Report card of Govt of Jammu and Kashmir for 25 Nov 2016

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Governor expresses grief over demise of Dileep Padgaonkar

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25: Governor N.N. Vohra has expressed grief over the sad demise of Mr. Dileep Padgaonkar, veteran journalist and a former J&K Interlocutor, whom the Governor had known for many years.

In a message of condolence the Governor has prayed for the peace to the departed soul and conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved family.

 

Govt nominates non-official members of District Consumer Protection Councils

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Safeguarding consumer interests Govt’s key concern: Zulfkar

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25- The State Government has constituted District Consumer Protection Councils (DCPC) to safeguard the interests of the consumers in the state.

On the direction of Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs vide Government Order No 182 –FCS&CA of 2016, in terms of SRO-262 has constituted the District Consumer Protection Councils (DCPC).

Each DCPC comprises Deputy Commissioner of the concerned district as Chairman, Chief Medical Officer of the district as Member, Assistant Director Department of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs as Member Secretary, Chief Executive Officer of the Municipal Council as Member, Senior Superintendent of Police (with territorial jurisdiction) as Member, Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology Department of the district as Member besides Government nominated non-official members.

The Government has nominated non-official members for DCPCs to make these fully functional.

For district Rajouri, Government has nominated Advocate Mir Baz of Palangar, Advocate Manzoor Hussain of  Sankari and Bharat Bhushan of Rajouri as Members while for district Poonch Shamim Ahmed Dar of Poonch, Shamim Ahmed Ganaie of Mandi and Javaid Iqbal Choudhary of Surankote have been nominated as members of DCPC.

For District Jammu, Government has nominated Davinder Batra of Gandhi Nagar, Chander Gulati of Canal Road  and Hussain Ali Wafa of Nagrota as Members while for district Samba Saleem Choudhary of Samba, Vijay Kumar Baba of Vijaypur and Dr Chander Salathia have been nominated as DCPC Members.

For District Doda, Shohab-ul-Haq of Doda, Abdul Majeed of Thathri and Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar of Neeli Bhallesa have been nominated as Members for the district while Advocate Sheikh Nasir Hussain of Kishtwar, Shabir Ahmed retired TSWO Kishtwar and Mohammad Ashraf Kichloo, Retired Army Officer of Kishtwar are government members of the District body.

The government has nominated Surinder Singh Fouji of Kathua, Sardar Khan, retired SP Kathua and Choudhary Gulzar Ahmed of Mai Chak Kathua as members for district Kathua while Krishan Dev Singh of Reasi, Shafiq-ur-Rehman of Mahore and Partap Sharma of Katra have been nominated DCPC members for district Reasi.

For Udhampur, Hans Raj of Udhampur, Advocate Aijaz Ahmed Sumbriya of Udhampur and Siraj Din Choudhary of Udhampur are government nominated Members while Bashir Ahmed Rounyal of Banihal, Rehmatullah Rounyal of Gandri, Ramban and Haji Mohammad Yousuf of Maitra Ramban have been nominated members for DCPC Ramban.

In addition MLAs / MLCs will be the special invitees in the meetings of the District Consumer Protection Councils.

The government has directed Chairmen of the respective Councils to convene regular meetings as provided under J&K Consumer Protection Act and also furnish their comments and recommendations to the Department.

Meanwhile, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has stressed upon DCPCs to help them in resolving the issues of consumers. He said that these Councils have been framed to safeguard the interests of the consumers.

 

Govt constitutes divisional Price Consultative Committees

JAMMU, NOVEMBEER 25: The State Government has constituted Price Consultative Committees (PCC) for Kashmir and Jammu divisions to regulate the prices of the essential commodities.

On the directions of Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali, the Department of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs vide Government Order No: 183 –FCS&CA of 2016 has constituted Price Consultative Committee of the Department.

