Report card of Government of Jammu and Kashmir for 17 Oct 2016
Govt will take holistic view regarding conduct of Board exams: CM
‘We will have to ensure that academic year of students isn’t lost’
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Maintaining that a holistic view will be taken regarding the conduct of board examinations, Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today said the Government will have to ensure that the students don’t lose academic year.
“The Government will explore various options in consultation with the Education Department and the State Board of School Education (BOSE) to ensure that the students appearing in various Board examinations have more options and their academic year is not lost,” the Chief Minister said while interacting with a group of girl students who called on her here today.
Urging the parents to help the government in normalizing the situation keeping in mind the future of their children, the Chief Minister said the Government will make arrangements for special tuitions for students in government schools wherever possible so that they can prepare for the examinations. “We will also consider reducing the syllabus,” she said and added that the students will have more options in terms of questions and answer, as they have not been able to complete the studies due to the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
Enlisting the measures taken by her government for the betterment of the womenfolk and girl students in the state, the Chief Minister said; “My government’s focus has been to provide more facilities to the women and girls. We kept a provision of scooty scheme in the budget for those girls who cannot afford autorickshaws. We are giving 50 percent subsidy for these girl students for buying scooty. It will help in education of girl child coming from economically weaker sections.”
The Chief Minister said the government has launched this scheme in Jammu and more scooties will be handed out to girl students in coming days. “However, we have not been able to do it in Kashmir yet due to the ongoing situation. It is good that girls are demanding this facility here also,” she said.
The Chief Minister said that the Government has also started separate buses, police stations and launched Laadli scheme for the women.
30th SKUAST-K University Council meeting held
Governor exhorts Farm Universities to re-orient approaches for achieving Food Security
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17:Chairing the 30th University Council meeting of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K), held here at the Raj Bhavan, Governor N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University, observed that as a step towards achieving the food security goal the present levels of production and productivity should be bench-marked and pragmatic targets set for each of the pilot projects so that progress achieved can be measured after every harvest season. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Pro-Chancellor of the University, and Mr. Ghulam Nabi Lone, Minister for Agriculture, participated in discussions.
The Governor and the Chief Minister released several publications brought out by the University: SKUAST-Journal of Rsaerch; Annual Report 2014-15; Objective Sericulture; Envisioning Urbanization Process, Issues, Extent, Drivers & Implications: A case of Mountainous State of Jammu & Kashmir.
The Council congratulated the VC for the re-accreditation of the University for five years (2015-20) and for getting Department of Biotechnology Star College status for the Faculty of Agriculture, Wadura.
At the Governor’s instance the VC explained the arrangements made for continuing teaching and research programmes in the University during the period of unrest in the Valley. The Chancellor advised the VC to plan for construction of additional residential facilities, particulalry for the girl students, within the Campuses so that teaching work could be carried out on a sustained basis.
Chief Minister suggested introduction of short term certificate courses in agriculture, horticulture and other allied sectors and urged the VCs of both the Farm Universities to encourage and guide the youth and young entrepreneurs, particularly women, to set up farm related co-operatives with the support of the financial institutions and the State Government.
To ensure wider dissemination of information relating to new technologies and improved farm practices both the VCs were advised to publish in local language weeklies, produce TV programmes, highlight achievements of progressive farmers, institute awards for best performances in farm practices,educate the farmers for adopting new technologies, eco-friendly techniques for increasing production and productivity.
The Vice Chancellors were also advised to provide the students increased opportunities of spending more time in the farmers fields. The VCs were also urged to expand the specialized farm practices introduced in the model villages to the other areas also.
The Council discussed the work done by the University for providing high yielding seeds to the farmers and significantly increasing the seed replacement rate and reviewed the to-date position of the ongoing programme to establish High Density Apple orchards which would yield much larger incomes within 3-4 years of planting.
