Youth slips to death
Jammu: A youth today slipped to death from a train at Jammu Tawi
Railway Station here, police said. "The deceased identified as B D
Tinda, resident of Chhattisgarh this morning slipped from the Shalimar
Express at the railway station when the train was arriving at the
platform," police added. Police said that the youth was crushed to
death adding that the body has been sent to the Government Medical
College and Hospital for postmortem.
PHE endeavours to streamline water supply in Leh
MORUP STANZIN LHARAJAY
LEH, APR 11: PHE teams under the supervision of AEE, PHE, Rocky
Mahajan today initiated the repairing work on damaged pipelines to
streamline the water supply, here today.
"It is expected that the repairing work will be completed in a week's
time and after that water supply to all areas would be streamlined",
said JE, PHE, Manoj Kumar Sharma.
Interacting with Greater Jammu, Mahajan informed that due to severe
cold during winters the water pipes in many places get damaged. The
repairing work is going on expeditiously, asserted Mahajan adding that
it is for the first time in the history of Leh that water supply to
Housing Colony, Targaisling, Murtchey Colony, Skalzangling and part of
Ibex colony remained unaffected throughout the year especially during
the winters when temperature drops to minus 20 degrees.
Meanwhile, regularization of all the illegal water connections is
underway in Leh.
Come forward to live with Muslim brothers in
valley: DyCM to KPs
JAMMU, APR 11: Congratulating the people of State on Navreh, Deputy
Chief Minister, Tara Chand today hailed the role of Kashmiri pandits
in J&K polity and asked them to come forward for playing greater role
in socio economic development of the state.
The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing the 100th Navreh Samaroh
function organised by Kashmiri Pandit Sabha at Ambphalla here this
afternoon. The Kashmiri Pandit Sabha was established in February, 21,
Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir was the guest of honour in
Tara said that coalition government is taking every step to implement
the Prime Minister's Rehabilitation programme in letter and spirit for
making the congenial atmosphere for the resettlement of Kashmiri
Pandits in their native habitations of Kashmir valley.
Saying that Kashmiri Pandits are the intelligent community, Dy. Chief
Minister asked them to mobilize their human resources for spreading
quality education in the state as well as in the country.
Referring the demands of the community, Tara Chand said the power
crises at Jagti colony had addressed by the government and order in
this regard has already been issued.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hassan Mir
said co-existence is the key to live in gracious society and called
upon the community to come forward with a brave heart to live again
with the Muslim brothers in valley who are waiting your return
anxiously in their native locations.
Asking them not think about the past, the Minister said that 1990
faced a storm in valley which engulfed everyone and consumed lives of
both the communities. He said you have now a comfortable life in Jammu
and other parts of the country but the majority community still faces
the wrath of violence as they have no choice but to face it bravely.
Mir said that with full cooperation of people of valley particularly
the youth, the situation of the valley has improved very much which is
indicated by joining of young Kashmiri Pandits in government jobs
under Prime Minister's Rehabilitation Programme and are performing
their duties in far off villages in Kashmir joyfully. He said that now
Kashmiri Pandit boys and girls and even their families are enjoying
life with Muslim brothers smoothly.
The Minister called upon the community leaders to take a decision and
come back to Kashmir and live with Muslim brothers as they live before
90's as Kashmir is incomplete without Kashmiri Pandits.
Prof. Ved Kumar Ghai, Noted Sanskrit Scholar gave a decent account of
Kashmiri Pandit contribution to Indian Art, Language, History and
Earlier, Kashmiri Pandit Sabha President, K.K. Khosa gave brief about
hundred years of existence of K.P. Sabha.
DGP lays foundation of Crime Branch Complex
SRINAGAR, APR 11: The Director General of Police (DGP), Ashok Parsad
today called for perspective planning in infrastructural development,
keeping in view the future requirements of the police organization. He
said a holistic plan has to be envisaged for police housing and office
accommodation of the organization. Parsad was speaking at a function
organized by the Police Housing Corporation in connection with
foundation stone laying ceremony of seven story building complex for
J&K Crime Headquarter Branch at Sheikhpora in Budgam district this
afternoon. Parsad said that the works have been executed by the J&K
Police Housing Corporation under the modernization and alternate
accommodation programme of the Police organization. He said under the
programme, various constructions works have been taken up in nook and
corner of each district of the State with special focus to meet the
requirements of Jawans and officers working in different areas of the
Vikas appointed as BJYM District President
RAJOURI, APR 11: Vikas Gupta alias Nishu Gupta was today appointed as
District President of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha's Rajouri Unit. He
was welcomed by party leaders and workers in a programme held in
Rajouri. Speaking on the occasion, newly appointed District President
castigated state coalition government on its new recruitment policy
terming it as anti-youth.
BJP State Vice-President, Vibodh Gupta alongwith Party District
President, Bharat Bushan Vaid and other senior leaders welcomed Vikas
Gupta into the party fold.
Addressing the gathering, Vibodh said that Vikas Gupta is working for
the cause of upliftment of youth in the area and his induction as BJYM
District President will further strengthen the party.
Bharat Bushan Vaid while congratulating the newly constituted youth
wing President termed it beneficial for party cadre. Later, Vikas
addressed the gathering and thanked party leaders for expressing faith
and appointing him as district head. He also castigated state
coalition for wrong policies and said that newly implemented
recruitment policy of state is anti-youth and will affect the youth
population of state. He assured to work for the cause of youth and for
raising voice for redressal of their problems.
Others who were present on the occasion included Atam Gupta, Dinesh
Sharma, Vijay Gupta, Talib Hussain, Kamal Gupta, Bodh Raj, Kapil Saral,
Varun Chandan, Amzad Khan and Amrish Gupta.
NC, Congress fail to address grievances of common
JAMMU, APR 11: State President, Bharatiya Janata Party, Jugal Kishore
today launched the 'Yuva Adhikar Yatra' of its youth wing Bharatiya
Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) to garner state wide support of youth
against the ignorance of youth and state government's soft approach
towards anti-national and anti social elements.
Addressing the BJYM activists, Jugal criticized the NC-Congress
government for ignoring the problems being faced by the youth of
Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. He alleged that both ruling National
Conference and Congress has failed to address the grievances of the
common man of the state. He said BJP MLAs tried their best to raise
the problems in the assembly and sought government's intervention in
various issues like granting citizenship rights to the West Pakistan
refugees, proper rehabilitation and compensation to POK refugees and
those of 1965, problems of displaced KP's, grant of ownership rights
to the tenants of Evacuees Property and disbanding of Custodian
Department, implementation of 73rd and 74th amendments of the Indian
Constitution in the state but NC-Congress government ignored and
disallowed their bill and the adjournment motions.
