Veeri chairs Pulwama DDB review meeting
‘Calls for timely execution of projects’
PULWAMA, October 15: Minister for (R&B) and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri today chaired a meeting of District Development Board, Pulwama to review the progress of various developmental projects and programmes in the district.
Minister of Finance, Culture and Labour and Employment, Dr Haseeb Drabu, Minister of State for Forests, Ecology & Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Zahoor Ahmed Mir and MLA Tral, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah were also present in the meeting.
The Minister took appraisal of all the ongoing works and implementation of various decisions taken in the previous meeting. He expressed satisfaction over the pace of progress of works and called upon the concerned officers to put in their best efforts to achieve the targets well in time and implement all the decision of the Board in letter and spirit for the overall benefit of the public.
It was decided in the meeting that CT Scan and Digital X-ray machines will be operated under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode in hospitals of Pulwama in view of the great rush of patients. The meeting also discussed the issue of manpower in health institutions and stressed the need for overcoming the shortage by rationalizing the staff to ensure efficient functioning of healthcare system, especially in the PHCs.
The meeting was informed that land has been identified and tender process has started for the construction of two indoor stadiums at Bajwani Tral and Rajpora at an estimated cost of Rs 4.00 crore approved by the GOI under PM’s Special package. The meeting was also apprised about the status of road projects like Circular road, Pulwama-Lassipora road, Tral Dadsara road. Giving details about the achievements registered, the officers informed that Pulwama town bypass road has been made functional, widening and upgradation of Pulwama-Lassipora road (8km) has been completed and work on Tral -Dadsara road in full swing.
It was also given to understand that modalities are being finalized for setting up of mega packaging, grading and marketing center at Rajpora constituency. For the maximum benefits of the apple growers, Mr Veeri directed the officers to create grass root awareness about crop insurance scheme so that the growers avail full benefits of the scheme.
Regarding the construction of irrigation facilities for benefit of 17 villages of Rajpora and Pulwama, the meeting was informed that a revised DPR in two parts costing Rs 66.00 crore and Rs 35.00 crore has been submitted.
The meeting also gave its nod for construction of mega projects of residential accommodation for district officers, construction of Revenue complex; Industrial complex and Engineering complex and directed the concerned to take up the works after completing all the necessary formalities and complete them in a time schedule.
The Meeting was also attended by Deputy Commissioner, Pulwama, Muneer ul-Islam, Director School Education, Shah Faisal, Director Tourism, Mehmood Ahmed Shah, Director Local Bodies, Tufail Matoo, Director, FCS&CA, Tasaduq Jeelani, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Saleem-ur-Rehman, Chief Engineers, R&B, PMGSY and other heads of departments.
Zulfkar meets Paswan to discuss consumer friendly issues
‘14 lakh quintals of food-grains supplied during last 3 months’
State seeks 90:10 ratio of funding in e-PDS
JAMMU, OCTOBER 15: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today held a meeting with Union Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan where various issues related to FCS&CA and farmers were discussed.
The meeting was attended by officers of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Department of Union Government and officers of (FCS&CA), J&K Government in which various decisions pertaining to Jammu & Kashmir were taken.
Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali projected the demand of procurement of maize from local farmers through FCI on market rates and disbursing of the same to Consumers on payment of Re 1 per kg. He said that a large number of farmers in Jammu & Kashmir are maize producers but lack of proper market is discouraging for them.
He stressed on the need to encourage farmers of J&K by providing them a platform for marketing their produce. Responding to the demand projected by Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, Union Minister instructed officers of his Department and FCI to coordinate with J&K Government in this regard and start procurement of Maize. Initially, the Minister instructed FCI to procure 2000 MT of Maize from the state.
The Minister also took up the issue of food godowns of state that are presently under FCI for many decades and sought rent of these godowns from the FCI. The Union Minister responded that they have already handed over Nagrota Godown to the State government and they are in process of handing over the remaining godowns at Lethpura and Gulab Bagh to the state soon. He advised the State Government to provide them alternate land for construction of FCI godowns so that they will expedite the process of vacating the State godowns.
