manufacturers.

He was further told that the Corporation has issued 344 registrations of firms against 377 applications received, so far.

Speaking on the occasion, Bali Bhagat said that drug stores of the department will be in control of the JKMSCL along with the men and the machinery and directed the HODs of Medical Institutes to conduct regular meetings with the Corporation to resolve issues, if any, so that medical supplies reach to every Health Institute without any delay.

He also directed the HoDs of Health Institutes to submit reacquisition to the Corporation by November ending and directed the Corporation to work with added zeal to make supply of medicines possible on time and demand.

Secretary Health and Medical Education M. K. Bhandari, Principles of GMCs of Kashmir and Jammu, Principle Dental College Srinagar,  Managing Director JKMSCL Dr. Yeshpal Sharma, Director Health Services Kashmir Saleem-ur-Rehman and other senior officers were present at the meeting.


Ansari for improving sports infrastructure


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister for Youth Services and Sports, Molvi Imran Raza Ansari, today called for improving sports infrastructure so as to encourage greater participation and promoting sporting culture in the State.

Speaking at a meeting to review various ongoing works aimed at improving sports infrastructure in Rajouri and Poonch, Ansari directed the concerned to speed up works so that sports activities are set in time.

Secretary, Youth Services & Sports Hilal Ahmed Parray, ADDC Rajouri, Superintending Engineer R&B Rajouri, Poonch, and officers of Youth Services and Sports (YSS) Department attended the meeting.

The meeting was follow-up of the earlier meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti wherein she had directed to utilize Rs 2 crores for up gradation of sports stadia in twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch.

The officers of YSS presented a detailed summary of works going on for these sports stadia and assured the Minister that ongoing works will be completed within the stipulated time.

Mr. Ansari directed the officers to identify the works which can be prioritized for this year, and added that later other works would be taken up.


Mir Zahoor reviews PDD works in Pampore

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: Minister of State for Forest, Environment, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, Wednesday chaired a meeting to review works under Power Development Department (PDD) in Pampore constituency.

The Minister directed the officers of PDD to start construction on different works including supply, covering and testing of 60/120 Watt LED streetlights and creation of 100 and 63 KVAs transformers in Pampore Constituency. He said an amount of Rs 30 lakh has already been sanctioned under Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) for the purpose.

While reviewing pace of various works taken under MPLADS, Mir Zahoor said that the Government headed by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti is fully committed to achieve electrification of all un-electrified villages of the State.

He directed the concerned officers to conduct survey of damaged power infrastructure in Pampore, so that it can be repaired well in time before ensuing winter season. He announced Rs 10 lakh out of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) in this regard.

Senior Officers of PDD and Planning and Development Department of district Pulwama and Anantang attended the meeting.


Govt setting up network of Anganwadi Centres in the State: Asiea Naqash

Calls for streamlining procurement of nutrition to ICDS


SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5: Minister of State for Housing & Urban Development and Social Welfare, Ms Asiea Naqash, today said the Government is contemplating to further extend the network of Anganwadi Centres in the State to supplement the nutritional needs of children living in rural and far-flung areas.

While chairing a meeting to review implementation of Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and its convergence with relevant Health schemes, she said the Department will go for convergence with Department of Rural Development for constructing Anganwari centers (AWCs) wherein the labor component will be covered under MGNREGA.      The Minister asked the officers to prepare a model for new AWCs and ensure that the new centres are fully equipped with proper sanitation facility.

She also stressed on streamlining the procurement of nutrition to the ICDS centres so that the children receive a balanced diet on time. She said the nutritional plan for the children should not get affected due to paper works in offices and called for timely procurement of the nutrition.

Threadbare discussion was also held on various issues including identifying locations for opening of new AWCs, making existing Anganwari centres as crèches, up-gradation of existing AWCs and digitization of data.

The meeting also reviewed status of Adhaar seeding of Anganwadi Supervisors, Anganwari Workers (AWWs), Anganwari Helpers (AWHs) and beneficiaries which include children, pregnant and lactating women, besides progress of implementation of SABLA and Kishori Shakti Yojana (KSY).