For Jammu province, Director Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs is appointed as Chairman while Deputy Director Supplies of the Department, Joint Controller, Legal Metrology Jammu, Health Officer/ Representative of Municipal Corporation Jammu, Representatives of agriculture Department not below the rank of Deputy Director to be nominated by Director Agriculture Food Production, Jammu, Representatives of Animal Husbandry Department Jammu not below the rank of Deputy Director one each for Animal , Poultry sectors to be nominated by Director Animal Husbandry Jammu and Representatives of Sheep Husbandry Department Jammu not below the rank of Deputy Director to be nominated by Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu will be its members.

Similarly for Kashmir province, Director Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Kashmir  is appointed as Chairman while Deputy Director Supplies Kashmir of the Department, Joint Controller, Legal Metrology Kashmir, Health Officer/ Representative of Municipal Corporation Srinagar, Representatives of Agriculture Department not below the rank of Deputy Director to be nominated by Director Agriculture Food Production, Kashmir, Representatives of Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir not below the rank of Deputy Director one each for Animal , Poultry sectors to be nominated by Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir and Representatives of Sheep Husbandry Department Kashmir not below the rank of Deputy Director to be nominated by Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir will be its members.

According to the order, the Committees will meet on the first and 15th of every month and will send periodical reports to the administrative department.

 The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has said that his Department is committed to protect the consumers from over charging. He said that his department has constituted these Committees to regulate prices in the market and he is hopeful that things will be changed in the state after effective working of these committees.

 

Speaker declares open declamation contest for Silver Rolling Trophy

Kavinder for building a socio-political system which envisages equal opportunities for all

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25 – Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta today declared open the 7th Annual Inter-State (Northern Zone) Declamation Contest on the topic “Is Practice of Liberal Values the only way to End the Politics of Hate and Harm” for the Silver Rolling Trophy being organized by the Department of Higher Education, J&K at the Government College for Women, Gandhi Nagar.

This trophy has been instituted by the Governor, Mr N N Vohra.

Addressing the gathering, the Speaker said we need to incorporate the positive changes in our socio-political fabric and work hand in hand towards a system which envisages equal growth opportunities for all in a peaceful environment.

“When we talk about liberalization, it’s not just the liberalization of economy but the liberalization that evolves us as true human beings conscious and respectful of others thereby leading to removal of environment that creates distrust and harmony”, he added.

Kavinder said the topic for this Declamation “Is Practice of Liberal Values the only way to End the Politics of Hate and Harm” is a relevant one.  It is important to reflect on this for isolating the elements that try to weaken the nation from within.

The Speaker reiterated that education is the only medium to truly imbibe in people a value system that creates in people respect for others, unity and a cordial harmonious cultural environment.

The Speaker also invited the students to come and be part of assembly proceedings during the upcoming session, and get to know how the legislature functions, understand politics and emerge as leaders of tomorrow.

Commissioner Secretary Higher Education Department Asgar Hassan Samoon, Director Colleges Renu Goswami, SDM South Sonu Pargal, Principal GCW Gandhi Nagar Dr Kiran Bakshi faculty and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

 

Kohli visits Fish Farm Nowabad; Lays foundation of inspection hut

Minister asks unemployed youth to set up fish farms

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli today inspected Fish Farm, Nowabad here. He also laid foundation of Inspection Hut at the said Fish Farm. The Hut is being constructed by the Fisheries Department at an estimated cost of Rs 78 lakh.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the Government is committed to upgrade the fisheries sector in the State. He said several initiatives have been taken in this regard and the unemployed youth and other interested persons are being given full support by the Government to set up fish farms for income generation.

Terming unemployment as the biggest challenge for the Government, the Minister said that several schemes have been launched to create employment avenues for the youth. “Skill development is one such initiative aimed at enhancing the skills of the youth for greater employability,” he said and urged the youth to take benefit of such schemes.

Briefing the Minister about the activities of the Fisheries Department, the officers informed him that 952 carp and 388 trout units have been established in private sector in the State while 51 trout and 19 carp farms are functional in the Government sector.

He was informed that Fry seed is being distributed among the farmers as per the requirement. He was also informed during the current year the department has produced 6.20 lakh Fry at Nowabad Farm which was passed on to other districts for further distribution among the unit holders.