To ensure against excessive usage of pesticides on fruit plants, the Council advised the VCs to develop and widely disseminate a pragmatic pesticide spraying schedule which would contain and control the levels of residual pesticides in farm produce. In this context, the Governor stressed the need for expanding the laboratory network in the State for pesticides and fungicides being tested before sale in any part of the State.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Nazeer Ahmed made a detailed presentation on the various initiatives which had been undertaken by the University since the last Council meeting. He informed that his students had secured 98 Fellowships/Scholarships; 73 students under the ICAR quota had been selected for admission to various Faculties of the University; Rice Research Station Khudwani has been recognized by IRRI for development of cold tolerant rice varieties; Faculty of Veterinary Sciences has been identified as partner in Prime Minister’s Package on Pashmina R&D Programme; 9 scientists had secured prestigious international fellowships (6 UGC Raman Fellowships and 3 Post Doctorate Fellowships for USA and UK); and 17 new Projects had been got approved from various funding agencies, valuing Rs. 5.68 crore, in agriculture and allied subjects.
The VC informed that trainings for entrepreneurship and skill development are being imparted to unemployed rural youth, farm men and women, school pass outs, and SHGs etc through KVKs; the University has developed sound agricultural practices for high density plantation in saffron for ensuring high productivity up to 8-10 Kg/ha; 16 districts have been identified to possess the potential for saffron production covering an area of 12,407 ha, including 3,715 ha presently under cultivation in traditional areas.
The VC informed that resource mapping of different districts of Kashmir and Ladakh region has been completed wherein detailed survey/sampling and analysis of soil samples collected from all 12 districts of Kashmir using GPS/GIS technology have been completed and geo referenced soil fertility maps of all districts of Kashmir Valley including cold arid regions of Ladakh have been developed. The digital maps are available on SKUAST-K website www.skuastkashmir.ac.in to be used by farmers and other stakeholders. He informed that 1400 soil health cards were issued in the year 2015 through KVKs to farmers in the Valley and this year the University in partnership with the State Agriculture Department will be issuing 4,500 of these cards.
The VC informed that during last 4 years the University has undertaken various programmes for transition towards organic agriculture by improving both production capacities and up scaling technological support. The organic input production facilities are now available to meet the State’s requirements of bio-fertilizers, bio-agents and other cold tolerant nutrient mobilizing soil microbes, he said.
The University has taken up production of high value vegetable varieties and hybrids like sprouting broccoli, swiss chard, parsley, Brussels sprouts, celery, capsicum etc, the VC informed. He said that in Leh, Kargil, Nyoma and Zanaskar a technology for year round cultivation of vegetables under protected poly houses has been undertaken and the results are highly encouraging, particularly for cole and leafy vegetables. For diversification of vegetable cultivation, the University conducted several evaluation trials and demonstrations in non-traditional areas like Changthang, Zanskar, Gurez, Lolab, Karnah, Sitaharan Larnoo etc. and identified crops and vegetables for augmenting vegetable requirement of the local population.
The VC informed that the University has released 72 varieties of hybrids in different cereals, pulses, fodder crops, oilseed, fruits and vegetables for diverse agro-climatic conditions of temperate Kashmir and cold arid region of Ladakh. These new high yielding varieties have replaced traditional varieties which have substantially increased production capacity in the State. He informed that the new Pop Corn Composite namely Shalimar-Pop Corn-1 has been identified and recommended for release at National level, Shalimar Wheat-2 has been introduced to fit in double cropping system with agronomic adjustments to boost production of cereal crops, and a technology has been developed for rejuvenation of senile orchards.
The VC informed that the University has developed close linkages with farmers in dissemination of result oriented technologies, varieties etc. Research Centre for Residue & Quality Analysis is made partly functional and work on residue analysis is going on.
Among those who attended the meeting were Prof. C.D. Mayee (Member), President South Asia Biotechnology Centre, New Delhi; Mr. Narendra Singh Rathore, Dy. Director General (Edu), ICAR; Mr. B.B. Vyas, Financial Commissioner, Planning; Mr. P.K. Tripathi, Principal Secretary to the Governor; Mr. R.K. Goyal, Principal Secretary, Agriculture Production Department (Incharge); Dr. Pradeep Kumar Sharma, Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-Jammu; Dr. Ishaq Wani, Director ((Budget) and Prof. M.H. Wani, Registrar, SKUAST- K.
