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We are not part of any political party – JKCHR Clarification
London April 07: Jammuand Kashmir Council for Human Rights, has clarified that it does not representHurriyat or any other political opinion outside Kashmir and doesnot have any connections with any Kashmir Centre currently established by anyGovernment or such other elements. Clarifying the status of JKCHR Dr Syed NazirGilani has said that JKCHR has an international personality and has a SpecialConsultative Status with the ECOSOC of UN. In addition to its work for theprotection and promotion of human rights, it works in furtherance of UNactivities.
Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights is a pre-1990 institution and has represented the Unrepresented Peoples and Nations of the world at the UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna. It has addressed the Plenary and the MainCommittee of the World Conference and has remained involved in arranging adialogue between Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Late Nusrat Bhutto who were leadingthe respective delegations of their countries and in sponsoring Kashmiris tovarious international forums.
Commenting on Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s statement in reference to “ Hurriyat (M)representatives in London, Brussels and Geneva” , Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani Secretary General JKCHRhas said that JKCHR would always increment the Rights Movement and wouldsupport the various opinions, including both factions of Hurriyat in the samemanner as it has done at the Islamic Summit in Morocco, at the UN Human RightsCommission/Sub Commission and Human Rights Council Sessions in the past inequity to safeguard the integrity of the jurisprudence of Kashmir Case.
However,JKCHR has its genuine reservations inregard to the seriousness of this statement because these Centres have beenadversely listed in the FBI Affidavit filed in the Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai’s casein a US Court which after a Plea Bargain has resulted in imprisonment and heavy fines as well.
JKCHR Secretary General has said that United Nations invites JKCHR every year todesignate 5 (+2) Representatives each for the three offices of UN in New York,Vienna and Geneva. In addition to this the chair and secretary general havespecial privilege for UN annual passes. UN also invites JKCHR to designate 5Representatives one each on 5 Regional Commissions, namely Economic Commissionfor Africa (ECA), Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), Economic Commission forLatin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Economic and Social Commission forWestern Asia (ESCWA)) and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and thePacific (ESCAP).
Thefive Regional Commissions are partnering with countries in their regions, withUN system agencies, funds and programs and with other regional and sub-regional stake holders to under take collaborative initiatives and actions. It gives JKCHR access to nearly all inter governmental processes at the UN dealing with economic and socialdevelopment, gender issues, sustainable development, small arms, and human rights
The Secretary General of the UN receives written statements from JKCHR and theseare circulated in accordance with ECOSOC resolution 1996/31.
Dr.Syed Nazir Gilani has said that JKCHR has a policy to increment all efforts carried out in accordance with the jurisprudence of Kashmir case, transparently and in reference to the trust of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Liyaqat had no intention of attack: Hizb Chief
Says, “Militants to continue activities in border areas”
Hizb operative provided logistic support in Bemina attack.
Accuses AI of being ‘hand in glove’ with GOI.
Dares CM to release a single man against the “will of agencies.”
“MMM best option to move forward jointly.”
Srinagar, April 07 (KNS): Breaking his silence over the controversial arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah by Delhi Police, United Jihad Council Chief and Hizbul Mujahedeen Supreme Commander Syed Salah ud din Sunday said that his (Liyaqat’s) arrest has actually become a war of credibility between various Indian intelligence and Police agencies, and said that Liyaqat had not gone to carry out attack. He however admitted that at least 120 kashmiris have crossed over through different routes to join their families in Kashmir.
“My preliminary reports suggest that Liyaqat had gone to join the family back in Kupwara. Prima Facie, it appears that he had no intention of any kind of attack.” Salah ud din said in a telephonic interview to KNS on Sunday, adding that his arrest has now become a bone of contention for central Intelligence agencies and Delhi and JK police.
“He is being held only to save the face of the police forces, because credibility of Various agencies, who branded him as fidayeen is at stake.”
Salah ud din also admitted that Hizb operative had played vital role in Bemina Fidayeen attack.
The UJC chief however said that abrupt surge in militant activities in Capital City and other towns was to remind the establishment, Forces and the people of the state, that Militants were always capable to strike anywhere and anytime. However he added that UJC sticks to its plans of carrying out its activities in border areas only during the time of mass agitations.
“We don’t want to provide any kind of opportunity and excuse to forces to attack the innocent and unarmed civilians in the garb of negotiating Mujahedeen, so we keep away from civilian areas when people are on the roads.” He said.
He however justified ‘Fidayen’ attacks and said ‘ there was a hell of difference between suicide and Fidayeen attack.
“Fidayeen attack is not prohibited in Islam. In fact this is the highest level of Jihad. When a man is at war with a force manifold powerful in every respect to him, he can carry out a fidayeen attack. But yes, suicide is not permitted in Islam, and that is when you are fed up of your life and give it away to escape the hardships.” Said the Hizb Supreme Commander, adding that “Fidayeen never give away their life to escape from the hardships of life, but take the death abreast to negotiate the enemy.”
He appreciated the separatist leadership for joining hands in the aftermath of Afzal Guru hanging and said that constitution of MMM was the best possible way to get on a single platform. “ I urge all the separatist leadership to sort out the differences if at all, there are any and move forward jointly, because a plateform, like MMM is the need of hour.” Stressed Hizbul Supremeo, who also expressed satisfaction over the current agitation programme by MMM.
“I have been saying since 2010, that the strikes have to be phase wise, so that poor people continue their support to movement and at the same time carry on with the daily affairs also.” Salah ud din said.
He also lashed out at Amnesty International saying, the global human rights watch dog was in hand in glove with Indian establishment and their recent statements against PSA in J&K was a gimmick.
