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    My Govt's aim is to connect hearts and minds of people of all the regions: CM


GJ Report
Jammu, Apr 19: Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today said that the aim of her government is to connect hearts and minds of people of all the three regions.
"My Government has embarked on an ambitious connectivity plan for the State but the main objective is to connect their hearts and minds so that the people of one region feel the pain of people of other region and one area shares its joys and sorrows with the other area," Mufti said while addressing the gathering after inaugurating 300 metre pre stressed concrete double lane bridge over Nikki Tawi here constructed by AK Engineers & Contractors Pvt. Ltd.
The Chief Minister said bridges not only connect areas but also bring people closer to each other in terms of cultures, emotions and needs.
Complimenting the citizens of Jammu for having  maintained peace and
harmony among various sections of the society, she said, "be cautious against the nefarious designs of some negative elements who intend to spread canard and hatred in the society while appealing people to maintain this amity."
She further said her Government has planned the development of Jammu city befitting its historicity and antiquity.
Soon the Bikram Chowk flyover would be thrown open giving the commuters a big relief, she said adding that parking slots are being developed at many spots in the city to decongest the traffic.
"Mubarak Mandi complex would be developed as a heritage site of national standards," added Mufti.
The Chief Minister said she has given categorical directions that the developmental projects should not be spilt over in terms of costs or timeline.
"There has been a tendency to keep projects pending for 10-15 years which has to be reversed," she said adding that she has directed that at the time of laying of foundation stone of a project the completion date should also be mentioned in the plaque itself.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh said the completion of the bridge in a record time is a tribute to former Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who was keen that the people of these villages get an easy connectivity to the Jammu city.
He said the present Government has made it mandatory upon itself to stick to the time lines of projects so that these do not spill over in terms of cost and time.
Built at a cost of Rs. 30 crore, the bridge would connect a population of sixty thousand with the main city and the work has been completed in a record time of 13 months.
Minister for PWD, Naeem Akhtar in his speech said the need for such a bridge was felt for long and the in time completion of the project reflects the commitment and seriousness of the Government for the development of the State. He also stressed on the need to connect people of the State with each other emotionally, mentally and behaviorally so that the State marches ahead in one voice on the road to prosperity.
Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat in his address thanked the Chief Minister for taking keen interest in the timely completion of the bridge. He said the coalition Government has decided to revolutionize the infrastructure and service delivery in the State.
Former Minister and MLA, Choudhary Sukhnandan also addressed the gathering.


    No red beacons on VVIP’ vehicles from May 1

NEW DELHI, Apr 19: In what could signify an end to the VVIP culture in India, no high dignitaries, including the President and the Prime Minister will be allowed to have red beacon on their vehicles from May 1, Finance Minister Arun jaitley said today.
Making the announcement at a press conference, Jaitley said, "The Prime Minister informed the Cabinet that some amendments to the Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 were being made". These amendments will come into effect from May 1.
Under rule 108(I)(II) of the act, the state governments and the Central Government can name any dignitaries who can have red, white and blue beacons on their vehicles.
The Centre has decided to remove this rule altogether.
This means that henceforth the Centre and the State governments cannot nominate any dignitary to carry red beacon on their vehicle from May 1.
Jaitley said that as per an amendments in rule 108(2) of the act, the beacons - the blue flasher - will be allowed only on emergency service vehicles belonging to the fire service, police, army and ambulances, to ensure passage through traffic.
The decision to do away with red beacons will extend to the Vice-President, the Chief Justice of India, Union ministers, chief ministers, state cabinet ministers, bureaucrats and judges of the high court and Supreme Court. Recently Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab Yogi Adityanath and Amarinder Singh decided to do away with the use of the red beacon on their official cars. (Agencies)


   Chief Minister inaugurates 'Chopper-service' to Gurez

SRINAGAR, APR 19: Giving residents of Gurez valley a major relief, the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today formally launched 'Chopper-service' between Srinagar and Gurez. This would not only ensure quick connectivity for residents of this border town to Srinagar but also provide them an easy and round the year access to rest of the State and country. The service has come as a great relief for sick, infirm, students and employees, who often get stuck due to road blockade during inclement weathers, she added. As a gesture, Mehbooba Mufti distributed tickets among first batch of passengers, wished and waved them before takeoff. Deputy Speaker, Legislative Assembly, Nazir Gurezi; former MLA, Faqir Mohammad Khan; Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan; IG Kashmir Zone, SJM Gillani, officers of Budgam administration, representatives of Airline service and passengers were also present on the occasion.