Senior BJP leader and former State President, Dr Nirmal Singh while
addressing the youth said it became crystal clear that NC-Congress
coalition has no time for the Aam Aadmi in the state. Lashing out at
the NC-Congress government over the issue of rampant corruption and
misgovernance in the State, Dr. Singh said that the Coalition
government is looting the state and have no concerns for the poor
people of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, BJP, MLA, Jammu East, Ashok Khajuria said
that nationalist youth of the state at no cost would allow the anti
national designs of NC-Congress to be fulfilled.
He said it is the utmost responsibility of BJYM to make aware the
youth of state about the disastrous and anti youth policies of the
state NC-Congress government and should start a mass agitation against
this anti national government.
Expressing anguish over the ignorance of Youth and patronizing the
terrorists by the state government, the BJP National Executive Member
and Chief Spokesman, Dr. Jitender Singh said surrender policy for
terrorists is encouraging secessionism and terrorism in the state and
has demoralized the youth. Bringing back trained ultras is a very
serious matter, and this would have many legal and other
Speaking at the inaugural function of the Yuva Adhikar Yatra, the BJYM
State President, Ravinder Rana accused the state government of
ignoring scores of problems being faced by students and unemployed
youth of the state and criticized its new recruitment policy, terming
it illogical, outrageous, whimsical, and ludicrous besides being
violation of fundamental guarantees enshrined in our Constitution.
Khajuria donates Ambulance, inaugurates community
JAMMU, APR 11: On the eve of the Ist Navratra, Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) National Executive Member and Jammu East MLA, Ashok Khajuria
donated an Ambulance from his CDF for the use and convenience of the
Jammuites to Bharatiya Jan Seva Sanstha (BJSS) at its head office at
Ranbireshwar Mandir, here today.
The Ambulance was graciously receive by the President of the Sanstha,
Surinder Mohan Aggarwal alongwith other office bearers of Sanstha.
Speaking on the occasion, Khajuria praised the BJSS for its social
service and help to the needy in Jammu. He added that this NGO has set
a benchmark of public service without any consideration of caste,
colour or creed. A great need is being felt for transport in Jammu
city in the event of medical emergency. The people have to face great
difficulties and hardships in accessing medical aid in emergency
because of lack of conveniently available transport. He expressed hope
that with the services of this Ambulance, the Sanstha will be able to
serve people more meaningfully and effectively.
Surinder Mohan Aggarwal thanked Khajuria for his concern for the needy
of Jammu and his act of donating much needed ambulance. He added that
any person requiring the Ambulance can approach the Sanstha at its
head office at Ranbireshwar Mandir or its city office at Shakti
Meanwhile, Khajuria inaugurated the newly constructed community hall
in Ram Talai Mandir premises falling in Julakha Mohalla of Ward Number
2 in presence of senior officials of Jammu Municipal Corporation,
prominent citizens and party workers. Ramesh Sharma, Dalip Gupta,
Shashi Sapolia, Lalit Sharma, Neetu Mahajan, Vijay Gupta among others
were also presented on the occasion.
Mahu Mangat to be brought on the tourism map of
the country: Vikar
RAMBAN, APR 11: Minister of State for Power and Information,. Vikar
Rasool Wani has said that efforts would be made to explore the tourism
potential of Mahu Mangat in Banihal besides bringing it on the tourism
map of the country.
The Minister was addressing a public gathering after conducting aerial
visit of Banihal and other hilly areas.
The Minister said that Government is working on the projects to
exploit the potential of tourist attractive destination by way of
creating requisite tourism related infrastructures at identified
Vikar said that work on 45 MW power project on Khadi Nallah at Mahu
Mangat will be started soon while all the ongoing road and power
projects will be completed during current fiscal. He said efforts are
on to organize special police recruitment drive in the area and
assured people that all hilly and far flung areas would be provided
Earlier public representatives apprised the Minister which includes
road connectivity from Khari to Mahu, Bhaihal to Mangat,
electrification of Mahumangat area, renewal of ration cards, new water
supply schemes, residential quarters for doctors in PHC, Mahu power
receiving station more solar lights, old pension scheme etc.
Principal Secretary PDC, Basharat Ahmad Dar, Chief Engineer PDD,
Shehnaz Goni, Panchs and Sarpanchs, districts officer of various
departments of Ramban attended the meeting.
Police action on valley contractors condemned
JAMMU, APR 11: Balvinder Singh General Secretary J&K contractors
Coordination Committee condemns the police lathicharge on the peaceful
agitating contractors of Kashmir today, at Press colony Residency road
Srinagar who were protesting against the government for not proving
funds to clear theirs claims for the work done amounting to R 107
Crores of Jammu and R161 Crores of Kashmir division.
Singh while narrating the event stated that there were approximately
300 contractors assembled at Press Colony near Residency road Srinagar
to lodge their protest against the failure of the government for not
releasing their work done claims but the police lathicharged on the
peaceful demonstration of the contractors and later arrested Gulam
Jeelani Purja Chairman JKCCC, Bashir Khan Chief spokesman JKCCC, Riaz
ahmad Khan, Mohd. Amin Manzoor Ahmad Wani, Mushtaq Ahmad Para, Sheikh
Abdul Rashid, Mohd. Latif Thakur and others.
Singh said that the Ministers/MLAs of the coalition Government only
lay stress on laying the foundation stones of the new works and puts
pressure on the Engineers and contractors for the timely completion of
the work, without getting it sanctioned/approved from the competent
authority, and accordingly never bothered about how the payments shall
be made to the contractors.
JKCCC warned the State Government that if the arrested contractors
were not released and the payments of the contractors are not released
immediately then both JKCCC Kashmir and Jammu will start agitation at
both the places and will stop all the developmental works and will not
allow any MLA or Minister of the coalition government to start new
work or inaugurate the completed work without clearing the work done
liabilities of the contractors.
Army organises Free Health Camp for Women
Udhampur, APR 11: A free women medical checkup camp was organized here
in which a lady doctor of Lachhipura Battalion conducted checkups and
diagnosis of the women belonging the villages of Maiyan, Braripura,
Nalusa and Bijhama.
Due to the remoteness of the area health and hygiene aspects of the
locals gets neglected and lack of lady doctors further aggravates the
situation. The women folk tend to shy away from Primary Health Centre
due to non-availability of lady doctors and keep their personal
problems to themselves.
