J&K Legislature gets 5 new MLCs
Jammu, Mar 7: Jammu and Kashmir Legislature today got five new faces as
Members of Legislative Council, the elections for which were declared
"Syed Naeem Akhtar Andrabi was the newly elected MLC for Peoples
Democratic Party," Returning Officer M Ramzan here said.
He said that for ruling National Conference Showkat Hussain Ganie and
Abdul Majeed were elected as new MLCs while and from Congress Mohammad
Muzaffar Parrey from Kashmir Division and Naresh Kumar Gupta from Doda
district were declared elected for Biennial Election to the Legislative
Ramzan said that after first round Syed Naeem Akhtar Andrabi secured 19
votes, Showkat Hussain Ganie secured 17, Shuban Krishen Dudha secured
nine votes, Abdul Majeed Bhat secured 16 and Mohammad Muzaffar Parrey
secured 17 votes.
He said that Andrabi, Ganie and Majeed, Parrey succeeded in getting
required quota to be declared as elected to the Legislative Council.
Similarly, Kumar Gupta secured 50 votes and he was also declared
Candidates to three seats of Jammu were already declared unopposed
including Devinder Singh Rana of NC, Rani Gargi Bloeria of Congress and
Yashpal Sharma of PDP.
Meanwhile the newly elected Members of Legislative Council from Congress
were felicitated at the party headquarters here.
JKPCC President Saifuddin Soz-MP accompanied by the newly elected MLCs
reached the Congress HQ, where senior leaders and activists of the party
profusely garlanded them and welcomed them amidst raising of slogans.
AICC Secretary Incharge J&K Abdul Manan Ansari was also present.
Panthers Party MLAs protest in Assembly
JAMMU, Mar 7: Demanding equitable distribution of funds under Backward
Pockets Area Scheme (BPAS), Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP)legislators
today staged protest in the state Legislative Assembly here.
JKNPP MLA Harsh Dev Singh during Question Hour raised the issue that
development funds under BPAS are not being distributed equally in all
Shouting slogans 'Backward Pocket Areas Scheme Mein Hera Pheri, Bandh
Karo', 'pick and choose nahi chalega', Panthers Party MLAs Harsh Dev
Singh, Balwant Singh Mankotia and Yashpal Kundal created uproar in the
They said the district plan funds were not being released in time by the
government and some of the areas in particular constituencies were being
Amid slogans, the legislators staged sit-in in the Well of the House.
Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Planning Ajay Sadhotra in his reply said
the funds will be distributed as per requirement in the constituencies
of respective members following which the protesting legislators resumed
Meanwhile, BJP MLA Jugal Kishore also staged walkout and tore papers in
the Assembly after his listed question was not entertained in the House
as the duration of Question Hour was over.
Cop killed, five others injured in road mishap
Banihal: One policeman was killed and five others injured in a head on
collision of vehicles on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Ramban
district here on Thursday.
Constable Shamsher Singh, posted at Mattan police station in Anantnag,
died on the spot when his Maruti vehicle collided head on with a truck
at Mihar area in Ramban district, officials said.
After the collision, the truck went on to hit a tempo, injuring its five
passengers, they said.
The injured were rushed to a district hospital at Ramban, police said
adding, the driver of the truck managed to escape from the spot. A case
has been registered and a search is on for the driver, they said.
5 new HC Judges to take oath today
JAMMU: Ali Mohd Magray, Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Tashi Rabstan, Bansi Lal
Bhat and Janak Raj Kotwal of J&K will take oath as New Judges of J&K
High Court tomorrow in the Lawns of Jammu and Kashmir High Court at 5
PM. The oath will be admi-nistered by Chief Justice of the State High
Court Justice MM Kumar at 5:00 PM in the High Court Complex Jammu.
The warrants of elevation of Ali Mohd Magray, Dhiraj Singh Thakur as
Permanent Judge of the State High Court and Tashi Rabstan, Bansi Lal
Bhat and Sh. Janak Raj Kotwal as Additional Judges of J&K High Court
issued by the President of India were received here today.
With the elevation Ali Mohd Magray, Dhiraj Singh Thakur, Tashi Rabstan,
Bansi Lal Bhat and Janak Raj Kotwal as Judges of the State High Court,
the strength of Judges of the State High Court will be 12 including the
Chief Justice. Out of these 12 Judges, 9 are permanent Judges including
Chief Justice whereas three are Additional Judges of High Court.
The sanctioned strength of the State High Court is 14 where as two posts
shall still remain vacant.
According to sources out of 14 Judges of J&K High Court, two are
outsiders and five are from the state.
"With the appointment of five new Judges, all the three regions will get
due representation," they added.
Chamel Singh issue: Omar has taken up the matter with
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir Minister of State for Home Sajjad Kichloo today
said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has already taken up the issue of
Indian Prisoner Chamel Singh, who was killed in custody in Pakistan jail
with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
"We are in touch with the Indian Government, which is discussing the
matter with the Pakistan High Commission in Islamabad," Kichloo told
reporters here this afternoon.
The minister said, "Chief Minister Abdullah has taken up the matter with
Ministry of Home Affairs," adding that dead body of Chamel Singh will
soon be brought to India and handed over to the family for last rites.
Chamel Singh died under mysterious circumstances in Lakhpat Jail of
On security scenario in the backdrop of Hyderabad blasts, Kichloo said,
"security in all the shrines across the state have been beefed up and
vigil is being maintained."
He however, ruled out any threats of attacks on religious places of the
299 women raped, 1059 kidnapped in 2012 in J&K: Govt
JAMMU, Mar 7: Jammu and Kashmir Government today said 299 women were
raped and 1059 kidnapped in the year 2012 across the state.
In a written reply to the question asked by the Member of Legislative
Council Ravinder Sharma seeking details regarding number of crimes
against women in the state during past three years and steps being taken
to check the atrocities against women, the government said, "In the year
2012, 299 women/girls were raped and 1059 were kidnapped and abducted in
different districts of the state."
The government further said in the same year, two gang rape cases, 1322
cases of molestation and outraging modesty, 347 cases of eve teasing,
eight cases in dowry deaths, 199 cases of abetment to suicide, 301 cases
in cruelty by husband, three cases under Dowry Restraint Prohibition Act
and three in suppression of immoral trafficking were registered at
various police stations across the state.
"Stringent laws were already in force and any culprit involved in a
crime or atrocity against a woman was being dealt in accordance with
law," the government replied and said the investigations in the cases
were supervised by a senior officer adding, "effective patrolling and
vigil was also being ensured at sensitive locations to prevent the
occurrence of such crimes."
The government also said various awareness programmes, legal camps with
the help of opinion leaders at the Police Station level were also
organized to create public opinion about crime against women. (AGENCIES)
EC Agriculture convenes meeting of Councilors
MORUP STANZIN LHARJAY
LEH, MAR 7: In view of fast approaching agriculture season in Leh
District and to systematize all the projects and schemes of Agriculture
and Horticulture Departments in consultation with Councilors, the
Executive Councilor for Agriculture, Sonam Dorjey today convened a
meeting of Councilors at Council Secretariat, here.
Addressing the meeting, the EC, Sonam Dorjey discussed the issues which
included early completion of Cold Storage at Leh, Nubra and Khaltsi,
mechanism for distributing certified Potato seeds to all 9 blocks of Leh
district and formulation of Constituency wise lists of progressive
The EC informed the meeting that the consultant engaged for setting up
of a Cold Storage at Leh has already done all necessary works and tender
for the same is likely to be flouted soon. He informed that the cold
storage at Leh will be completed by the end of this summer. He asked the
Councilors of Nubra and Khaltsi Divisions to identify the land in their
areas for constructing the proposed Cold Storage at the earliest.
Highlighting Council's vision to make potato produce of the entire Leh
district certified for exporting potato seeds to other parts of India,
the EC Sonam Dorjey said that Agriculture Department is in active
process to produce high quality certified potato seeds from imported
breeder seeds. He further said that last year the department
successfully produced 2nd level certified potato seeds from Stakmo and
Saboo villages. He said that these will be distributed in all 9 blocks
of Leh district at subsidized rates. He urged the Councilors to submit
their requirements ensuring smooth distribution of the seeds. He also
requested the Councilors to submit the list of progressive farmers from
their respective constituencies within a week's time which will help
Council in formulating future plans and projects effectively.
