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36th Annual Day: SKIMS playing vital role in JK’s healthcare sector: Adv Kumar

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SRINAGAR, DEC 05:  Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar today said the annual day of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura was a day of commemoration, celebration, thanksgiving and patting each other for the creation of such an institute which has played a tremendous role in filling critical healthcare gaps in the State.
K Vijay Kumar said this while speaking at the 36th Foundation Day of SKIMS Soura at SKICC here today. He was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while as Advisor to the Governor, B.B Vyas and Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma were guests of honor. Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah was also present on the occasion.
The Advisors were flanked by Director, SKIMS, Dr Omar Javed Shah, Principal, SKIMS Medical College, Srinagar, Prof Riyaz A Untoo, senior doctors including Dr Shariq Masoodi, Dr Raffit Hassan, Dr Fazzal Qadir Parray on the podium.
Advisor to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar recalled the contribution of SKIMS founder and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
“My first interaction with Sheikh Sahab was when I visited guest house in Tamil Naidu, where he had come for vacations,” Kumar recalled. “It was overwhelming to see how he would talk about his vision for the State.”
Kumar lauded the SKIMS authorities for their immense contribution in the field of medicine and healthcare in the State. “I have been associated with SKIMS since 1997. I used to come to SKIMS to look after the patients—who were the victims of the situation,” he said. “You took equal care of all. That’s where humanity in doctors comes in. There is nothing that counts. You are in a noble service and I am extremely delighted that I am closely working with the medical fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir.”
On technology and medicine, Kumar said that the new inventions and techno-inputs were creating wonders in the field of medicine across the world.
Sharing his vast experience of working in various capacities across the country, Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma, who was guest of honour on the occasion, said that there were different models of hospital administrations and the model (Governing Body, Autonomy) through which the SKIMS runs was the best modal.
Sharma said that by giving autonomy to institute which is governed and managed by its doctors, the best decisions come out from such health institution. “This governing body and autonomous modal also help in inter-departmental coordination in any health institution,” Sharma said.
He emphasized that the overall progress of SKIMS from last 36 years shows that the model with autonomy to the governing body functions very well and leads to the success stories.
He congratulated the doctors and other officials for carrying out their professional work and working hard for providing the best possible healthcare to the masses.
On the occasion the organizers informed that this year more than one million patients have visited SKIMS OPD, so far.
Sharma said that the State government is committed to provide its support to the SKIMS in terms of allocation of funds for procurement of better healthcare equipment and the up-gradation of infrastructure. For the year 2018-2019 the capital allocation for SKIMS is around Rs 26 crore and allocation for SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina is around Rs 8 crore. He lauded Principal, SKIMS Medical College for running the institute in a professional way.
He also spoke about getting funds for languishing projects and various projects approved for SKIMS. He said SKIMS has been given authorization for the Cath Lab costing around Rs 8 crore under the languishing projects scheme.
The authorization has also been given for the construction of drug de-addiction center and procurement of MRI machine at SKIMS Medical College hospital, Bemina which costs around Rs 8 crore each.
Sharma said there are various proposals under consideration including Advanced Pediatric Centre with the estimated cost of Rs 123 crore and 100 bedded maternity hospital to be established in SKIMS. He said various initiatives are being looked into for further strengthening the healthcare facilities in SKIMS.
Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah applauded SKIMS for its contribution as a center of excellence in healthcare.  Dr Abdullah while speaking about various researches going around the world in health said that Jammu and Kashmir lack in the field of medical research. He stressed upon the doctors to focus more on research—which would bring them many accolades.
He asked them to come up with tangible research which can help in curing certain incurable body ailments. Observing that there is a dire need for the construction of an auditorium at SKIMS, Dr Farooq announced Rs 1 crore from MPLAD for the construction of the same.
Director SKIMS, who is also Ex-officio secretary to the Government, Dr Omar Javed Shah in his address paid tributes to its founder and former Directors for their great contribution in making SKIMS a prestigious Institute of the State which serves needy patients who can’t afford the treatment outside the state.
He highlighted the activities and achievements of SKIMS and enlisted key projects upgraded and under execution. He reiterated his commitment to make SKIMS “center of excellence—saying SKIMS has evolved over the years and brought in diversification in various fields of medicine and surgery and allied. It has gained the trust and faith of the community at large.