To meet the seed demands of Jammu division, Nowabad Fish Farm was earlier Seed Transit Unit and later on the Chinese Hatchery was established and the Carp seed including Indian Major and Chinese Carp is now being produced at the farm, the Minister was informed.

Earlier, the Minister took stock of the functioning of the Nowabad Farm and reviewed working of various divisions of the Camp Office.

The Minister asked the concerned to redouble their efforts and work with utmost dedication and to achieve the targets fixed in full in a stipulated time frame.

Mr. Kohli also instructed the concerned Executing Agencies to speed up the pace of work on the construction of Farm Hut and complete the project with a period of one year.  He also asked them to make judicious use of funds and standard material to ensure quality of work.

MLA, Jammu East Rajesh Gupta, Director Fisheries R K Dogra and other officers of the fisheries department were present on the occasion.

 

 

Tarigami chairs Estimates Sub-Committee meet

Reviews functioning of JKPCC

JAMMU, NOVERMBER 25: A meeting of Sub-Committee on Estimates of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly was held here today under the Chairmanship of MLA, Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami to review the functioning of Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation Limited (JKPCC).

Legislators, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori, Abdul Majeed Padder, Abdul Rashid Dar and Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar attended the meeting and gave their suggestions to strengthen the Corporation.

The Sub-Committee has been constituted by the Chairman of Committee on Estimates, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari.

 The Committee asked JKPCC to come up with elaborate information alongwith the procedures being adopted for execution of works, tenderization and reasons for delay in completion of ongoing works.

The Committee expressed concern over the unfruitful expenditure made by the Corporation besides diversion of the funds.

The Committee also decided to conduct on the spot visit/inspection of the corporate office of JKPCC at Gandhi Nagar, on 29th of November.

Managing Director, JKPCC, Dileep Thusoo apprised the committee about the overall functioning of the Jammu and Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation besides present status of physical and financial achievements.

Among others, Director, PWD (R&B), besides senior officers of concerned departments and Assembly Secretariat were also present in the meeting.

Chief Minister distributes relief among Buchwara fire sufferers

‘Govt taking various measures for development of Srinagar city; Rs 50 cr earmarked for development of Hazratbal’

SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 25: The Chief Minister, Ms Mehbooba Mufti today distributed relief and cash assistance among the victims of recent   fire incident at Buchwara in which more than twenty five houses were gutted, affecting more than seventy families living there.

The assistance includes Rs. 1.05 lakh cash assistance per structure, Rs 50,000 cash assistance per family, clothes, tents and other items of daily use and Rs 2000 per family for utensils and one month’s free ration.

Interacting with the victim families, the Chief Minister expressed her sympathies with them and assured them that whatever possible is required would be done for their proper rehabilitation.

On the demand of the victim families, Mehbooba Mufti directed the administration to extend the provision of free ration to six months. She said efforts would be made to rehabilitate them at their own places by changing the architectural design rather than relocating them elsewhere.

The Chief Minister said the Government intends to do a lot for the development of Srinagar city in view of the historicity of and the load of civic and urban activities on the summer capital but due to the disturbances in Kashmir Valley not much could be done this season.

Mehbooba Mufti said late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed had put the development of Srinagar city in sharp focus. She reminded the people that the last outdoor activity the former Chief Minister undertook was a detailed tour of the city. She said the late leader had a dream of making Srinagar one of the developed cities of the country which would be duly pursued.

The Chief Minister said many developmental and heritage protection projects are in pipeline for the city development and sought cooperation from city dwellers in their execution. She said the old city would be given a new look in proportion to its historic, cultural and heritage background.

Similarly, the Chief Minister said the Government has earmarked Rs 50 crore for development of Hazratbal area in terms of infrastructure and heritage in view of the importance of and number of devotees coming to the shrine. She said similar other developmental projects are slated for the city and asked people to help government in their speedy execution.

MLA, Sonawar, Mohammad Ashraf Mir; Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone and other officers were present on the occasion.

 

Commissioner Secretary H&UDD reviews Srinagar Smart City proposal

SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 25: A meeting to review first draft proposal for Smart City Srinagar was convened today under the joint chairmanship of Commissioner/Secretary to Government Housing & Urban Development, Hirdesh Kumar, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and District Development Commissioner, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone.