Therefore, the availability of the lady doctor received a huge
response and women in large numbers came out to discuss their problems
with the lady medical officer. Approx 360 ladies were treated. Looking
at the over whelming response the unit proposes to conduct more camps
of this nature in future.
Gurezi directs for formulating comprehensive
project for WSS Wathora
SRINAGAR, APR 11: Minister of State for PHE, Irrigation and Flood
Control, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi said that the Government was committed to
provide basic amenities to the people of all three regions of State.
He said in this regard numerous initiatives have been taken by the
Government but there is dire need to implement the flagship programmes
launched by the State and Centre governments on ground.
The Minister was interacting with the people at different places
including Gopalpora Wathora in District Budgam during his tour today.
Earlier, the Minister inspected Over Head Tank (OHT) at Wathora and
directed the concerned engineers to formulate a comprehensive project
report for New Water Supply Scheme, Wathora with Doodhganga as source
and submit the same to the concerned quarters within a fortnight so
that the funds could be arranged for the purpose. He said on
construction of this new project the water scarcity in Dooniwara,
Wathora, Bugam and Gopalpora villages would overcome.
On the occasion, the Minister was informed that the project report for
new WSS Wathora was prepared at a tentative cost of R 6 crore and
would be submitted for according necessary sanction. During his visit,
several deputations met the Minister and apprised him of their
individual and collective problems which included replacement of
damaged poles, installation of new poles, up gradation and improvement
of Dar Colony Gopalpora road. Gurezi heard them patiently and assured
them that their genuine demands would be looked into.
A team of officers and engineers of various departments accompanied
the Minister during his visit.
3 day training Programme in ATLS, Dhobiwan
SRINAGAR, APR 11: Director Health Services Kashmir Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman
and Head of ICRC (Geneva) Jean-François presided over a valedictory
function of a training course. This is the first of its kind four day
certified training course on Emergency Room Trauma Course (ERTC).
Senior doctors, officials of Directorate Health Services Kashmir and
functionaries ICRC, Geneva were also present during the simple and
impressive inaugural function.
The Specialist doctors are being trained by best international
trainers Dr. Hassan Naser-ud-Din and Asa Molde of ICRC Geneva at its
premier training institute-Regional Institute of Health & Family
Welfare (RIHFW), Dhobiwan, Tangmarg.
The doctors trained in ERTC in turn will practice on ERTC at its own
State of the Art Medical Simulation and Clinical Skill Centre, being
set up in RIHFW. This will bridge the gap in skills of doctors
treating patients of trauma were present on the occassion "Golden
Hour" will reduce morbidity and mortality in trauma patients to a
ICRC appreciated the dynamism of Directorate Health Services Kashmir
in initiating such types of unique initiatives for better healthcare
Director Health Services thanked ICRC for collaborating with
Directorate for ERTC and said after successful training of our health
care professional in BLS, the ERTC trainers will have same passion to
train all doctors of Directorate of Health Services Kashmir. He added
that in today's world internationally no hospital allows doctors to
work without such training and we are trying our best to meet
international standards to raise bench marks of care in hospitals of
Directorate of Health Services Kashmir to give our citizens best
At the end certificates and souvenirs were presented to dignitaries
Baisakhi arrangements reviewed in district Budgam
BUDGAM, APR 11: In order to ensure smooth conduct of prayers organised
in Gurdwara Guru Nanak Charan Astaan, Beerwah on Baisakhi, officers of
district administration, Budgam held a meeting with the Sikh devotees
including the management of the Gurdwara.
Additional District Development Commissioner, Ghulam Mohi-U-din Bhat
assured the devotees of complete and full support of administration on
this auspicious day and directed the concerned officers of PHE and PDD
for uninterrupted supply of drinking water and electricity on the
Medical assistance in case of any need was also made available to the
devotees and due care of sufficient transport till late evening was
also taken so that the people of Sikh community are able to offer
special prayers on the day without any hassles.
Baisakhi Mela starts at Dera Baba
KATRA, APR 11: A three-day annual mela on the eve of Baisakhi at Dera
Baba Banda Bahadur got underway here today.
Over 20,000 devotees paid obeisance at the historic Gurdwara of Dera
Baba Banda Bahadur Bairagi in Dera village of Reasi district during
the first day of the Baisakhi festival.
The 300-year-old Dera Baba Bandha Bahadur has a historic gurdwara,
having the samadhi of Banda Bahadur. Besides the ashes of Banda
Bahadur, it has an arrow given to him by Guru Gobind Singh and other
weapons, including a huge sword. The mela is displaying all the
belongings of the Baba. The Gurdwara Management Committee of Dera Baba
has made elaborate arrangements for the stay of devotees.
The District Administration has made arrangements of drinking water,
power supply and sanitation at the mela site.
Religious calendar Kailakh Dharam Diwakar
Jammu, 11 Apr: On the auspicious beinging of Hindu Navsamvatsar and
first holy Navratra, annual religious calendar 'Kailakh Dharam Diwakar'
released at Baba Kailakh Dev Mandir.
Religious scholars prepared the calendar to help people to perform
religious activities according to Hindu traditions.
Renowned Sanskrit scholar Dr Chander Mouli Raina and Dr Parshotam
Vishisht Shastri (Ranjan Wale), released the religious 'Kailakh Dharam
Diwakar' calendar in the presence of Baba Kailakh Dev mandir
Sadhotra greets people on Navratras
JAMMU APR 11: Minister for Planning, Development, Labour and
Employment, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra extended warm greetings to the people
of Jammu and Kashmir on Navratras, hoping that the auspicious occasion
be harbinger of peace and harmony. In a message, Sadhotra said the
occasion has a special significance for the devout in Jammu, who seek
spiritual bliss by observing the nine day of Goddess Vaishno Devi in a
spirit of fervor and gaiety. Similarly, the Kashmiri Pandits observe
the day as Navreh.
The Minister wished the people blissful Navratras and prayed for
prosperity of the country and the State.
Tarigami condemns brutal police action against
PHE Daily Wagers
SRINAGAR, APR 11: Strongly condemning the police action against PHE
daily wagers who had taken to the streets in support of their demands,
CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami has said that the
Government is complicating the grievances of daily wagers by using
force and browbeating.
In a statement issued here, Tarigami said that unfortunately instead
of redressing grievances of people especially that of employees, the
Government is resorting to force and cudgeling to buy the time. "The
Government should be alive to the needs and aspirations of the people
and must make all possible efforts to redress the grievances," he
said, adding that the Government should without any delay fulfill the
genuine demands of the daily wagers working in different departments.