“They are shedding crocodile tears to mislead people. Tell me how many times they have taken the issue of atrocities on civilians in Kashmir by Indian forces to international forums” Questioned Salah ud din, who also ridiculed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statements on the issue.
“Omar Abdullah is nothing more than a Clark of central Govt. in Kashmir. How can you expect him to do something good for the people in Kashmir when he is a puppet in the hands of India?” Asked Hizb Chief.
“I challenge him to release a single person whom intelligence agencies don’t want to get out of jail. If anyone thinks, he (Omar) can do wonders for Kashmirs, I would feel pity on him for losing the wits.” Added Salah ud din.
Commenting on US report regarding the Possibility of surge in militancy in Kashmir after US pull out in Afganistan, Salah ud din said, “ This is a deliberate projection of US and India.”
He also opposed the bilateral cultural and trade relations between India and Pakistan, saying such CBMs were akin to rubbing the salt on the wounds of kashmiris. “Friend of enemy is also an enemy.” He said.
He expressed his concern over the continuous detention of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani , other separatist leaders and youth and said, that the establishment was not even bothered for his (Geelani’s) deteriorating health. (KNS)
Authorities to enquire Kashmir doctor’s role for prescribing spurious drugs.
Govt. to set up commission: Minster
“We are receiving complaints of involvement of doctors in fake drug nexus.” Dir.
Srinagar, April 7 (KNS) :Day after Govt. blacklisted a Jammu based Pharma company for allegedly supplying superiors medicines to govt. hospitals , authorities in Valley have revealed that there were complaints of the involvement of some doctors also in prescribing the superiors drugs to patients in lieu of commission.
Highly placed Sources in the Medical department told KNS that the authorities had been receiving complaints that doctors in various hospitals in southern district of Anantnag were indulging in malpractices and were prescribing the sub standard medicines to the patients to get monitory benefit from the companies producing these superiors’ drugs.
“ There are various hospitals in Anantnag where patients get a prescription for spurious drugs because there is a nexus between doctors and the drug store owners who sell these drugs to make huge benefits at the cost of human lives.” Sources told KNS. The sources alleged that these hospitals have become a hub for such kind of illegal activities and doctors there are the part of the process.
Interestingly the ‘callous’ doctors have not spared children to whom they have been also reportedly prescribing the spurious medicines.
“They are prescribing sub standard quality of Green vela Powder, which some of the reputed doctors say is not fit for children.” Added Sources. They alleged that most of the drug store in the vicinity of these hospitals sell the product at 160 Rs. Where as they get it from the companies for just 30 Rs. owing to its sub standard preparation.
Sources also alleged that doctor who prescribes the medicine gets his share of 60 rupees per patient.
Wishing anonymity a senior Doctor from SMHS Hospital admitted, “such things do prevail in a number of places and we really want the authorities to take stern action against every erring person”.
A number of prescriptions provided to the office of KNS particularly that of the Maternity and Child care hospital Anantnag mention some of the drugs which experts allege are of spurious nature.
Meanwhile Director Health Kashmir Dr. saleem-ur-Rehman also admitted that something was going wrong in Anantnag Hospitals, “we have also received a number of complaints particularly from Anantnag District regarding this.” Director told KNS. He however added that department would soon take a severe action against the involved doctors.
When contacted Minster for health Shabir Ahmad khan said that a commission would be set up to look into the matter and added that if any doctor was found involved, he will be dealt severely.
“ A proper strategy is being devised to tackle this grave problem, for this a drug policy has already been approved by state cabinet.” Minster told KNS
Unscheduled power cuts for more 3 days, PDD itself in dark
Downtown decides not to pay this month electricity bills
Business losses on peak, Business owners anguish
Srinagar, April 7 (KNS): Shocking and unexpected news for Valleyties is that unscheduled power cuts would continue for more next three days. Despite of having witnessed unprecedented power fee hike during last three years, power supply has gone bad to worse. Official sources said that Northern gird has asked PDD either to pay all remaining dues or to forget about electricity.
“Unscheduled power cuts will continue for next three days. Northern grid is demanding clearance of remaining balance from PDD. It is true that normal and scheduled power supply is badly affected in Valley”, said PDD officials.
Various committees in Downtown have decided and asked people to not pay power fee for this month till PDD authorities publish apologize in print and electronic media for its failure for providing smooth power supply. “PDD should apologize for its efficiency and incapacity for serving common people. Government is distributing salaries to PDD employees in crores but what is the fun to spent this huge public amount if authorities ail to do for what they are being paid”, Abdur Rasheed from Downtown told KNS.
Expressing resentment over alleged failure of government to provide scheduled power supply, Owners of various business establishments have demanded immediate restoration of power supply as per schedule. “Our industries and factories have suffered huge losses due to unscheduled power cuts. We fail to understand what the hell is going on. On one hand authorities have hiked electricity fee various times in a short span of time and on the other hand it has failed to provide electricity as per schedule”, a delegation of business men told KNS. They said that it shows the seriousness of government for the welfare of economy of State, adding, “Our machinery has become dysfunctional. Generators have stopped working. No manufacturing or other business activity is in operation after this unscheduled power curtailment”.
State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) has also come under severe criticism for its ineffective role it was supposed to play. People alleged that hiking unprecedented power fee is only achievement of an autonomous body SERC since its establishment. “SERC was established for better power supply to consumers but ground situation however belied the claim as the majority of areas in the Valley continued to reel under darkness. State Electricity Policy and planning both have failed”, alleged people.