Taking up the matter of funding for e-PDS, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali projected for 90:10 ratio of funding in e-PDS for J&K state. He said that Government of India is already providing 90% funding to North Eastern states of India and the state has already projected this demand in National Consultation Meeting of Ministers twice. He said that Centre should provide funding to J&K at par with NE States. Union Minister assured proper action in this regard.
Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali briefed the Union Minister that the Department distributed 14 lakh quintals of foodgrains to the consumers of Jammu & Kashmir during last 3 months turmoil in Kashmir Valley. He said that his Department officers and officials worked day and night to provide foodgrains to the people during these hard days. He appreciated his officials of his department, FCI and oil companies for their cooperation in supplying essential commodities to the people of Valley.
The Minister Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali also urged the Union Minister to expedite the release of funds for setting up of Consumer Forums and Legal Metrology labs and offices in the state. Union Minister assured immediate action in this regard.
Both Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan and Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs J&K Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali held press conference in which they briefed the media about the overall activities of the Department and futures plans of activities for the state. Union Minister announced that the Department will organise All India Consumers Mela in New Delhi on Oct 20where they will initiate Consumer Awareness Campaign in whole India for 7 days. He also instructed Bureau of Indian Standard, Jammu to work in close coordination with Legal Metrology Department of Jammu & Kashmir in organising Consumer Awareness in the state.
Union Minister appreciated efforts of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department of J&K and FCI for their vibrant role in supplying foodgrains to the people of Valley during tough times.
PDD working round the clock to ensure adequate power supply
‘Out of 1010 transformers damaged during past 3 months, 917 made fully functional’
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Amid challenging situation in the Valley, the Power Development Department (PDD) has been working round the clock to ensure there is no disruption of electricity supply to the people in general and the essential services like hospitals in particular.
According to the PDD officials, the Department has provided 1.5 percent additional electricity to the domestic consumers in the Valley this year as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. “37442 lakh units of power were provided to the consumers in the Valley upto 13thOctober last year while 37992 units have been provided to the consumers for the corresponding period of the current fiscal,” the official said.
He said the Department also ensured time-bound repairs of the transformers damaged during the unrest. “During the months of July, August and September this year, 1010 transformers were damaged out of which 917 have been fully repaired and made functional due to the tireless efforts of the field and technical staff of PDD,” he said.
Similarly, the revenue realization has also been speeded up by the department by ensuring that the consumers get the requisite electric bills in time. “An amount of Rs. 172 crore has been realized as the revenue by the department and steps are underway to increase the revenue realization,” he said.
The official said that the department is also trying to find a mechanism so that various flagship schemes aimed at augmenting the power infrastructure are completed which have been otherwise hit because of the prevailing situation. “Notable among these schemes are RAPDRP, DDUGJY and other related schemes,” he said.
Div Com reviews status of Greater Srinagar Master Plan
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Mr. Baseer Ahmad Khanconvened a meeting of officers to review the progress of revised Master Plan for greater Srinagar city 2016-2023, here today.
The Chief Town Planner Kashmir, Fayaz Ahmed Khan apprised the members about the latest status of Master Plan preparations and informed that most of the data-base information has been received from all the stock holders including line Departments which was a mandatory exercise for devising the document. He maintained that the exercise will be a comprehensive in nature and will provide necessary inputs enabling the basis for smart city proposals. The Master Plan will have an area of about 758 square kilometres which will take care of tourism, housing and other requirements.
The Divisional Commissioner directed the concerned officers to personally visit New Delhi along with data-base for seeking experts’ opinion within a week’s time. The chair also directed all concerned HODs to certify the data which they have submitted to the Town Planning Department for the preparation of document. The concerned authorities will be personally responsible for any lacuna in the data.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, besides officers of LAWDA, SDA, Urban Local Bodies, SMC, tourism, Forest departments, Chief Engineers Irrigation, Flood Control.
Excise team undertakes special drive to destroy Bhang in district Anantnag
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15 According to Deputy Excise Commissioner (Executive) Kashmir, a team of officials headed by Excise & Taxation Officer, South Range undertaken a special drive wherein 30 kanals of Bhang was destroyed at villages Ghantali Pora ,Takibal, and Hyar of Tehsil Bejbehra District Anantnag.