During the meeting, the Minister was informed that State has registered a substantial growth in the number of ICDS projects as well as AWCs, while expanding the ambit of these services to almost all the villages.

It was given out that presently there are 141 projects comprising 29599 Anganwari centers which are operational in the State covering a population of over 10 lakh souls including children, lactating mothers, pregnant women and adolescent girls. Besides, 3316 new AWCs have been sanctioned for J&K which would be made functional by next fiscal.

Programme Manager NHM Dr Mushtaq Ahmad, State Immunization Officer Dr Dolma and District Program Officers, officials of concerned Department attended the meeting.

Ramesh Arora chairs DRSC meet

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5: A meeting of Departmental Related Standing Committee (DRSC) of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held under the chairmanship of MLC Ramesh Arora here today.

Legislators, Showkat Hussain Ganai, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Firdous Ahmad Tak and Yasir Reshi were present at the meeting.

Detailed discussions were held on the working of the Committee and it was decided that the committee will examine the functioning of Forest, Power Development, Agriculture Production, Social Welfare, Revenue and Rural Development Departments.

The Chairman directed the officers of Council Secretariat to seek necessary information from Social Welfare department so that the same could be scrutinizing in its next meeting.

Senior officers of the Council Secretariat also attended the meeting.


Firdous Tak chairs Ethics Committee meet

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5: A meeting of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council Ethics Committee was held here today under the chairmanship of MLC Firdous Tak.

Legislators, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Shah (Veeri), Mohammad Muzaffar Parray and Rani Gargi Blowria were present at the meeting.

It was decided that the Committee will conduct study tour of some States including New Delhi and Kerala to get know how of their Ethics Committee working.

During the meeting, the Committee members suggested various proposals to make the Ethics Committee Rules more effective.

The Chairman asked the Committee Members to give their suggestions in writing so that the same could be incorporated in Ethics Rules after proper discussion and examination.

Senior officers of the Council Secretariat also attended the meeting.


Auto Rickshaws gutted in fire will be compensated: Div Com

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05:  Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan today said that Government will provide compensation to the owners of autorickshaws which were set on fire in downtown area of Srinagar city yesterday.

Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khan said the  Chief Minister, Ms. Mehbooba Mufti has directed administration for immediate release of compensation in favour of sufferers as autorickwas were the only mean of their livelihood.

Divisional Commissioner also directed concerned to indentify the culprits so that they could be punished under Court of law.

Nanda attends ‘All India Devotional Song Competition’

Shobha Yatra cum Cultural procession taken out


 KATRA, OCTOBER 5:  As a part of celebrations of  Navratra Festival 2016, an ‘All India Devotional Song Competition’ was organized by the District  administration Reasi in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Tourism Department at Katra.

The Minister of State for Finance and Planning, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Revenue and Rehabilitation, Information Technology, Ajay Nanda was the chief guest and Deputy Commissioner Reasi, Ravinder Kumar was the guest of honour on the occasion.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Nanda appreciated the spiritual strengthening through these devotional songs for infusing peace and harmony in all spheres of human thinking and action. He congratulated the artists on their sterling performances.

The chief guest along with the guest of honour distributed prizes among the winners. Sushmita Banerjee was adjudged first in the competition while Yasir Hussain and Vivek Mohan from Jammu bagged the second and third positions respectively.

On the 4th day of the festival, a shobha yatra cum cultural procession was taken out in Katra with the main attraction being Jhankies in which artists from all over the country participated and showcased their regional cultures.

Later in the day, a Hasya vyang competition was also organised by the District administration in which 22 artists participated and 12 qualified for the semi-finals.

Among others, CEO Mansar Surinsar Development Authority, Vikas Gupta, SDM Katra, Neelam Khajuria, ASP, Sumir Kotwal, A.D Tourism Dr. Umesh Shan, Tehsildar, Katra Mohit Raina , Chairman Hotelier Association Katra Sham lal Kesar, Members of Navratra Maha  Utsav Committee and other prominent citizens were present on the occasion.