The meeting had healthy and threadbare discussions on various ongoing
schemes of agriculture and horticulture departments amidst constructive
suggestions and feedback by the councilors.
The Councilors who attended the meeting included Councilor Panamik,
Tsering Angchuk, Councilor Tegar, Rigzin Wangdus, Councilor Diskit,
Tsewang Rigzin, Councilor Tangtse, Namgyal Dorjey, Councilor Chushul,
Namgial Phunchok, Councilor Kungyam, Dorje Mutup, Counilor Igoo, Tashi
Norboo, Councilor Thiksay, Tundup Spalzang, Councilor Upper-Leh, Lobzang
Nyantak, Councilor Phyang, Tsering Sonam, Councilor Lamayuru, Tsering
Angchuk, Councilor Lingshet, Sonam Dorje, Councilor Skyu-Markha, Tsering
Punchok and Councilors nominated Lasu Shafi, Tsering Angmo and Gh.
Wakhloo stresses upon maintaining status of women at
JAMMU, MAR 7: J&K State Social Welfare Board (J&KSSWB) today organised
an impressive function to mark International Women's Day, here at Jammu
Chairperson, J&KSSWB, Khem Lata Wakhloo was the chief guest, while
around 1200 women hailing from urban and rural areas of Jammu division
attended the function.
Secretary, J&KSWB, Gazaffer Ali, Managing Director Women Development
Corporation, Nahid Soz, Executive Director, Rehabilitation Council,
Hafiza Muzaffer, Aamir Ali, Vice President, All India Pradesh Congress
Committee, Lalit Joshi, Prof Rita Jitendra, all Board members, Gh. Nabi
Mir, A. M. Mir, Sarla Kohli, Santosh Magotra, Kanta Bhan, Bimla Bhagotra,
Raj Sharma and several prominent citizens attended the function.
Prof. Rita Jitendra anchored the programme, while a group of students
presented a scintillating cultural programme highlighting the issues of
women folk and educating them about their rights and duties.
Addressing the function, Khem Lata Wakhloo stressed upon one and all to
respect and maintain the status of women at all costs and put in every
effort to create a secure and safe atmosphere for them to play a pivotal
role in transformation of society and eradication of social evils.
Congratulating women on International Day being celebrated across the
globe, Wakhloo said that women have been bestowed with courage, patience
and a sincere heart by the Almighty and in all times she has shouldered
more responsibilities in the up keep of family and society than men. She
said that girls not only fill the home of their parents with joy but
also the household into which they get married.
Asking women to fight for their rights, Wakhloo reminded women of their
duties as well. She said that sex determination test and female
foeticide are the worst crimes of modern society and a blanket ban
should be imposed on such practices. The function began with a prayer in
which a large number of children participated. The programme enthralled
the audience and won great applause.
Ukhral Receiving Station coming up soon: Vikar
JAMMU, MAR 7: Minister of State for Technical Education, Power and
Information, Vikar Rasool has said that the receiving station at Ukhral,
Banihal will be taken up shortly.
The Minister was interacting with deputations of several Panchayats of
Banihal area like Dardehi, Shagan, Paristan, Ashar, Zehala, etc. The
deputation was led by Farooq Ahmed Katoch.
The deputation of Ziahala demanded that the Water Supply Scheme of the
area be completed and the area be provided with a dispensary and high
school. The deputation also demanded that the areas be provided with
adequate electricity, transmission lines, poles and other allied
The Minister assured the deputation that he would take up the issues
with the concerned and announced that Dardhia-Nowgam, Parkar, Upper
Saroacha will be provided with adequate electric power and Tarigam area
would be provided with solar lights.
Vikar later called on the Minister for Roads and Buildings, Abdul Majid
Wani and projected the demands of the deputations for connecting various
areas of Banihal Constituency with network of roads under PMGSY.
Vikar asked for taking up Magarkote-Ahama, Dardahi, Manjoos, Paristan
roads under PMGSY and up-gradation of Sanapati road. He also called for
undertaking the work as early as possible on the Shagun road already
sanctioned under PMGSY.
Wani directed Chief Engineer PMGSY to prepare detailed project reports
for taking up these roads as early as possible and starting the work on
the roads already sanctioned under the scheme.
R M College celebrates Women's Day
JAMMU, MAR 7: To mark the International Women's Day, R M College of
Education in collaboration with Centre for Women's Studies, University
of Jammu organized a one day programme on 'Women Empowerment', here
Dr Ponam Dhawan, Director, Centre for Women's Studies was the chief
guest, while Anita Sharma, Commandant IRP 15th Battalion presided over
The programme started with the lighting of traditional lamp followed by
welcome address by the Trustee of the college, Rita Mengi. Dr Priyanka
Katoch and Dr Saranjit Kour from the Centre for Women's Studies were
also present on the occasion.
Monika Sagar, Dy SP, IRP, 15th Battalion and Lovely Sabarwal, Lecturer
delivered lectures on the topic of 'Women Empowerment'. The main
attraction of the day was the Play 'Barsaat Ke Wo Tees Din" staged by
the Nav Durga Kala Manch. The play based on girl child sex abuse shows
how children can be exploited by their own immediate relations and what
repercussions this abuse has on their psyche.
Chief Guest in her speech appreciated the college management for
organizing the programme for the benefit of the society in general and
women folk in particular. A video clip prepared by Abishek Jha and
Guneek Gupta both students of R M College of Education was also screened
on the occasion.
Anita Sharma, while speaking on the occasion enlightened the audience
through her lecture on women empowerment.
I D Soni, Commissioner, Bharat Scouts and Guides also spoke on the
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman of the College, Rameshwar Mengi
appreciated the role of artists in the Play and he also lauded the
students for preparing a wonderful video clip on women empowerment.
Mementos were also given away to the participants by the dignitaries.
Vote of thanks was presented by the Principal of the College, P K Dhar.
Hobnobbing with BJP exposes PDP's political
JAMMU, MAR 7: Setting the tone for 2014 elections after splendid victory
in Legislative Council elections, National Conference on Thursday vowed
to carry forward its winning spree to a logical conclusion by giving a
befitting defeat to obstructive, opportunist, deceptive and communal
forces that have vitiated the political environs to further their
"People's Democratic Party's opportunism reached its zenith when it
openly begged for four votes of Bharatiya Janata Party in the Council
elections to weaken National Conference"', senior leader and Minister
for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather said at a function, indicating nothing
more could be expected of the party which owes its creation and
existence to BJP. By hobnobbing and taking the side of BJP, PDP's
secular credentials have been exposed, he maintained.
The function was organised to felicitate Abdul Majid and Shoukat Hussain
Ganai at Sher-i-Kashmr Bhavan after being declared victorious in the
elections to Legislative Council. They were brought in a procession and
garlanded profusely by the enthusiastic workers.
The Finance Minister ripped apart the propaganda unleashed by PDP
against National Conference and said the people have started seeing
through its game plan. "Seeing writing on wall, the PDP is now trying to
ignite passions in its vain bid to defame National Conference", he said,
hoping the people will give them a reply they deserve for their
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Higher Education, Mohammed Akbar
Lone castigated PDP for its dubious role and referred to its joining
hands with BJP will the sole objective of weakening National Conference
which reflects the aspirations of the people.
"PDP had lost its nerves to such an extent that it shouldered the
responsibility of casting the vote in favour of BJP in the Council
elections to two of its senior leaders, Deputy Speaker Mohammed Sartaj
Madni and Nizam-ud-Din Bhat indicating lack of faith and confidence in
others and expecting defiance".
Lone asked the party cadre to unite and fight the machinations of
communal and opportunist forces who were deriving their strength from
the forces which were inimical to the interests of the people of Jammu
Provincial President National Conference, Devender Singh Rana questioned
the standing of PDP and said it is fast losing its whatsoever base in
the State politics because of its deceit and duplicity.