JK gets Rs 2800 cr for upgradation, macadamization of roads: Veeri
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: The State Government has received Rs 2800 crore under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) for macadamization of roads in the State.
This was stated by the Minister for Public Works and Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri, during a review meeting to check progress of works under execution under PMGSY scheme.
The tenders have been issued and demarcation and upgradation is under process, the Minister said.
The Minister asked the officers to improve the work efficiency and move men and machinery for making the state one of the better road connected states.
Commissioner Secretary PW (R&B) Rohit Kansal, Development Commissioner Works, Bimal Tikoo, Chief Engineer PMGSY Kashmir Basharat Ahmad, Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers and Assistant Executive Engineers of PMGSY Kashmir were present in the meeting.
The meeting was informed about the achievements, number of habitations connected and cost of the programs executed under PMGSY.
Mr Veeri sought detailed report about the progress of works from phase 3 to phase 10.
He stressed upon the officers to use advanced technology, modern equipments and better material so that it could become benchmark for the future works in the state.
Mr Veeri directed the officers to utilize the winter season for the demarcation and upgradation of roads so that by March the roads are ready for macadamization.
The Minister was informed that the department has received two DPR (Detailed Project Reports) from each constituency for upgradation of roads.
The Minister also stressed upon engineers to clear the backlog of pending works of different phases and asked them to clear the pending DPRs by December.
The meeting decided that State Roads Development Authority (SRDA) needs to reconfirm that reconciliation of accounts has been completed as per the audit master sheet for enabling e-payment system.
The meeting also decided that provision for cheque system needs to be extended up to ending December till reconciliation of accounts which could not be completed due to prevailing condition.
Mr Veeri directed the concerned engineers to utilize the machinery of mechanical department for executing various projects of road maintenance.
He also asked the officers that they should work for the beautification of roads as well.
Abdul Haq distributes Rs 1.20 Cr cheques at Kupwara
Stresses on greater awareness about flagship programs
KUPWARA, OCTOBER 17: Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj, Law and Justice, Abdul Haq, today distributed cheques worth Rs 1.20 crore among 354 beneficiaries as financial assistance under various Government welfare schemes in district Kupwara.
The financial assistance includes marriage assistance cheques to 338 beneficiaries, medical assistance of Rs 50,000 each to ailing persons, besides Rs 75000 to next of kin of 15 deceased persons of the district.
The cheque distribution function was attended by DC Kupwara Rajeev Ranjan, Assistant Labor Commissioner Kupwara and other senior officials of the district.
During the function, Assistant Labor Commissioner briefed the Minister about various ongoing schemes of the department and progress achieved so far.
Abdul Haq was also informed that 24218 persons have been registered with the Labor Department and are receiving financial aid directly in their bank accounts since 2012. It was stated that the Department has distributed Rs 15.45 crore as financial assistance to the beneficiaries.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister exhorted upon the officials of the Labour Department to raise awareness level among the people about various ongoing Government welfare schemes so that deserving people get benefitted.
Later, at TRC Kupwara, Abdul Haq inaugurated Rural Development Department’s awareness camp, aimed at creating awareness among the people about various schemes of the Department.
Assistant Commissioner Development briefed the Minister about overall progress achieved in the district under various schemes of Rural Development Department.
It was given out that under IAY construction of 821 houses was completed, while as under SBM 9011 units of IHHL were completed at a cost of Rs 3.10 crore.
The Minister was informed that 97 percent of the allocated funds for the current fiscal have been utilized which accounts to Rs 30 crore, during which 2.17 lakh man days have been generated.
He was informed that 4936 works have been completed in the district under MGNREGA, while as 3500 works have been finalized. Officials of the Department said 86108 job cards were also issued during the current fiscal in the district, besides 132 Panchayat Ghars were constructed under MGNREGA convergence programme at a cost Rs 9 crore.
On the occasion, the Minister stressed the need for developing more valuable assets in rural areas of the district to generate employment for unemployed local youth.
He said the departmental schemes can play an important role in changing the developmental scenario of the rural areas, besides improving the socio-economic condition of the people.