MLA Chenani distributes cheques among the SBM beneficiaries

Awareness camp on Swachh Bharat Mission, SVEEP held


CHENANI, OCTOBER 5:-With an aim to create awareness among the voters and as a part of Swachhta Pakhwada which is being celebrated from October 1 to October 15, an awareness program on SVEEP and SBM was organized today at Chenani.

Speaking on the occasion, MLA Chenani, Mr. Dina Nath Bhagat urged the citizens of Chenani to maintain cleanliness in and around their houses. He further said that many diseases can be prevented by keeping the surroundings clean.

A rally was also taken out by the students which started from Bus Stand Chenani and finally culminated at the Panchayat Ghar Chenani. Holding the banners and placards in their hands, the students raised  the slogans on Swachh Bharat and SVEEP and created awareness among the common masses about the importance of cleanliness and ‘Right to Vote ‘.

Students also threw light on Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation and Swachh Bharat Mission. A Skit on SBM was also presented by the artists on the occasion.

Underlining the importance of SVEEP, DC Udhampur, Mr. Niraj Kumar said that the main aim of this programme is to inform and educate people about the importance of voting and to motivate voters with a hope to make Indian Democracy more participative through SVEEP. SVEEP is designed based on the socio-economic and demographic profile of the state. He also stressed upon the people to maintain cleanliness.

Later, the MLA distributed cheques among the SBM beneficiaries.

ACD Udhampur Joginder Rai,  Dy .DEO Sapna Kotwal, SDM Chenani Davinder Sharma, District Social Welfare Officer Rachna Sharma, BDO Chenani Dr. Shavi , CDPO Chenani ,BMO Chenani besides large number of AWWs, AWHs,ASHAs and students were also present on the occasion.


Agricultural Census launched in Doda


DODA, OCTOBER 5:- The 10th Agricultural Census with 2015-16 as reference year was today launched in the district under the overall supervision of District Development Commissioner, Bhupinder Kumar

Agricultural Census is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS), made functional by the Planning wing of Financial Commissioner Revenue’s office. Joint Director Planning, working as the Technical Officer of the Scheme during the initial deliberations briefed the Revenue Staff comprising of Patwaris, Girdawars, Naib Tehsildars etc.of whole district about the importance of the scheme.

Agricultural Census is a quinquennial census which was first launched by the Government of India in 1970-71. The crux of the scheme lies in knowing about the size of the agricultural holding and the number of operational holders in the state. The Agricultural Census is a large Statistical Operation and the information collected through it is quite significant for the policy planners.

During the programme, census material was distributed among the patwaris for furnishing of information as per the schedule fixed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India.

ACR Ranjeet Singh, Tehsildars, NTs and other revenue officials from all the tehsils of district were present in the meeting.


DDC Kathua convenes public grievances redressal camps at Machhedi, Badhnota

Inspects PMGSY roads & other ongoing development works

KATHUA, OCTOBER 5:- With an aim to redress the grievances of the people, District Development Commissioner, Ramesh Kumar held an extensive tour of remote tehsil Lohai Malhar and held public grievances camps at Machhedi and Badhnota.

During the camps people presented various issues and demands regarding the supply of drinking water, electricity and ration besides the issue of road connectivity. DDC passed directions to the concerned departments for quick resolutions of the issues in a time bound manner.

Later, DDC reviewed the progress of ongoing works on various  roads under PMGSY. He was accompanied by Chief Engineer PMGSY, Hamid Sheikh, Superintendent Engineer PMGSY Jammu, S.R Dogra and Executive Engineer PMGSY Billawar, Pawan Kumar Bhagat.

DDC passed on spot directions to the officers of PMGSY to speed up the work of 34 km Machhedi- Drabbar road with proper alignment and drainage system, besides ensuring quality of the work  by adhering to the parameters laid down for the purpose. DDC also directed officers to immediately initiate  the work on Dhar- Karkhana and Malhar-Marhoon roads sanctioned under PMGSY and complete it within stipulated time

 Chief Engineer apprised the DDC that 28km of the Machhedi-Drabbar road has been completed so far and work on 6th phase is under progress.

