Chief Minister visits fire-sufferers of Sukhnai village in district Kishtwar
Announces free ration for 6 months, 3 month rental for affected families; Rs 1.77 lakh to be provided to each family for reconstruction of gutted residential house
JAMMU, OCTOBER 19: Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti, Wednesday visited the fire-sufferers of far-off Sukhnai village in Warwan area of district Kishtwar and announced various relief measures for the rehabilitation and welfare of the victims. She also took stock of the extensive damage caused by the devastating blaze in this remote area.
Deputy Chief Minister, Nirmal Kumar Singh, Minister for Revenue, Relief & Rehabilitation, Syed Basharat Bukhari, Minister of State for Transport, Revenue, Public Works, Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Agriculture Production and YSS, Sunil Kumar Sharma and MLC Firdous Tak accompanied the Chief Minister on her visit to the area.
As many as 126 families have been affected due to the Saturday night blaze in which 80 residential houses and an equal number of cow sheds and other structures including shops, middle school, Masjid, Anganwari Centres, Sub-Centre and over 400 cattle and sheep perished.
During her visit, the Chief Minister assured the affected villagers of all possible support from the Government for their welfare and rehabilitation.
The Chief Minister announced various relief measures including free ration to every family for a period of 6 months, Rs 9450000 under IAY (Rs 75000 per household) in favour of all 126 affected families for reconstruction of individual houses, and 3 months rental for accommodation during the winter months at the rate of Rs 3000 per month per affected family.
The Chief Minister also announced Rs 1.25 crore as relief under SDRF for the affected families, comprising Rs 101900 per house in hilly area including damaged houses, Rs 1800 per family for loss of clothing, Rs 2000 per family for loss of utensils/ household goods, Rs 30,000 per Cow/Buffalo or any other milch animal, Rs 3000 per sheep/goat, Rs 25000 per horse/bullock, Rs 16000 for calf/donkey/mule and Rs 50 per poultry bird upto maximum of Rs 5000.
During the visit, the Chief Minister also directed the district administration to provide Smokeless Chullahs and Solar Powered Lanterns to the affected families.
Pertinently, Rs 4000 per family out of Red Cross, tents, kitchen sets, ration kits and quilts have already been provided as immediate relief to the affected families.
Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Desh deputation call on Chief Minister
JAMMU, OCTOBER 19: A deputation of Jammu & Kashmir Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Desh called on Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti at her residence here this morning and brought to her notice their grievances, demands and developmental issues of the concerned areas.
The deputation led by Choudhary Nazakat Khatana apprised the Chief Minister of their individual and collective problems and grievances.
The Chief Minister assured the deputation that the issues flagged by them would be taken up for redress at the appropriate levels in the Government.
She said the government is alive to the public demands and necessary measures are already afoot to upgrade basic amenities and ensure prompt public service delivery.
Efficient teaching to improve education standards: Naeem Akhtar
Reviews progress of RUSA projects; Model multipurpose halls for all colleges, universities; Rs 54.46 cr spent on Higher Education Plan
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar, today said that efficient teaching system would ultimately improve education standards in the State.
He said this while chairing a meeting to review progress of various works under the Rashtriya Uchhatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) aimed for betterment of higher education in the State.
The Meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Higher Education, Asgar Samoon, Director RUSA, Director Colleges, Registrar of all State Universities, Nodal Principals of Amar Singh College Srinagar and GGM College Jammu, Nodal Officer Cluster University Jammu and other concerned officials.
During the meeting, the Minister was informed that almost 60 percent of physical work has been completed on various projects taken under the RUSA project. It was further added that Rs 54.46 crore was spent on various components of the scheme under State Higher Education Plan (SHEP) till September 2016 against the total availability of Rs 89.29 crores. Of them Rs 77.55 crore was released as central share by MHRD and Rs 11.74 crore by the State Government.
The Minister urged the concerned officials to complete the projects within the stipulated time and improvise from time to time for the benefit of students.