 

Faculty advised to do research, enhance skills

 

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SRINAGAR, Dec 5: On the 36th annual day of the SK Institute of Medical Sciences, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, on Wednesday asked its faculty to focus more on research and skill enhancement.
“You don’t have to treat only patients but doing research is a great thing only then you will succeed. I am having kidney transplant and cancer is major problem. Diabetes is emerging and you have to find its cure.. You do more research and find a cure for diabetes and SKIMS will receive noble prize,” Farooq said in his address.
He regretted that SKIMS is yet to have its own auditorium. However, he announced Rs 1 crore for construction of auditorium for SKIMS from his constituency development fund.
In his address, Kumar, who inaugurated several projects for SKIMS, advised the medicos to enhance their skills.
“You are doing extremely well. Doctors and nurses shall not feel threatened and cannot be replaced by machines. But you have to acquire the skills,” he said, who was chief guest on the occasion in absence of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who skipped the function.
Kawal Kumar Sharma, Bharat Bhushan Vyas, advisors to governor, former directors of deans, faculty members were also present on the occasion.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javaid Shah highlighted the achievement of SKIMS. On the occasion, several staff members received the awards for the exemplary services.


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Govt taking several steps to double farmers income by 2022: Skandan

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Srinagar, Jun 17: Advisor Skandan on Monday said the government is taking several steps like PM Kisan programme and other welfare initiatives to double the farmers’ income by 2022.

He also inaugurated one-day mega Kisan Mela under centrally-sponsored Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) scheme at Sports Stadium Budgam.

Besides farmers, the Mela organised by District Agriculture Officer (Extension) was attended by agriculture experts and scientists from the Valley.

 

He said besides schemes and soil health cards, the farmers need various other inputs and techniques to increase their production.

He suggested the Agriculture Department arrange interaction between progressive farmers and other farmers so that the later too would get acquaintance with the government schemes.

Saying that the Government is very serious to double the farmers’ income, he said the Government will do everything possible for the betterment of the farmer community in Kashmir.

Speaking on the occasion, District Development Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar, said that the Agriculture Department and the district administration are working shoulder-to-shoulder for the betterment of farmer community in the district.

Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi said the Department has taken various initiatives both under centrally and state-sponsored schemes to upgrade the agricultural scene in Kashmir. He said that the mechanization in agriculture has remained a key in the doubling of farmers’ income.

Earlier, the Advisor, who was also chief guest on the occasion, inspected different stalls put up at the Mela to showcase the different agricultural and its allied departments’ products and activities.

The Advisor inspected stalls of vermin-compost model unit, hybrid crops, button mushroom, seed production, fertilizer, orgainc, farm machinery, soil testing laboratory equipments, terrace farming, soil erosion model, scented herbs and plants stall like Salvia, Aster, Dahlia, Antirrhinum, Zinnia, organic model village, etc. He also inspected the stalls put up by several female entrepreneurs and also held interaction with the young entrepreneurs.

On the occasion, the Advisor was briefed about the importance of the Mela in making the people especially farmers of the district aware about the Government schemes, latest technology and good practices for progressive farming to boost their production.

The Advisor was told that Budgam district is self-sufficient in vegetable production, besides exporting large quantities of veggies to other districts of Kashmir.

Later, the Advisor released two booklets ‘Munfarid Zaraiy Hidayaat’ and ‘Studying Document on Doubling Farmers Income by 2022 in Kashmir Division.’

Chief Agriculture Officer, Shabir Ahmed Allaqband and other concerned were also present on the occasion.

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‘Unusual’ rain in Kashmir worries farmers, fruit growers

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Srinagar, Jun 17: With rainfall in June bringing down temperatures across Kashmir, the unusual weather pattern is turning into a cause of worry for farmers and fruit growers.

Farmers are already feeling the heat due to freaky weather. “Our apple crop is almost 50 percent damaged while other fruits and vegetables have been completely wiped off as rains and hailstorm lashed Kashmir right from the time of flowering,” Kursheed Ahmad, a farmer from North Kashmir said.

“Secondly, the plunging temperature and wet weather makes our fruit plants susceptible to diseases like scab and we have to spend extra amount to spray them with fungicides and insecticides more frequently. For 50 percent less crop we have to spend 200 percent more.”

 

Officials at Horticulture department also present a gloomy picture. “We won’t say fruits and vegetables are completely destroyed, but it has been hit badly,” one of the Horticulture officials told Kashmir News Service (KNS). “On one hand we are assessing the damage and on the other trying to help farmers by expert counseling and compensation.”

May and June are crucial for paddy cultivation in Kashmir since rice saplings are transplanted from nurseries to the fields. However, frequent rain has not only affected the transplantation operations, but also hampered the normal growth of saplings in the nurseries. “Our fodder crop did not grow to the right length this spring. Now, frequent rains are affecting rice transplantation, even as chilly weather caused stunted growth of the saplings in the nurseries,” said a visibly worried Javaid Ahmad, 44, a farmer in north Kashmir Kupwara.