       Dorjay reviews supplies position for Ladakh

JAMMU, APR 19: The Minister for Co-operatives and Ladakh Affairs, Chering Dorjay today chaired a high level meeting and reviewed transportation of essential supplies, including construction material to Ladakh region for current year.
The Minister received a brief on requirement, stock and supply position with respect to essential commodities of food-grains, petroleum products, LPG, construction material, timber, firewood and other material. He directed the concerned agencies not to show any slackness in supply, dumping and carriage of essential supplies and building material to Ladakh region in coming summer season.
The Minister directed for putting in place an efficient supply chain to ensure advance lifting, stocking and dumping of essentials across Ladakh region, keeping in view difficult topography of the region.
He also instructed the Deputy Commissioners Leh and Kargil to identify suitable location for installation of petrol pumps in twin districts, to cater to local fuel demand. "Since the area remains cut-off for about six months during winter, extra efforts are required for making adequate stocking of essentials in the region in advance," maintained the Minister.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Khan also attended the meeting through video conferencing.
During the meeting, a proposal of supplies for 2017-18, in respect of both Leh and Kargil districts were discussed. The Minister directed the Deputy Commissioners of Kargil and Leh to formulate transportation plan with involvement of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, so that the supply to the areas could be conducted hassle-free. The Minister was briefed about status of the present quota of ration lying with the district administrations. The concerned Department was directed to ensure adequate supply of sugar and kerosene to meet public demand.
The Minister instructed MD, JK Cements, to supply cement to Leh and Kargil as per the demand projected in the proposal. He instructed authorities to ensure supply of cement directly from source to supplier to rationalize rates. The Forest Department was asked to supply timber to the area to match the demand of the administration. He directed to establish more outlets to provide quality timber and firewood to people as per needs.


   Bali distributes LPG connections among BPL families at Kangrail

JAMMU, APR 19: Moving ahead to achieve the objective of providing smoke-less and environment friendly cooking facilities to those, who are still relying on traditional cooking system by using firewood or other such means, the Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today provided free LPG connections to 24 deserving women beneficiaries of Panchayat Kangrail in Raipur-Domana constituency under Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana (PMUY).
Speaking at a function, which was organized at Panchayat Ghar Kangrail, the Minister said that BJP-PDP Government in Jammu and Kashmir is committed for upliftment of poor and numerous welfare schemes have been launched for the same. The PMUY is also one of such welfare initiatives launched by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to support poor women by providing them free gas connections to get rid from unhygienic traditional cooking means. This noble initiative is aimed to empower women folk, besides helping them in keeping homes and localities smoke-free, which are otherwise major source of numerous fatal ailments to the women folk, particularly in rural and far-flung areas, said the Minister.
The Minister said that the Government will reach out to each poor family to extend the benefit of this ambitious programme, which is aimed at to ensure safe and environment friendly cooking fuel to poor families. It is endeavour of the Pradhan Mantri to provide as many as 5 cr LPG Gas connections to BPL families across the country in first instance and the State Government will step up its efforts to extend benefits to deserving lot, added Bali.


