Jammu, April 13: Asking Delhi to give up its colonial approach towards Jammu and Kashmir, AIP President Er Rasheed has alleged that Delhi under a well-crafted plan has ignored Muslim dominated areas in Jammu province and deprived them of basic immunities.
While addressing election rallies at Neel, Banihal, Khaddi, Chareel and many other places in Chinab valley Saturday Rasheed said that the national high way ban has made the life of people of the entire state and particularly those of Banihal and Ramban areas worse than hell.
Rasheed said “Not only that security agencies have imposed restrictions on travel ban, but the widening of so called national highway also has become a gold mine and money making a machine for the construction company and other blue-eyed Babu’s. The resources of Chinab valley have been put to sale to non-state subjects and the inhabitants of the entire Chinab valley have been reduced to second class citizens.”
Rasheed accused Congress, BJP, NC and PDP of playing communal politics just to get votes.
He said “While NC and PDP are in head-on collision with each other in the valley but in Jammu their politics and designs are mysterious. Let them not forget that it was Dr Karan Singh, father of Congress nominee, who claimed with pride a few days ago that Congress has the distinction of breaking Pakistan into two pieces.”
“While NC, PDP and Congress try to gain the sympathy of Muslim and Dalit voters by trying to portray themselves as secular but the language being used by Karan Singh and other leaders tries to attract Hindu voters by sending signals that Congress is more ultra-nationalist and more fundamentalist than BJP,” he said.
Rasheed while lashing out at BJP accused BJP leadership of trying to Saffronise he Jammu region by implementing an agenda of exploitation and raising religious sentiments of the other community.
Rasheed said it is shameful that neither Congress nor BJP gave a mandate to a single Muslim candidate from either of the two seats in Jammu province. Congress and NC have acted like collaborators to create a fear psychosis in the Muslim community and have handed over the entire Jammu province to BJP and Congress by making a complete surrender”.
Rasheed reiterated that AIP does not believe in communalizing politics and appealed masses to vote for AIP candidate Shabir Mughal who is a renowned social and political activist with high integrity. Others who addressed the gatherings included AIP district president Arif Waheed, Mushtaq Suhail, Molvi Qayoom and Shabi Mughal.
Rasheed while demanding a judicial probe into the killing of 13-year-old Owais Ahmad Mir has reiterated that whatsoever happened in Mandigam was part of a conspiracy and the entire series of stone pelting in that area was engineered by people conference workers just to ensure poll boycott in the area.
Rasheed while condemning use of brutal force at Mandigam on polling day said that few agencies and a section of state administration had already planned to create disturbance by taking support of PC cadres to ensure that people don’t caste their vote but these cowards should know that playing with the innocent lives and martyring teenager Owais Ahmad only for ensuring victory of proxies of RSS will not help and sooner or later every Kashmiri will unmask the true face of these proxies, who have sold out their conscience and can do any damn thing for their political gains.
Rs. 22.64 crore proposed for sanction by State Level Sanctioning Committee
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.
DC Budgam reviews preparations for Panchayat-level games
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.
PDP holds workers convention in Tangmarg
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.