It was given out that Cluster University Jammu has received Rs 17.74 crore, whereas Cluster University Srinagar has received Rs 17.48 crore.
Speaking on the occasion, Naeem Akhtar directed reframing of various courses to be offered at the cluster universities so that they will become as seed bed for entrepreneurs. He said that besides handicrafts, modern trade should be taught at the universities as well.
The Minister also asked the officials to develop a world class model for a multipurpose auditorium that can host cultural functions, student parent meets, exams, indoor sports activities and other functions. He said that such multipurpose halls should be constructed at every college and university level.
The Education Minister stressed on expediting pace of work on the revival of EDUSAT network. He ordered the officials to come up with a plan to revive the important network within a week’s time as the same will help central as well as far off colleges in the State.
He also asked the officials to immediately start induction courses for the newly appointed College and University lecturers. He said that the course will help these new recruits to deliver efficiently and improve the standards of the teaching in the State.
3 water supply schemes coming up in Pampore: Mir Zahoor
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: Minister of State for Forests, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad, today said that three Water Supply Schemes (WSSs) will be setup in Lethpora area of Pampore Constituency at an estimated cost of Rs 7 crore.
He said these projects will address the scarcity of water in the constituency to a large extent.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting to review pace of works taken under KLC funds, released under various sectors including Public Health Engineering (PHE) sector.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister directed the concerned to start construction work on these schemes and ensure their timely completion. He also asked the concerned to ensure functioning of all defunct water pipes in the Constituency.
He added that the present Government led by Chief Minister Ms Mehbooba Mufti is committed to address grievances of the people and work for overall development of the State. He said the Government is working on augmenting Water Supply Schemes which will boost the water supply scenario in rural areas of the State.
During the meeting, detailed discussions were held on various issues including release of funds under KLC in different sectors like Rural Development, Roads & Buildings and Power. The meeting was informed that Rs 15.83 crore have been released under KLC, so far, out of which Rs 3.13 core have been released under R & B sector, Rs 1.02 crore under RDD, Rs 4 crore under PHE and Rs 5.58 crore for Power.
The meeting was attended by the District Development Commissioner Pulwama Munir-ul-Islam, Chief Engineer, PHE Kashmir and other officers of the PHE Department.
CS chairs 2nd Project Monitoring Group meeting, reviews NHAI/Rail link projects
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: To review the progress on 4 laning of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway project, Srinagar/Jammu city ring road project, rail link project and various Border Roads Organization (BRO) projects, Chief Secretary, B R Sharma today chaired the 2nd meeting of the high level Project Monitoring Group (PMG) here.
Chairman, National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), Raghav Chandra, Financial Commissioner, Planning Development & Monitoring Department, B B Vyas, Financial Commissioner, Revenue Department, Lokesh Dutt Jha, Commissioner Secretary’s of PDD, R&B, Forest and Revenue, Divisional Commissioner’s Jammu/Kashmir, concerned Deputy Commissioners and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
The Chief Secretary reviewed the section wise progress on the Srinagar- Jammu National Highway. It was informed that the work on the 65Km Jammu- Udhampur section has been completed while as in the remaining five sections work is at different stages. Work on Srinagar- Qazigund section is likely to be completed by December-2016, Qazigund-Banihal section by June-2017, Banihal- Ramban by June- 2019 and Ramban-Nashri section by December 2018.
Issues related to land acquisition and award, removal of structures, forest clearance, tree cutting and utility shifting in certain portions of the National Highway were discussed in the meeting with Chief Secretary issuing timelines to address these within the shortest time.
“Take immediate action to remove bottlenecks impeding the smooth construction/completion of the sections of the National Highway” Chief Secretary told concerned officers adding that further progress shall again be reviewed in the last week of November.
Instructions were also given to expedite the land acquisition proceedings for construction of 4 lane ring road/by pass around Srinagar and Jammu cities. “Plan a calendar of activities for the ring road project and set clear timelines and accordingly move forward to accomplish the tasks within that period besides keep provision in the project for various types of civic amenities ” Chief Secretary instructed the Revenue and R&B authorities.