During his tour, DDC also inspected various schools and healthcare centres.   He instructed CMO Kathua to depute local staff at health centres for ensuring round the clock functioning of these centres.


JKEDI conduct Entrepreneurship awareness programme at Doda

DODA, OCTOBER 5:-Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Doda conducted an entrepreneurship awareness programme here, to create awareness regarding entrepreneurship ventures amongst the educated unemployed youth of the district.

The main objective of the programme was to spread awareness among youth about various schemes being implemented by the institute for the promotion of entrepreneurship in the state especially in rural areas.

MLA Doda Shakti Raj Parihar while speaking on the occasion deliberated upon various entrepreneurial opportunities in the district and assured the youth regarding government support in establishing business ventures.  MLA urged upon JKEDI team to conduct similar programmes at block as well as Panchayat levels to rope in rural youth in the process of entrepreneurship so that they become job providers instead of job seekers.

Speaking on the occasion DDC Doda Bhupinder Kumar encouraged the students to opt for domestic entrepreneurship programmes and motivated the unemployed youth to take up private enterprise, thereby keeping a check on rural to urban migration.

Among others General Manager DIC , Shahida Parveen, Functional Manager  Amresh Kotwal, Senior Executive JK Bank Zonal Office Ashok Sen, Chief programme Officer JKEDI Dr. Majid Manzoor Khan and Manager IT JKEDI Gowhar Nazir was also present on the occasion.


Awareness rally taken out at Katra

KATRA, OCTOBER-05:- A massive awareness rally under the theme Save Trikuta Hills was taken out from the base camp of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi this morning.

SDPO Katra, Dr. Ashok Sharma flagged off the rally in which students from 30 different educational institutions with enthusiasm.

Carrying placards and raising slogans on Save Trikuta Hills, the rally passed through various locations of the Katra town like Bus stand, Main Bazaar, Chintamani Mandir and finally culminated at Government Higher Secondary School, Katra.

Among others, Principal Higher Secondary School, Katra, Mr. Subash Gupta, Station House Officer, Mr. Arvind Sambyal, Members of the Navrtara festival committee, Teachers, Prominent citizens and large number of students were present on the occasion.


Shiv Khori Shrine Board offers special schemes for donors, tourist operators

REASI, OCTOBER 5: In an endeavor to further boost pilgrim tourism at Holy caves of Lord Shiva at Shivkhori in  Reasi,  Deputy Commissioner  Ravinder Kumar who is also the Vice Chairman SSKSB launched special schemes for Tour Operators operating on  Jammu-Katra-Shivkhori circuit.

Speaking on the occasion, the DC said that the tourist operators play an important role in promotion of tourist/religious spots and with their active participation a fillip can be given to the tourist activities in the area.

Mahesh Sharma, Executive Officer SSKSB said that these schemes will go a long way for the promotion of tourism in the area.  He said that these schemes shall envisage acknowledgement, appreciation & facilitation of tour operators and liberal donors at Shivkhori.  More such schemes are in offing  by the SSKSB  to promote religious pilgrimage at Shivkhori.


DC Jammu imposes ban on transportation of bovine animals

JAMMU, OCTOBER 05 – District Magistrate Jammu in exercise of powers vested under Section 144 Cr. P.C has ordered that no Bovine animals such as cow, oxen, bulls, calves etc be transported from Jammu to other district, except with written permission from District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate Jammu under certain conditions imposed by this office from time to time.

This order shall come into force with an immediate effect and shall remain in force for a period of two months from the date of its issue or if the order is rescind whichever is earlier.

VC SKUAST-K calls on Governor

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5: Prof. Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, met Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University, at the Raj Bhavan here today.

The Governor congratulated the Vice Chancellor for securing 17 new projects, worth Rs. 5.68 crores, which have been approved by various external funding agencies. He also complimented the VC for the Faculty of Agriculture, Wadoora, being granted Star College recognition by the Union Ministry of  Science and Technology, with funding support of Rs. 46 lakh, and for the Basic Horticulture Training Course being commenced at Stakna, Leh.