He referred to BJP-PDP nexus in the Council elections and said this
reflects the larger plan of the party to enter into covert alliance with
its sinister objective of grabbing the power by hook or crook.
Provincial President, Nasir Aslam Wani said the victory of National
Conference candidates in the Council elections is triumph of the people
and predicts a big shock for the opposition in 2014 elections. He said
the party cadres have reactivated at the grass roots level to wipe out
opportunist politicians who have befooled the people in different
The newly elected MLCs, Abdul Majid and Shoukat Hussain Ganai also spoke
on the occasion.
5 Post Offices to be modernized under Project Arrow
UDHAMPUR, MAR 7: John Samuel, Chief Post Master General, Jammu and
Kashmir today said that 5 Post Offices namely Reasi, Ramban, Banihal,
Batote and Udhampur Court will be modernized under Project Arrow before
While reviewing the functioning of Udhampur Postal Division today at
Udhampur, Samuel said that 119 posts of Postmasters and other delivery
staff in villages shall be filled up within a period of two months.
"Notification for this new recruitment of GDS (Gramin Dak Sevaks) staff
members will be issued on April 1 by the Superintendent of Post Offices,
Udhampur Division and the last date for receipt of applications will be
May 1", he added.
In the meeting, Samuel directed Superintendent of Post Offices, Udhampur
Division to ensure that all posts are filled up immediately. Chief PMG
announced that 4 posts are reserved for handicapped (disabled persons).
He said, "Post Office revenue has grown more than 75% in the last two
years. This makes it necessary for recruitment of new staff." With
additional staff employed in the Post Offices, the Postal services will
expand substantially, hoped the Chief PMG.
He also said that 'Sampoorna Bachat Bank Yojna Scheme' will be
introduced in Udhampur District under which every household in every
village will have a Post Office Savings Account or bank account. This
will facilitate financial inclusion and thereby help the development of
Numbardars, Chowkidars demand hike in salaries
JAMMU, MAR 7: All Jammu and Kashmir Lumbardar Association (AJKLA) staged
a protest demonstration against the State Budget announced by the
Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, here today. The Numbardars and
Chowkidars alleged that the state government has neglected their long
pending demand of enhancing the salary from R 500 to R 1500.
Around two dozens of Numbardars and Chowkidars led by its State
President, Bashir Ahmad Teeli assembled outside the Press Club and
raised slogans against the Sate Government and the Finance Minister.
Addressing the protesters, Bashir said that government has not fulfilled
its promise of enhancement in the salary. He appealed to the government
to address the genuine demand of Numbardars at the earliest.
JIAR Pharmacy launches its products
JAMMU, MAR 7: Jammu Institute of Ayurveda and Research (JIAR) Pharmacy
launched its two new products here at press club this afternoon.
The JIAR has launched Ayutus Syrup for cough and cold and Hepatotone
Syrup for liver protection.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of the group, Dr Roop Lal Sharma
expressed his commitment to explore benefits of ancient Ayurveda with a
sole aim to serve Human society.
"Our objective is to serve the ailing society through the traditionally
established and accepted system and we will make every effort to realize
this dream," Dr Sharma added.
Ensuring that quality would be their first priority, Dr Sharma said,
"There would be no compromise with the quality of the products at any
point of time to make sure that the human society is served
He informed that company has its 10 patented products, which will be
launched in 2nd phase in the 1st week of April 2013. The products
include oils, tablets, capsules and Aleo Vera Juice, which is beneficial
for all types of ailments.
Representing Director ISM, Dr Abdul Kabir as Chief Guest, Munish Dutta
Dostam, Assistant Director Planning appreciated Dr Roop Lal Sharma for
his efforts in promoting the Indian System of Medicines. He said that
the endeavour would benefit the society in a great way.
"Apart from being the pioneer in Ayurvedic Education since 1999 in J&K
State having produced about 900 BAMS graduates and post graduates, Jammu
Institute of Ayurveda and Research, by venturing into manufacturing of
quality Ayurvedic medicine has achieved another mile stone in Ayurveda,"
Dutta said. Abdul Rashid Dostam also spoke on the occasion.
6 kids among 8 hurt in Rajouri mishap
Rajouri, Mar 7: At least eight persons including six school kids were
injured today when a bus they were travelling in skidded off the road
and rolled down into a gorge in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.
"An ill fated bus JK11-2617-JK11 of Dream Land Public School, which was
on its way from Muradpur to Rajouri rolled down into a deep gorge at
around 1600 hrs near Alfa Gate when its driver lost control over the
vehicle," police sources here said.
They said that six school children among eight persons sustained
injuries in the accident.
On receiving information, police and locals immediately rushed to the
spot and shifted the injured to district hospital Rajouri.
The injured were identified as Shiwali Sharma, Joshi, Rakesh, Danish,
Rashi, Pradeep Singh and Harmeet Kaur.
Condition of one of the injured namely Kanta Devi was stated to be
Police has registered a case and started investigations.
RKVY organises study tour for farmers
BUDGAM, MAR 7: A group of 35 progressive farmers of Beerwah and
Khansahib areas of Budgam were deputed for a 5-day study tour today
within State under Rashtriya Kissan Vikas Yojna (RKVY) programme of
"Exchange Visit of Farmers".
During the tour, farmers will be visiting Olive Farm Ramban, SKAUST
Jammu, Agriculture Department Farms Jammu and other relevant places.
Main objective of deputing farmers for study tours is to make them aware
about the latest research and development made in the various fields of
agriculture and allied sectors so that after returning back, they shall
apply same in their fields and teach other farmers. On the occasion,
Chief Agriculture Officer Budgam M A Parray said that Department of
Agriculture is going to organize more and more educational tours for the
farmers of district within and outside the State as well, so that they
could get updated with the latest technology.
He advised the interested farmers of the district, willing to
participate in tours, to contact respective Zonal Officers of the
district at the earliest, so that their names could be enlisted for
future tour programmes.
BFDC concludes 72 hours long dharna, but continues
JAMMU, MAR 7: On the conclusion of 72 hours long protest dharna, Bahu
Fort Development Committee (BFDC) announced that it would continue the
agitation in different parts of Jammu region, with other modes.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajeev Charak said that the state government
and the Governor have failed to address the problems, forcing committee
to agitate time and again.
"The management of Kali Mata temple is in wrong hands, they misuse all
the offerings by the pilgrims. All the rooms and the palace of Mahraja
have been destroyed by the priests, now the only boundary wall has been
left as the remanent of the fort" Charak alleged, adding that the
priests of the temple replaced the 21 Kg Gold Chattar of Maha Rani with
a Silver Chattar. He also said that the Bhawan of the temple was also
plated by Jeri Gold Works but now they have changed it into silver.
He further added that the priests of the temple misguided the
shopkeepers of Bahu Fort saying that there shops would be taken under
the Shrine Board which was totally wrong and baseless.
Chairman of Committee Baldev Raj Nagotra said their fighting was not
individual but a cause of all the residents of Jammu. He appealed to
each and every citizen of Jammu region to step forward for participating
and supporting the fight against the people who continuously degrade and
destroy the holy shrine.
Hardesh Khokher, Ishant Gupta, Krishan Lal Sharma besides others also
spoke on the occasion.
Minor falls into pond, dies
Jammu, Mar 7: A minor girl today drowned after she accidentally fell
into a pond in Ramgarh area of Samba district.
Identified as Priyanka Devi, a 4th class student, daughter of Krishan
Kumar, resident of village Sungwal, tehsil Ramgarh died this evening
when the girl was playing near a pond and slipped into it.
The body of the girl was fished out and shifted to the hospital.
"Body has been handed over to the family members after legal
formalities," police added.
RBBA delegation meets Commissioner JMC
JAMMU, MAR 7: A delegation of Raghunath Bazaar Businessmen Association (RBBA)
led by its President Baldev Khullar called on the Commissioner Jammu
Municipal Corporation K L Khajuria (IAS), to highlight various matters
concerning the prestigious 'Raghunath Bazaar Beautification Project' in
respect of works to be undertaken by JMC.