The Chief Secretary also reviewed the status of the Udhampur-Srinagar rail link project and gave instructions to the concerned authorities to resolve immediately pending issues in Katra- Banihal section related to land acquisition, forest clearance, and construction of power transmission lines.
Progress of various BRO road projects in Reasi, Rajouri, Samba and Poonch districts besides progress on the Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri and Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road projects was also reviewed in the meeting.
DGP reviews CCTNS status; Stresses its strict implementation
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: Director General of Police (DGP), K. Rajendra Kumar, today chaired a high level meeting to review status of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) and stressed on its further improvement and its strict implementation in the State.
The DGP sought report on the status of the project and progress achieved, so far. He said the project has gained much importance in the present times and helps in maintaining a close vigil on the unwanted activities and in tracking offenders.
The meeting was informed that out of 323 commissioned sites, 265 sites have been completed and 29 more sites including 4 newly established women police stations have been added in the project.
On the occasion, the Police chief stressed the officers to work together and make the system functional soon. He asked the officers maintaining the project to gear up the technical staff and make all the sites functional on priority to implement the project within the stipulated period.
He said there is dire need of sharpening the training skills of officers in crime investigation and detection.
The meeting was attended by Special DG (Coordination/Law and Order), Dr. S. P. Vaid, ADGP (Headquarter), V. K. Singh, IGP (Tech), H. K. Lohia, AIG (Welfare), Dr. Haseeb Mughal and other police officers.
Altaf Bukhari chairs Estimates Committee meet
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: A meeting of Committee on Estimates of Legislative Assembly was held here today under the chairmanship of Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari.
Mubarak Gul, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Abdul Majid Paddar, Mushtaq Ahmed Shah, Ishfaq Ahmed Sheikh and Neelam Langeh attended the meeting. The members gave their suggestions to make the Committee vibrant in its functioning.
On the occasion, threadbare discussions were held on various issues including status and implementation of recommendations of the Committee.
The members assured the Chairman of their support and cooperation for further strengthening of the Committee so that it contributes in holistic development of the state.
The Committee observed two minute silence to express grief over the loss of lives of security & paramilitary forces, police personnel and civilians who died during the unrest.
Earlier, Syed Altaf Bukhari welcomed the members of the Committee in its introductory meeting and sought support and contribution to make the Committee more effective.
The Secretary Legislative Assembly apprised the Committee about the procedures and functioning of the Committee. He also apprised them about the previous report and recommendations of the Committee.
Officers and officials of Assembly Secretariat were also present in the meeting.
Subordinate Legislations Committee holds meet
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: A meeting of the Committee on Subordinate Legislations of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held here today under the chairmanship of MLA, Usman Abdul Majid.
Legislators, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rahim Rather, Abdul Majid Larmi, Chowdhary Qamar Hussain and Ravinder Raina attended the meeting and gave their suggestions for improvement in making the laws of various Departments more effective.
The Committee discussed various Rules, Laws and Bye-Laws pertaining to different Departments. The Committee observed that there is dire need to amend the Rules and Regulations of the Labour Department, so that labour class gets benefitted.
The Committee decided that Labour laws will be discussed on priority in its next meeting.
Farooq Andrabi pays rich tributes to Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (RA)
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: Minister of State for Hajj & Auqaf, Syed Farooq Andrabi paid rich tributes to Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (RA), younger son of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
In his message, Andrabi said the best way to pay tributes to Hazrat Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (RA) is to adopt his way of facing the difficulties with great courage.
While reviewing arrangements for the commemoration of martyrdom day of Hazrat Imam Zain-ul-Abideen (RA) being observed tomorrow, the officials gave a detailed briefing to the Minister about the arrangements made in and around the shrines of Khaqah-e-Moula Srinagar, Khanqah Faizpanah Pampore, Khanqah Tral, Khanqah Wachi Pulwama, Khanqah Shahabad Dooru, Khanqah Sopore and Aalam Sahib Narwara Srinagar.