  Withdraw FIRs lodged against Army officers: JKNPP

JAMMU, APR 19: Peeved over assault and humiliation of valiant soldiers by stone-pelters and other anti-nationals in Kashmir followed by the State government slapping FIRs on them for inexplicable reasons, Chairman JKNPP, Harsh Dev Singh condemned bizarre situation, which had led to disparagement of security personnel and brought disgrace to entire nation. He demanded immediate withdrawal of all FIRs lodged against Army officers and asked BJP-PDP combine to seek unconditional apology from defence personnel for abominable behaviour.
Harsh was addressing a Press Conference in Jammu today.
While addressing media, Harsh Dev Singh divulged that the incumbent Government had been resorting to appeasement policy towards frenzied secessionists, anti-nationals and stone-pelters, thereby emboldening them enough to assault and manhandle CRPF personnel on duty.
Inculpating BJP partnered dispensation responsible for turmoil and disorder in the State, Harsh Dev Singh expressed shock over the FIRs registered against Army and BSF by the State government for inexplicable reasons. He wondered over criminal silence of the Saffron party while the State Police slapped FIRs under sections 342/149/506 and 367 of RPC on Army's 53 RR unit for countering stone-pelters during bye-polls in Srinagar on April9. "Army devised strategy to successfully rescue security personnel and civil officials trapped by a frenzied mob of 500 protestors at a Polling booth but FIRs registered against Army officers by State Police has only proved BJP's impuissance and its treacherous character", Harsh regretted. He further maintained that an FIR under Section-302 of RPC has also been registered against BSF personnel for countering stone-pelting on security forces, which resulted in loss of life.
Harsh demanded withdrawal of all such absurd and frivolous FIRs against defence personnel and cautioned State BJP that Panthers Party would hold 'Gherao' of its Ministers, if it failed to seek an unconditional apology from Indian Army and other security forces for bringing disgrace to the nation.




  SMVDN Super-specialty Hospital celebrates 1st anniversary

JAMMU, APR 19: Just one year and more than one lakh patients were benefited from treatment availed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana Super-specialty Hospital located in Kakryal near Katra. This was informed by CEO SMVDSB, Ajit Kumar Sahu while addressing a Press Conference organized on the occasion of 1st anniversary celebrations of Super-specialty Hospital in Jammu.
Celebrating its first anniversary, the tertiary care Super-specialty Hospital highlighted some significant milestones and patient-friendly initiatives taken during the year.
With high quality of care and affordable cost, the hospital has touched lives of more than one lakh people of State apart from a large number of pilgrims, who availed healthcare services here during their Yatra to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. On this occasion, CEO of SMVD Narayana Super-specialty Hospital, Dr Suneet Marwah said, "Our focus has always been on patient and family-centered care. In a short span of time, the hospital has made a mark in a variety of specialties. We have Centers of excellence in cancer and cardiac care apart from other key specialties."
As part of its neighbourhood initiatives, the Hospital conducted many health screening camps in Jammu, Reasi, Sunderbani, Doda, Poonch, Rajauri and Akhnoor with a primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care.
The hospital performs life-saving emergencies and elective surgeries. It has offered many free and concessional treatments to deserving patients from economically backward sections costing around R 5.3 cr. Besides, Shrine Board also extended support and assistance to the tune of s 2.9 cr to various categories of patients including pilgrims, villagers, landowners and poor.



 JKMEF protests for redressal of demands

JAMMU, APR 19: In continuation to its series of protests in every Block, medical employees staged a day-long dharna in the premises of Govt Hospital Gandhi Nagar here today.
The dharna was organized under the leadership of Jammu Kashmir Medical Employees Federation (JKMEF) State president Sushil Sudan.
Raising slogans, the protesting employees were demanding clearance of DPC, promotions as seniority, immediate amendment of SRO 20 dated 24-02-1992, upgradation of the posts of Pharmacists, promotion of Female Multipurpose Health Workers, removal of pay anomalies, creation of the posts of Ophthalmic Technicians at PHC levels in all Blocks, creation of posts of Technical Officer in SHTO Workshop, risk allowance and issuance of Uniform to Field Workers, enhancement of Risk allowance in favour of X-Ray Technician, increase in pay scale of Junior Staff Nurses from R 4000-6000 to R 5000-8000 (pre-revised), creation of posts of CHOs in new PHCs and running grade on the analogy of Doctors and release of two and half days pay incentive in favour all non-gazetted employees.
While addressing the protestors, Sushil Sudan and Vinod Kumar Sharma (Secretary General JKMEF) threatened to intensify the struggle if no action was taken for redressal of their genuine demands.