The Commissioner accepted the proposal of the RBBA regarding upgradation
of historical Ahataas of Raghunath Bazaar viz Ashoka Market, Janta
Market and New Market. Khullar informed the meeting that MLA Jammu East
Ashok Khajuria has already granted R 5 Lakh, out of his Constituency
Development Fund, for upgradation and beautification of these markets.
The association also demanded proper drainage system in the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Khajuria assured the delegation that the JMC
would look into the matter at the earliest and if some extra funds would
be needed for the purpose, JMC will provide the same.
He also assured that requisite number of dustbins would be provided
outside every shop, for dumping garbage by the shopkeepers, which in
turn would be collected by the safaikaramcharis of the corporation.
He also said that two safaikaramcharis would be deployed on permanent
basis in Raghunath Bazaar for collecting the garbage both in the morning
and in the evening.
The commissioner also assured them to upgrade the toilet complex at
Pratap Chowk, by installing toilet seats as well as providing separate
provision for females, to cater to the need of tourists and local
shoppers visiting the bazaar.
In addition to that, Khajuria also informed the delegation that to
facilitate the movement of elderly shoppers, particularly the tourists
from one end of bazaar to another, the JMC will be deploying a battery
car, on trial basis.
Those who were present during the meeting included members of the
association, JMC Health Officer Vinod Sharma, Chief Khilaaf Warzi
Officer Satish Khajuria and Executive Engineer JMC.
HSS flays mobile operators for dishonouring Aadhar
JAMMU, MAR 7: Hindustan Shiv Sena (HSS) today criticized the mobile
operators in Jammu and Kashmir for not accepting the Aadhar Card, as an
identity proof while issuing new mobile connections.
Addressing a Press Conference, the National President of HSS Dimpy Kohli
said that Aadhar cards are issued by Government of India as proof of
identity and are acceptable throughout the country as per the guidelines
of Government of India. He added that all agencies and organizations
including Nationalized Banks and security forces are accepting this card
as a mark of identification throughout the country.
Kohli complained that the mobile operators of the State are dishonouring
Aadhar Cards and are not issuing sim cards. He asked them the reason for
not accepting the said cards as identification proof, thus harassing the
He further appealed to the Government to look into the matter and issue
strict instructions to the Mobile operators for accepting Aadhar cards
as proof of identification, while issuing new connections.
Others who attended the conference included G I Singh, Shiv Kumar
Sharma, K Shivani Rao, Rajan Gupta, Satish Sahni, Rohit and Kulbir Singh
Agriculture Awareness Camps are need of the hour:
UDHAMPUR, MAR 7: Minister of State for Agriculture Nazir Ahmed Gurezi,
today inaugurated Awareness Camp cum Kissan Mela organized by Jammu and
Kashmir State Kissan Advisory Board (JKKSAB) in collaboration with
Department of Agriculture at Village Bharnara in block Majalta of
Vice Chairman JKKSAB Radhey Sham Sharma, Secretary G N Mir, Additional
Deputy Commissioner Surat Singh, Chief Agriculture Officer K S Samyal,
other officers of Agriculture and line Departments were present on the
Appreciating the efforts of the Agriculture Department, the Minister
said that these awareness camps cum melas are the need of the hour to
apprise the farming community regarding the ongoing schemes and level of
subsidy available with the Departments. He said that mainstay of the
people in rural areas is agriculture and added that the farmers should
take the advantage of these camps and adopt all the technical know-how
imparted by the various Departments in their fields to uplift their
economic status. He also commended the efforts of the Department in the
field of Agriculture Machinery, implementations and its promotion in
rural areas of the district.
Minister apprised that Chief Minister has setup Kissan Advisory Board in
the state for the welfare of the farming community and called upon the
Panchs and Sarpanchs to aware the farming community about the various
Departmental schemes by holding awareness meets in the wards of their
respective Panchayats. The Government is keen to setup Panchayat Level
Cooperative Society shortly, which would prove instrumental to provide
all required material like fertilizer, seeds, pesticides etc timely at
the door steps of the farmers, which would definitely lend a hand to
boost the agricultural production, the Minister added.
Vice Chairman JKSKAB said that the convergence of all the stake holders
under the one umbrella would act as a platform to work out the future
course of action for increasing the production and productivity level of
farming community and raise their Socio-economic status. He said that
such type of camps would be organized at various Panchayats in near
future to explore new vistas in the field of Agriculture and allied
sector and hoped that such awareness programmes would boldly help in
increasing income and rooting out drudgery of the farmers.
Chief Agriculture Officer Udhampur advised the farmers to take full
benefit of these camps and do farming as per the needs of the market as
this will improve not only their income but also uplift their
The main attraction of the awareness camp cum Kissan mela were stalls
laid out by different Departments viz. Horticulture, Sericulture, Sheep
Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Floriculture, Apiculture,
Mushroom and other private players. Farmers of the area appreciated this
move of the Department and showed keen interest in the "Awareness Camp
cum Kissan Mela" and desired that such types of events should be
organized in future at Panchayat Level, so that better farming practices
can be inculcated to farming community.
Amendment in Juvenile Justice Act, State Commission
for Child Rights in offing: Sakina
JAMMU, MAR 7: Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo today said that a
proposal to amend the Juvenile Justice Act is under active consideration
of the Government adding that the Government is also considering
establishment of a State Commission for protection of Child Rights in
Replying to a question by Abdul Rashid in the Legislative Assembly, the
Minister informed that necessary steps are being taken by the Government
to bring the Jammu and Kashmir Juvenile Justice Act at par with the
She told the House that establishment of Juvenile Justice Courts at
District levels was the jurisdiction of Law Department and not Social
Responding to the supplementary questions raised by Ashok Kumar and
Mehbooba Mufti, the Minister said that the Government is taking due care
for counselling and look after of Juvenile Home children.
State receives Rs 5391 cr under SCAP: Sadhotra
Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Ajay Sadhotra informed the
House that against the allocation of R 6384 crore under Special Central
Assistance Plan (SCAP) the State Government has received R 5391 crore up
to end of February this year for carrying out developmental
infrastructure under various sectors in the state.
Replying to a question by Peerzada Mansoor Hussain, the Minister
informed the House that District Development Commissioners and concerned
departments were authorized for utilization of Plan resources right from
first day of financial year for smooth implementation of developmental
schemes adding that developmental activities are carried out throughout
the year and it is only the billing of expenditure, which is done
towards the 3rd and 4th quarter of the financial year.
Giving details of the Plan, the Minister said that a scheme of financing
is approved by the Union Government for implementation of the Annual
Plan, which, inter alia, comprises State's own resources and grants from
Centre under different heads.
He said there are different procedures and schedules for release of each
component of grant. He said the utilization certificates are required to
be submitted for the grants received from Centre adding that the process
of submission of Utilization Certificates is a continuous one and are
submitted only after utilization of funds.
Responding to the supplementaries raised by Harshdev Singh, M. Y.
Tarigami, Krishan Chander Bhagat, Irfan Shah, Abdul Haq Khan, Balwant
Singh Mankotia,. Yash Paul Kundal, Qamar Ali Akhoon, Rafiq Hussain Khan,
Nizam-u-Din Bhat and Ashok Kumar Sharma, the Minister said that due care
is being given to each area while releasing the plan funds for carrying
out development infrastructure, adding that concerned authorities have
been authorised by the Government for utilization of plan funds from
first day of financial year.
The Minister said that under the provision of special funds of R 50
crore for the development of bad pocket areas of the state, R 20 crore
have been already released by the Government while as different
developmental works of R 30 crore in these areas are apace.
House pays tributes to Ram Dass Dogra, ex-legislator
The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly today paid rich tributes to
former legislator, Ram Dass Dogra.
Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, Mubarak Gul moved the
obituary references in this regard in the House today. He described the
late leader as a man of masses who always had the welfare of people up
on his mind. He said late Dogra dedicated his entire life to the service
of the society for which he will be remembered forever.
The Speaker said Dogra joined politics in 1960 and was elected as member
of Assembly in 1983.
A 2-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the leader and
House adopted the Motion.