"Maintaining that the Government must introspect and refrain from
using force as a sole means to tackle issues" he said that such
actions dent its own legitimacy. The right to organize voluntary
protest is an inalienable right of the people in a democratic polity
and if such rights are stifled it only complicates issues and compels
the protesters to adopt a more confrontational path, he cautioned.
While strongly advocating the regularization demand of the protesting
daily wagers, CPI (M) leader has urged upon the Government to release
their pending wages without any further delay.
Hari Singh demands railway flyover bridge at
VIJAYPUR, APR 11: Thakur Hari Singh, Vice President PCC demanded the
construction of a railway flyover bridge at Vijaypur and a Fire
Brigade Station at Ramgarh, for the welfare of the locals.
Speaking during a meeting of the Block Congress Committee Vijaypur and
Purmandal today, Singh said that the people are facing difficulty
while crossing the railway line at Vijaypur. They have to wait for
hours while crossing the railway line, besides there is always a risk
of accidents. Construction of a flyover bridge at the earliest is the
immediate need of the hour to mitigate the problems of the people, he
He further added that every year fire incidents occur at Ramgarh area
of Vijaypur block, during wheat harvesting season due to which the
farmers suffer huge losses. He demanded that a fire brigade station
should be installed at Ramgarh to deal with such fire incidents in the
Singh also demanded special recruitment drive in the Army, Police and
Para Military forces for the youth of Vijaypur block. He also stressed
for improvement in the electric supply in the area.
The meeting was presided over by Sujan Singh, Working President, DCC
Those present on the occasion included Ch. Rashpal Singh, Onkar Singh,
Praveen Gupta, Joginder Choudhary, Davinder Singh, Doonda Singh,
Churmal, Darshan Singh, Sunil Kumar, Angrez Singh, Ajit Singh, Ram Lal
Bhagat, Rattan Lal, Parkash Sharma and others.
JKAACL organizes music competition in Kargil
KARGIL, APR 11: Continuing the Academy's pursuit for aptitude hunt
among the children of different age groups in Kargil District coupled
with the objective to introduce and familiarize the young folks to
their local traditional folk songs, Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art,
Culture and Languages (JKAACL), Kargil today organized Children 'On
Spot Folk Music Competition'.
The competition, which was divided into two categories, one for the
Junior Age Group (9 plus and 13 years of age), and second for Senior
Age Group (Between 13 plus and 16 years of age), was organized at the
premises of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), Khumbathang.
About 60 boys and girls participated in the day long competitions, who
mesmerized the gathering comprised of school teachers, staff members,
guests and a large number of students.
In the senior group competition Zakiya Banoo secured the first prize,
Maryam Khatoon secured the second prize and Stanzin Lhadol, Mehboob
Ali and Ajaz Hussain secured consolation prizes.
Likewise in the junior group contest Ajaz Ahmed got the first prize,
Stanzin Paldan was second and Gulzar Hadi, Roqsana Banoo and Rigzin
Dorjay were awarded consolation prizes.
Abraham George Principal JNV, Kargil while speaking on the occasion
appreciated the Academy for organizing children programmes of this
sort, and added that they are an integral component in the wholesome
development of children. He appealed to the Cultural Officer to
organize more such activities in the future so that more and more
children get a chance to acquire the spirit of competition and
Noted broadcaster and Programme Officer, All India Radio, Kargil Javed
Ahmed Sofi was also present on the occasion.
Hailing the Academy for its persistent efforts in acquainting the
young folks to their traditional culture and oral literature, Sofi
said that the children in Kargil have tremendous artistic potential
and need ideal guidance and platform.
He added that the Academy is giving them suitable chances by
organizing such programmes. He also announced that AIR Kargil will
make arrangements to record the folk songs of the meritorious students
of such competitions to be broadcast in its programmes in the days to
Earlier while welcoming the guests, teachers and the children Muhammad
Ali Tak, Cultural Officer Kargil underlined the objective of
organizing such competitions. He said that apart from being committed
to the promotion of art, culture and languages in Kargil through a
chain of programmes organized at regular intervals, the Academy is
also conscious of the creative faculties of the children group of
Kargil area, and giving them a chance to showcase and polish their
talents is one of the central components reflected in the Academy's
Expressing concern over the declining interest of the youth towards
the local culture and vernacular languages, and the overwhelming
impact of the outward cultures, Tak said that to generate interest and
cultural awakening among the younger folks who are the future of
tomorrow, Academy Kargil intends to organize a series of such children
and youth based programmes at schools in different blocks of the
district this summer.
Work on Multilevel car parking begins
SRINAGAR, APR 11: Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (JKERA)
today started work on the construction of a multilevel mechanized car
parking facility in Srinagar city at Lal Chowk (KMDA Adda).
Work on the state of art multilevel car parking facility, which is the
first of its kind in the State was today started in presence of Chief
Executive Officer, JKERA, Saurabh Bhagat. The project is estimated to
cost R 26.75 crores and will be spread over an area of 3472 square
meters and includes construction of five level automated puzzle type
mechanized parking facility alongwith three storied commercial complex
comprising of office space, public toilet and commercial space (shops)
for rehabilitation of KMDA office and other shopkeepers presently
existing at site.
On completion, the parking facility in the city centre would provide
hassle free parking facility for cars in the city centre and prevent
frequent clogging of traffic in the city hub which also leads to
unnecessary wastage of expensive fuel besides increasing levels of air
pollution and pave way for a smooth movement of vehicles and improve
long term traffic management in the city hub by preventing road side
parking and providing safe, secure and efficient vehicular movement
inside as well as outside the parking facility.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in the first week of
April, 2013 between Vice Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority (SDA)
and JKERA for handing over of site (KMD Adda) which is presently with
the SDA for construction of parking facility.
The contract for this sub-project has been bagged by M/s Simplex
Projects Limited, a national level company with a wealth of experience
in the construction of such projects.
Director Central JKERA Alok Mengi, Director Safeguard JKERA Vinod
Sharma, Project Manager JKUSDIP, Kashmir JKERA and other officers and
consultants of JKERA were also present on the occasion.
RR organizes motivational seminar
RAMBAN, APR 11: The Rashtriya Rifles (RR) battalion organised a
'Motivational Seminar' to educate the students of Ramban about the
various opportunities to join Armed Forces as Officers, here today.
The seminar has been planned in three phases.
In the phase first, detailed information was provided to over 400
students of Ramban Polytechnic College, Ramban Degree College and the
Government Higher Secondary School, informing girls of the life and
charm of this life as also various self-development opportunities on
joining the Armed Forces. Besides this, information was also given to
the students on various entry schemes available including the glimpses
of selection procedure and how to get prepared for the same. The
highlight of the event was the presence of a lady Army Officer, who
spoke about the life of women as Army Officers and also brought out
the procedures for girls to join the Army.