Commissioner Secretary stressed the need to provide accurate data and said the Smart City proposal should be in sync with the Master Plan. He directed the consultant to adhere to the deadline of 15 December 2016 and shortcomings, if any, need to be dealt with in the stipulated time.

Divisional Commissioner directed the concerned officials to provide full cooperation to the consulting firm. He stressed the need to remove bottlenecks which are impediments for creation of brand identity on the uniqueness of Kashmir. He also pitched for incorporation of cycling tracks in Srinagar city.

Earlier consultants from “Voyants Partnering Vision” gave a detailed presentation on the city and said that the capital city performs well in sectors like inclusiveness, public open spaces, health and education. However, they observed that on the counts of underground electric wiring, water management, energy efficiency and sewerage, the city scores low and needs the maximum improvement.

The meeting was informed that the Srinagar city has highest telephone density and highest internet penetration in the state. Additionally Srinagar offers 80 per cent public transport coverage and 22.5 percent non-motorized transport. The consultants said that Srinagar offers 97 per cent tap connections; however, 93 places in the city are prone to water logging. Further the city showcases 950 heritage structures.

Describing the strategic components of Smart Cities, consultants said combination of retrofit and redevelopment which include innovative planning, optimum use of resources, and provisions of affordable housing would be included in the draft. It was informed that the essence for Smart City is to enhance quality of life by creation of resilient, sustainable, urban infrastructure based on a framework for urban disaster management.

 

DDC Ramban reviews functioning of local self governance bodies

RAMBAN, NOVEMBER 25: District Development Commissioner,   Mohammad Aijaz today convened a meeting of local self governance bodies of Batote, Ramban and Banihal to take stock of developmental activities being undertaken in their jurisdictions.

The meeting was attended by ACR Vivek Puri, CPO Uttam Singh, Deputy Director DRDA and concerned senior officers.

Detailed discussions were held on issues regarding establishment of solid waste management plants, removal of encroachments, construction of Community Sanitary Complexes & Individual Household Latrine units besides identification of land for creation of parking lots.

The meeting also discussed in detail the status of building permissions and details of development works carried out by the local bodies.

CM condoles Padgaonkar’s demise

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has deeply mourned the demise of renowned journalist Dileep Padgaonkar, who passed away at Pune this morning.

In her condolence message, the Chief Minister described Padgaonkar as a journalist par excellence whose death has resulted in a terrible loss to the country. She also vividly remembered his interest in the affairs of the J&K state, especially as a part of the Interlocutors group framed on Jammu and Kashmir.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing away of the veteran journalist and editor who made a huge contribution in the field of journalism,” the Chief Minister said.

Mehbooba extended her sympathies to the bereaved family members of the Padgaonkar family in their hour of grief and prayed for peace to the departed soul.

Lal Singh for timely completion of Jammu Zoo project

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25: Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment Choudhary Lal Singh today chaired a meeting of officers of Forest Department to review the progress of Jammu Zoo project.

Chairman JK Pollution Control Board Ravi Kesar, Chief Wildlife Warden Suresh Chug, Project Chief IWDP P K Singh, Director Social Forestry Anil Kumar Tickoo, Director Ecology, Environment and Remote Sensing O P Sharma, Chief Conservator of Forests, Roshan Jaggi, Managing Director State Forest Corporation S K Gupta, Director Forest Protection Force Rajiv Tiwari, Director SFRI B M Sharma besides other senior officers of Forest Department and locals were present on the occasion.

The Minister directed the concerned agencies to ensure that the ambitious project is executed in most efficient manner and timelines fixed for its completion are strictly adhered to. He took a detailed review of the plan outlay and ground work being executed by the concerned in this regard.

Choudhary Lal Singh issued directions to the Wildlife authorities to expedite the work particularly chainlink fencing, construction of entry gate, parking lots besides the work of circular road and moats as per specification of Central Zoo Authority. The Minister also directed for plantation along the circular road.