Admitting that Northern Grid has stopped power supply to Valley, PDD Chief Engineer, Muzaffar Ahmad Matoo, said, “There is some technical fault. Scheduled power supply will remain effected for more two to three days”. (KNS)
Revive Karavan e Amn spirit: Mufti
'Hope biggest causality of present government'
Jammu April 7 (KNS): Calling for revival of the spirit of 2005 when on this day the governments of India and Pakistan had taken the first meaningful step to build confidence in the shape of the bus service between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, Peoples Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today said the present atmosphere of despair and despondency in J&K could again endanger the stability of entire region. He was addressing a workers meeting at Vijaypur near here today. Mufti said it was important that the depression that has gripped people of the state, especially the youth resulting from poor governance, lack of development, official repression and recent events is arrested in time instead of pushing them to the wall and into prisons. It is the unstable conditions in the state that makes it prone to negative influences and said we have to guard against the fallout of strategic changes in the region that can come in the wake of the upcoming pull out of American forces from Afghanistan he said. "But we have to be clear that such apprehensions can be met only by creating an atmosphere of hope in J&K and not through strong arm tactics that have been the hallmark of governance for the past four years" he cautioned.
Mufti said military means can never achieve peace while dealing with masses and ideas, Afghanistan being only the latest illustration of this fact where the mighty United States is unable to plan its withdrawal even after thirteen years of operations without opening channels of dialogue with the Taliban. He said while the situation in Kashmir could never be compared with that in Afghanistan but unfortunately the approach of our security and strategic community has been reliance exclusively on security measures which has made things only more complicated and contributed to confrontationist mind sets. "People of the state have repeatedly placed their faith in democratic methods and constitutional processes but all their initiatives have failed to evoke a matching response from the country's leadership" he said. Mufti said though the people participate in elections in record numbers in the hope of writing their destiny but the system has failed them in changing even the discourse which continues to revolve round, arrests, chilli bombs, pellet guns, draconian laws, detentions and curfews. Referring to the reopening of Srinagar Muzaffarabad route after a gap of sixty years on April 7, 2005 Mufti said it was a lone instance when the two governments had conceded something to the people of the state after independence and partition. He said major principles had been established in determination of future relations between the two halves of the erstwhile state when the two governments dispensed with the requirement of passport and visa for travel and custom duty for trade across the Line of Control(LOC). These measures have opened up the state to the world around it once again, ending the siege resulting from partition but the failure to carry them forward has again created cynicism among people which needs to be addressed by further expanding their scope and removing hassles he added. Recalling the historic launch of the Karvan e Amn Mufti said there was no dearth of elements who opposed it and had tried to scuttle it even up to the last moment. He said the attack on the passengers lodged in the Srinagar TRC was one of the most serious attempts to disrupt the plan but an alert administration prevented a disaster and people in thousands came to the Prime Minister's meeting to flag off the bus the next day. This he said reflected the positive mood of the people then who had for the first time seen there political aspirations being addressed. "That environment of hope, forward movement in resolution, political progress and participation unfortunately became a major causality of the present government which has to resort to curfew and force whether it is managing a VIP visit or an attempt to offer Friday prayers by a political leader" Mufti added. Mufti said reopening of traditional routes across the LOC and even the international border has been the centrepiece of the party's self rule vision. It practicality, he said has already been established as both the major political formations in the country, the NDA and UPA made it possible to implement the concept of free travel and trade on our historical routes though the process fell on bad times following the change of guard in the state after 2008. He said nobody can deny the people of the state their inalienable right to travel, trade and build an economic structure around it that could open up immense opportunities of growth, employment and cultural renaissance. "At a time when trade barriers across the world are in an advanced stage of demolition, it is pathetic that J&K which has a unique location as a meeting point of the South and Central Asia is caught up in a web of mistrust, uncertainty and hopelessness" he said affirming that the Self Rule which actually is a 'work in progress' has the potential of realising the real potential of the state. Mufti said the opening up of routes would impact all regions of the state in a profound manner. While for Kashmir valley it could work as a psychological and economicrelief, for Jammu and Ladakh the opening of routes can be an economic bonanza, he said while referring to the trade on Poonch Rawlakote route. He said reopening of other routes like the Suchetgarh Sialkot was already on the agenda but the lack of follow up had ensured that even the decisions already taken by the two governments about two years back on increasing the frequency of buses, allowing tourists, removing hassles and introducing a bus service between Kargil and Skardu had not been implemented. Rangil Singh, Trilok Singh Bajwa, Hussain Ali Bafa, Pawan Dev Singh, Rajinder Singh Manhas, Yashpal Sharma, Ashok Bhat, Capt Anil Gour, Digvijay Singh, Chatter Singh Saini, Choudhary Saleem, Chander Singh Slathia, Soom Nath Baldev Singh, Jarnail Singh, Bishan Dass, Choudhary Bachan Lal, Bana Singh, Ramji, Anita Devi, Rameshwar, Sukhdev Singh Tinku, Ravi, Sunny Sangral, Ajeet Kour, Rohit, Yashpal Jetender Bhatand others also spoke on the occasion
Kandiwara gets PHC, ambulance on CM’s direction
Srinagar, April 07 (KNS): On the direction of Chief Minister(CM) Omar Abdullah the health department today ordered upgraditon of Sub centre Kandiwara to Public Health Centre (PHC) and allotted Ambulance to the said village.
Pertinently Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Saturday morning had visited bereaved families in Kandiwara, Kokernag area who had lost their kids in a tragic road accident.