The Minister directed the departments concerned to ensure uninterrupted power and water supply besides launching proper sanitation drive around these shrines to facilitate the devotees. He also directed SRTC to provide hassle free transport services to the people.
Muslim Wakaf Board to manage shrine of Zinda Shah Sahab (RA) at Peer Ki Gali
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: According to a notification issued by the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakaf Board, the shrine of Sheikh Ahmad Kareem (RA) alias Zinda Shah Sahab (RA) at Peer Ki Gali, Mughal Road, Shopian has been brought under the ambit of Schedule ‘A’ of the Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Specified Wakafs and Wakaf Properties (Management & Regulation) Act-2004, in terms of Section-3 of the said Act.
Special drive for financial inclusion
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: The Government of India in consultation with the Jammu and Kashmir Government is presently organizing a special drive for the financial inclusion in every district of the State.
The special drive for financial inclusion under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Yojana (PMJJY), Pradhan Mantri Surakhsha Bhima Yojana (PMSBY), Atal Pension Yojana (APY) and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) will continue till 31st October 2016 in the State.
According to a Finance Department spokesman, the people interested in these schemes can contact the concerned Deputy Commissioner/Lead Bank for further details in this regard.
Community type bunkers
DC Jammu reviews status of work
JAMMU, OCTOBER 19 – Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Simrandeep Singh today reviewed the progress on the construction of community type bunkers on International Border here at meeting of concerned officers.
Under a Pilot Project, a total of 97 concrete bunkers are being constructed in border areas of Jammu to provide shelter to the villagers during cross border firing/shelling.
Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Jammu Shaukat Malik, CPO Jammu Girdhari Lal Sharma and BDOs of all border blocks were present in the meeting.
The ACD gave a detailed resume on the financial expenditure and physical status of the upcoming bunkers being constructed in all the border villages.
The DC sought area wise status report of bunkers from the concerned BDOs and directed them to expedite the work so that the bunkers would be handover to village representatives.
The Government of India had decided to construct concrete bunkers along the International Border to provide interim relief to people of border areas who are affected due to frequent ceasefire violations, DC said.
The DC directed the BDOs to submit status report of works to ACD on daily basis.
DEO Doda reviews progress under Summary Revision, SVEEP
DODA, OCTOBER 19 – The District Election Officer (Deputy Commissioner Doda), Bhupinder Kumar today discussed and reviewed the progress under the Special Summary Revision of Electoral Roll (SSR)-2017 here at a meeting.
It was decided in the meeting that all district officers and concerned officials would work jointly for conducting activities including awareness camps, enrolment drives and campaigns so that no eligible person is left out in the process of revision of electoral rolls.
The meeting decided to intensify SVEEP related activities in the district for mass awareness and enrolment of the eligible voters.
The DC directed to all the departments to organise events like marathons, quiz, painting, declamation, poster making competitions and debates in every college and school of the district.
He directed rural development department to organise SVEEP special mega gram Sabha in all panchayats and asked the BLOs to distribute registration forms to the participants.
It was further decided to organise a district level women conference where in Anganwari workers and ASHA workers from across the district will participate. They will be educated to target families of service voters and NRIs to enrol them on spot by different procedures.
Officers of Social Welfare department were instructed to organize special awareness camp at Dhadkai for Deaf and Dumb voters.
The Chief agriculture officer and horticulture officer were asked to jointly organize SVEEP awareness camp for farmers in each block where AEROs, concerned BLOs will remain present.
The Chief Medical Officer was asked to hold medical camps one in each block to target SC, ST and other vulnerable groups. It was also decided to hold Blood donation camps, free eye camps. The display screens in the hospitals would be added with SVEEP message.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Bhaderwah Mohd Anwar Banday, Assistant Commissioner Revenue Doda Ranjeet Singh besides district and Sectoral Officers of all the departments attended the meeting.