The prestigious Jambu Zoo Project (Shivalik Biological Park) at Khanpur, Nagrota is envisioned to be completed in two years. Spread over an area of 5000 kanals, the zoo will come up at an estimated cost of Rs. 150 crore.

Sunil Sharma launches several development projects in Kishtwar

Kishtwar, November 25: Minister of State for Transport (Independent Charge), Revenue, Public Works (Roads &Buildings), Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Sunil Kumar Sharma today laid the foundation stone of several key construction works of Municipal Committee Kishtwar.

The Minister laid the foundation stone of Light Vehicle Parking near the bridge to Higher Secondary School Kishtwar. Under district plan 2015-16, the parking lot is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 lack.

Mr Sharma said that the construction of such parking lots will ease the issue of in-city traffic congestion due to wrong on-road parking of private vehicles. He directed the district administration to explore more avenues for creation of such assets for the welfare of general public at large.

Later Mr Sharma laid another foundation stone for construction of Lane and Drain around NH1B. The said work shall be executed at an estimated cost of Rs 7 lacs under Integrated Development of Small & Medium Town Scheme (IDSMT).

District Development Commissioner, G N Balwan besides other officers of Municipal Committee accompanied the Minster.

Comm Secretary R&B inspects 4-lanning of National Highway

Reviews progress of works in Srinagar, Anantnag

ANANTNAG, NOVEMBER 25: Commissioner Secretary R&B Department, Rohit Kansal Friday inspected various sites of 4-lanning of National Highway and took stock of the progress of the work. He also inspected other ongoing works being executed by R&B Department.

The Commissioner Secretary inspected earth filling work at Lasjan being carried out under the 4-lanning of NH project. He directed the concerned executing agency to expedite the pace of work besides ensuring the quality of work. On way he also inspected the works at Gallandar, Barsoo, Semthan bridge and Bijbehara bypass sites of the project.

The Commissioner Secretary directed for carrying out beautification works of central verge under the project on priority by ensuring all season greenery on the central verge of the Highway.

Later, Commissioner Secretary visited Bherampora Anantnag and inspected the ongoing work on Sofipora Bridge being constructed at a cost of Rs 3 crore. He directed the concerned to speed up the pace of work to ensure its timely completion.

While reviewing the progress of 5 km long Mehendi Kadal-Ashajipora-Bonipaw bypass project work, the Commissioner asked the engineers to start work on second phase of the project so that it is completed in stipulated time to benefit the large population of the area.

At Dyalgam, he inspected the ongoing plinth work of Medical College. He was informed that Rs 120 crore is being spent on the project and by the end of January 2017 plinth work would be completed. He also took stock of the Larkipora steel bridge and was informed that the bridge would be completed soon.

The Commissioner Secretary also visited the site of Government Polytechnic College building at Larkipora and took stock of the progress of work. He was informed that the College building is being constructed at a cost of Rs 13 crore. He directed the concerned to complete the tress work of the college by March and other works including electrification, flooring, and compound walling by ending June 2017.

Chief Engineer R&B, Deputy Commissioner, Anantnag, SSP Anantnag, officers of R&B and RAMKY Infra and other concerned accompanied the Commissioner Secretary during his tour.

Earlier, the Commissioner Secretary visited Sonwar Srinagar and inspected the ongoing works of road widening and parking slot there. He also took stock of the work being executed for extension of culvert. He directed the concerned to complete the culvert by December end.

 Disaster Management Anantnag conducts mock drill

ANATNAG, NOVEMBER 25: District Administration Anantnag in collaboration with District Police, Disaster Management and SDRF conducted a mock drill in District Police Lines.

During the Drill volunteers from Disaster Management, besides Home Guards and SDRF exhibited skills about rescue, relief and rehabilitation to combat any disasters or natural calamity. The drill was witnessed by hundreds of volunteers and police personnel.

Speaking on the occasion DC Anantnag Dr Syed Aabid Rashid said that we need to anticipate the disasters than to chase them, so that prompt action could be taken for the safeguard of the people. He said volunteers would be trained on modern lines.