CM directed Health Department for immediate up gradation of Sub Health Centre to Primary Health Centre (PHC) and also directed them to issue an Ambulance to the said village. He also emphasized the need of strengthening the health infrastructure in Kandiwara area.
The development has received overwhelmed response by the people at Kandiwara.The people while welcoming the step and have expressed their satisfaction and happiness.
On Friday nine school children were killed and eight others injured six among them seriously, when a school bus met with an accident in Kokernag area of Islamabad (Anantnag) in south Kashmir Thursday afternoon. (KNS).
SRO123 under criticism, provisions arbitrary
“To run school is commercial activity”: Dir. Edu.
Srinagar, April 7 (KNS): What could be more arbitrary of law that one after another laws are criticized by one and all? SRO123 of Jammu and Kashmir Government is severely criticized. The aim and objective behind SRO123 is to provide qualitative education by what one fails to understand what kind of quality the provisions of SRO is speaking about. Ironically, it is applicable only to private education institutions.
“Provisions laid down in SRO123 are according to the guidelines of SSA and RMSA which facilitate opening of primary schools, upgradation of primary into middle schools and upgradation of middle schools into high schools. But the provisions laid down are suitable for metropolitan cities but not for the Valley”, said one of the senior officer of Education Department requesting anonymity.
Law experts believe that the basic lacuna in framing laws is that delegated authority frames it in closed room without taking every stalk holder on board. “Framing laws in closed room without consulting basic stalk holders is grass violation of natural justice. Both things are different, framing laws as per discretion and framing it as per need. Those who frame it in closed rooms are hardly bothered about its consequences and results on ground”, a law expert told KNS.
When contacted President Private Schools Association, Mushtaq Ahmad said, “The most important thing is that how can school management could get quick permissions from concern authorities and other relevant documents for construction in a short span of time. For constructing examination hall as laid down in SRO123, one should understand that it needs a land, permission for construction and finance. The all burden would lie on parent’s shoulders as the management has no option but to raise school building fund and other fee”. He further said that no member from their association or any other relevant stalk holder was part of consultation in framing provisions of this law.
When contacted, Director Education Mohammad Shafi Rather, said, “To run a school is commercial activity governed by SRO123. It has to be implemented. We don’t have any control over fee structure of private schools so in the interest of students we have made it mandatory for private schools to provide them qualitative infrastructure”.
When asked whether government schools are having infrastructure as laid down in SRO123, he said, “We’re having financial problems right now. Within few years all schools would have their own school buildings and other necessary infrastructure”.
Pertinently, SRO 123 has been issued by the Education Department on March 18, 2010 whereby strict norms have been prescribed for regulating the private schools. (KNS)
UJC Chief grieved over the death of Students in Kukernag Accident.
Conveys condolences to Prof. Ishaq’s Family also.
Srinagar, April 07 (KNS) : United Jihad Council Chief Syed Salah ud din has expressed grief over the death of students in Kukernag accident. In a statement to KNS, Salah ud din said, “ My heart goes out for those kids who lost their lives in Kukernag accident, and my sympathies are with their families and also with the injured students in this and Kupwara school bus accident.”
He also expressed his condolence on the demise of noted historian Prof. Ishaq Khan.
Two-day meeting of NC CWC concludes
Jammu, April 07 (KNS): The two-day Central Working Committee Meeting chaired by President Dr. Farooq Abdullah concluded its deliberations here today. The meeting was attended by the Working President of the Party Omar Abdullah and all the members of the Central Working Committee.
According to statement issued to KNS, the Working Committee expressed full faith and confidence in the leadership of Mr. Omar Abdullah. While reviewing the functioning and achievements of the Omar Abdullah led coalition government since 2009, the Working Committee appreciated the remarkable initiatives taken by the state government under Omar Abdullah’s leadership to accelerate the process of development in all the regions of the state and for providing transparent and accountable governance to the people.
The Committee resolved that the restoration of Autonomy continues to be the bed rock of the National Conference’s policy and agenda and the party shall continue to strive for the honor, dignity and self respect of the people of the state. Committee resolved that the J&K National Conference which is committed to equitable development of all the regions of the state in consonance with the aspirations of the people, shall always remain committed to the integrity of the state and shall continue to strive to protect and preserve the secular democratic pluralistic fabric of the state. The party further resolved that it shall continue its fight against communal and divisive forces.
The Working Committee reiterated the resolve of the party that AFSPA should be lifted in a phased manner from various parts of the state beginning from the areas where militancy has been substantially reduced and the security apparatus is being handled by the state police and the paramilitary forces. They resolved that in the interest of sustainable peace in the region a sustained and meaningful Indo-Pakistan dialogue must proceed without any impediments and that the CBM’s should be further consolidated and strengthened.
Committee also resolved that the internal dimensions of the Kashmir issue should also be addressed through a process of dialogue with all shades of opinion which stands stalled at the moment. The Working Committee noted that the potentially explosive situation that emerged in Kashmir after Afzal Guru’s hanging was handled effectively by the Chief Minister Mr. Omar Abdullah by taking necessary measures to curb violence and disruption of peace. The Working Committee expressed its deep anguish over the denial of the opportunity to the family of Afzal Guru of meeting him before his execution and demanded the return of his mortal remains to the bereaved family. The Working Committee also expressed its deep gratitude to the people of the State for maintaining peace and communal harmony during most difficult days post Afzal Guru’s hanging.
After discussing the various aspects of the poll alliance with the Indian National Congress for the forthcoming parliamentary and assembly elections, the Working Committee resolved to take a decision on the issue at an appropriate time.