House takes up discussion on Budget
The House today took up the discussion on the Budget presented yesterday
by the Finance Minister.
Initiating the discussion, former Deputy Chief Minister, Muzaffar
Hussain Baig expressed satisfaction over the 7 per cent growth rate of
State's economy. He suggested several measures for its sustenance and
increasing the per capita income of the State. He said agriculture is
the vital sector responsible for improving the economy of the State but
Government has not paid any attention towards this sector. Baig
expressed concern over the 61 percent distribution losses in Power
He drew the attention of the Finance Minister towards CAG Report for
previous fiscal year and said that no action on the report has been
taken by the Government. He urged upon the Government to ensure
accountability in all department for judicious use of funds.
Dr. Mustafa Kamal while hailing the budget said that it is quite
balanced and fulfills the aspirations of the common man. He suggested
certain measures to enhance the employment opportunities for the
unemployed youth in the state. He suggested giving focused attention to
the small scale industries to help local artisans.
He also hailed the step to give remuneration to Sarpanchs and Panches
and keeping the Kissan Credit Card up to R 1.50 lakh out of the purview
of Stamp Duty.
Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta also expressed concern over the growing losses in
power distribution and sought steps to minimize this. He urged the
Government to prioritize areas of development to boost the State's
He said Agriculture and Horticulture are two big sectors with which over
80 per cent people, directly or indirectly, are connected and Government
should take more steps to boost them. He urged the Government to
streamline the ration distribution at PDS outlets.
G. M. Saroori lauding the remuneration for Sarpanchs and Panchs, Saroori
said that Government has fulfilled the long pending demand of the ground
level panchayat functionaries. He said present honorarium is
insufficient and demanded the Government to consider its enhancement.
Saroori sought more tourist circuits in the Chenab Valley to give
impetus to the tourist activities in the area. He also called for
strengthening the PSC to speed up the recruitment process. He urged the
Government to enhance the scale of BPL ration.
Members raise issues of public importance
Immediately after the Question Hour today, various members raised issues
of importance in the Assembly.
M.Y. Tarigami drew the attention of the Government towards the plight of
Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) volunteers who are protesting for their
adjustments for quite some time. He urged the Government to address
their grievances on humanitarian grounds.
Javed Mustafa Mir raised the issue of release of funds in favour of
Madarsas and said that Government has included all such institutions in
the list which have actually not received the assistance at all. He
referred to a news item in some local daily newspapers in this regard.
Ashwani Kumar Sharma demanded regularization of PDD daily wagers and
Home Guard volunteers as per the assurances given by the Government.
Abdul Rehman Veeri and Syed Bashir Ahmed raised the issue of harassment
of people by the security forces in the Valley, especially during the
night hours. They sought immediate action to check such incidents.
Promotion of TSOs within competence of LADHC:-Ramzan
JAMMU, MAR 7: The Minister for Consumers Affairs and Public Distribution
Ch. Mohammad Ramzan today informed the House that in terms of Government
Order No. 2206-GAD of 1984 dated 10.12.1984, the Deputy Commissioner,
Leh and Kargil were empowered as Major Head of the Department in respect
of all the departments functioning in the respective district and vested
with the powers of the Director of all departments having administrative
and financial powers in the district except Judiciary and police.
The Minister was replying to a calling attention notice by Nurboo
Gialchan towards a matter of urgent public importance namely the
situation that arisen by depriving the rights of the employees of CA&PD
department at Leh /Kargil by failing to consider their rights of
promotion at the time of DPC conducted for upgrading of posts of Tehsil
Supply Officer for Kashmir Division and action taken by the government.
The Minister also informed the House that Direct Recruitment to the post
of Class-IV (2550-3200 Pre-revised) and ASK (3050-4910 Pre-Revised) etc
and promotion to the post of ASK (3050-4910 Pre-revised), SK (4000-6000
Pre-revised ) and TSO/Inspector (5000-8000 Pre-revised) is to be done by
Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LADHC-L/K) at their level in
terms of Rule 11&12 of LADHC, Leh (Sub-Ordinate Service Recruitment) of
The Minister further stated that promotion to the post of TSOs/Inspectors
is in the competence of LADHC and not the Directorate of CA&PD Kashmir
and it is only after the seniority of TSOs/Inspectors is merged with the
Divisional Seniority and further promotions to the post of Chief
Inspectors are being done by the Director CA&PD Kashmir. He further said
that there is no question of trampling upon the rights of the employees
of the CA&PD Leh and Kargil by not promoting them at the time of
up-gradation of 236 posts of TSOs/Inspectors as these posts were created
by reducing the sanctioned strength of lower grade posts of Kashmir
Division excluding Leh and Kargil.
Backward Class Commission functional, decides 219
Minister for Social Welfare Sakina Itoo today informed the House that
Commission for Backward Classes is functional in the State and has
decided 219 cases during 2009 to 2012.
The Minister was replying to a question by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool in LC
Sakina said that the Commission has received 1694 representations from
various districts for granting Backward Class status during 2009,2010,
2011 and 2012 are still pending with it, adding that the Commission
declares the area as Backward which qualify the norms set for the
The Minister said the government has recently appointed two members in
Commission while the appointment of rest of the members is under
Replying to another question by Syed Asgar Ali, the Minister informed
that 28,000 Anganwari Centres are functional in the State, of which 47
are in Dachhan block of Kishtwar district. The Minister said that the
public representatives have the authority to pay surprise visit to these
centres to ensure proper monitoring mechanism.
35 kg ration being provided to consumers: Ramzan
Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Choudhary Mohammad
Ramzan while replying to a clubbed question by Subash Chander Gupta and
Sham Lal Bhagat informed the House that 35 kilograms ration per family
is being provided to the consumers of the State.
The Minister said that the names of the new born and newly married
daughter-in-laws are also being entered in the old ration cards, adding
that no new ration cards or bifurcation of ration cards for separate
families are being issued to the new family units.
Choudhary Ramzan said that the left out families will be covered as and
when the State will get additional quota of ration as per 2011 census
for which the matter stands taken up with the Centre.
Govt purchases PHE pipes at approved rates: Sham Lal
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Sharma while
replying to a question by Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah informed the House
that the department purchased 58293 meter length of pipes of different
dia from 2009 to 2012.
The Minister said that the purchase was made on the basis of proper
requisition made by the territorial divisions and endorsed by the
concerned Superintending Engineers, adding that the purchased pipes
stands lifted by the end users. He said that the purchase was made on
DGS&D approved rates from M/S Nidhi Pipes Ltd, Chandigarh and M/S
Bhawani Industries Ltd, Gobindgarh.
Replying to another question by Master Noor Hussain, the Minister
informed that as many as 1332 land compensation cases are pending with
the PHE, I&FC department, of which 767 cases are in Kashmir Division and
565 in Jammu Division.
Sham said that the PHE department engaged 135 persons from Kashmir and
23 persons from Jammu in lieu of their land donated to the department.
Replying to another question by Narboo Gialchan, the Minister informed
that several main irrigation canals were damaged due to flash floods in
Leh district for which R 230.61 lakh and R 106.27 lakh have been
released under Minor Irrigation and Flood Control sectors respectively
to Leh district. He said 28 minor irrigation works and 17 works under
Flood Control have been completed so far.
517 kanal forest land transferred to JDA: Mian Altaf
Minister for Forest, Ecology and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmad while
replying to a question raised by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool on behalf of Vijay
Bakaya informed the House that 623 kanals and 10 marlas forest land was
ordered to be transferred to Jammu Development Authority (JDA) for
construction of New Jammu Township but the actual possession of the land
is yet to be given to JDA.
The Minister further informed that out of total area, 517 kanals and 10
marlas stands handed over to JDA on record and remaining 100 kanals were
ordered to be left for Social Forest Nursery and Rest House, while as
the 6 kanals for construction of Public Service Commission Office.
Mian Altaf said that JDA has paid an amount of R 1134. 377 lakhs against
the total amount of R 1621.388 lakhs on account of cost of land,
compensatory afforestation and Social Forestry Plantation.