The Excise team was assisted by Police and Revenue officials of the concerned district .The drive will continue in the district till the whole Bhang is destroyed
Rs 45.39 Cr spent on preservation of Wullar Lake
BANDIPORA, OCTOBER 15: In order to conserve natural resources including water bodies and forests, a series of measures have been devised by the Central and State governments. Various agencies and committees came into existence for monitoring and strict implementation of the proposed plans and schemes to safeguard and preservation of these resources.
The world famous Wullar lake is one of the main natural resources in Kashmir Valley for which an exclusive body namely, Wullar Conservation and Management Authority (WUCMA) came into existence. The Government of India sanctioned a hefty amount of Rs. 120 crore for its conservation and restoration of its glory under 13th FC award. The amount was to be released in a phased manner with an allocation of Rs. 30 crore from the year 2011-12 onwards.
Till end of March 2016, an amount of Rs. 60 crore was released and provided to WUCMA out of which Rs. 45.39 crore were utilised by the Authority for implementation of the approved revised management action plan. Of this, Rs. 29.06 crore were incurred on water management, Rs. 13.51 crore utilised for conservation of the catchment area while as Rs. 1.78 crore spent on survey and demarcation and rest Rs. 1.04 crore incurred in the institutional development.
DDC reviews developmental activities in Srinagar
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 24: The District Development Commissioner Srinagar Farooq Ahmad Lone today held a meeting to review the progress of various developmental activities being implemented under District/State Plan, Flagship Programmes and the Mega Projects under PHE, Irrigation, R&B, Education, Health, Agriculture, Horticulture, Power, ICDS, Social Welfare and allied sectors in District Srinagar.
The meeting was attended by all the Sectoral/District Officers of District Srinagar. The District Development Commissioner reviewed all the projects and impressed upon the concerned officers to gear up their men and machinery to achieve the desired targets in full in view of the fact that a considerable period of time of the current fiscal has already elapsed. The DDC also ordered the concerned officers to regularly visit the work sites to improve the quality and quantity of the works being executed.
Motorcycle Rally, Walkathon organised in Kathua
KATHUA, OCTOBER 15 – District administration Kathua Saturday organized a Motorcycle Rally and Walkathon on the culmination of Swachhta Pakhwada campaign.
MLA Kathua, Rajeev Jasrotia and DC Kathua Ramesh Kumar flagged off the Motor cycle Rally and Walkathon from DC Office complex which witnessed huge participation of students and locals. The participants were chanting slogans and holding placards to spread the message of cleanliness.
Speaking on the occasion, the MLA hailed huge participation in the event adding that such programmes will help to involve all stakeholders in the crucial campaign. He said children are the future of country and they are main stakeholders in the campaign for clean and healthy India. He appealed the people to initiate cleanliness drives at local level to make it a habit.
The DC Kathua Ramesh Kumar in his address said that clean surroundings guarantee a life free from all diseases. He stressed on availing the benefits provided under flagship schemes Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) like assistance for construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) for both rural and urban population. He appealed children to motivate parents and neighbours to have toilet facility under these schemes to discourage open defecation. He also called for holding regular plantation drives and discarding the use of polythene bags.
Earlier variety of theme based cultural programs, debate and painting competitions were held wherein students of Government and private educational institutions of Kathua participated in large number.
Later the DC gave away prizes to the winners of various competitions.
Deputy District Election Officer Kathua, Chand Kishore Sharma informed the gathering that the process of special summary revision has been started and all eligible persons can register for enrolment as voter.
ADC Kathua Dr Bharat Bhushan, ACD Kathua Dr Sunil Sharma, DPO Kathua Pardeep Kumar, CEO Kathua, DIO Kathua Angrej Singh, CEO MC Kathua, BDO Kathua O D Attri and other District Officers were also present on the occasion.