Committee also expressed the party’s commitment to ensuring the return and rehabilitation of the displaced Kashmiri Pandits with honour and dignity in the valley and to take all necessary measures to create a conducive environment for their return. The Working Committee also resolved that the issues pertaining to the PoK Refugees of 1947 and those refugees of 1965 and 1971 should be addressed as per the law and the constitution of the State of Jammu and Kashmir. (KNS)
Taj appeals business community to support sports, distributes prizes
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): Minister for Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Taj Mohiud Din today appealed the business community to play their role in promoting and popularising sports in the State.
Addressing a gathering today after giving away prizes to the winners of 4thJammu Marathon which was held in February this year, the Minister said corporate community in the State should come forward by way of sponsoring events and sports meets. This, he said, would go a long way in encouraging boys and girls to actively participate in sports events and take the spirit of the game forward.
Taj said since the resources with the Government are limited and youth of the State need to be prepared for meeting challenges at national and international level, it is obligatory upon the business community to pledge their support to sports promotion in a big way. This, he added, is also an important duty towards the State and society.
On the occasion, the Minister gave away prizes to the winners of Jammu Marathon and also the heads of the Government Departments and agencies which supported and co-operated in the successful conduct of the race.
Ms. Manpreet, Ms. Harpreet and Ms. Naazish received cash prizes of Rs. 21,000, Rs. 11,000 and Rs. 5,100 respectively in female category while as Kanwal Singh of Bulandshahar, Ramraj and Reyaz got the same prizes in male category.
The Minister also felicitated heads of several departments and individuals who actively supported the event. Those who were felicitated included SSP, Jammu, Rajeshwar Singh, Joint Director Information, Jammu, Ms. Smita Sethi, S. K. Arora, Vijay Gupta and others.
Meeting rural infra requirements high on govt’s agenda: Dy CM
` 33 cr Sainth cluster model village sanctioned
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): Reiterating resolve of the government to address infrastructure requirements of far flung areas, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand today said that meeting development needs of rural, border and far-off belts of the state is high on the agenda and ambitious projects have been launched to equip these areas with all required modern facilities. He said with active support from the union government exemplary initiatives have been taken for all round development of the state.
“We are committed to make the state a model state in the country and mega infrastructure development projects have been launched to transform development profile of the state,” he added.
Tara Chand was addressing a largely attended monthly public meeting of the area at Khour, today.
SDM, Akhnoor Nagendra Singh, CEO N.R. Dingra, S.P Border, BDO and other senior engineers and officers of different departments attended the meeting.
While complimenting people of the area on sanction of Sainth cluster model village, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the new project is third in the series of cluster model villages that are coming up in the area. He said the total project cost would be over Rs 33 crores, out of which Rs 6 crores stands released and soon work on the project would be launched on fast track basis.
He said special model village projects at Pargwal and Pallanwala have already been sanctioned at a cost of ` 11 crore and ` 16 crore respectively and work on these projects is going on at fast pace.
He said college project has been sanctioned at a cost of ` 5 crore and very soon foundation stone of the building would be laid, adding that instructions have also been given to concerned authorities to make arrangements for early inauguration of hospital building so that people of the area can start getting better medicare facilities.
Directing executing agencies to monitor quality and pace of the development works, Tara Chand said special committee under Additional DDC has been constituted for regular monitoring of project status and progress. He said Rural Development Department should hold an internal audit of all cluster model village works so that any lapse found could be corrected well in time and project quality does not get compromised.
“Only professional and experienced contractors should be engaged for the works so that durable assets get created and proper work standards are maintained,” he enjoined.
He said school buildings and other public works should be undertaken with full commitment and dedication, as children and common public have to use these assets for years together so top quality standards have to be maintained while executing.
He said in power sector major projects have been started in the area and ` 67 lacs under CDF have been sanctioned for replacing old wires, line shifting and other such requirements. Instructions were issued to Irrigation department for ensuring proper supply besides timely completion of ongoing projects.
Stressing on availing benefits through schemes like SKEWPY, the Deputy Chief Minister said that need of the hour is to look beyond government sector for employment and develop those skills which have good market potential, adding that an entrepreneur not only becomes a role model for the society but also contributes in strengthening economy of the state besides providing employment opportunities to many others.
He said under the programme Voluntary Service allowance (VSA) is allowed to youth to promote sense of voluntary service among them, adding that provision for monthly assistance has been linked with qualification and special provision has been kept for additional Rs 50 for women under each gradation.
He directed SDM to organize special camps of Labour, Agriculture and other such departments for making people aware about different welfare schemes launched by he government and to motivate people to get registered for Kissan Credit cards, construction worker board etc.
Underlining various initiatives taken in the education department, Tara Chand said to address the staff shortage multi pronged strategy has been adopted in the department. He said about 8000 posts have been to PSC and SSRB with directions for fast track recruitment to meet the shortage of staff and 5000 promotions have been made in gazetted and non-gazetted cadres.
Rousing welcome to Mubarak Gul in Srinagar
Eidgah to be developed as historical place: Speaker
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): A warm welcome was given to Mubarak Gul by his party workers at his arrival at Church Lane Srinagar today as a gesture on being elevated as Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly by the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah recently.
Gul was received by the party workers at Srinagar Airport with a rousing welcome and then was accompanied in a cavalcade upto Church Lane to address his party workers.
Addressing the workers, Mubarak Gul expressed his gratitude to all those people who welcomed him and paid tributes to those people who are no more now. He expressed his thanks for the people of Eidgah for electing him again and again in Eidgah Constituency.
