Srinagar, Sept11: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar inaugurated Audio-Visual (A-V) Unit and Studio of the Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) at Media Complex, here Tuesday.
The Audio-Visual Unit and the Recording Studio has been constructed by the R&B Department at a cost of around Rs 1.30 crore.
Secretary Information Sarmad Hafeez, Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar, Special Secretary Information Narinder Singh Bali, Joint Director Information (HQs) Saajid Yehaya Naqash, Joint Director Information Kashmir, Mohammed Ashraf Hakak, Deputy Director (AV), Rakesh Dubey and other officers of DIPR were present on the occasion.
The newly constructed Studio at Audio Visual Unit is a state-of-the-art facility and is equipped with the latest equipment required for a functional television studio.
After inaugurating the facility, K Vijay Kumar visited the studio and was briefed about its functioning. He interacted with the In-charge Studio and enquired about the equipment including cameras, editing machines, and other gadgets installed there.
Advisor congratulated DIPR for putting such a high-end facility in place and asked for utilizing it properly. It was informed that the Studio will help the department in making special TV programmes highlighting developmental activities of the government.
The Advisor also visited the other facilities at the Media Complex including Central Media Centre, Auditorium and Conference Hall with video conferencing facility and appreciated the infrastructure available at the Media Complex.
Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar apprised the Advisor that DIPR is providing these facilities to other departments for conducting programmes and meetings on rent basis. Various kinds of cultural and intellectual activities are being conducted in the Auditorium, Director DIPR informed the Advisor.
It was further told that the Auditorium having 220 seating capacity and 50-seater Conference Hall has been constructed last year.
Meanwhile, the Advisor along with Secretary Information and other officers visited the Media Centre at the Complex. He also interacted with the staff and enquired about the functioning of Central Media Centre.
Later, the Advisor held informal interaction with the journalists and discussed with them the issues confronting them in the smooth discharge of their professional duties.
President, Kashmir Press Club Shuja-ul-Haq also met the Advisor and discussed the issues required to be addressed for the completion of pending works and making the Press Club fully functional.
Secretary Information informed the Advisor that J&K Bank has been requested to provide some financial assistance under its CSR initiative for upgradation of infrastructure at Press Club Srinagar.
Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi
Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.
Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam
Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.
DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS
Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.