Phase second would consist of coaching for students in preparing for
the written examinations and phase three would involve training of the
successful candidates of the written examination, in appearing for the
Peerzada for blending curriculum with moral
JAMMU, APR 11: Minister for Haj, Auqaf and Floriculture, Peerzada
Mohammad Sayeed today underscored the need for blending curriculum
with moral and religious education so that moral values get boosted in
The Minister was speaking at a Seerat Conference, organized by
Madarassa Al-Islamia Darul-Uloom, at Gujjar Nagar, to honour 8
students of this Madarassa, who had hafiz the Holy Quran.
Peerzada said that the Government is contemplating the implementation
of Madarassa Act in the state on the analogy of Uttar Pardesh, Bihar
and other neighbouring States so that such schools in the State become
entitled for financial assistance from the Minority Commission of
The Minister said that focused attention is being given for protection
of Auqaf property, adding that repair of Wakf buildings and
construction of four walls for graveyards is a step towards this. He
said that Auqaf Management would be strengthened by increasing
manpower in the organization.
With a view to protect Wakf property, Peerzada said that Revenue
Department has already passed directions to all the District
Administrations for making necessary entries of Wakf land and
buildings, Shrines, Ziyarats and Graveyards in the revenue record and
preparation of updated inventories of all such properties, adding that
exercise in this regard would be completed within two months.
The Minister announced R 5 lakh for construction of additional rooms
and library for the Madarasa Darul-Uloom, Gujjar Nagar, Jammu.
Responding to the demand of Darul- Uloom Management regarding transfer
of adjacent piece of land to the School, the Minister directed
Administrator, Auqaf Islamia, Jammu to take up the matter with the
The Minister complimented the students and teachers who had taught
them Holy Quran.
Earlier, the Minister honoured the Hafizs by Dastarbandi, presenting
cloth and a copy of the Holy Quran as a mark of respect. These eight
Hafizs were from Udhampur, Gool, Basantgarh, Samba and Billawar.
Various religious personalities addressed the gathering and
highlighted the preaching of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Among others, former- Minister Choudhary Lal Mohammad Sabir,
Administrator Auqaf Islamia Jammu, Raj Mohammad Malik, Special
Officer, Auqaf Jammu, besides Imams of various Mosques, prominent
citizens and students of the Madarassa were present on the occasion.
Sub standard material being used for Bhaderwah
BHADERWAH, APR 11: Macadamisation of Bhaderwah Chamba road in sub-zero
temperature in Bhaderwah has raised eyebrows, with people accusing the
authorities of misusing funds meant for developmental activities. A
private company namely Mittal Garg Contractors Private limited MGCPL
which has been assigned the task of work on Bhaderwah Chamba road has
started macadamisation of road on the outskirts of the town. "The
macadamisation is usually done during evening and night hours in
sub-zero temperature. The road won't last for long as macadam needs
high setting temperature," said Sheikh Masood Ahmed, a social worker
of the area. He said cracks have started to develop on the road which
was macadamized recently. The locals also accused the MGCPL of using
sub-standard construction material. "We tried to inquire about quality
and quantity standards of macadamisation but the officials of MGCPL
refused to provide any details saying they belong to a influential
agency," said Abid Malik a local. The locals said for the whole summer
they had been demanding the macamadisation of road but the MGCPL
authorities resorted to inordinate delay for reasons best known to
them. We want an impartial inquiry into the whole matter," they
The residents of Bhaderwah constituency have asked the Chief Minister
to take note of the use of the substandard material for macademisation
of Bhaderwah Chamba and Bani roads of their area by the concerned
agencies who are working on it. The residents, many of them belonging
to rural areas like Thanala, Basti, Sartingal and Shrakhi said they
had lodged complaints with the local leadership of ruling parties and
the government officials in this regard but no action has been taken.
"The blacktopping got erased due to rains on Bhaderwah Chamba road ,
which speaks volumes about the quality of work done by the executing
agency namely MGCPL," the locals said adding that the senior
functionaries of the PWD Department who are supervisors of this road
should take cognizance of the matter and order a probe.
"We felt glad after our road was being macadamized. But now we are
highly disappointed with the substandard work going on and that too in
zero temperature which is not feasible for work in this cold Bhaderwah
," the residents of the area told Greater Jammu.
The residents of Bhaderwah alleged that GREF 114 RCC and MGCPL have
illegally installed a stone crusher in the center of Bhaderwah forests
on the bank of Bhaderwah Bani and Chamba road throwing all rules and
norms to winds. It was learnt that a small portion of culvert had also
crumbled a few days ago due to low quality cement and the company was
still working on getting it repaired. Not only this Bhaderwah Bani
Basoli road Work on the 70-kilometer was started 25 years ago, but
only 60 percent work has been completed so far by BRO 14 RCC which
indicates the degree of mess involved in this construction.
While the people of Bhaderwah have demanded registration of FIR
against MGCPL for their misdeeds, the Project Manager MGCPL downplayed
the issue saying, "We use additives in the macadam for setting it at
sub-zero temperature. If any road has developed cracks we will repair
it at the earliest," he added.
Sagar distributes cheques amongst fire victims
SRINAGAR, APR 11: The Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj,
Ali Mohammad Sagar today visited Tujgari Mohalla, Malkah, Nowhatta and
distributed relief cheques under Chief Minister's Relief Fund among 19
fire victims of Tujgari Mohalla whose houses were gutted in fire last
An amount of R 30,000 was given to each family whose houses were
damaged fully and R 20,000 to those damaged partially.
Addressing the gathering present on the occasion, the Minister said
that the Government headed by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah is
committed to provide all the basic amenities to the people especially
downtrodden and the poor.
The Minister later visited the Cable Car Project in Makhdoom Sahib and
reviewed the progress of the project. He was informed that the project
shall be thrown open for public next month.
Sagar while expressing satisfaction over the construction of project
said that this will provide great benefits to the devotees visiting
the Shrine of Sultan-ul-Arifeen (RA) besides tourists. He said this
will also provide employment avenues to the unemployed youth of the
Among others, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Farooq Ahmad Shah,
Director Tourism, Talat Parvaiz, senior officers of Cable Car
Corporation and concerned officers were also present on the occasion.