Lal Singh for upgrading facilities in Tawi Herbal Eco-Park
JAMMU, OCTOBER 15-Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh today visited the Tawi Herbal Eco-Park at Raika near Mahamaya temple to take stock of facilities being provided to the visitors.
Director Social Forestry Arun Kumar Tickoo, Managing Director State Forest Corporation Suresh Gupta, Chief Conservator of Forests Roshan Jaggi besides other senior officers of Divisional Forest Officers of Territorial and Wildlife accompanied the Minister.
The Minister directed the concerned to take requisite steps to upgrade the existing facilities and make these places more attractive so that the visitors spend more time there. He said environment parks are the lungs of Jammu city which need to be equipped with basic amenities and asked for taking up landscaping works along with plantation of composite species including herbal trees in the parks.
Choudhary Lal Singh also called for creating special recreational facilities for the school children and nature lovers, maintaining that beautification and developmental works should not harm the natural topography of the area.
He directed the concerned officers to explore feasibility of developing more such eco-friendly environmental parks in and around Jammu city to attract a large number of tourists visiting Jammu .He said there is adequate potential in the adjoining areas of Jammu city which needs to be explored for the larger interest of local people and promoting tourism.
Director Environment apprised the Minister about the species of herbal and other plants planted in these parks and future plans about their expansion and development.
It was given out that Tawi Herbal Eco-Park has been developed over a land of 5000 kanal land comprising wide range of herbal plantation, besides attractive architectural features.
‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ concludes in Samba
Ganga, Jugal call for making cleanliness campaign a continuous process
SAMBA, OCTOBER 15 – Samba administration today organised a valedictory function to mark the end of Swachhta Pakhwada-the fortnightly campaign launched in the district to spread awareness about Cleanliness and hygiene.
The Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash, Member of Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma, MLA Samba Dr Devinder Kumar Manyal, DC Samba Sheetal Nanda, SSP Joginder Singh, ACD Tilak Raj, DPO Aijaj Qaiser and district officers were present on the occasion.
During the 15 day campaign, various activities were held in the district including awareness rallies, sensitization programmes, special Gram Sabhas, cleanliness drives at health institutions, AWCs, schools, market places and. A mobile campaign was also conducted in the district through a specially modified van which visited all the blocks and educated people on health, hygiene and sanitation. Symposiums and painting competitions were also organised in schools across the district on the theme.
Speaking on the occasion, Chander Parkash complimented the District administration and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Department for successful conduct of the ‘Swacchta Pakhwada’ campaign. He said that maintaining cleanliness is a continuous process and should not be restricted to the campaign days only. He emphasised upon working on the ‘Clean India, Green India’ mission at multiple levels to achieve success. MP Jugal Kishore called for increasing the sanitation coverage to prevent open defecation and urged authorities to specifically focus towards making more villages Open Defecation Free.MLA Samba and DC Samba also spoke on the occasion.
The winners of various competitions and stakeholders of the ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ campaign were also felicitated by the dignitaries at the function.
On the occasion, various camps and exhibition stalls were installed by the departments like Social welfare, Industries, Agriculture, Handicrafts, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture and banks to educate the people about their respective schemes. A cultural programme highlighting the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ objectives was also presented.
Sham Lal reviews progress on border road projects
Minister stresses on timely completion of works
JAMMU, OCTOBER 15 – Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary today directed PWD (R&B) to expedite the pace of blacktopping work, construction of new roads and bridges taken up by the department under NABARD, CRF and BADP in border areas.
These instructions were issued by the Minister while chairing a meeting of PWD(R&B) and concerned contractors in Jammu.
The meeting informed that work on near about dozen border roads has been taken up by the department and would be completed within the specified time frame.
It was informed that the work is in full swing on Badyal Quazian to Baje Chak road, Chak Mohammad Yard to Dewangarh, Pindi Sarochan to Sai Kalan, Gharana to Badyal Quazian, RS Pura to Chakrohi, Chakrohi to Jora Farm, link road to Kangdair, PHC Sai Pul to Mulla Chak Devigarh, Dhera Camp to Magowali Sai, Katyal to Basti Prem Nagar and Dablehar to Kothey Slochan
The Minister directed the Chief Engineer PWD(R&B), Jammu to ensure that contractors don’t abandon work halfway depriving the public of the benefits. The quality of work should be maintained and the projects should be completed within the set deadline, he added.
