Srinagar, Apr 27: For effective flood mitigation plan, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners of the valley to establish 24×7 flood control room immediately in their respective districts where officers of Irrigation and Flood Control, Disaster Management, PHE, PDD, Revenue, Health, Food and Police should be deployed to provide real time information to the District Administration and people.
The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the Flood Mitigation Plan of the Kashmir Division.
All Deputy Commissioners (DC) briefed in detail about the flood scenario risks, mitigation, management, plans in place, resources available and future plans.
The Divisional Commissioner asked the DCs to collect an information of resources, including men, low lying areas, Satellite Phones, availability of Geo quality of sand bags, JCBs, Ambulances, tents, De-watering pumps, evacuation plan, storage of essential commodities, list of Nodal Officers, water tankers, water supply schemes, NGOs working for disaster management, database of volunteers machinery and boats available from every department in their respective districts with location of control room and number of village level committees in their respective 24×7 flood control rooms and send the complete information to Divisional Commissioner office within three days for necessary action.
All Deputy Commissioners were also asked to conduct mock drills of flood disaster in every tehsils and low lying areas besides identify more volunteers for disaster management training in their respective districts. The field staff needs to be proactive in identifying the other vulnerable areas for natural disasters and appropriate measures be taken to avoid any damage at the time of disaster, he said.
Director Disaster Management were stressed to make the divisional level emergency control room at Humhama and Divisional Level Control Room at Hari Niwas functional in all respects with all mandatory infrastructures within the shortest possible time. For establishment of another divisional level emergency control room at Bakura Ganderbal, it was decided that Director Disaster Management shall inspect the site and furnish the report to the Divisional Commissioner within three days of time.
Chief Engineer, Kashmir Irrigation and Flood Control Department were directed to conduct zoning of river Jhelum and other streams and immediate conduct safety audit of river embankments of Jhelum and other streams especially at vulnerable spots and plug it at an earliest besides also conduct physical survey of the encroachments in Nallahs and rivers and ensure their immediate removal and store geo bags in advance.
It was decided to give wide publicity to the Flood Duty Charts already framed by the Chief Engineer, Kashmir Irrigation and Flood Control Department and ensure its field implementation with regular meetings of all concerned Officers.
PHE, PDD, SMC were asked to mobilize their men and machinery besides Health department will issue roasters of Doctors, Paramedical Staff with Medicines and Ambulances. Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) will stock essential commodities quota besides JKSRTC kept ready their vehicles for transportation well in advance in case of any flood eventuality.
For real time weather update, Meteorological (MET) Department was asked to get feed from Doppler weather system immediately.
The Divisional Commissioner called all officers for close coordination between various departments to deal with any flood calamity effectively at the time of emergency so that fool proof mechanism will be made and better services delivery to the people could be ensured.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Engineers of Irrigation & Flood Control, PHE & PDD, Directors of Health & Disaster Management, DIGs of CRPF & BSF, Additional Commissioner SMC, Joint Director Fire & Emergency Services, Deputy Directors of MET, FCS&CA & Tourism, Dy. Commandant SDRF, Secretary Red Cross and other concerned officers were present in the meeting, whereas all Deputy Commissioners of the valley participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Guv reassigns depts to Advisors
Srinagar, Jul 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday re-assigned the charge of departments to his Advisors.
As per the order issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), Advisor Vijay Kumar has been assigned charge of the departments of Home, Forest, Ecology & Environment, Health & Medical Education, Youth Services & Sports, Hospitality & Protocol, Civil Aviation, Estates and Information.
Advisor Khurshid A Ganai has been assigned the charge of the departments of Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, ARI & Trainings, Cooperative, Floriculture, Tourism, Election, Planning, Development & Monitoring, Labour & Employment and Higher Education.
Advisor, K Skandan has been assigned the charge of the departments of Information Technology, Industries and Commerce, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Ladakh Affairs, Revenue, Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Transport and Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs.
Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma has been assigned the charge of the departments of Public Works (R&B), Public Health Engineering, Irrigation and Flood Control, Power, Finance, Housing & Urban Development and Science and Technology.
Advisor Farooq Ahmad Khan has been assigned the charge of the departments of School Education, Technical Education, Hajj and Auqaf, Social Welfare, Tribal Affairs, Culture, Agriculture/ Horticulture and Rural Development & Panchayati Raj.
Papers related to General Administration Department shall be submitted by the Chief Secretary directly to Governor.
PDP still believes it will bounce back
Srinagar, Jul 17: A high level meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) leadership from south Kashmir was held at the party head office here in which various crucial issues confronting the state at present were discussed in detail.
Chaired by Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, the meeting deliberated over various measures that the party has taken in the recent past to widen its reach and make masses aware about its agenda and mission.
Veeri in his address stressed upon the leadership to hold constant contact with the general public and highlight the issues they face on day to day basis and seek their resolution on priority from the concerned quarters.
“Veeri expressed full confidence that the PDP will bounce back in a revitalised form on the state’s political scene and that the party will continue to push for peace with dignity which is the focal point of its agenda,” the party statement read.
He, it added, said that the workers are committed to the agenda of the party and the vision provided by its founder Mufti Sayeed who founded the party in “trying circumstances”.
PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, while addressing the meeting, stated that the party “will continue to pursue it till durable peace is restored and that will never barter interests of the state against petty political gains.”
PDP leader, Sartaj Madni in his address stated that the need of the hour is that the party leadership, functionaries, activists and supporters must work in close coordination and make sustainable efforts in party’s overall growth and impressive performance in the coming time.
The participants of the meeting expressed full confidence in the leadership of the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, resolving in unison to support her each and every endeavour aimed at getting the people out of the cycle of uncertainty and lead the state towards a prosperous future.
Will find, deport all infiltrators in India: HM
New Delhi, Jul 17: The Centre will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law, Home Minister Amit Shah said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens will be implemented in other states as well.
Currently, the NRC is being updated under the strict monitoring of the Supreme Court in Assam and July 31 has been set as a deadline for final publication of the registered data.
“It is a very good question. The NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in (BJP’s) election manifesto based on which the government has come to power. The government will identify illegal immigrants living on every inch of the country’s soil and will deport them as per the international law,” Shah said in the Upper House.
Noting that the Centre has received many representations for extending the NRC deadline in Assam, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said a petition signed by about 25 lakh applicants submitted to the Centre and the President demanded extension to correct anomalies.
Since many genuine names have been left out and many bogus names are registered, the minister said, “So the government has requested the (Supreme) Court to extend the time for this purpose”.
“There will be some delay but the NRC will be implemented properly without any faults,” he said, asserting that the government’s intention is to ensure no genuine citizen is left out of the NRC.
To a query on number of Rohingya Muslims in India, Rai said, “We don’t have an accurate data. They are spread across the country. Some of them have gone back to Bangladesh. We will get the data soon.” The government’s intention is to ensure no illegal immigrant is registered under the NRC. Foreigner tribunals have also been set up to curb illegal stay of foreigners in India, he added.
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