DC Samba holds public grievances redressal camp
SAMBA, OCTOBER 19 – District Development Commissioner Samba, Sheetal Nanda today held a public grievances redressal camp here at Kamotha of Sumb block.
The villagers from Marel, Souram, Snoor, Ked, Chotali beli, Davan, Jeer and Samotha attended the camp and projected their demands and problems.
ADDC Vivek Sharma, CPO J S Sambyal, ACD Tilak Raj, PO IWMP Pardeep Manhas, Tehsildar Samba R.K Rathore, ARTO Kuldeep Singh, XeN’s PDD, PHE, PWD and District officers from other departments were also present.
The villagers highlighted their demands like improvement of road and mobile connectivity, augmentation of water and power facilities. They demanded opening of health care and veterinary dispensary in the area. They also demanded inclusion of the villages in RBA category.
The DDC directed the officers to address the genuine problems of the public. She directed Xen PWD to submit proposal for construction of link road from Samotha to upcoming PMGSY road from Goran to Souram. She asked PHE department to submit action taken report on complaints raised by the villagers within one week.
She also directed Horticulture, Agriculture and other departments to organise joint awareness camps in the area. She further directed ACD Samba to submit proposal for developing school playground. The DDC directed Xen PDD to submit report on progress achieved under RGVY and proposal for augmentation of power supply under ST plan. She emphasised upon the departments to initiate more activities at these villages.
Later, the DDC also visited Govt High School Samotha and interacted with staff and students there.
Medical camp held at Ganderbal
GANDERBAL, OCTOBER 19: A free medical camp was held by Directorate of Health services in Ganderbal in collaboration with District Health society Ganderbal.
The camp is part of series of medical camps being organized by Directorate of Health services to treat non communicable diseases. The District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Tariq Hussain Ganai, was also present on the occasion and inspected the medical camp.
A large number of patients were screened and evaluated for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and other health related issues. On the occasion, patients were provided free consultation, medicines, and diagnostic tests were also conducted; besides counselling was held regarding life style modification.
DDC Kupwara reviews convergence programme
KUPWARA, OCTOBER 19: District Development Commissioner Kupwara, Rajeev Ranjan, today held an officers meeting regarding convergence of resources under the interdepartmental coordination and convergence of resources programme.
It was given out that 25 villages in the district are being identified for implementation of the programme, where as all the basic amenities are being made available to the people of the villages under the convergence plan.
The DDC stressed on effective coordination among all the concerned Departments for over all development in various sectors under the convergence programme.
He also sought detailed project reports from the stake holders associated with the convergence plan.
The meeting also reviewed Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) works in Halmatpora and Ledrawan villages of the district.
Gool deputation calls on DC Ramban
RAMBAN, OCTOBER 19 – A deputation of members of a local organisation ‘Peace and Welfare Committee Gool’ today called on Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ramban Mohammad Aijaz and submitted a memorandum of demands.
The main demands highlighted in the memorandum included compensation to owners for the land acquired for Government Degree College (GDC) Gool, cancellation of attachment order of health staff, early completion of water lift scheme, provision for distribution of timber and firewood to locals and blacktopping of local roads etc.
The deputation also raised the issue of vacant post of tehsildar at Gool and other issues pertaining to power and water supply.
The DC assured the members that their genuine demands shall be considered sympathetically and the concerned departments would be directed to take steps to redress the same.
Divisional level HODs, Deputy Commissioners not to leave station: Div Com
SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today asked all HODs and Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division not to leave their stations without prior permission to ensure smooth functioning of all offices.
The circular reads, “In order to ensure smooth functioning of various offices at Divisional/District level and with a view to ensure availability of officers in addressing day to day problems/grievances of the public, it is hereby enjoined upon all divisional level HODs and Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division that they shall not leave the station without prior permission of this office. In case any of the officers is called for a meeting to Jammu, he/she shall inform this office about the same in advance. Any deviation of these instructions shall be viewed seriously and action as warranted under rules will be taken against violation”, the circular said.