Fruit growers too are worried about moisture in their orchards, which acts as a catalyst for fungal and parasitic diseases in trees, besides causing an explosion in pests’ numbers. “Fungal diseases explode in orchards in wet weather conditions since moisture remains on leaves and trunks of apple trees for longer periods,” said one of the, professors at the Srinagar agricultural university.

“Pests like hairy caterpillar – also called gypsy moth – grow better in rainy conditions.” “These pests devour leaves and other fleshy parts of the tree, destroying both the fruit and the plant,” he added. What is adding to the growing worries of farmers and fruit growers alike is the fact that local weather forecasts do not hold good news for them in the near future as well.

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Adv Sharma for fast pacing of environmental conservation projects

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Srinagar, Jun 17: The Advisor to Governor K K Sharma today directed the officers to ensure that the ecological concerns in consonance with the local landscape and environment are taken into consideration while undertaking the conservation of the environment, water bodies and maintained that they should be fast-paced.

The Advisor was reviewing the progress of work on the Abatement of Pollution in Banganga & Tawi Rivers Project.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, H&UDD Dheeraj Gupta, Director Planning, H&UDD Ishfaq Packhiwal , Chief Engineer UEED, Satinder Rana and other senior officers.

 

While referring to the importance of the project, the Advisor said the Project has pivotal importance with regard to the conservation of the rivers Ban Ganga and Tawi. He added it, therefore, becomes important that the project is undertaken in a systematic and scientific manner while keeping in view the local ecology and also the heritage and cultural value associated with these historic rivers.

The project should be implemented in consonance with the local ecological and environmental concerns, the Advisor said.

Sharma also directed the concerned to involve other stakeholder departments like Forest, Soil Conservation, and Irrigation & Flood Control in the implementation of the programme.  He said that the executing agency should also undertake convergence of other schemes in order to make the project viable and holistic.

The 98.70 crore project meant to check the pollution abatement of River Ban Ganga and Tawi at Katra Town would be providing a total Sewerage network (RCC Pipe) to about 57.19 Km, having about 3619 Manhole (RCC & Brick) covers, providing 4045 house connecting chambers, 2023 property chambers and having 07 no.s of Intermediate Pumping Stations (IPS).

Besides, it would have a non-sewerage component involving the development of Bathing Ghats, Shamshan Ghats, Green Areas and Mini Parks at different locations en-route the main flowing the pattern of the River Ban Ganga and it is tributaries finally culminating in Tawi River.

Meanwhile, several deputations also called on the Advisor and apprised him with the problems and grievances in their respective areas.

A deputation of Bhardewah led by Ravinder Kotwal called on the Advisor and projected several issues related to PDD, R&B, PHE and Urban Local Bodies. The Advisor assured that their genuine demandswould be addressed at an earliest.

Former minister and MLA Vikar Rasool Wani also called on the Advisor and apprised him with various issues regarding his constituency.

The issues projected to take up the much-needed road projects of Banihal constituency, funds for Heewagan Bohardar up-to Chamalwas as bypass road under CRF, for compensation of Bankoot Gujjarnar and Chapnari Gudar road, for Kharpora Rattanbas road, Buzla road, Shiekhpora Nagam road, Digdol radoog road.

He also strongly raised the concerns over the delay in completion of Ramban Banihal NHW, besides Banihal bypass stretch.

Vikar Rasool Wani urged upon the advisor to expedite the construction work of all ongoing projects, besides he also demanded for immediate releasing of the funds under languishing for completion of incomplete roads and bridges of Banihal constituency.

The Advisor assured the MLA that all his genuine demands would be addressed at an earliest and will personally try to meet out the issues highlighted by the deputation of Banihal headed by Vikar Rasool Wani.

Later, former legislators Ashraf Mir and Noor Mohammed Sheikh also called on the Advisor and apprised him with the problems faced by the people in their respective areas.

Among the issues projected included drainage project at Panthachowk, inclusion of Panthachowk area in Smart City project, delay in Vyethpora bridge at Pandrethan bridge, augmentation of  Tangnar Water scheme and other issues of the Srinagar City.

A deputation of Municipal Counsellors also called on the Advisor and briefed him with various issues including the need for providing them with the security, earmark funds for them to carry out the developmental works in their municipal areas. 

The Advisor assured them that their genuine demands would be looked into.

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