Kavinder urges for organizing regular cultural events for jail inmates


JAMMU, APR 19: District Jail Jammu, Amphalla today organized a colourful cultural programme in its premises for the jail inmates.
Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta was the chief guest on the occasion and DGP Prisons S K Mishra was the guest of honour.
The inmates presented colorful and enthralling cultural programme communicating cultural diversity of Jammu and Kashmir and social messages about various vices ailing the society.
The Speaker while addressing the gathering appreciated the enthusiasm and effort of inmates and jail authorities in organizing this wonderful performance. He urged the inmates to engage in various initiatives launched for their development and welfare so that they can be self reliant at the time of their release.
He asked them to make use of the educational training under adult literacy programme and vocational training for skill development including training as electricians, plumbers, handloom craftsmen etc made available to them and develop necessary skills for their easy rehabilitation in the civil society.
The DGP Prisons talking about cultural arts training being provided to inmates said that music, art and culture should be promoted in all the prisons and expressed hope that jail inmates after getting required training will evolve as excellent performers.
The programme was conducted through Central Cultural Team of Armed Police, J&K was witnessed by CRPF officers, Jail Officers, Jawans and other officers and officials.


 Minority Commission, induction of Sikh Minister, nomination of Sikh MLC demanded


JAMMU, APR 19: The Chardikala Diwas of Dera Nangali Sahib Poonch was organized at Gurdwara Digiana Ashram. Ragis and Religious Preachers recited Gurbani and prayed for Mahant Manjit Singh of Sheromani Dera Nangali Sahib Poonch for success, development and welfare of the Sikh Sangat programme.
On the occasion, large number of people including various political and religious leaders assembled at the Gurdwara to participate in the event. All the leaders appreciated the role of Mahant Manjit Singh in the field of education, religious unity among various sections of society and drive against drugs. The speakers criticized the PDP and role of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti against Sikh Community for ignorance of their issues like Minority commission and induction of Sikh Minister and nomination of Sikh MLC. Mahant Manjit Singh presented Siropas to BJP MLC Pardeep Sharma and others who attended the function.
Prominent among others present included Rangil Singh, ex-Minister; Sudershan Singh Wazir, ex-president, J&K SGPB and President Sikh United Front J&K; Sant Hardit Singh, Baba Kuldeep Singh, Pardeep Sharma, newly elected BJP MLC from Poonch; Raman Bhalla, ex-Minister; Narinder Singh Raina, Amrik Singh Advocate, leader of various Sikh organizations including Sheromani Akali Dal, AISSF, Bhai Kanhaya Nishkam Sewa Society, Sikh Welfare Society, Sikh Naujawan Sabha and Members of DGPC Jammu.


Jammu chooses Bagh-e-Bahu and Fish Aquarium as Best Tourist Destination


JAMMU, APR 19: In its ongoing 'Big Jammu Pride' series launched by 92.7 BIG FM, Bagh-e-Bahu and Fish Aquarium have been chosen as Best Tourist Destination of the city.
The category for the month of April was Tourist Attractions in and around Jammu in which people were asked to nominate their favourite Tourist Destinations within Jammu City. On the basis of peoples' vote and Jury members' benchmarks, top 4 destinations were chosen. People were then asked to vote for their favourite one. Also, the jury members including Ajay Khajuria, former Director Tourism, Jammu and Harish Gosain, president Travel Agents Association Jammu, rated the destinations as per their expertise. Public voting was done through Whatsapp, Facebook and On-air Calls and the cumulative results were in favour of Bagh-e-Bahu and Fish Aquarium.
An award function was organized in which Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director General, Tourism was the chief guest. He appreciated the efforts of 92.7 Big FM for organizing such event for promoting the places of tourist attraction.
Syed Mujtaba Ali Jaffery, Cluster Head 92.7 Big FM J&K and Punjab delivered the vote of thanks.
The finalists included O P Sharma Vidyarthi- Director Environment, Ecology & Remote Sensing from Environment Park; Raghuvir Singh Pathania, Additional Secretary Amar Mahal Museum & Libraries and Amit Sharma, Warden, Wild Life Division Jammu.
The winner's trophy was jointly received by Sunil Misri, Project Director Bagh-e-Bahu and Masood Hussain Sheikh, Sr Project Officer Fisheries for the Fish Aquarium.
Also present on the occasion was Programming Head Vikrant Sharma and Sales Head Sidhharth Mahajan. Fun contests and games were held during the awards ceremony where RJ Juhie and RJ Sarang put up a great show and gave away more prizes to their lucky winners.