Media Workshop for Ladakhi Journalists in Leh
SHOTOPA/LEH, 11: A media briefing cum workshop for local journalists
of the twin district of Ladakh was organized by Center for Science and
Environment (CSE) Delhi on the topic "Understanding Environmental
Issues for Better Reportage". It was a two day programme organised in
collaboration with Ladakh Arts and Media Organization (LAMO) at LAMO
headquarters at Munshi House Leh Palace Ladakh. This workshop is the
first of its kind held in Ladakh for Journalists.
The workshop commenced with the introductory session during which
Monisha Ahmed, Executive Director LAMO gave a brief introduction about
LAMO and its work in Ladakh as well as for Ladakh at National and
International level. Suparno Banerjee, Programme Director Media CSE
Delhi and Papia Samajdar gave a brief introduction of CSE, its
philosophy, works and milestone besides its media work.
Later during the first day Richard Mahapatra Senior Editor Down to
Earth Magazine and Suparno Banerjee talked about the Media and
Environment and gave a detail presentation about various local and
global issues arising now days in the society.
Richard Mahapatra talked about the reporting on Environment, its
trends and observations, linkages of news, how local news is linked
with global news as well as global news with local news. To explain
this he gave the example of recent Pashmina Goat Carnage due to heavy
snowfall in Changthang and said that this may be a reason for Global
Environmental Change and may become global news, which rather was
portrayed as local news.
After this a discussion on the role of media in highlighting local
environmental issues was conducted in which, Richen Angmo of Reach
Ladakh, Tsering Angdoos ASI Leh, Chemat Namgyal of Ladags Sargyur,
Disket Dolma of AIR Leh and Anayat Ali AIR Kargil participated which
was moderated by Richard Mahapatra.
It was observed that local journalists have some issues but there is
neither any platform nor any training centre to treat a particular
issue for making good news.
In the evening session of the first day Suparno Banerjee, Tashi Morup
Project Director LAMO, Tsewang Namgyal wildlife biologist, Richard
Mahapatra and the Glacier Man Engineer T Norphel gave a brief
presentation and lecture on topics, Introduction to climate change and
the global view, Vulnerability the case of water and the nature of the
crisis in Ladakh. Anumita Roy Chowdhary Executive Director Research
and advocacy CSE gave a brief introduction about the Environmental
issues confronting cities, Leh overview-Air quality and mobility,
Water management, Energy use in building and tourism and the issue of
The second day was totally dedicated to workshops on topics like
Reporting on Environment, the first step and the writing and editing
conducted by Richard Mahapatra, Suparno Banerjee and Papia Samajdar.
They taught the participants how to identify story by giving examples
from Ladakh and outside besides preparing the story- research, the
source, verifying information etc.
The available tools including media as an outreach tool were explained
with the support of case studies of CSE particularly that of the CNG
campaign of Delhi. The Workshop concluded with the Participants
thanking the moderators and experts especially those of CSE and LAMO
for conducting such workshop in Ladakh.
Inclement weather disturbs normal life
MORUP STANZIN LHARAJAY
LEH, APR, 11: Inclement weather conditions have disturbed the normal
life in the cold desert region with heavy downpour since wee hours
today. The heavy hailstorm threw normal life out of gear in Leh and
all the flights including the Army IL flights had to be cancelled
today owing to cloudy weather conditions. Changla Pass has also been
closed for motor vehicular traffic. However Khardongla remained open
for one-way vehicular traffic from Leh to Nobra today.
Meanwhile, residents of Leh rejoiced as this downpour is expected to
help in yielding good crops and fruits particularly the apricot
produce. Tsewang Dolma of Ganglas and Norphel of Kharyok expressed
delight over the downpour as they believe that such a downpour is
definitely going to be quite beneficial for crop cultivation
particularly the potatoes which they prefer to grow in Leh area.
However Yangchan Dolma of Hanu who is engaged in selling dry fruits
along the footpath near NAC office feels disappointed as she expressed
anguish over the downpour saying that it disturbs the daily business.
Samoon reviews progress under RKVY
SRINAGAR, APR 11: About R 80 crore has been spent under centrally
sponsored scheme Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) in Jammu and
Kashmir State during the year 2012-13 for the development of
Agriculture and allied sectors, which includes Rs. 21 crore for
increasing production and productivity of crops, fruits, milk, mutton
as also cocoon and fish, R 47 crore for revival of Saffron under
National Mission on Saffron, R 7 crore for area expansion under
Vegetable Initiative for Urban Cluster Programme and 5 crore for
Nutrient Management Protein Supplementation for Livestock. During the
year Rs. 93 crore had been released by Government of India and thereby
expenditure has been over 85 percent.
This was given out in review meeting chaired by Commissioner-Secretary
Agriculture Production Department, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon at Lal
Mandi today. Kashmir based heads of all concerned Departments attended
Director Agriculture Kashmir, Mushtaq Peerzada through a PowerPoint
presentation informed the meeting that for strengthening of
infrastructure and increasing Agriculture production, 124 Bore wells,
2948 Vermi Compost Units, 9396 Green Houses, 242 Tube Wells and 67
Deep Bore Wells were established in the division where as 9182
Irrigation Pump Sets, 942 Power Tillers, 419 Tractors, 214 Motorized
Vending Carts, 165 Trolleys, 2800 Foot Sprayers and 8646 Farm Tool
Kits were distributed among the farmers.
Director Command area Development Department, T.A Mir informed that
530.30 hectare of land has been brought under construction of field
channels besides 120 water resources have been created during the year
Director Horticulture informed that the expenditure of R 352.06 lakh
has been incurred for creation of Irrigation infrastructure,
Development of Departmental Farms, Canopy management and Development
of Nurseries in Public Sector during 2012-13.
During the meeting, representatives of Floriculture, Sericulture,
Fisheries, Horticulture Planning Marketing, Animal Husbandry, Sheep
Husbandry, Horticulture Planning Marketing Corporation and Cooperative
Departments gave detailed presentation of their achievements and
progress during the year 2012-13.
Commissioner-Secretary Agriculture Production Department reviewed the
performance registered under Horticulture Mission for North Eastern
Director Horticulture Kashmir gave the detailed PowerPoint
presentation regarding the scheme.
Dr. Samoon directed the officers to gear up their field functionaries
so as to come up to the expectations of the farming community and make
necessary arrangements immediately to achieve the targets.