Ensure time bound completion of Power projects: Farooq Andrabi
Minister reviews progress of JKSPDC projects
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: In a bid to enhance electricity supply in the State, Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf and Power Development Department, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi said that all pending projects under Jammu & Kashmir State Power Development Corporation (JKSPDC) should complete within timeframe.
Minister chaired a high level review meeting with the officials of Power Development Department and JKSPDC here today.
Commissioner/Secretary, Power Development Department Dheeraj Gupta, Managing Director JKSPDC and other senior officers, Development Commissioner (Power) are present in this meeting.
The officials gave detailed presentation of pending works under centrally sponsored and state sector power projects and related issues.
The Minister was informed that 23 power projects under State Sector with 1220.96 MW capacity, 7 under central sector (operated by NHPC) with 2009 MW capacity and 4 under Independent Power Producers (IPP) arrangement with 42.5 MW capacity are under execution across the State.
Andrabi directed the engineers to make minimum use of time and resources to create a tangible impact in Power sector so that all pending works are complete in a time bound manner.
The Minister instructed the officers to speed up the works in different power projects so that JKSPDC fulfill the demand of electricity during winters.
The Minister was informed that 23 power projects under State Sector with 1220.96 Mw capacity are operational in the State. These include Iqbal produce (3.75 Mw), Sumoor (0.10 Mw), (Hunder 0.40 Mw), Bazgo (0.30 Mw), Karnah (2.00 Mw), Chenani-II (2.00 Mw), Ushp-II (105 Mw), Chenani-III (7.50 Mw), Sewa-III (9.00 Mw), Baderwah Unit I & II (1.00 Mw), Baderwah Unit III (0.50 Mw), Phalgam Unit I & II (3.00 Mw), Phalgam Unit III (1.50 Mw), Igo Mercellong (3.00 Mw), Marpachoo (0.75 Mw), Haftal (1.00 Mw), Baglihar-I (450 Mw), Baglihar-II (450 Mw), Sanjak (1.26 Mw), LJHP (105Mw), USHP-I (22.60Mw), Ganderbal (15Mw), Mohra (9Mw), Chenani-I (23.30 Mw) and Stakna produce (4Mw) electricity.
Under central sector (operated by NHPC), the Minister was told that seven power projects with 2009 Mw capacity are operational in Jammu & Kashmir. In these power projects Salal produces 690 Mw, Dulhasti 390 Mw, Uri-I 480 Mw, Sewa-II 120 Mw, Nimo Bazgo 45 Mw, Chutak 44 Mw and Uri-II produces 240 Mw power.
The officers further informed the Minister that Independent Power Producers (IPP) with 42.5 Mw capacity are operational across the State. In these Power projects Athwathoo produces 10 Mw, Brenwar 7.50 Mw, Rajna-ala-Dunadi 15 Mw and Drung (Tangmarg) produces 10 Mw power.
Andrabi also directed JKSPDC officers to constitute a committee which will monitor the progress of the work on different locations across the State on monthly basis.
New Delhi to host Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from 3rd-5th Nov
Union Home Secretary holds video conference with Chief Secretaries
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Union Home Secretary, Rajiv Mehrishi on Monday chaired a video conference with State Chief Secretaries in connection with the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016, to be held in New Delhi from 3rd to 5th November. Chief Secretary J&K, B R Sharma also participated in the meeting.
The international conference is being organized by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India in collaboration with United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The Ministers and heads of delegations of as many as 61 countries will be participating in the conference to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister on 3rd November.
Union Home Secretary informed that invitation to participate in the conference has been extended to Chief Minister’s of State’s, officers from civil and police administration and representatives of various local level government bodies concerned with disaster management. State Governments have also been offered space in the conference for showcasing their efforts towards disaster management, he said. He called upon the States to actively participate in the conference and exchange experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches in reducing and managing disaster risk.
Established in 2005, the AMCDRR is a biennial conference jointly organized by different Asian countries and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The AMCDRR serves as a forum for stakeholders to take a shared responsibility and make actionable commitments towards implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia region.