Replying to another question by Murtaza Ahmad Khan, the Minister
informed that the State Pollution Control Board has granted permission
to 13 units and 4 units were registered with Industries and Commerce
department. He said that 14 business concerns are running without
fulfilling legal formalities in the area against which the PCB has
initiated legal proceedings in the matter. He said Jammu Municipal
Corporation has not granted any permission to business concerns and
automobile workshop as the same are existing prior to bringing said area
within Jammu municipal limits, adding that JMC is contemplating to
provide trade licenses to traders in terms of J&K Municipal Corporation
No proposal for inclusion of Devsar villages with
tehsil Kulgam: Aijaz Khan
Minister of State for Revenue Aijaz Ahmad Khan informed the House that
there are 20 villages in Tehsil Devsar and some of them are adjacent to
Tehsil Kulgam. He said there is no proposal under consideration for
inclusion of villages of Devsar with Kulgam tehsil.
No contractual, adhoc engagements in Floriculture
Minister of State for Floriculture, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi informed the
House that no contractual appointments have been made in the department
during the past three years, adding the department has engaged 311
casual/seasonal labourers in Kashmir division and 303 in Jammu Division
on need basis from time to time for upkeep and maintenance of gardens
Finance Commission submitted report in 2010
Minister of State for Finance Dr. Manohar Lal Sharma replying to a
question by Naresh Kumar Gupta informed the House that a Finance
Commission was constituted to ensure equitable development in all the
regions of the State by way of equitable distribution of resources.
He said the Commission has submitted its report in November 2010, which
has to be examined by the Committees to be constituted for the purpose
in the concerned departments for implementation of the recommendations.
He said the Group of Ministers would make their recommendations to the
Cabinet when the proposals are received from all departments.
Discussion on Budget commences
Starting the general discussion on the Budget in Legislative Council
today Sheikh Ghulam Rasool called the Budget laid by Finance Minister
this year as precise, to the point and friendly to the common man. He
said that despite financial constraints, state is witnessing growth and
GDP is increasing. He said Finance Minister has done excellent job over
the years in budget management and vital sectors have received due
allocations. He said that growth potential is being utilised and
contribution of service and agriculture sector is improving. He urged to
bring further improvement in the farm sector adding that agri-universities
in Srinagar and Jammu should be asked to come up to the expectations of
the farming community. He said that several new budget proposals in the
budget are appreciable.
Bashir Ahmad Magray highlighted the impact of inflation on the poor
people and said that prices of essential commodities milk, gas, k.oil,
petrol, and diesel are increasing frequently. He asked planners and
finance experts of the state to devise a suitable mechanism to regulate
prices of essential commodities so that prices remain under control and
market is not allowed to exploit the poor.
He said forest, handicrafts, tourism and horticulture have remained
major sectors of revenue for our state and the same need extra and
sustained attention so that these resources get properly utilized.
He said power infrastructure in rural areas also needs immediate
attention. He called for marketing facilities for agricultural goods and
VAT concession on fertilizers. While lauding the government for
providing remuneration to sarpanchs and panchs, Magray called for
increasing remuneration to Numberdars and Chowkidars also.
Describing the budget as pro-poor Sham Lal Bhagat said that farm and
education sectors have received due attention in the budget. He said
that orphans and children belonging to poor families should be supported
in getting education apart from the financial assistance extended to
them in the budget to facilitate their marriage.
He welcomed the expansion in mobile schools for children belonging to
Gujjar and Bakerwal Communities to meet their educational requirements.
He also lauded the decisions of the government to provide remuneration
to Panchs and Sarpanchs.
Javed Ahmed Rana termed the budget people friendly and meeting the
aspiration of the common man and supportive to the downtrodden and
backward areas of the State.
He appreciated the efforts of the government in addressing the burning
issue of unemployment. He said that government should pay attention to
absorb and recruit ITI trained youth and several pending SRO cases be
expedited and given one time relaxation.
He said that government should provide full funding to roads taken back
from ERA including those in Poonch. He also called for enhancing pension
benefits to beneficiaries under various social welfare schemes besides
enhancement in funds under the Tribal Sub-Plan.
Ali Mohammad Dar while appreciating the efforts of the Finance Minister
termed the budget as people friendly. He complimented the Government for
providing financial assistance to orphans. He said that tax concessions
to farmers and on eatables is a welcome step. He also welcomed the
government initiative to clear pending statutory liabilities including
CPF and gratuity of some corporation employees and enhancement in the
ex-gratia relief in favour of next of the kin of police personnel killed
in the line of duty.
While appreciating the Government on providing remuneration of R 2000
per month to sarpanchs, Dar asked the Government to consider R 1000 per
month to panchs.
Court acquits father accused of raping daughter
JAMMU, MAR 7: Principal Sessions Judge Samba Kartar Singh has acquitted
one Subash Singh, S/o Puran Singh, R/o Katli, Tehsil & District, Samba
who was facing trial in a rape case, as prosecution story turned out to
be quite doubtful and could not be believed in view of the facts and
circumstances of the case.
The accused Subash Singh faced trial in the court for the commission of
offence falling under section 376 RPC. The prosecution allegations
against the accused were that on 2nd January 2009 at 9 PM the
prosecutrix who is his daughter had gone inside the room to bring water
for her mother whose hand was injured by him with a "Drath" where the
accused locked her inside the room and forcibly raped her twice and
further threatened to kill her in case she raised any alarm. Thereafter
the mother of the complainant knocked the door and she was set free by
her father with the threat to kill her and her mother in case they
reported the incident to anybody.
On the written report of the prosecutrix, a case for the commission of
offence falling under section 376 RPC was registered against the accused
and investigation ensued. After investigation the final report was
submitted in the court.
Principal Sessions Judge Samba Kartar Singh after hearing both the sides
observed that the whole gamut of the discussion is that the prosecution
has miserably failed to prove the case against the accused beyond any
reasonable shadow of doubt and it appears that this false case has been
made out against him because of his bad habits of drinking or because he
used to object to his wife and daughters' leaving the house to work
outside as this would bring a bad name to the family. Whatever the
reason may be, but it is established that the prosecution story is quite
doubtful and cannot be believed in view of the facts and circumstances
narrated above. The accused is therefore acquitted of the charges framed
against him. JNF
JTC demands security for KP employees serving in
JAMMU, MAR 7: Jagti Tenement Committee (JTC) and Soan Kashmir Front has
appealed to the State as well as Union Government to provide security to
Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees serving in Kashmir valley. According to
press release, a joint meeting of the Jagti Tenement Committee and Soan
Kashmir Front was convened under its President, Shadi Lal Pandita to
discuss the problems faced by Kashmiri Pandit Migrants in particular due
to the recent threats to Kashmiri Pandits living in Kashmir Valley. The
members impressed upon the Government both at the Centre and at the
State to immediately manage the adjustment of the KP employees in Jammu
till the valley returns to normal.
Justice Bhat appointed Chairman PSA Advisory Committee
JAMMU, MAR 7: Principal Secretary Home Department has issued
notification for the appointment of Justice (Rtd) BL Bhat Former Judge
of J&K High Court as Chairman Advisory Board of J&K Public Safety Act.
According to the notification issued today under SRO 72 in exercise of
powers conferred by the section 14 of J&K Public Safety Act 1978, the
Govt in consultation with the Chief Justice of J&K appointed Justice (Rtd)
BL Bhat, former Judge of J&K High Court as Chairman Advisory Board
constituted vide notification SRO 449 of 1989 dated November 17, 1989
for a period of three years. The appointment of Justice (Rtd) BL Bhat
shall take effect from the date he assumes charge of the post in the
Advisory Board. (JNF)
J&K Budget 2013-14: Mixed Reactions
JAMMU, MAR 7: The Jammu and Kashmir State Budget for this fiscal 2013-14
has evoked a mixed response from the people across the cross sections of
the society. Some have labelled it as friendly while others have termed
it as anti Aam Aadmi budget.