The Minister further asked the contractors to work with dedication and play their part in the development of the state by creation of durable road infrastructure. He also called them to engage local skilled and unskilled labour for execution of the work.
The Minister said that it is the priority of the government to improve and expand road network, especially in rural and border areas. “For this, the officers of the department should work in synergy with contractors and those associated with the construction work of roads in the state”.
Chief Engineer PWD(R&B), Jammu Alok Mengi was also present in the meeting.
Speaker reviews progress on water pipe laying work
JAMMU, OCTOBER 15- Speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta today reviewed progress of PHE pipe laying work in Gandhi Nagar area here at a meeting of concerned functionaries.
Being executed by Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) the completion of the project would improve the water supply to Shastri Nagar, Trikuta Nagar, Channi Himmat and other adjoining areas of Gandhi Nagar Constituency.
The meeting was informed that the work includes replacement and upgradation of existing water distribution network and household connections, extension of piped water supply to uncovered areas and improvement of service level for 24 x 7 water supply to the entire population.
Kavinder Gupta exhorted upon the executing agency to strictly adhere to fixed timelines and monitor the pace of work on regular basis. He directed the concerned authorities to ensure timely restoration of roads dug for pipe laying work to avoid inconvenience to the people.
Project Manager ERA Sanjeev Chadha informed that the work is going in full swing and would be completed by end of this year.
Later, the Speaker launched macadamization work on 300 metre road from Divya College link road via SDM South Office in block Satwari taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 lakh by PWD (R&B).
Interacting with the locals, the Speaker said that the Government has accorded top priority to upgradation of road infrastructure in the State.
Executive Engineer Rajan Mengi, SDM South Sonu Pargal and other senior officers also accompanied the Speaker.
Kavinder Gupta said that the government will continue its endeavors to meet the aspirations of the people of the state and hoped that the people would extend their full cooperation to put the state on the track of development and progress.
Reiterating that the government was committed to provide better civic amenities to all, he said that massive development activities have been started to provide safe drinking water, better sanitation and hygienic surroundings to people across the state.
He said that the provision for road connectivity, accessibility to education and health services are the thrust areas with the government.
The Speaker also inaugurated education consultancy agency under the aegis of Fine Step Study Consultants Pvt. Ltd, here at Bahu Plaza.
Speaker congratulated the owner for opening the consultancy agency to provide valued services to the students. The Consultant agency offers opportunity to students for pursuing higher education abroad.
LMD books food outlets in Jammu
JAMMU, OCTOBER 15 – Acting swiftly on the complaint of a consumer, a team of Legal Metrology Department under the supervision of Joint controller Legal Metrology Jammu V S Sambyal inspected various fast food restaurants and café outlets at Bahu Plaza and Gole market.
Legal Metrology officer Jammu Lower Mohsin Khateeb on inspection observed that Nescafe outlets at Bahu Plaza and Gole Market were cheating the gullible consumers by delivering less quantity of Cold refresher Frappe by 100 ml against declared quantity of 230 ml. The outlets were booked for violation of various provisions of Jammu & Kashmir Weights & Measures (Enforcement) Act and rules. The proprietor of the said outlets is directed to report in the office of the Joint Controller Legal Metrology Jammu for further legal action.
Curfew lifted from across Valley: Police
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 15: According to a statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir, situation across the Kashmir valley remained largely peaceful today.
“Following improvement in the situation curfew was completely lifted from the remaining Srinagar parts today,” it said adding that during the day no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the valley.
The statement said that with the increase in traffic movement in the Srinagar city and in other towns of Valley the life returned to normal across Kashmir today.
Meanwhile, the statement said that in its continuous drive against the trouble-mongers police arrested 48 such individual involved in disrupting the public order in different parts of the valley.
“As has been reported earlier pre paid mobile telephony was completely restored across Kashmir last night,” the statement said.