JAMMU, APRIL 2: Union Cabinet Secretary, Pradeep Kumar Sinha Monday reviewed the progress of the flagship Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) – Gramin programme via video conference with Chief Secretaries of various States. Secretary, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, ParameswaranIyer was also present.
J&K, Chief Secretary, B B Vyas also participated in the video conference and informed the Union Cabinet Secretary that in keeping with the directions issued by the Prime Minister during his review meeting on March 13, 2018, J&K has made sustained efforts to keep up the pace and achieve the targets set for it.
During the meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, a target of 36 Lakh toilets was set for 4 states to be achieved by April, 10, 2018. This included 15 Lakh each for UP and Bihar, 5 Lakh for Odisha and 1 Lakh for J&K.
The Union Secretary informed that J&K has constructed over 1.22 Lakh toilets in the last couple of weeks and has already achieved its target of one Lakh for the period i.e between March 13 and April, 10, 2018.
He also presented to-date status of the progress achieved in other states like UP, Odisha and Bihar, since the March 13, 2018.
Chief Secretary informed that J&K has achieved 60% coverage in construction of Individual House Hold Latrines (IHHLs) and 72% coverage in geo–tagging of assets. He said sustained efforts are being made to cover the remaining 5.6 lakh toilets, for which a detailed month wise road map has been prepared and targets have been fixed for each district. He assured the Union Cabinet Secretary that that the fixed targets will be achieved in prescribed time.
Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP
Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.
Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.
“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.
He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.
“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.
The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.
Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth
Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.
Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.
“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.
He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.
The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.
Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.
Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik
Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.
The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.
Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.
On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.