Gul said that he will be always fair and impartial while his performing duties as speaker, adding that he had requested opposition not to boycott the Assembly proceeding, but they put deaf ear. He said ‘’I passed two resolutions with voice votes, which I feel very much’’.
Mubarak Gul expressed the need to implement Rehabilitation Policy in a positive manner so that good faith is developed in the youth of J&K State. He also said that both the countries India and Pakistan should work out the all issues on the table, adding violence is no solution to any matter.
Referring to the development of Eidgah Constituency, Gul reaffirmed his resolve to developed Eidgah Constituency as a historical place. He said soon after taking over as Speaker Legislative Assembly, he convened a meeting of various Commissioners/Secretaries and issued orders for proper implementation of all developmental and welfare schemes in a stipulated timeframe with special attention to the quality of the work.
Mubarak Gul while expressing his feelings over the bus accident recently said that he had constituted two committees headed by respective Divisional Commissioners to ensure checking of fitness and other related matter of school buses.
Gul thanked the delegates who have come from all the corners of the Valley for giving him such a great welcome. He also thanked party cadre including opposition leaders for giving him chance to become a Speaker of Legislative Assembly.
Earlier, Ghulam Mohammad Lone, Block President Eidgah, Mohammad Maqbool Mir Chairman, Rural Development Society, Raja Mohammad Ashraf Khan, Chairman Rural Development North Kashmir, Haji Mohammad Maqbool M ir and other party workers also spoke on the occasion and expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah for elevating Gul as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
The works of the Eidgah Constituency also submitted their charter of demands to their leader with the request to ensure fulfillment of all these demands within coming years.
Later, Gul visited Asar-i-Sharief Hazratbal and prayed for peace and prosperity of the State. He also visited the graveyard of Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and prayed fateh there.
World Health Day celebrated in Jammu
Students real ambassadors of Healthy India: Shabir
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): Minister of State for Health (Independent Charge), Shabir Ahmad Khan has said that World Health Day is an occasion to raise public awareness on hypertension disease that is treatable and preventable and yet has spread to epidemic proportions and continues to kill millions of people each year, especially in the developing countries.
The Minister said the theme of World Health Day 2013 " Hypertension” lends immediacy to the mission to heart blood pressure and underlines the fact that everyone can make it his or her responsibility to eliminate the deadly disease from the face of the earth in the foreseeable future. He said the day offers an opportunity to focus on blood pressure related problems and solutions and to support worldwide efforts to control Hypertension.
Addressing a public gathering on the observance of World Health Day at Lawrence Public School Sidhra, Jammu, organized by Health Department in collaboration of the School Management, the Minister said that every year World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization [WHO] on this day in 1948 and each year a theme is selected for this observance that highlights a priority public health concern across the world and this year’s theme is focused on hypertension.
The Minister said that it is essential that detection and control of high blood pressure (measurement, health advice and treatment), are coupled with simultaneous reduction of other risk factors that cause heart attacks and strokes, such as diabetes and tobacco use. He said there should be core elements of primary health care in all countries, and integral efforts to reduce the growing burden of communicable diseases.
The Minister said that fortunately, high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. In some developed countries, prevention and treatment of this condition, together with other cardiovascular risk factors, has brought about a significant reduction in deaths due to heart disease, he added.
The Minister said that controlling high blood pressure, together with other risk factors, is the main way to prevent heart attack and stroke. He said the risk of developing high blood pressure can be minimized by: cutting down on salt; eating a balanced diet; avoiding harmful use of alcohol; getting regular exercise; and avoiding tobacco use, to encourage adults to check their blood pressure and to follow the advice of their health care professionals.
The Minister stressed upon the concerned authorities to organize awareness camps especially in remote and hilly areas for encouraging self-care to prevent high blood pressure. The Minister appreciated the students, staff and Management of Lawrence Public School for organizing such programme. He also appreciated the confidence of students and said that they are the, adding that Nations’ progress depends on the health of its youth. He said that we have to involve the youth in such awareness programmes as they are the future builders of the State.
On the occasion, the Health Minister also inaugurated free medical camp, organized by the Health Department Jammu.
The students of the School on the occasion presented an extravagant programme which included cultural items, skit on stress related problems, importance of herbs, slogans and awareness symposium, which was highly appreciated by the audience.
Inspector General Police, Jammu, Mir Rajesh Kumar, Director Health Services , Jammu, Dr. Madhu Khullar, President Gandhi Global Family , Mr S P Verma, Chairman Lawrence Public School, Wg Cdr M.M Joshi, Principal LWP School Senior officers ,Doctors , Students , Teachers, Social activists besides large number of people of the area attended the function.
Rs. 47 cr ropeway project at Bagh-e-Bahu to start soon: Bhalla
‘Government efforts to ensure clean, healthy environment in urban parts’
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): Minister for Housing, Horticulture and Culture Raman Bhalla today said that Government has allocated an amount of Rs. 19 crore to State Cable Car Corporation for execution of ropeway project from Mubarak Mandi to Bahu Fort and Maha Maya Devi Mandir across Tawi River, adding that the Cable Car Corporation is in the process of getting necessary clearance with regard to environment, wildlife and acquisition of land.
This was stated by the Minister while addressing a large gathering at a Baisakhi Milan-Cum-Symposium on conservation of water resources in Jammu region, organized by Mandli Mitran Di, a Non-Governmental Organisation at Shree Baba Ambo Samarak Desathan at Bagh-e-Bahu, here today.
Member Parliament Madan Lal Sharma, Vice Chairman, OBCs, Kuldeep Verma, prominent citizens besides locals in large numbers were present on the occasion.
