Srinagar, July 12: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai Friday chaired a meeting here to take stock of the progress on construction of Polytechnic Colleges in the State wherein he directed the executing agencies to expedite work on the prestigious projects and complete them by November 2019.
The meeting was attended by Managing Director JKPCC M. Raju, Secretary Technical Education Zubair Ahmad, Additional Secretary Technical Education Niraj Kumar, Director Technical Education Dr. Ravi Shankar Sharma, Chief Engineer R&B Kashmir Sami Aarif, CE R&B Jammu Nasir Goni, General Manager (Central) JKPCC Harkewal Singh and other concerned.
During the meeting, Advisor Ganai enquired about the progress made on the construction of each Polytechnic College in the State. It was said that of 18 Colleges, 10 have been awarded to J&K Projects Construction Corporation, 6 to PWD (R&B) and one each would be built by Islamic University of Science and Technology, Awantipora and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University, Rajouri.
The expenditure registered on both the civil and mechanical components at each location was ascertained. Ganai instructed the executing agencies to expend the funds kept for both the components strictly as per the set plan. He was informed that some of the colleges have already been completed and handed over to the Technical Education Department while rest are in final stages of completion.
Secretary Technical Education informed the meeting that colleges handed over to the Department have already been made functional. He also said that the Department has already initiated the process of purchasing machinery and equipment for rest of the colleges nearing completion. He assured that these would be started expeditiously after taking over from the executing agencies.
Managing Director, JKPCC briefed the meeting that colleges at Udhampur, Kupwara and Bandipora would be handed over till August 15 this year while others would be handed over within the specific deadline. The concerned Chief Engineers also told the meeting that necessary steps would be taken to meet the deadline of November 2019.
The meeting was also informed that each college was to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore but due to various issues like land disputes and other additional allied works, escalation of costs has been registered at many places.
The Advisor called for reports against each such case and said that same needs to be diligently justified before the project committee for evaluation.
The Advisor said that these colleges have an important role in producing professionals having requisite skills and technical training to meet the market requirements. He urged the officials to introduce those courses that have greater viability and demand among the student community.
Congress strong enough to counter divisive forces: Mir
Srinagar, July 16: Stating that Congress party will continue to fight against divisive and exploitative forces in the country and state, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed confidence that people and Congress party in unison will ensure that the forces inimical to multiplicity and rich culture of harmony are defeated miserably.
JKPCC president was addressing series of party meetings at Manzmou, Tangloo, Hiller, Ujroo, Chandoog and Saidiwara in south Kashmir, emphasizing the party leaders and workers to rise to the occasion to defeat the exploitative forces, which are hell bent upon to exploit the people to serve their vested interests.
Describing the Congress Party a formidable force to reckon with, G.A Mir said Congress is capable enough defeat the forces inimical to peace and development in the State, shall continue to fight for the inclusive development of the State, which has received setbacks due to the negligent attitude of BJP Government at Centre.
Mir reiterated Congress party’s stand to maintain secular fabric and communal harmony at all costs and by all means and said the party will ensure defeat of communal and divisive forces, which were pitching the communities against each other in order to divide them on the basis of religion or regions, but the Congress party will defeat them tooth and nail.
“Congress never compromised on people’s urges and aspirations for electoral gains, it will continue to remain committed to fight against the political exploitation by BJP-RSS,” G.A. Mir added and appealed the people not to come under false propaganda of BJP and other opportunist parties, who have exploited them (people) equally for electoral gains.
Er Rasheed asks CB to avoid further delay in investigating Kupwara minor’s killing
Srinagar, July 16: Seeking justice for 8-year-old Umer Farooq who was brutally murdered after being kidnapped from his native village in Gulgam Kupwara last year, AIP president Er Rasheed has appealed for a thorough introspection in the society to get rid of criminal elements.
Speaking on functions at Gulgam organized to pay tributes to Umer Farooq on his first death anniversary, Er Rasheed said. “While it is encouraging that sources within the crime branch claim to have reached very close to the culprits, it is need of the hour to avoid further delay in resolving the mystery. Crime branch must come out with its findings and take the investigation of the barbaric incident to its logical end so that trial in a fast track court is initiated.” Rasheed further added that while entire humanity within and outside state got shocked after the incident but we all need to have a sincere introspection to find out the reasons behind such sick and barbaric mentality that can turn humans worst than the wild beasts.
The society needs an introspection to find out reasons that why it is losing moral values and a huge chunk of youth are becoming drug addicts. Parents, teachers, religious clerics and common masses need to unite and ensure that the entire society is made de-addicted from the menace of drugs, he said.
Non-implementation of ACP has demoralised engineering cadre: Shah Faesal
Srinagar, July 16: Reacting to one day mass casual leave of graduate Engineers, President JKPM Shah Faesal has expressed his solidarity with them and impressed on the state government to fulfill their demands immediately.
“Engineers are the most hard-working people of the State and the brightest of the students would opt for engineering streams. However it is shocking to look at the level of stagnation in the Engineering sector and no serious effort has been made so far to address the career related issues of Engineers,” Shah Faesal said in a statement issued .
“It is a tragedy that even Chief Engineers are working in the pay scale of AEEs and the OPG promotion syndrome has destroyed the Engineering cadre completely. After 30 years of service officers are retiring with the same pension that their fellow employees with one third of their service,” Shah Faesal added.
Shah Faesal lamented that Assured Career Promotion scheme approved by the Government after years of hard work of engineers has not been implemented so far.
He called upon the Government to fulfill its obligations towards engineering cadre immediately and implement the ACP scheme in letter and spirit.
“Engineers are the primary movers and shakers when it comes to developmental activity. A demoralised cadre cannot effectively lead the infrastructure development in the state and therefore Government should immediately take cognizance of the issue,” Shah Faesal argued.