SKPA conducts lecture on stress management


UDHAMPUR, APR 19: Additional Director General of Police (Hqrs) V K Singh, today delivered a lecture on "Anger and Stress Management" at Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) Udhampur here today.
As many as 400 Police personnel including staff, BRTC (Lady Constables) trainees and other senior officers of SKPA Udhampur attended the programme.
On the occasion, ADGP Singh who was the chief guest, highlighted the importance of anger and stress management, and said Anger and Stress is linked to our lives and the police personnel need to be sensitized about such an important issue which can help them both in their professional and personal lives. He further advised the participants to get rid of biases in them and ensure free and impartial policing.
The main objective of the lecture was to acquaint the officers/officials as to how to manage anger and stress while performing their duties in difficult, stressful and adverse situations.
ADGP sensitized the participants about the importance of developing a strong emotional quotient so that police officers could go about their job with compassion and respect for others.
Singh also deliberated in detail on different aspects like self awareness, self regulation, and empathy and relationship management. DIG Udhampur Reasi Range Varinder Sharma, SSP Udhampur Shailendra Kumar Mishra, along with a number of senior police officers also attended the lecture.
At the outset, Director S K Police Academy Udhampur Mohammad Sulaiman Salaria, welcomed the chief guest and other senior officers who participated in the lecture.