Bhalla informed that a Kolkata based firm, Damodar Rope Way Constructions Ltd and a Turkish firm are jointly going to start construction on the much delayed Mubarak Mandi-Bagh-e-Bahu Cable Car Project estimated to cost Rs 47 crore from next month while work on yet another Cable Car Project at Shiv Khori shrine in district Reasi is also going to commence shortly to facilitate the pilgrims.
The Minister said that Government has placed Rs. 1.86 crore at the disposal of Collector, Land Acquisition, Jammu for speedy clearance of land compensation of the Bagh-e-Bahu cable car project. He said that the State already in the top tourist destination of the world will soon shine for another tourist attraction destinations. He said that the state is already famous for the world's highest cable car service at Gulmarg and steps are afoot to promote it in other hilly areas of the State..
Bhalla said that the proposed cable car project worth Rs 47 crore which is aimed to connect the heritage sites Mubarak Mandi, Mahamaya Temple, Bagh-e-Bahu, Bawe Wali Mata Temple, Peerkho temple will attract the Vaishno Devi pilgrims.
While speaking on water conservation, the Minister said that the Government has launched various schemes under water supply schemes for solving the problem of water scarcity in the state especially in the kandi belts wherein Government has to spend crore of rupees to cope up with the requirement of water annually even then there is a hue and cry during dry spell.
Bhalla called upon the people to use water judiciously. He said Government is making all out efforts to meet the need of water supply requirement of city of temples people in the near future, adding that there is a plan to harness the Chenab water for consumptive purpose. Similarly, efforts are also being made to take the share of J&K from Punjab Government from Ranjit Sagar Dam through a canal to step up supply of water of Ravi Tawi canal in order to provide irrigation facility to the kandi belt of Kathua, Hiranagar, Samba besides improvement of the existing canal system and reduce the leakage of water supply schemes.
The Minister said the experts from the Central Ground Water Board Jammu Unit and the PHE Irrigation Department, who visited the state, gave a detailed report on the present status of availability of water supply and ground water status along with the various schemes in offing to cope up with the near future situation. He said they showed a great concern to the falling of water level and advised to follow the practices of water harvesting by constructing check dams, ponds and harvesting of roof water and conserve the same as a underground water for improving the water level as saving it for posterity. He said the artificial recharge of ground water is the cheap, simple and excellent technique to preserve the water for longer period in a purified manner.
On the occasion, the department of tourism and information department presented a colourful cultural programme which bagged great applause.
Earlier, the Minister also visited Greater Jammu and W. No. 52 South Extn. in Trikuta Nagar and kick started up gradation work on lanes and drains with , for which Government has earmarked Rs. 21 lakh.
On the demand of locals, the Minister asked the Jammu Municipal Corporation to prepare estimates for construction of deep drain in both sides of the road and its widening and submit the same to ensure early start of work.
Listing the measures taken by the Government, Bhalla said the Government has earmarked Rs. 80 lakh for upgradation of lanes, drains besides construction of public convenience, installation of two water coolers and sprinkle system at Trikuta Nagar garden opposite Reserve Bank of India. He further said Rs. 11 lakh have been sanctioned for development of Children Park at Trikuta Nagar, adding that the work on the projects is under progress. He said that fun games and swings would be installed in the garden for the children, while there would also be walkways, provision for illumination, landscaping, benches and facility of irrigation. He asked the JMC to complete the works within two months to ensure early benefit to the Children of the locality.
The Minister said that Government was committed to ensure clean and healthy environment in urban parts of the State, adding that a comprehensive plan has been prepared to develop all the parks on modern lines. He said that Jammu city is being developed in all respects to showcase it as a major attraction for the tourists visiting the State.
Bhalla called upon the people to avoid littering inside the park and help in maintaining the place clean. He asked the JMC to gear men and machinery to maintain and renovate all the recreational parks situated in city of temples.
“Urdu Language of Love”: Wani
Releases Anand Lehars latest Urdu Novel “Naamdev" at Jammu University
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): Minister for R&B Mr Abdul Majid Wani Sunday said Urdu is the language of the people and works of poets and writers in this language infuse new enthusiasm and popularity among the masses thereby encouraging its further propagation and spread. He said we cannot afford to ignore this rich language as it connects us with our rich cultural heritage and roots. He said Urdu is the language of love and belongs to every one and should never be associated with a particular community or region.
The Minister was speaking at a book release function organized by Centre for Professional Studies in Urdu, University of Jammu in Collaboration with Rasa Javedani Memorial Literary Society and Nami Dogrib Sanstha. Vice Chancellor, Jammu University Prof. M.P Singh Isher presided over the function.
Speaking after releasing a Urdu Novel tilled 'Naamdev' written by Urdu writer and senior Supreme Court Lawyer Anand Lehar, Mrt Wani said that Urdu writers like Anand Lehar have contributed a lot to propagate Urdu in the state through their literary works. He said through his Novels and short stories Mr Anand has made a name for himself as a well known fiction writer of the subcontinent. He said his Novels and other works have always given a message of Love and Brotherhood.
Wani said that government is committed to popularise Urdu language and will take all measures at all levels in propagating Urdu reading and writing in the State. He appreciated the role of the Vice Chancellor and the organizers in promotion of Urdu language and literature, adding that he will always support the endeavors of the Government and all organizations in promoting local languages.
Vice Chancellor in his address congratulated the Centre for Professional Studies in Urdu for Organizing the Book release function. He said Urdu being the official language in the state should be given its due. He said, the University will provide full support to Urdu organizations working for the promotion of the Language . He described Anand Lehar is a prominent writer in Urdu Language having authored more than a dozen famous books in Urdu.