So far, countries in Asia in collaboration with UNISDR, have organized six AMCDRR conferences. The previous hosts were China (Beijing, 2005); India (New Delhi, 2007); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, 2008); South Korea (Incheon, 2010); Indonesia (Yogyakarta, 2012); and Thailand (Bangkok, 2014).
After the advent of the Sendai Framework adopted by representatives of 187 countries in March 2015, for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030′ this will be the first Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, hosted by India. The intended outcome of the conference will be to adopt an‘Asian Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework’.
The objective will be to transform the commitment of governments and stakeholders made in Sendai (Japan) during the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) into national and local action and setting the direction to accelerate regional implementation and monitoring of the Sendai Framework.
The four priority areas include i) Understanding disaster risk; ii) Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk; iii) Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience; and iv) Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to ‘build back better’ in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.
Chief Secretary reviews Annual Darbar Move arrangements
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Chief Secretary B R Sharma on Monday reviewed the Annual Darbar Move arrangements from Srinagar to Jammu for the winter season, 2016-17, here in a meeting with officers.
Financial Commissioner, Planning and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, BB Vyas and other concerned officers were also present in the meeting.
The offices observing 5 day week shall close on October 27 and offices observing 6 day week shall close at Srinagar on October 29. All the offices shall open in Jammu on November 7, 2016.
It was informed in the meeting that adequate number of trucks and buses has been kept ready for ferrying official records and employees on October 28th, 29th and 30th and November 5th and 6th. Only one way traffic from Srinagar towards Jammu will be allowed to ply during these five days.
Chief Secretary instructed putting in place all necessary measures including security escort to ensure smooth movement of darbar move vehicles upto their respective destinations. He instructed that extra buses and trucks be kept available during the move days besides adequate number of cranes, mobile workshops, recovery vans, medical mobile teams, ambulances be deployed en-route along with necessary equipment and staff to meet any exigency.
Chief Secretary also instructed BEACON and NHAI authorities to ensure good condition of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, especially at vulnerable spots during the move days.
Chief Secretary asked Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department to issue temporary ration cards and gas connections to move employees for their Jammu stay and to ensure timely supply of rations besides, directing the concerned departments to ensure complete sanitation, availability of electricity and potable drinking water in all residential colonies of the move employees.
Chief Secretary also asked concerned officers of the Estates department and Jammu Municipal Corporation to inspect employee residential colonies and ensure that necessary facilities were in place including cleaning up water storage tanks and launching an intensive sanitation drives in all colonies.
Estates department was also asked to establish a control room/grievance cell with a toll free number to attend to and address various day to day issues in residential quarters.
Chief Secretary also directed the IT department to ensure that LAN/Internet connections in Jammu Secretariat are fully functional by the time move offices reopen there. He also directed for adequate deployment of security in all residential colonies both in Srinagar and Jammu.
Bhat chairs LA Privilege Committee meet
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: A meeting of Privilege Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly (LA) was held here today under the Chairmanship of MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, which discussed various issues of breach of privilege received by Assembly Secretariat and protocol of legislators.
Shamim Firdous, Mohammad Amin Bhat, Aijaz Ahmed Mir, Rajeev Sharma and R. S. Pathania attended the meeting and gave their suggestions to resolve the issues of breach of privilege.
On the occasion, the Committee chairman sought suggestions and cooperation from the members for early redressal of the issues. He also directed the officials of Assembly Secretariat to seek relevant information from the concerned departments.
The Committee decided that further discussions on agenda points of the Committee will be discussed in its next meeting.
Additional Secretary, Legislative Assembly Naseem Jan and Officials of Assembly Secretariat attended the meeting.
Dr. Vaid visits Anantnag, interacts with civil society members, reviews L&O
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 17: Special Director General of Police, Coordination, Law & Order, Dr. S. P. Vaid has said that people have faith in police and stressed upon the jawans and officers working in the field to respond to public grievances quickly and redress their grievances on priority.
Dr. Vaid was speaking at an interaction with the civil society members of South Kashmir at Dak-Bunglow Anantnag today. He said people have full faith in J&K Police and are visiting police stations, police posts and police offices with their problems with the hope that the grievances would be solved on priority.