Mian Altaf inaugurates Range office, rest house,
RAJOURI APR 11: Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology, Mian
Altaf has said that Government has taken several measures to promote
eco-tourism on historical Mughal road, adding that pre-fab huts for
tourists would be installed at selective locations with direct
involvement of local people aimed to boost their economy while the
Forest Department will provide them necessary facilities, guidance and
logistic support. The schemes have been introduced first time by the
Forest Department in the State. The Minister was addressing a public
gathering at Rajouri after inaugurating new Forest Office complex,
Range Office, Rest House and Natural Interpreter Center (NIC)
completed at an accumulated cost of R 50 lakh at Rajouri today.
Altaf also took stock of ongoing works of Wildlife Warden Office
Complex and a Hut coming up at a cost of R 50 lakh.
Among others, Principal Chief Conservator Forests, Vinod Ranjan,
Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Saugat Biswas, Chief Conservator
Forests, Ravi Kaisar, Conservator Forests Wildlife, Asif Mehmood Sagar,
Joint Director Soil Conservation, Sameer Bharti, SP, Rajouri, Mubashir
Latifi and DFO, Nowshera, Mohammad Rafiq were present on the occasion.
Giving details of the initiatives, the Minister said that in view of
the potential and tourism importance of Mughal road, the department
has decided to provide pre-fab huts, with two room accommodation,
kitchen and bathroom facilities, to the locals of Poonch, Rajouri and
Shopian for creating temporary accommodation for the tourists near Pir
ki Gali, Nandansar and Hirpora. He said the department will provide
pre-fab huts material, costing Rs. 80 thousand per unit to the
interested people besides water, electricity and other basic
facilities required for running the activity. He appealed to the
people to come forward and avail benefit of this scheme.
The Minister said that this will on one hand improve the economic
status of the locals of Poonch, Rajouri and Shopian districts while on
the other hand will help the Government in promoting eco-tourism
besides preserving forest wealth and wildlife in the area. He said
installing pre-fab huts will neither affect the environment nor
disturb the wildlife habitations. Mian Altaf said that Nature
Interpretation Centre (NIC) will become hub of the information source
required for research projects and the scholars, teachers, forest
officials and students will be the major beneficiaries of this centre.
LD Hospital equipped with ICU
SRINAGAR, APR 11: Kashmir's most busy women and children hospital, the
Lalla Ded Hospital, has been equipped, for the first time, with ICU
facility for the betterment of patient care. The three bedded ICU unit
was inaugurated today by Minister for Medical Education, Taj
MLA, Amirakadal and Former Minister, Nasir Aslam, Principal GMC,
Srinagar, Dr. Rafiq Pampori, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Farooq
Ahmad Shah, Commissioner, SMC, Dr. G.N Qasba, Medical Superintended,
LD Hospital, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad besides other senior officers and
doctors were present on the occasion.
It may be recalled, ever since his taking over, the Minister has been
pushing for improvement and upgradation of tertiary care hospitals in
The Minister also inaugurated and extended ward of the labour room,
which would add a bunch of newly furbished 16 beds to the labour room
of the hospital.
Later, the Minister reviewed the progress on the 200 bedded extended
block of the hospital. He asked the engineers to work round the clock
to complete the project so that the patients get much needed relief.
He also advised them to complete all engineering works at the block
before it is handed over to the hospital administration.
The minister also reviewed the relocation plan for the shopkeepers
whose shops would be relocated due to the extension of the hospital.
He directed identification of appropriate place for them immediately
so that they do not suffer on account of their relocation.
Representatives of several Engineering Wings including R&B Kashmir,
JKPCC, MED, UEED besides hospital administration were present in the
Police seize 32 LPG cylinders
BHALLA, APR 11: Bhalla police conducted a raid at a shop in Bhalla
Tehsil Bhaderwah and seized 32 LPG cylinders from there.
Incharge Police Post Bhalla, Nazir Ahmed Rishu said that acting on a
tip-off that the owner of a shop was indulging in black marketing of
LPG cylinders, a police team along with Naib Tehsildar Bhalla
conducted a raid at the shop in front of police post. He said that
though the shop owner fled from there, the police team seized 32
cylinders from the shop, he added.
PAGIR launches Environment cum Disability
MORUP STANZIN LHARAJAY
LEH, APR 11: People's Action Group for Inclusion and Right (PAGIR)
launches environment and disability campaign from Islamia Public
School here today.
Speaking on the occasion, President, PAGIR, Mohd Iqbal informed the
gathering about various types of disabilities prevalent among people.
He also educated about the diseases which led to this unfortunate
situation. It is pertinent to mention here that he himself is a
differently abled person since his birth.
Iqbal also highlighted the social stigma and humiliation being faced
by the differently abled people. He said that an inclusive approach
towards this section of society could only boost the morale of
differently abled and ensuring proper education with better job
avenues will lead to welfare and prosperity of this lot.
PAGIR, Jungwa, Team Leader, Tsering Gurmat spoke on the growing
environment challenges faced by Ladakh and highlighted the importance
of better management and disposal of solid waste.
Principal, Islamia Public School, Abdul Wahid also spoke on the
occasion. He informed that a cleanliness campaign will soon be
organized by the school to clean the surroundings.
PAGIR's team educated the students on waste management by a popular
slogan 'A waste is not waste until it is wasted' and inspired them to
make gold out of garbage. The campaign was a complete success among
the students as their interest was apparently reflected through their
curious questions which were satisfactorily answered by the
representatives of PAGIR.
PAGIR team also displayed several products made out of tailoring and
More such campaigns will soon be organized by the PAGIR team in
various government and private institutions to generate awareness
among students regarding environmental issues and problems being faced
by the differently abled section of society.
PAGIR Coordinator, Stanzin Youtso conducted the proceedings.
Vijay Dhar calls on Governor
JAMMU, APR 11: Vijay Dhar, Member, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board called
on N. N. Vohra, Governor at Raj Bhavan here today.
During the meeting, the Governor and Dhar discussed several matters
relating to the management of the forthcoming Shri Amarnathji Yatra
particularly the facilities and arrangements to be made for providing
timely and adequate medical care for the ailing pilgrims.
Dhar also briefed the Governor about several pressing issues relating
to the advancement of school education in the State.
JKB sets up currency counter
KATRA, APR 11: On the eve of Navratras, the Jammu and Kashmir Bank's
Business Unit at Vaishno Devi Bhawan has offered services of Fresh
Cash Currency/notes exchange counter. The facility of fresh currency
notes has been started to facilitate the devotees coming here from
length and breadth of the country. The fresh currency counter was
inaugurated by Dr. M. K. Bhandari, Additional Chief Executive Officer
of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in presence of SDM, Bhawan,
Ranjit Singh. Ravi Sharma, Branch Head, Jammu and Kashmir Bank's
Business Unit at Vaishno Devi welcomed the dignitaries on the occasion
and presented a memento to the Chief Guest.