Radhey Sham terms it farmer friendly
Vice-Chairman and Member of State Advisory Board for Development of
Kissans, Radhey Sham Sharma has welcomed the budget presented by the
Finance Minister. He hailed the Finance Minister for conceding the
suggestions of the board members during pre-budget meetings and
providing tax concessions to the Farming community in Rice, Paddy,
Wheat, Saffron, Honey and Agricultural implements. These farmer friendly
steps are definitely going to help the agricultural production in Jammu
and Kashmir State in a big way, he said.
FM betrayed industry, says BJP
Terming the state's budget as totally anti-Industry, BJP Cell's State
Incharge Sat Sharma (C.A) and BJP Trade & Industry Cell State Convenor
Choudhary Vikram Randhawa said that the State Finance Minister has
betrayed the already suffering industry of Jammu province in particular.
In a joint statement issued today, Sat Sharma and Ch. Vikram Randhawa
said that there were high expectations among the Trade as well as
Industry sector but all these have been dashed to ground with the
opening of briefcase by Abdul Rahim Rather in the state assembly on
Recalling the pre-budget meeting held at Jammu between the Finance
Minister and various industrial organizations, including the team of BJP
leaders said that a unanimous demand of extension in VAT remission for
five years was made and discussed which was expected to be acceded to
but the budget presented has ignored this genuine demand by giving just
one year's extension. They further said that another demand was to scrap
22% electricity duty as the industry has been paying the tariff from
time to time and hence there was no justification of electricity duty.
Moreover, the issue of 13.5 % Entry Tax on spare parts of various
industries was also raised in the meeting. They also took strong
exception to increase by 5 paisa per kg in the existing rate of Toll Tax
adding that it will further cause price rise of the items.
They said that it is indeed unfortunate that despite assurances by none
other than the Finance Minister himself in the pre-budget meeting not
even a single demand has been fulfilled. They said that the budget is
thus totally anti-Industry and BJP Trade & Industry Cell opposes it
tooth and nail and stands with the traders and industrialists on the
JKVHA hails Guthka Ban, hike in VAT on tobacco products
JK Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA) and VHAI New Delhi have hailed
the decision of the State Government to raise VAT on tobacco products
from 30% to 40% and also the decision to ban Guthka and Pan Masala. The
Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather announced the ban on Guthka in his
budget speech and the Commissioner Food Safety & Standards issued
notification vide SRO 68 dated 6th March 2013 imposing a complete ban on
manufacture, storage, sale, transportation, display or distribution of
Guthka, by whatever name and Pan Masala/Zarda containing tobacco or
nicotine, as ingredients, by whatsoever name, with immediate effect. The
State Government also announced an increase in VAT on Cigarettes and
Other Tobacco products from 30% to 40%. These decisions were taken by
the State Government in consideration of representations made by J&K
Voluntary Health Association and VHAI New Delhi, in the interest of
public health. Hailing the decision A.M. Mir (IAS Retd.) Executive
Director JKVHA, in a press conference, said that the collective efforts
of the Civil Society, NGOs and the general public have paid dividends.
He expressed his gratitude to the State government and thanked,
particularly the Governor, NN Vohra, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah,
Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, Economic Adviser, Jalil Ahmed
Khan, Chief Secretary, Iqbal Khanday, Principal Secretary Finance, BB
Vyas, Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education, MK Dwivedi,
Drug Controller Satish Gupta, CEO VHAI Alok Mukhopadhyay, ED VHAI, Ms.
Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, Director VHAI, Ms. Seema Gupta and Chairman JKVHA,
Dr. (Professor) GQ Allaqaband. Mir also expressed his gratitude to the
print and electronic media for their role as a pressure group and the
support provided for anti tobacco activities. The press conference was
also attended by Ghulam Nabi Mir Lasjan, Social Activist, BL Parimoo,
Member JKVHA and Dr NC Prabhakar.
JKVHA has been working for implementation of Ban on Guthka and
implementation of Tobacco Control Act for the past five years and has
undertaken various awareness programmes for the masses about the hazard
and ill-effects of tobacco products. The Organization had earlier filed
a PIL in the High Court seeking implementation of Section 4 and Section
6 (a) and (b) banning smoking in public places and sale of tobacco
products to minors and around 100 yards of education institutions.
Another PIL had been filed by JKVHA seeking ban on Guthka. JKVHA has
been working in close collaboration with State Government for reducing
the consumption of tobacco, especially amongst the youth.
It's tourism friendly: AJHLA
All Jammu Hotels & Lodges Association (AJHLA) has hailed the budget
proposals presented in the state assembly by the Finance Minister A.R
Rather. Describing the budget as tourism friendly, the association
thanked Rather for accepting their demand to extend the tax waiver to
hotels and lodges for one more year.
A meeting of the Jammu Hoteliers Association, held here today, under the
chairmanship of its President Inderjeet Khajuria particularly welcomed
the reduction of VAT on food and snacks served in the hotels,
restaurants, Dhabas and all other eateries. Khajuria observed that since
J&K is a tourist state, with all the 3 regions of the state having vast
tourism potential and over 1.5 crore tourists and pilgrims visiting the
state annually, the sops provided to the hospitality sector will go a
long way in further promoting tourism and pilgrimage in the state.
The association particularly conveyed its jubilation over Rather's
announcement in its budget speech to take effective steps to make Jammu
an independent tourist destination which has been a long pending demand
of the Association. In this respect AJHLA appreciated the Rather for
promising speedy completing of projects in and around Jammu including
Lake in river Tawi, face lift of Tawi banks, up gradation and
beautification of Raghunath Bazaar, promotion of border tourism at
Suchet Garh and Chamlyal as well as development of tourist spots in
Akhnoor besides a cable car from Mubarak Mandi to Bahu Fort. The
association however demanded that the time frame for completion of all
these projects should be fixed and the work on these should be taken on
war footing, to make these functional at the earliest. They also
demanded allocation of adequate funds specifically for these projects,
out of total proposed outlay of 330 crore for tourism in Jammu.
Besides Inderjeet Khajuria others who were present in the meeting
included Ajay Gupta Sr. Vice President, H.S Manhas Vice President, Pawan
Gupta Gen. Sec., Baldev Treasurer, Bikram Singh and Sunil Suri
Irked NPSU stages protest
Disappointed by the Budget 2013-14, NPSU today staged a protest
demonstration in University Campus led by Thakur Virender Singh
Provincial President and Incharge Jammu University alleging neglect and
deprivation of Jammu region in it. The student protestors shouted
slogans against NC-Congress alliance and sought resignations of Jammu
based Ministers. Thakur Virender Singh castigated the government for
perpetual neglect of Jammu Pradesh in all spheres including allocation
of funds, employment, power, tourism and other sectors. He said that the
Budget makes no mention of doing away with the regional imbalances and
persistent discrimination against Jammu region. He sought adequate funds
for development of Mansar, Surinsar, Dalsar, Sanasar lakes besides
development of other tourist spots of Jammu region. The budget has
clearly ignored Jammu region which has received no special packages, he
For stone crusher owners it's disappointing
Strongly condemning the budget presented, the other day, in the Assembly
by the finance minister the Stone Crusher Owners' Association (SCOA) has
termed it as anti-industry.
In a press meet organized here today the president of the association
Vikram Randhawa said that the budget presented by the finance minister
has nothing for the industry to cheer up. He said that the budget has
shocked the stone crusher industry as such a budget gaffe was not
expected from such an experienced minister. While briefing the media
persons Randhawa said that the minister has miserably failed to deliver
on the requisite demands which were put forth during pre-budget
deliberations with the minister and were assured due consideration.
He said that the exorbitant entry fee at Lakhanpur on purchase of spare
parts and other allied machinery related with the stone crushers is a
burden unbearable. "During pre-budget deliberation, we had humbly
submitted before the FM to exempt the industry from 'Earth Moving
Equipment' cluster and were assured of the same. But the 450 unit
holders of the state have really received a setback on this account,
He termed the pre-budget discussions as futile exercise as the points
put before the government had not been taken into consideration.
Commenting on the constitution of the Task Force, Randhawa said that at
least one member from the stone crusher industry associations of both
provinces must be included into the said Task Force and the
deliberations should be further held, if the government is really
serious about saving this industry. Others who were present during the
press brief include Anil Gaind and Dev Choudhary.