SSP Anantnag Chief Warden Disaster Management Anantnag was also present on the occasion.

Nilnag to be developed as part of tourist village: DC Budgam

BUDGAM, NOVEMBER 25: The Nilnag spring along with its surroundings in district Budgam has been identified to be developed as an Integrated Tourism Village under convergence programme of MGNREGA.

This was given out in a meeting convened to take review preparedness for development of the proposed tourist village and development of demonstration plants to promote high density horticulture in the district under the chairmanship of, the District Development Commissioner, Budgam Mr. Mir Altaf Ahmad.

The DDC asked the concerned officers of the Rural Development Department and Yusmarg Development Authority to prepare a comprehensive Draft Project Report under MGNREGA convergence programme so that required funds for execution of the work on development of Nilnag as a model tourism village are approved.

He said development of Nilnag as a tourist village will give a big boost to tourism related economic activities in the district as the high altitude forest area in its surroundings has tremendous adventure tourism potential.

The DDC also reviewed the progress on introducing imported High Density horticulture products in the district and informed that four modern high density apple demonstration plants have been approved to be set up at Chadoora, Fajipora, Ichhama and Arizal of the district. He said that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is very particular about promotion of village tourism and high density horticulture in the state and has asked all DCs to monitor progress on these sectors periodically.

Later, DDC also reviewed pace on drug de-addiction drive in the district and asked the police authorities to activate other NGOs, social and religious organizations so that the menace is curbed in the district effectively.

DDC Ganderbal reviews achievements under district plan

Ganderbal November 25: District Development Commissioner Ganderbal, Mr. Tariq Hussain Ganai today reviewed the progress made under district plan for current fiscal.

Threadbare discussions were held in the meeting regarding expenditure incurred under various sectors in the district and anticipated expenditure. The DDC sought the progress/ achievements of various development works in the district from concerned district officers.

He also reviewed the physical and financial achievements made under various centrally sponsored schemes and other flagship programmes by Education, PWD, Irrigation, Flood Control, PHE, PDD, Health, Rural Development and other departments. He directed them to update the record of the targets achieved under every flagship schemes and programmes for current year.

Chief Planning Officer, Executive Engineers of R&B, PHE, PDD, and other district officers attended the meeting.

Stop promoting monopolistic practices in purchase of books, uniforms: DSEK to Pvt Educational Institutions

SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 25: The Government has asked private educational institutions not to compel their students to purchase uniforms/books/stationary items from within the schools or from the shops/agencies nominated by them.

While terming the practice as unethical and anti-people, Director School Education Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat today issued a circular in this regard.

According to the circular, all Chief Education Officers have been ordered to direct all the heads of Private Schools to refrain from any such practices forthwith. He said disciplinary action as warranted under rules shall be taken against any private educational institute violating the rule. All the CEOs have been directed to bring into notice of Director any such violations immediately.

The circular has been widely hailed by public as a major step to streamline education system in Kashmir.

DSEK asks schools to implement fee waiver order immediately

SRINAGAR: NOVEMBER 25:     The Director School Education Kashmir, Mr Aijaz Ahmad Bhat has instructed all the Chief Education Officers to implement the order regarding fee waiver for girl students immediately.

Pertinently, the State Government has ordered to waive off school fee of all girl students enrolled in government run schools up to higher secondary level.

Director School Education Kashmir said the step has been taken to increase the roll of girl students and to incentivize education in the state.

He further said that this is a historic step taken by the Government which in the long run shall remarkably contribute towards the women empowerment in the State.

Debate on cleanliness held at Shopian

SHOPIAN, NOVEMBER 25: In continuance to Special Sanitation drive that started from 16th Nov, a debate chaired by Executive officer Municipal Committee Shopian was today held at Town Hall Shopian in which children / senior citizens of District Shopian took part.

A colourful rally of employees of Municipal Committee Shopian was also flagged off which started from Town Hall Shopian and passed through Main market of Shopian. The participants carried the banners of “cleaner Shopian Greener Shopian” while highlighting the importance of Swachh Bharat Mission and need to keep houses and surrounding clean.