During interaction, which was also attended by IGP (Kashmir Zone), SJM Gillani and IGP, CRPF, Mr. Zulfikar Hassan, Dr. Vaid heard peoples problems patiently put forth by them and gave on spot instructions to solve them. He highlighted the role of civil society in maintaining peace and order and sought their cooperation in dealing the situation in a befitting manner.
Later, Dr. Vaid presided over officers meeting of South Kashmir Range at DPL Anantnag, reviewed the security and law & order scenario of the Range. Addressing the officers, he stressed to enhance cooperation among the agencies to ensure safety and security of the people at every level.
Dr. Vaid said that the JKP has dealt these situations with professional expertise, using minimum force. JKP with other security agencies has always ensured to avoid loss of life and property of people while dealing with these situations, he added.
Dr. Vaid stressed upon the officers present in the meeting to maintain close co-ordination within their ranks and other security forces to achieve better results in defusing the situations in their respective jurisdictions. Regular meetings and interactions with the public at different levels is must to enhance police public relations, he said.
Earlier. DIG SKR, Mr. G. H. Bhat, who was accompanying the Special DG, briefed him about the overall situation in the Range. He said that the personnel deployed in the field have been briefed to be people friendly and exercise maximum restraint during crowd management.
Div Com reviews arrangements ahead of Darbar Move
Inspects Civil Sect, govt quarters
JAMMU, OCTOBER 17 -Divisional Commissioner, Dr. Pawan Kotwal today took on spot review of arrangements for darbar move and directed concerned functionaries to start renovation and restoration of services at move offices and residential quarters.
The Divisional Commissioner alongwith team of senior functionaries of police district administration PDD, PWD, PHE and Estates department inspected residential quarters at Company Bagh, B.C Road, Tangewali Gali , Ahata Amar Singh and Sarwal.
He took stock of power, water, sanitation and other services and directed the concerned departments to start repair and face lifting work immediately.
He directed them to start whitewash, fumigation of all the buildings and removal of garbage dumps in the surrounding areas. He also directed for macadamisation of roads and lanes within the premises.
Dr Kotwal also issued directions for upkeep of uninterrupted power lines, water lines and clearance of roads of unwanted roadblocks for smooth vehicular traffic during and after darbar move.
During his visit to Civil Secretariat, the Divisional Commissioner took stock of construction and face-lifting of work. He directed immediate installation of LED bulbs.
The Divisional Commissioner inquired about water supply, electricity and security arrangements.
It was informed that 70% work has been completed and rest of the work is in full swing.
Women Voters participate in awareness rally at Hiranagar
KATHUA, OCTOBER 17-To motivate eligible women voters to enroll and cast their vote, an awareness rally was taken out today here at Hiranagar
The rally organized as part of Systematic Voter’s Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) Programme was attended by a large number of ICDS workers and helpers.
The participants were carrying placards, banners, and posters inscribed with the messages about the importance of taking part in voting. They also distributed pamphlets and other literature among the people containing information about the process for registration of eligible voters.
The rally was flagged off by CPDO Hiranagar in presence of local BDO, Tehsildar and other government functionaries. The rally went through the town and culminated back at the CDPO office.
Debate competition organized under SBM
RAMBAN, OCTOBER 17: Paryas Hemkrish Model School (PHMS) in collaboration with Navyug Margdarshan Society, Ramban organized a debate competition on the topic “Role of citizens in Swachh Bharat Mission”.
Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Ramban Neelam Kumar Langeh was the chief guest on the occasion. He also flagged off an awareness rally which passed through main roads and Maitra Market.
Vedika Kamakshi student of 3rd class was adjudged overall best in debate competition, while Uzma Sohil and Salma Bahar secured second and third position respectively. Danish Rather was given consolation prize.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest exhorted upon the students to develop a habit for cleanliness in their day to day life and keep focus on personal and community hygiene.
He asked the participants to expand and intensify the sanitation drive in their places of works, localities, villages and institutes of learning.
Teacher of GHHS Boys Ramban, Rajinder Atri educated the students about the ways to keep their school, homes and locality clean and green.
ZEPO Firdous Ahmed and staff members and prominent people attended the function.