While speaking on the occasion, Bhandari lauded the relentless efforts
of the Bank at Vaishno Devi, Bhawan and in the State for the
upliftment of the weaker sections, Trade and Industry and being the
biggest industry of the state in absorption of highest number of
unemployed local youths.
Govt keen for development of bad pockets, border
KISHTWAR, APR 11: The Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs, Abdul
Rahim Rather today said that the 12th plan document lays emphasis on
faster, more inclusive and sustainable growth adding that the current
year plan has been cast around this basic theme.
Speaking to a public gathering after inaugurating a Government
Treasury at Wadwan, a remotest area in District Kishtwar, Rather said
that plan allocations have been earmarked with special focus on bad
pockets, border blocks and backward areas of the State.
The Minister of State for Industries and Commerce, Home and Tourism,
Sajad Ahmed Kichloo was also present on the occasion
Inauguration of Treasury at Wadwan has raised the number of Treasuries
in Jammu Division to 57. Rather said that equitable development of all
the three regions of the state is prime concern of the coalition lead
by the dynamic Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, whereas development of
bad pockets is its mission. "With this objective in mind special
grants are being allocated in the budget proposals exclusively for
all-round development of remote and backward areas since last three
years", Rather said adding that this scheme will be made a permanent
feature of successive Annual Budgets of the State. He said that a
special provision of R 164 crore has been made for Leh, s 159 crore
for Kargil and s 128crore for the development of border areas in
current year's plan. He said opening of Treasury at Wadwan is a sequel
to Government's concern for the development of hitherto neglected
areas of the state and to provide better services to the people of
such areas. "He said all the available resources are being pooled to
provide basic amenities to the inhabitants of bad pocket areas at par
with other developed areas", Rather said adding that this cherished
goal is achievable, provided people's cooperation and support
Responding to the demands of the people, Rather said that the
construction of a road from Madwa to Wadwan is going on expeditiously
and will be completed within a shortest possible period. He said that
the government is exploring possibilities to construct a Hydel Project
at Wadwan for which feasibility survey will be conducted soon.
Speaking on the occasion, Kichloo thanked the Finance Minister for
opening a Treasury at Wadwan, a hilly and remote area, adding that
till now people of that area had to travel many kilometers to reach
the nearest available Treasury.
Kichloo also announced 1000 Solar lights free of cost to the people of
Wadwan. He called upon the people to strengthen the hands of Chief
Minister,Mr. Omar Abdullah for steering the state into an era of
Peace, Development and Prosperity. Kichloo further assured the
gathering that all other demands will be considered on priority.
The Director General, Accounts and Treasuries, Ravi Magotra, Director
Accounts and Treasuries Jammu Division, Mohammad Aslam and other
concerned officers were also present on the occasion.
Ensure added attention to weak students: Dy CM
SRINAGAR, APR 11: Deputy Chief Minister, Tara Chand on Thursday said
that various innovative measures are being introduced to streamline
the education system at elementary and secondary levels in the State.
He called upon the officers of Education department and other
stakeholder to improve the results and literacy rate, adding that the
problems of any kind that are soluble shall be resolved without losing
The Deputy Chief Minister was addressing a well attending meeting of
Valley's Chief Education Officers, DIET Principals and Zonal Education
Officers here at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.
Tara Chand directed Zonal Education Officers to go in field twice in a
week and ensure that all weak students in every class room get special
attention to compete with others.
He also directed concerned officers to ensure that on every third
working day of the month, there shall be meeting with parents at every
school to get the proper feedback from the parents.
Deputy Chief Minister spoke tough against those Zonal Education
Officers who were found lazy in showing good performance in completion
of school building under SSA and directed them to ensure completion of
works within next one month. He also enjoined upon them to submit work
done progress report on weekly basis.
Tara Chand said that all highly qualified and meritorious students get
positions in Education department, adding that the teacher is a torch
bearer for a student who is considered as future of the nation.
Deputy Chief Minister said that as many as 1500 promotions have been
made in Education department recently and assured more promotions
shall be made in near future. He said orders have been issued that
teachers shall remain posted at hard places only for one year. He
enjoined upon teachers to work wholeheartedly for the betterment of
students and the society.
Reviewing the achievements of the department, the Deputy Chief
Minister was informed that a hefty sum of R 186.62 crore was spent on
the development of education sector under district and state sectors
during the year 2012-13.
As many as 616 school buildings have been taken up under state and
district sectors at an estimated cost of s 161.13 crore. Of which, 152
buildings were completed while as 462 buildings are at different
stages of construction.
As many as 66 Science Labs and 79 Toilet blocks have been constructed
while as 20 such Labs and 53 blocks are under execution.
The Deputy Chief Minister was also informed that under SSA 3681 new
Primary Schools were opened, 3608 Primary Schools upgraded and 1581
Education Guarantee Scheme (EGS) Centres upgraded to Primary Schools
till now. As many as 3396 Primary and 624 Middle School buildings were
completed while as 1023 buildings are under progress.
While reviewing the progress under RMSA, the Deputy Chief Minister was
informed that 123 Middle Schools were upgraded to High School level
while as 127 High School buildings have taken in hand by R&B for
Govt all set to boost pilgrim tourism: Bhalla
JAMMU, APR 11: To boost pilgrim tourism, Minister for Housing,
Horticulture and Culture, Raman Bhalla said that the State Government
is creating requisite infrastructure to showcase it as a major
attraction for the devotees and tourists.
This was stated by the Minister while interacting with the devotees
after inspecting the Navrataras arrangements being made by the
district administration at Bawe-Wali Mata temple at Bahu Fort, here
today. Bhalla asked the officers to provide adequate facilities to
devotees during the Navratra days like safe drinking water, toilet
blocks, electricity, parking, sarai, security, and free langer so that
they do not face any inconvenience. He asked shopkeepers to beautify
the area and asked the Jammu Municipal Corporation to monitor the sale
of eatables besides sanitation facilities in and around the temple.
The Minister further said that the Government is also embarking on a
plan to develop the historical places in twin capital cities of the
State and its peripheral towns, adding that the development of famous
Shri Bawe Wali Mata shrine is one of the major projects in this
direction. He hoped that these would become a source of attraction for
the devotees and help in diverting the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi ji
pilgrims to other parts of State.
"To meet the challenges in tourism, our emphasis is on diversification
and providing requisite infrastructure facilities to the pilgrims and
tourists in the State", said the Minister adding that Tourist
Reception Centres, wayside facilities and huts have been developed at
all the tourist destinations.