Non-implementation of Court orders


JAMMU, APR 19: Justice Tashi Rabstan of J&K High Court at its Jammu Wing today took serious note of not implementing the court orders and directed the Chief Secretary of J&K State to come up with a circular instruction in the name of Heads of the Departments of the J&K State, requiring them to comply with the orders of the Courts within fixed timeframe, so as to allay the cost, men and machinery of the State and mental agony faced by litigants due to non-compliance of the Court orders, which resultantly would curtail unnecessary litigation.
While directing the Chief Secretary, Justice Tashi Rabstan observed that every day contempt petitions pour in grousing non-compliance of orders passed by this Court. What has been seen, that after their diarizing and listing before the Bench, the Contempt Petitions are dealt with casually, like regular matters, and the respondents-State implore in a routine manner to file statement of facts/compliance.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further directed the Chief Secretary to file a Comprehensive Proposal/ Circular instruction in the names of Heads of Departments, on or before the next date of hearing.
This landmark order has been passed in a contempt petition filed by one Kusum Bala who sought implementation of judgment in which High Court allowed the petition to treat the petitioner to be in continuous service in terms of judgment/order dated 25.04.1989 passed in SWP No.795/86. Consequently, the petitioner would be treated to have been appointed on regular basis with effect from the date Government Order No.1220-GAD of 1989 dated 11.09.1989 came to be issued alongwith all consequential benefits on notional basis.
Before parting, court had also observed that the petitioner has been hankering for justice for the last about 30 years, but the respondents despite clear-cut directions from the Court in previous writ petitions did not appoint the petitioner on regular basis in terms of Government order dated 11.09.1989 (supra); rather they rejected her claim on one or the other pretext, least bothering about the fact that this is the fourth round of litigation and in the melee about three decades have passed. In the given circumstances, I really do not appreciate the manner in which the official respondents took the judicial process for a ride and rejected the case of petitioner on flimsy grounds. In the peculiar facts and circumstance of this case, the State is directed to bear and pay the costs to petitioner within a period of two months from today after proper verification and identification, which is quantified at rupees fifty thousand. It is made clear that in case the official respondents fail to deposit the costs in the Registry within the aforesaid period, Registrar (Judicial) is directed to frame a separate robkar against them, and after issuing notice to them, list the same before the Court.
When today the matter was taken-up, Justice Tashi Rabstan while taking serious note observed that even after lapse of more than a year, the judgment and order dated 24.09.2015 has not been complied with and respondents seek extension of time.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further observed that It is pertinent to mention here that non-compliance of orders that leads to piling up of avoidable litigation, this Court is left with no option, except to direct the Chief Secretary of the J&K State, to come up with a circular instruction in the name of Heads of the Departments of the J&K State, requiring them to comply with the orders of the Courts within fixed timeframe, so as to allay the cost, men and machine of the State and mental agony faced by litigants due to noncompliance of the Court orders, which, resultantly would curtail unnecessary litigation and directed Chief Secretary of the J&K State file a Comprehensive Proposal/circular instruction in the name of Heads of Departments, on or before the next date of hearing.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further observed that having regard to the request made by Ravinder Gupta, AAG, and in the interest of justice, two weeks' further time is granted to Director School Education, Jammu to comply with the Order dated 24.09.2015, failing which, Drawing & Disbursing Officer of the Directorate of School Education, Jammu, shall not release salary of the Director School Education for the month of April, 2017, till further orders from this Court.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further directed to transmit copy of this order to the Chief Secretary J&K, the Secretary Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs J&K, and Director, School Education, Jammu, for compliance. (JNF)



Commr/ Secy PHE tenders unconditional apology before HC


JAMMU, APR 19: In the much publicized contempt petition in Gair Mumkin Khad case in which J&K High Court had directed to frame water policy, today Sourabh Bhagat Commissioner/Secretary who appeared in person offered an unconditional apology for not being present in the court yesterday.
Upon this Division Bench directed him to appear on the next date of hearing and come with concrete measures having taken towards the framing of the Water Policy u/s section 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2010.
Advocate A K Sawhney alongwith Advocate Aseem Sawhney appeared for the contempt petitioner Rattan Parkash and submitted that the High Court had passed a judgment on 12.2.2016 directing the State Govt including the contemnor Sourab Bhagat and others whereby the Court had directed to frame a Water Policy within two months. He submitted that despite more than a year having lapsed the State has not complied with the order of the High Court and is delaying the same on one pretext or the other.
Moreover the Court had directed the Commissioner/ Secretary to Govt. Sourabh Bhagat to appear before the Court when he filed an application whereby it was submitted that he was in Delhi in connection with official work. On this the petitioner's counsel filed an affidavit of the assisting counsel Shiv Dev Singh Thakur wherein it was submitted that the Commissioner/Secy Sourabh Bhagat was in Jammu and was attending to his official work and had filed a false affidavit. On this the High Court had taken a serious note and had directed Bhagat to appear in person before the Court today with his boarding pass.
On appearing the Court Commissioner/Secretary to Govt Bhagat's counsels Sr Additional Advocate General H A Siddiqui and Deputy Advocate General Ranjeet Singh Jamwal assisted the Court and explained that he was in Delhi and had arrived only yesterday.
The Division Bench of J&K High Court had yesterday taken strong note of non-appearance of PHE Commissioner in Court and also for not complying with the Judgment dated 12.02.2016 and delaying implementation from last 1 year 2 months and 5 days. An application was also moved on his behalf through Additional Secretary PHE Ashok Kumar Sharma who also filed an affidavit attested on 18.04.2017 itself. The Court told Deputy Advocate General Ranjeet Singh Jamwal to enquire when Commissioner is coming back from Delhi and meanwhile case was passed over to be taken up after lunch break.
Advocate A.K. Sawhney appearing for the petitioner enquired about the whereabouts of the Commissioner PHE and came to know that he is attending his office at Civil Secretariat, Jammu. In order to verify the fact Advocate A. K. Sawhney deputed Advocate Shiv Dev Singh Thakur to verify the fact and pay visit to Civil Secretariat, Jammu. Later it was verified that Sourav Bhagat was attending the office and is in Jammu on 18.04.2017.
Advocate A. K. Sawhney filed an affidavit of the Advocate Shiv Dev Singh Thakur alleging that Deputy Advocate General has made a wrong and false statement on behalf of Commissioner/ Secretary PHE and Advocate A.K. Sawhney yesterday also submitted before the bench that Court has been taken for granted by the Commissioner who has made a wrong and false statement that he is in Delhi and it amounts to committing fraud with Court proceedings just to delay the implementation of the Judgment dated 12.02.2016. (JNF)



