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CJ inaugurates youth skill dev training prog

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Srinagar, April 11: Chief Justice, J&K High Court, Justice Gitta Mittal Thursday inaugurated 3- month Training Programme for youth ‘Mai Hunhar Hun’- ‘I am Skilled’ here at observation home Harwan.

Conducted under the initiative and guidance of Chief Justice, the first-ever training programme was organised by State Legal Services Authority and J&K State Mission Directorate, ICPS in collaboration with Primero Skill Development and Training Ltd, New Delhi.

The programme ‘Mai Honhaar Hun’- ‘I am Skilled’ witnessed   participation of a large number of children hailing from adjoining areas of observation Home, who took keen interest in the skill training.


In her address, Justice Mittal congratulated the trainees for their participation in the skill training programme and said that actually it is not us, who are helping the youth, but other way around – they are helping the society by acquiring various skills beneficial for it.

Feeling overwhelmed by the presence of trainers and aspiring trainees under one roof, Justice Mittal said that it is a matter of privilege that the   best trainers like National Skill Development Council via Primero has joined hands to train youth through well tailored courses for enabling them to excel in lucrative sectors like tourism and hospitality.

Saying that word ‘Justice’ has different interpretations for different people, she said “In our state Justice with Youth will be to provide them a platform to showcase their talent.”

Meanwhile, she advised the organizers to include intrinsic art and craft courses in the training programme.

Executive Chairman State Legal Services Authority, J&K, Justice Rajesh Bindal said that these skill dev programmes will enhance market value and value addition of human resources of our state.

Keeping in view growing Tourism Industry in the state, Justice Bindal said the three months training programme will train youth in hospitality sector so that they are ready for different job profiles in the sector.

High Court, Judge, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey asked the youth to take optimal benefit of facilities available in the Skill training programme.

While lauding the Chief Justice for the initiative, Justice Magray said that role of Judiciary has been expanded and reached at the door steps of needy people since Justice Mittal joined the office.

Principal District and Session Judge, Srinagar, Abdul Rashid Malik  thanked the Chief Justice, Justice Mittal for conceptualizing the idea of setting up the Skill Development Center.

He suggested the trainers to impart skills to trainees keeping in view their diverse backgrounds so that everyone is equally benefited.

Member Secretary SLSA, Mohammad Akram Choudhary, Registrar General Sanjay Dhar, Registrar Vegilance, R.K.Watal, Principal Secretary to CJ, Jawad Ahmad,  IGP, Kashmir, S.P Pani, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, State  Mission Director, G.A.Sofi, Director Primero Skill Development and Training Limited, Jayanta Das, DGP UT Chandigrah, Sanjay Baniwal,  Senior Officer Primero Skill Development and Training Ltd, Surjeet Roy, New Delhi,  l Director Health services, senior national  were present on the occasion.



Rs. 22.64 crore proposed for sanction by State Level Sanctioning Committee

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Srinagar, July 21: Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone today chaired a meeting to review Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) 2019-20. The meeting reviewed department-wise allocation and expenditure during 2018-2019 and discussed the proposed projects and plants to be taken for the year 2019-20 by all departments.

The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture Jammu, P.S. Rathore , MD Agro Industries Development. R.K. Rakwal, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, Director Command Area Development,  Jammu and Managing Director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing and other concerned officers.

The meeting discussed the projects and activities to be under-taken under RKVY RAFTAR by agriculture and allied departments for which an amount of Rs. 22.64 crore has been proposed to be submitted for sanction by the State Level Sanctioning Committee.


Secretary Agriculture has called upon the officers to devise a strategy for making agriculture a remunerative and a profitable venture. Lone said that agriculture should be made a glamorous enterprise by turning farmers into agricultural entrepreneurs. He stressed for organising awareness programmes and emphasized upon the need of intervention so that there is a significant impact of the agriculture department at ground level.

He emphasized upon taking initiatives for increasing production of agriculture crops, post harvest management and marketing, increasing the green house structures, creation of irrigation facilities, introduction of new high yielding hybrid varieties and promotion of heirloom varieties. He stressed for wormy-composting and popularization of organic farming for producing healthy foods for healthy life.

Earlier, Director Agriculture Kashmir informed that agriculture department is making efforts for higher profits by way of increasing production, better marketing and linking it to National market in shape of a brand like Kashmir Fresh, Jammu Fresh, Meetha Rice, Summer Mist Honey and other products. He said that adopting of green house technology and reducing the harshness of winters through raising vegetable nursery in controlled conditions is being undertaken by the department on priority basis. 

Director apprised the meeting about the production status of various crops, seeds, physical and financial achievements and other important projects taken under RKVY.

The meeting was also informed about bringing more areas under irrigation and also use of high yielding varieties as per the standard seed replacement rate is on the priority list of the department. He also informed about the organic clusters and villages taken-up  in all the districts of Kashmir Valley.

The projects undertaken by Horticulture Department J&K were also discussed in detail and the emphasis was laid upon covering more areas under high density planting and development of public sector nurseries, mother plants , seedlings, post harvest handling and marketing.

The projects and activities taken by allied departments like Sheep Husbandry, Floriculture, Forest Department, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Development and SKUAST-J and SKUAST-K were also discussed.

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DC Budgam reviews preparations for Panchayat-level games

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BUDGAM, JULY 21: DDC Budgam, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar today reviewed the status of various sports activities being organized at different places in the district under the age group of 25 years for boys & girls at a meeting held here today.

Among others, ADC Budgam, District Panchayat Officer, Block Development Officers and officers of concerned Department attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam said that it is important to channelize the energy of youth in right direction, for which the sports play a pivotal role. Sports not only inculcate the sense of responsibility, discipline among the youth but also keep them mentally as well as physically fit, therefore, it’s very important to engage the youth in the sports activities along with their education.


She informed that various sports competitions shall be conducted by District Youth Services & Sports Department in collaboration with Rural Development Department Budgam at the panchayat level to nurture the talent of rural youth. She called for identification of venues at the earliest with focus on involvement of both students as well as non-students. Around 280 Registered Youth Clubs in District can provide vital information in identification of talented youth aspiring to take part in these games.

She lauded the role of RDD in recently concluded ‘Back to Village’ programme & urged it to actively involve the Panchayat functionaries in the process of organizing the forthcoming games. She instructed for proper arrangements like transport, refreshment, drinking water etc for the participating players. Several other issues related to the forthcoming games were discussed and the DDC issued necessary instructions to the concerned.

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PDP holds workers convention in Tangmarg

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Tangmarg, July 21: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Shabir Mir held a workers convention in Tangmarg and urged the workers to strengthen the party’s base in Gulmarg assembly segment.

While addressing over 2000 workers, Mir, who will be contesting assembly elections, said that previous legislators made hollow promises only and didn’t develop the constituency.

He urged the workers to spread the PDP’s agenda of peace and development for the state.


He said that the condition of healthcare, education and development sectors has not improved in the last decades as the representatives of the constituency failed to deliver.

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