Earlier Director of the Centre Prof Shohab Inayat Malik in his address threw light on the life of Anand Lehar and described him as a secular and a noble human being who through his writings has preached peace and touched the realities of life.
Dr Farhat Shamim presented a critical paper on the Novel Naamdev during the book release function.
On the occasion, Minister for R&B Mr Abdul Majid Wani was honored by Rasa Javedani Memorial Literary Society and Nami Dogrib Sanstha Jammu for his contributions and promotion of Urdu Language.
Mir inaugurates JK Bank ATM at Chandilora
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir today inaugurated a J&K Bank ATM at Chandilora Tangmarg in presence of district administration and large number of people.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister opined that people of the area would take advantage of all such schemes which are meant for the development of socio-economic status of the people. He said opening of ATM at Chandilora was along pending demand of the people of the area. The Bank has issued 1500 Kissan Credit Cards among farmers, informed the Minister.
Mir said that he is personally monitoring the development of in the area and said that Tangmarg will soon become the hub of educational activities. He advised youth not to waste even a minute of their precious time adding proper usage of time makes everybody a good citizen.
He said the eras of hartals have come to its end now and there is dire need to think on the developmental side. He called upon youth to come forward and take benefits of the scheme meant for their welfare and prosperity. He also maintained that peace is pre-requisite for development.
The Minister also reviewed the site plan of Kissan Ghar at Chandilora, coming up at a cost of Rs. one crore.
He stressed upon the officers to complete the project within the stipulated time frame as the wishes of the people.
Construction status of new Polytechnic colleges, ITIs reviewed
Wani, Vikar underscore timely completion of buildings
Jammu, April 7 (KNS): To review the construction status and funding for new polytechnic colleges and ITIs which are in various stages of completion across the State, Minister for R&B Mr Abdul Majid Wani and Minister of State for Technical Education, Mr Vikar Rasool held a high level Joint meeting of officials from R&B, JKPCC and Technical education departments here this Sunday morning.
Detailed discussions were held to ascertain the quantum of work already done, status of funds released and expenditure involved, removal and clearance of bottlenecks and impediments coming in way of the construction work at several places.. District wise physical and financial progress was also reviewed during the meeting.
The Ministers underscored the need for timely completion of these buildings and assured full support to the executing agencies towards the endeavor.
Minister for R&B on the occasion directed R&B and JKPCC to ensure timely completion of these buildings and allied infrastructure so that they can be handed over at an earliest. He said Government endeavors to promote skill development in the State to enhance the employability of youth. For this purpose, he said it must be our priority to complete the work well within the stipulated time frame so that students and youth get benefitted.
It was also decided in the meeting that some of the polytechnic college buildings and ITIs will be handed over to JKPCC by R&B department and buildings in the final phase of construction be completed by August this year for handing over.
Vikar Rasool on the occasion highlighted the need for early completion of these buildings saying that with the establishment of this infrastructure, a large number of youth will be able to receive training in these institutions in different modern skills and obtain diplomas in several trades having good market demand, adding that it is an effective step forward under the skill development mission of the government. He said Government is also contemplating to enhance the intake capacity of Polytechnic Colleges to train local youth in different disciplines. He assured the executing agencies full cooperation by his Ministry to facilitate the early completion of these institutions.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary R&B Mrs Tanveer Jehan, Commissioner Secretary, Technical Education, Shaleen Kabra, Director, Technical Education, Chief Engineer, R&B, Jammu, Chief Engineer, R&B, Kashmir, Managing Director, JKPCC and other senior officials.
Hundreds throng J&K Bank ‘Free Medical Camp’
Patients, doctors hail J&K Bank’s health initiative during ongoing platinum jubilee celebrations
Srinagar, Apr 7 (KNS): Continuing with its various Platinum Jubilee Initiatives, J&K Bank today organised a ‘Free Medical Camp’ here at Corporate Headquarters in collaboration with SKIMS Soura.
The Bank’s Executive President (EP) Parvez Ahmad and renowned gastroenterologist Dr. Gul Javid, who is also head of gastroenterology, SKIMS, jointly inaugurated the camp in presence of Executive President O P Sharma, President Mohammad Syed, senior doctors from SKIMS, officers of the Bank and senior citizens from Srinagar.
The neatly organised specialised check-up counters witnessed large number of patients, mostly elders from Srinagar, getting free counseling and consultations from eminent SKIMS doctors in General Medicine, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology and General Surgery.
Speaking on the occasion, Parvez Ahmad said, “On this Platinum Jubilee initiative we re-affirm our commitment towards the empowering growth and all-round development of the people of J&K.”
Under our Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, we shall make important interventions in improving the healthcare systems besides working for the up-gradation of the medical infrastructure of our state, he added.
Thanking the SKIMS authorities and particularly the team of specialist doctors present at the camp for their generous support, he assured them of utmost cooperation in any effort aimed at providing substantial relief and value-added health services to the people of this place especially those visiting the hospitals from far-off places.
The senior consultants from SKIMS Soura included the renowned cardiologist Dr Khurshid Iqbal, gastroenterologists Dr Gul Javed & Dr. G N Yatoo, Endocrinologist Dr Bashir Ahmad Laway, Nephrologist Dr Saleem Najar, General Surgeon Dr Muneer Wani and in General medicine Dr Parvez Koul.
A team of six consultant specialists along with two senior residents each provided the free medical check-up, counseling and consultations to more than 600 patients who came from various parts of the Srinagar district during the day.