Transparent distribution of adequate ration is Govt's priority: Zulfkar


KISHTWAR, APR 19: The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has reiterated that providing adequate supply of ration to the people in a fair and transparent manner is government's priority.
The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of the FCS&CA department to review stock and supply position in this hilly district here at New DC office Complex here today.
The Minister of State for Transport and R&B, Sunil Sharma, Legislator Firdous Ahmed Tak, Secretary FCS&CA Shafiq Raina, ADC Kishtwar Kishori Lal, SSP Kishtwar Sandeep Wazir, CPO Yasir Balwan, Assistant Director FCS&CA Kishtwar Athar Amin Zargar besides other district officers and sectoral heads were present in the meeting.
Reviewing the performance of the department, the Minister was informed that ration up to March 2017 has been distributed in all the blocks of the district while distribution for the current month is under process. He was also informed that the ration in the cut off of areas of the district is available up to May 2017 as the same has been stocked well in advance before the advent of winter.
While highlighting the status of ration under NFSA, the chair was informed that 98% of the ration has been distributed whereas under MMSFES, 85% distribution has been made till date and the rest is available in stores.
Acting upon certain complaints received from different quarters, the Minister ordered to seize the Store and stock register of TSO Kishtwar.
In this regard, he directed ADC to conduct a physical verification of stock position within 3 days. He further directed ADC to remove encroachment at FCS&CA ration store in Kishtwar besides taking up the issue with RDD for construction of retaining wall of ration store at Padder.
While reiterating the government's commitment to provide quality ration to the people Zulfkar said that ration supply to the state have been increased from 7.56 lakhs metric ton to 12 lac metric ton besides number of BPL beneficiaries have been increased by 60%.
The Minister said that strict action would be taken against those indulging in black-marketing and pilferage of food grains and further directed the district administration to monitor vigilantly all the shops on regular basis.
The Minister laid stress on strengthening the online public distribution system by linking it to biometric system of distribution and said the act shall bring transparency in distribution of food grains to the needy.


Veeri for speedy disposal of issues of public importance


JAMMU, APR 19: Minister for Revenue, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Abdul Rehman Veeri has stressed upon speedy disposal of issues of public importance. The Minister was speaking at a high level meeting of the department here today. The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner Revenue Lokesh Dutt Jha, Commissioner Secretary Revenue Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and Divisional Commissioner Jammu Pawan Kotwal.
The Minister further impressed upon the officers to firm up their recommendations alongwith the solutions in a time bound manner for the benefit of the public. He stressed upon the officers to seek periodical reports from the field officers about the timely land mutations in their respective areas.
"Land mutations should not be a cumbersome process for public. Revenue officials should facilitate the process effectively while Deputy Commissioners and SDMs should take periodical review of land mutation process in their respective areas to avoid unnecessary pendency of cases at any level," he said.
The meeting further decided to conduct refresher training for the officers of the department during the one day conference to be organised on 25th of this month. Senior officers and retired old hands will update the officials about revenue laws and other functions of the department, the meeting decided.



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