Women should assert their rightful place in society: Nayeema Mehjoor

Awareness camp organized by SCW at GDC Kishtwar

KISHTWAR, NOVEMBER 25 – Stressing the need to evolve traditional mindset of society towards women,   Chairperson State Women Commission, Nayeema Ahmad Mehjoor said that women are equal contributors in every field and need to assert their rightful place in the society.

Nayeema said this while interacting with the girl students, ASHA and Anganwari workers during an awareness camp organized by State women commission in collaboration with district administration today at Government Degree College Kishtwar.

The main motive of the programme was to sensitize the women of far flung areas, interact with them and educate them about their rights, duties and welfare schemes run by the government.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson stressed on the empowerment and education of women by imparting education to the girl child for their all round development.

Nayeema urged the women living in far flung areas to reach the commission in case of settlement of any women centric issue and assured them that every possible help will be extended to them.

Addressing the gathering, Ajaz Abdullah Secretary Women Commission said the Commission will stand against any injustice like domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, dowry, gender inequality, forced prostitution adding that  the commission by ways and means tries to empower women and resolve their issues by interaction, seminars and so on.

On the occasion, Deputy Commissioner , Ghulam Nabi Balwan, Member SWC, Gulzar Masoodi  and others were also present on the occasion.

Construction of ‘Community Toilets’ begins in Udhampur

UDHAMPUR, NOVEMBER 25: District Development Commissioner Udhampur, Mr Niraj Kumar today visited the sites of community toilets being constructed under Swach Bharat Mission at  Dabbar Gole Market, Pandav Mandir and  District Hospital Udhampur.

SSP, Shailendra Mishra, Joint- Director Planning, Rakesh Jamwal, CEO Municipal Committee, Santosh Kotwal besides other officers accompanied the DDC during the visit.

DDC directed the concerned authorities to expedite the work for improving the facilities for the people and making the district open Defaecation free.

SWDorganizes awareness camp

RAJOURI, NOVEMBER 25-The department of Social Welfare today organized an awareness camp at ITI Rajouri for creating awareness about various welfare schemes being implemented by the department.  Member Legislative assembly Choudhary Qammer Hussain was  chief Guest on the occasion.

Dr. Abdul Khabir principal ITI besides officers and officials of the social welfare departments were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, MLA   asked the people to   avail maximum benefits of the welfare schemes and programmes. He further asked the department to obtain requisite feedback about the implementation and the steps needed to be taken to ensure successful implementation of these schemes.

 DSWO Dr. Abdul Khabir spoke about various welfare schemes being implemented by the department.

Power shutdown

JAMMU NOV 25 – To carry out repairs /preventive maintenance of equipments and replacement of jumpers/droppers and other hotspots on main / reserve Bus at 220/132/33 KV G/S Udhampur along with preventive maintenance of 220 KV S/C Sarna-Udhampur Trans. Line, the shutdown of 220/132/33 KV Grid Station Udhampur along with 220 KV S/C Sarna-Udhampur Transmission Line is being observed.

During the shutdown, the power supply to entire Udhampur, Ramnagar, Chenani, MES, Air Force, Army, district Kishtwar and district Doda shall remain affected on November 26 from 8 am to 2 pm.

Similarly, to carry out urgent maintenance works of the line such as checking of earth wires, foundations of the towers and stringing of conductors etc by NHPC, the shutdown of 132 KV Udhampur-Kishtwar Transmission line is allowed.

  During the shutdown, the power supply to district Kishtwar and district Doda shall remain affected on November 28, 30 and December 3, 5, and 7 from 11 am to 4 pm.

 Seeds for Rabi crop available at Agriculture Deptt outlets

‘Demonetized notes will be accepted’

JAMMU, NOVEMBER 25: Directorate of Agriculture Jammu in a message stated that all kinds of seeds for sowing during Rabi season are available in sufficient quantity at Seed Outlets of the department.

The farmers can purchase the seed with the old currency notes of Rs 1000 and Rs 500.  Old Currency will be accepted subject to the production of any identity proof such as Voter Identity or Aadhaar card.