The VC sought the Governor’s intervention for the Security Forces vacating the University Research Stations at Khudwani, Pohnu and Balpora which was adversely affecting the University’s research and extension activities. He also sought help for un- interrupted infrastructure development at Shalimar keeping in view the restrictions on construction around Dal lake by LAWDA.

The Governor and the VC also discussed issues relating to financial resources, re-organisation of available staff strength and filling up vacant posts of scientific staff, and carrying out academic reforms.


Dr. Bloeria meets Governor

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5: Dr. S.S. Bloeria, Member Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB), met Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Board at the Raj Bhavan here today.

The Governor and Dr. Bloeria discussed various important issues relating to the future growth and development of facilities in the various institutions established by the Shrine Board.

The Governor and Dr. Bloeria also discussed matters relating to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi pilgrimage.


PMUY launched at Samba, Kathua

SAMBA/KATHUA, OCTOBER 5:- Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali in presence of Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash and Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Ch. Lal Singh today  launched ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ at Samba.

The programme was also attended by MLA Samba Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal, MLA Hiranagar Kuldeep Raj, DC Samba Sheetal Nanda, and SSP Samba Joginder Singh.

PMUY envisages providing free LPG gas connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) women with no security required for cylinder, Regulator and Pipe.

Zulfkar while addressing the gathering emphasized upon the importance of the scheme as it provides clean fuel with reduction in health hazards caused due to cooking based on fossil fuel. He cited WHO study wherein it has been reported that there are 5 lakh respiratory deaths every year in India. He informed that the scheme specifically targets BPL families with Rs 4800 benefit being provided to each beneficiary. He also informed that 7500 gas connections are for immediate distribution at Samba and rest of the district would be covered within three years.

Responding to the public demand, Zulfkar informed that though PMUY identifies beneficiaries on the basis of 2011 census, a separate study would be taken up and supplementary list under PMUY PLUS would be formed and sent to central govt. for approval so that no entitled beneficiary is left out.

Ch Lal Singh highlighted the saving of precious firewood with availability of LPG and thereby benefitting the environment. He reiterated that govt. is continuously working towards public welfare initiatives.

The I&C Minister called for proper dissemination of information among the poor and villagers regarding various centrally and state sponsored welfare schemes. He asked the public to enroll themselves under ADHAAR based system to avail benefit of various govt. schemes.

MLA Samba and Hiranagar also spoke on the occasion.

The function was also attended by AD Legal Metrology Ajay Verma, Dy Managar HPCL Anis Jaqari, Sunil Digra, Hamid Bashir Bulbul and Afaq Majid Lone from Indian Oil Corporation.

Later at Kathua, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali and Choudhary Lal Singh formally launched the scheme and distributed 300 new LPG connections among the women beneficiaries.

While addressing the participants the Minister said that Government has envisaged this scheme to provide women with a safe and clean provision of fuel for cooking.

He appealed people who can afford unsubsidized LPG cylinder to voluntarily give up subsidy so that more such beneficiaries can be brought under the ambit of this scheme.  He also threw light on scope and coverage of NFSA and MMSFES. He informed that government is going to open new ration depots to streamline ration distribution and avoid inconvenience to people.

While speaking on the occasion Choudhary Lal Singh stressed on the need to sensitize the people about these welfare schemes and expand the outreach of the programme so that people can avail maximum benefit of these schemes.

MLA Kathua, Rajiv Jasrotia also spoke on the occasion and highlighted various initiatives undertaken by the government for the welfare of common man.

MLA Hiranagar Kuldeep Kumar, DDC Kathua Ramesh Kumar and other senior officers were present during the launch ceremony at Kathua.


Dutch Embassy delegates meet Secretary Horticulture

Discuss steps taken for setting up of Centres of Excellence in State

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 5:- The delegates from Dutch Embassy Mr. Wuter Werhey, Councillor Agriculture and Mr Anand Krishnan, Deputy Councillor Agriculture today met with Secretary, Horticulture Department here and discussed various issues with regard to development and promotion of Horticulture sectors in the State.