JKP organizes symposium on communal harmony
NOWSHERA, MAR 7: District Police Rajouri under its Civic Action
Programme organized a symposium on the topic "Communal Harmony and
National Integration" at Govt. Girls Hr. Secondary School Nowshera. The
programme was presided over by Ashok Kumar Sharma, Principal of Govt.
Girls Hr. Secondary School Nowshera. Rajinder Kumar Khajuria, SDM
Nowshera was the chief guest of the occasion while Parshottam Lal
Sharma, Additional Superintendent of Police Nowshera was the guest of
honour. S. Tarlok Singh, ZEO Nowshera, R.P. Damral (Retired TEO) and
Ravi Dass lecturer acted as Judges for the symposium. In the symposium,
first position was bagged by Miss Ragni Gupta, second position by Miss
Reebu Gupta and third position was shared by Miss Shannu Bhardwaj and
Miss Yogeeta Sambyal.
The SDM Nowshera gave valuable suggestions to the students and advised
them on maintaining communal harmony. Pardeep Singh Gouria SDPO Nowshera
thanked the school administration and students for hosting the programme
and also advised the students to remain vigilant about the miscreants
who divide the people for their vested interests on the basis of caste,
colour and religion. He also thanked the DIG Rajouri Poonch Range Danish
Rana and S.P Rajouri Mubassir Latifi for their support in organizing the
The programme ended with the presentation of vote of thanks by Ashok
Kumar Sharma, Principal of Govt. Girls Hr. Secondary School Nowshera.
Jerath, Nazir call on Governor
JAMMU, MAR 7: R K Jerath, Vigilance Commissi-oner, State Vigilance
Commission called on N N Vohra, Governor at Raj Bhavan, here today.
During the discussion, the Governor stressed upon steps required to be
taken for ensuring that the functioning of the State Vigilance
Commission is placed on a sound footing. The Governor observed that the
effective functioning of the SVC would have a vital bearing on the
enhancement of accountability, good governance and eradication of
This was Jerath's first meeting with the Governor after he recently took
over as the Vigilance Commissioner. The Governor wished Jerath a very
successful tenure ahead.
Meanwhile, Nazir Bakshi, former President, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce,
called on N N Vohra, Governor at Raj Bhavan, here today.
Bakshi thanked the Governor, who is Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine
Board for taking a number of initiatives to involve all concerned
stakeholders for progressively improving the facilities for Shri
Amarnathji Yatris. In this context, he particularly referred to the
requirement of pilgrims securing a Compulsory Health Certificate before
applying for issue of Yatra Permit.
Lauding the efforts of the Chairman of the Shrine Board in involving
local stakeholders in providing facilities to the Yatris, Bakshi, who
has been associated with the travel trade for the past 45 years, said
that this has generated tremendous economic benefits to the local
population. He also discussed with the Governor the vast potential
available for promoting pilgrim tourism in the State, particularly in
the Kashmir Valley.
Workshop on musical instrument 'Surna' concludes
MORUP STANZIN LHARJAY
LEH, MAR 7: The first ever four day workshop on 'Surna', a traditional
Ladakhi musical instrument organized by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of
Art, Culture and Languages concluded at the Academy Hall, here today.
The workshop was conducted under the supervision of Padmashree Morup
Namgyal and Ali Mohammad, a renowned 'Surna' Player of the region.
Eleven Surna Players of the district participated in the event.
On the occasion, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh, Tsering Morup
was the chief guest.
Addressing the gathering, the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Leh,
Tsering Morup lauded the role of Cultural Academy in preserving and
promoting the age old traditions and intangible cultural heritage of the
He further said that such kind of workshops play a vital role in the
preservation of our culture which is fast losing its sheen through
cultural invasion by Cinema and the Internet. He said that Ladakhi folk
music has its own unique taste and charm and its preservation is
responsibility of every citizen of the region.
Earlier, welcoming the guests, the Special Officer, Cultural Academy,
Tsewang Paljor said that this workshop was organized for preserving,
promoting and inculcating the values and skills associated with this
wonderful traditional instrument.
He said that 'Surna' (Oboe) and 'Daman' (Drum) are two popular musical
instruments associated with every social, cultural and religious event
of the region. He further said that it has become difficult to preserve
these traditional instruments due to lack of interest among the younger
"In Ladakh, musicians are generally trained through lineage system of
learning and this workshop was aimed at popularizing the instrument and
the cultural traditions associated with the playing of Surna", he added.
Ladakh Culture Forum, President, T. Norboo Martchey, President, Ladakh
Artists Federation, Padmashree Morup Namgyal, LTO, Director, Mipham
Otsal, CEC's Ladakhi Art and Culture Consultative Committee, Member
Councilor, Tsering Sonam, Surna Player, Ali Mohammad and Tashi Jorgais
also addressed the workshop.
The proceedings were conducted by Tondup Dorje, Research Assistant while
Dr. Thupstan Norboo, Assistant Editor of the Academy presented the vote
Nomadic Gujjar, Bakerwal women facing deprivation,
JAMMU, MAR 7: A research conducted by the Tribal Research and Cultural
Foundation has revealed that the tribal Gujjar women of Jammu and
Kashmir live in utter deprivation due to poverty, illiteracy, nomadic
way of life, early marriage, superstitions, traditional neglect and lack
of awareness about welfare schemes.
Speaking about the study, Dr. Javaid Rahi, Secretary, Tribal Foundation
said that Gujjar women are not aware of their rights and schemes
launched by the government for their education and social upliftment as
they live in far-flung areas and are nomads moving from one place to
"Gujjars, a nomadic tribe, constitute as much as 20 percent of the
state's population of about 12 million and they mainly live on cattle
rearing. In the summers they live in the higher reaches of the state,
and come down to the plains in winters", he said.
Rahi said the facilities provided to the women in this community were
inadequate. "This can be understood from the fact that there are two
Government Hostels for Gujjar women in the state for about 1.2 million
Gujjar women", he said.
The foundation also revealed that few girls from the Ajjhari and Manjhi
nomadic sub-tribes of Gujjars-Bakerwals were sent to school but it was
observed that percentage of dropouts was quite high due to compelling
economic or domestic reasons, and early marriages.
Citing the Survey, Rahi said that the list of women belonging to Gujjar
tribe excelling in various fields is very small. According to the
survey, "The worst condition is of the children belonging to the Ajjhari
Gujjars (shepherds) and Manjhi Gujjars (buffalo keepers). Eighty three
percent of these gujjars have not attended the schools while remaining
17 percent have been provided education through religious institutions".
There are over 2.5 million Gujjars in the state, out of these, about 1.2
million are women, 600,000 are children and the rest are men.
‘Upgrade structures retaining looks akin to old
JAMMU MAR 7: The construction work on prestigious New Zainakadal in
Srinagar, considered to be of great importance from business point of
view, would be started in April this year at an estimated cost of R
11.29 crore, while the repair and up-gradation of super structure of the
Old Zainakadal has been completed and thrown open for pedestrians and
light motor vehicles in December last.
This was stated by the Minister for Roads and Buildings, Abdul Majid
Wani, in presence of Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj,
Ali Mohammad while chairing a high level meeting of the officers of the
Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) convened to
review the progress and present status of the work taken up on New
Zainakadal, Old Zainakadal, Ziyarat Peer Dastageer Sahib at Khanyar and
Ziyarat Peer Naqashband Sahib at Roshanghar Mohalla in Srinagar city.
Legislator, Dr Mustafa Kamal, besides Commissioner Secretary, R&B,
Tanveer Jahan, Chief Engineer, R&B, Kashmir, Managing Director, JKPCC
and other functionaries attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that considering the heritage importance of
Zainakadal, the government has decided to preserve the historical
architecture of the Bridge for which an amount of s 2.50 crore has been
earmarked last year. It was also given out in the meeting that the
government has engaged a renowned Consultant, T. K. Basu and under his
supervision the work has been completed at a cost of s 1.10 crore. The
sub-structure work shall be completed by ending October this year.