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Adv Ganai takes stock of post-snowfall situation in Anantnag

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Anantnag, Nov 08: Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ganai Thursday reviewed the restoration of water, power supply, clearance of roads and supply of essentials commodities, like rice, atta, sugar, K. Oil & LPG in the district at a high-level meeting at Dak Bungalow Khannabal, Anantnag.

The District Commissioner (DC), Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik informed the Advisor about the restoration of basic services and said that there is no shortage of essential commodities in the district. The meeting was informed that at present 61349 Qtls of rice and 11060 Qtls of wheat are available at FCI Depot Mir Bazaar while as out of the allocation of 46107 Qtls rice, 20800 Qtls rice have been lifted as on date out of which 11980 Qtls of rice have been distributed. Similarly, 3076 Qtls of sugar have been distributed out of the 3137 Qtls of the allotted sugar quota. 25300 LPG cylinders have lifted out of which 17720 cylinders stand distributed.

The DC informed the chair that all the roads of the district have been cleared by various engineering agencies including the National Highway from Pujteng to Jawahar Tunnel. 100 % road connectivity has been restored in the district. All the health institutions are functioning normally and patients are being attended by the doctors/paramedics, ambulance service is functioning normally and heating system has been made functional in the hospitals. He added that 80 % power supply has been restored in 25 receiving stations out of 32 receiving stations while as repairs on 132 KV Lisser line is under progress. Cent percent power supply will be restored by tomorrow, he informed.

 

The DC also informed that under PHE sector out of 99 water supply schemes in Bijbehara PHE Division, 97 has been made functional. Two WSS were affected during the snowfall in Kokernag and Kandiwara and to meet the needs of the people in the areas, Water Tankers are being used. In Qazigund PHE Division, out of 17 WSS, 13 have been made functional and for areas impacted by non-functional 04 water supply schemes, tankers are being used.

The DC also informed that 21 Kacha residential houses and 71 Pacca houses were damaged partially and tentative damage report of Horticulture Sector has been prepared which shows 6000 hectares out of 20000 hectares under fresh plantation has been damaged. 15 lac trees have been damaged due to recent heavy snowfall, he added.

The Advisor directed Horticulture Director and Chief Horticulture Officer to deploy scientists and experts to assess the losses including future fruit-bearing capacity and age factors of partially damaged trees.  Besides, he also stressed on technical support by the experts for binding of damaged trees for their recovery. He also directed SE PDD to ensure restoration of electricity in the district by tomorrow positively. He stressed upon all departments to be prepared and keep men and machinery ready to tackle any situation arising due to inclement weather conditions and ensure prompt restoration.

Various deputations including Traders Federation, Anantnag, Dachnipora Fruit Growers Association, Bijbehara Traders Association, Auqaf Committee, Verinag, village committee Panzath, Kokernag, Akingam, Dooru Shahabad, Qazigund and Donipawa met the Advisor and put forth their demands related to power supply, water supply, construction of receiving station, release of flood compensation 2014, rehabilitation of affected shopkeepers at tool plaza Levdora, separate Municipal Committee for Verinag, shifting of MCCH to Rehmat-e-Aalam Hospital, inauguration of newly constructed hospital at Dooru, augmentation of water supply for Akingam, full relief to the fruit growers which were effected due to recent snowfall, immediate repairs of Wanihama and Lisser towers, completion of Jablipora fruit mandi and other such demands.

The Advisor patiently listened to the deputations and assured them that their genuine demands will be fulfilled. He also directed Director HMPCC for completion of 300 kanal Jablipora fruit mandi, which is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 33 Crores. The Advisor emphasised upon the importance of the horticulture sector in the State economy and assured the growers that every possible support and assistance would be provided for the revival of the Horticulture and Agriculture sectors.

Earlier the Advisor visited Cheniwadder and Khiram to take spot inspection of the damaged orchards. Various orchard owners demanded for assessment of loss by the Revenue and Horticulture Departments. They also demanded exemption of interest on KCC Loans.

The Advisor assured them that he will seek all possible help from higher authorities for early compensation to the affected growers.

The Vice-Chancellor SKUAST, Nazir Ahmad Malik, Director Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri, Director Agriculture, Syed Aijaz Indrabi, Director Sericulture, Gulzar Shabnam, Director HMPPC and other senior officers from various departments were present during the visit.

 


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No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed

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Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.

In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.

Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.

 

Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.

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Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.

Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.

While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.

 

Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.

Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.

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Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others

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Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.

More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.

The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.

 

The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.

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