Discussing issues with regard to setting up of two Centres of Excellence at Zawoora in Srinagar and Udheywala in Jammu for the development and promotion of Horticulture sector through transfer of technology and human resources in the State, it was informed that the service of PUM, consultancy of Dutch Experts, was utilized for the preparation of DPRs for setting up of Centres of Excellence.

Giving brief account of the steps taken for the establishment of Centres of Excellence, it was given out that Detailed Project Reports (DPR)  of the projects have been approved by Empowered Monitoring Committee (EMC) Government of India.


Awareness camps mark Swachhta Pakhwara in Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, OCTOBER 5: As a part of Swachhta Pakhwara which is being observed fromOct 1 to Oct 15, two awareness camps were organised today at Chenani and Ramnagar

An awareness rally was taken out by children of various schools at Chenani where MLA Chenani Dinanath Bhagat and Deputy Commissioner, Niraj Kumar were present. Various skits highlighting the importance of cleanliness were also presented on this occasion.

At Ramnagar, an awareness programme on SBM was organised. On this occasion, DPO Udhampur Sandeep Seointra administered Swachhta pledge to all the participants.

He urged the people to use dustbins and maintain cleanliness. Stressing on the importance of toilets, he asked the common masses to use toilets and sought cooperation in making panchayats and the block Open Defecation Free(ODF).

BDO Ramnagar, EDI officials besides AWWs and AWHs were also present on the occasion.


DC inspects Kharif Girdawari

RAMBAN, OCTOBER 05- Deputy Commissioner Ramban Mohammad Aijaz conducted on spot inspection of Kharif Girdawari in village Neera of Tehsil Ramban.

ACR Vevaik Puri, Tehsildar Ramban Gurpreet Singh besides others also accompanied the DDC during the inspection.

Registers pertaining to Girdawari were checked on the spot by the Deputy Commissioner in the presence of locals. He directed the officers that inspection Schedule as prepared is adhered to with utmost sincerity.

Deputy Commissioner asked the villagers for providing necessary cooperation to the revenue team besides spreading the information of ongoing harvest inspection to other areas so that no one  is left in accessing land related details and necessary entries recorded therein.


DDC inaugurates sports events under SVEEP

RAMBAN, OCTOBER 05- As part of the programmes scheduled in the district under the Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) activities,  Kabaddi competitions were  held across the district .

The main Kabaddi competition was organised at HSS Ramban which was inaugurated by District Development Commissioner Ramban, Mohammad Aijaz who is also District Election Officer.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC said that various events are being organised with an aim to sensitize the people mainly the eligible voters about the importance of their right to vote. He exhorted upon all individuals who are 18 years of age or above as on first January 2017 to get their names enrolled in the electoral roll along with two coloured photographs for getting Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC).

In the final match GHSS Ramban defeated Government High School (GHS) Parnot by scoring 67 point against 32 while a local team registered win over students of HSS Rajgarh in a match played at Rajgarh by scoring 74 points .Similarly match was also played between Gool Royals and HSS School at Gool in which latter was declared the winner.

Meanwhile at Ramban, DDC also flagged off an awareness rally from GHSS Ramban as part of  Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan in which large numbers of students drawn from various schools took part.

ACR, Vevaik Puri, CEO, Mohammad Sharif, DYSSO, Jarpal Singh, Tehsildar, S. Gurpreet Singh, Teachers and other staff members were present on the occasion.


Situation peaceful across valley: Police

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 05: According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, the situation across the valley remained by and large peaceful although a couple of stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from Arwani in Anantnag and from main Chowk Bandipora.

According to the statement, during the day normal flow of traffic and movement of people was observed in Srinagar and other parts of the valley. “Vendors in good numbers were on the streets. Normal movement of vehicles was seen in the main towns and on the inter district roads of the valley,” it said.

The statement said that the miscreants involved in the incidents of setting on fire two Autorikshaws yesterday in Srinagar are being identified and adequate compensation is being paid to the auto owners.

Meanwhile, according to the statement, in its continuous and sustained drive against the trouble mongers police during last 24 hours arrested 76 such people involved in various offences of disturbing public order in different parts of the valley.

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