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Srinagar, March 14: Advisor to Governor K. Skandan Thursday listened to people’s issues as several delegations including those from Trade and Industry met him here Thursday.

Director Industries and Commerce, Kashmir, Mahmood A Shah, AC Revenue central Qazi Irfan and other officers were present on the occasion. 

A delegation of PHD Chamber of Commerce led By Mushtaq Ahmed Chaya presented various demands confronting the industry. The delegation demanded refund of SGST to service sector, extension of industrial benefits to tourism sector, besides extension of industrial power tariff to hotels beyond March 2019. The delegation also raised issues of handicraft, Handloom, Horticulture and Sericulture sectors.


A delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce led by Nasir Ahmed raised the issue of strengthening the Industries and Commerce Department with more manpower particularly posting of General Managers in all districts of Kashmir valley. The delegation also demanded creating infrastructure and dolling out incentives for the promotion of horticulture sector.

Advisor Kumar assured the delegation that Government will take all necessary steps for the promotion of horticulture in the state and asked the delegation to provide consultancy to the growers so that all stakeholders from primary to tertiary level get benefitted.

A delegation of Kashmir Youth Entrepreneur Federation led by Babar Chowdhary sought creation of land banks in all districts to provide young entrepreneurs an opportunity to setup their units. . The delegation projected many other demands to give flip to the entrepreneurship in the state.

A delegation of students led by social activist Shehla Rashid projected the issues of students studying in the colleges outside the state. She informed the Advisor regarding suspension and termination   of these students from their colleges after the Pulwama attack. The Advisor assured to extend all possible help through liaison officers posted in various states so that they can resume their studies at an earliest.

A delegation from Aloosa Bandipora demanded augmentation of road, health and education sector infrastructure in the area.

A delegation of Junior Engineers aspirants of J&KPDC sought intervention of Advisor in expediting the process of their selection.

A delegation of students of Craft Development Institute Srinagar sought the intervention of Advisor in recognition of their degrees by competent authority.

Other deputations which met the Advisor include daily wagers of Railway Collect Orate, Trade Fair Artisans of Kashmir Haat, besides, delegation of Sogam Kupwara and sought early redressal of their grievances.

Meanwhile, Advisor Skandan asked officials to reach out to the people and address their issues in a time bound manner.



Day 4: ‘Back to Village’ campaign picks up pace from north to south




Srinagar, Jun 23: On the fourth consecutive day of State Government’s ambitious ‘Back to Village’ outreach programme,  designated gazetted officers today conducted Gram Sabhas and interaction programmes across the North Kashmir districts of Bandipora, Baramulla, and Kupwara.

In Bandipora, phase-II of the programme started in 50 Panchayats of the district including six in Gurez, 25 in Bandipora and 19 in Sonawari.

Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam visited Nadihal-C Panchayat in Bandipora block and interacted with the people. He reviewed the working of Panchayats and the implementation of ‘Back to Village’ Programme.


Chief Secretary said that the outreach programme involves the people of the state and government officials in a joint effort to deliver the mission of equitable development across all rural areas.

Later, he held a meeting to review the implementation of the programme in the district. The meeting was attended Deputy Commissioner, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers.

While stressing on implementing the programme in letter and spirit, Chief Secretary said the programme is primarily aimed at energizing the panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation.

Meanwhile, in Jurniyal-A Panchayat in Tulail block of Gurez, Visiting Officer, Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon interacted with the people at the Panchayat. The locals put forth several issues including completion of High School building, establishment of library, laboratory, auditorium and other public infrastructure in the village.

He also laid the foundation of 33KV Gurez-Bandipora transmission line at Khandyal. At Purana Tulail he distributed solar lighting systems among the beneficiaries.

In other halqas of the district, the visiting officers inspected various ongoing works and also visited education institutions, healthcare centres, Anganwadi centres and other offices. At these centres, the visiting officers interacted with the people who apprised them about various problems being confronted by them.   

Of the 151 Panchayats in the district, 51 Panchayats were visited in the first phase while 50 are being visited in phase-II and the remaining Panchayats will be visited in the last phase.

In Baramulla, Syed Noor-u-Din Andrabi, Administrative Officer Directorate of Information, visiting officer, Panchayat Halqa Tapper Waripora conducted interaction programme in which a large number of people participated.

Continuing with  the ‘Back to village’ outreach programme, designated visiting officers today conducted Gram Sabhas, interaction programmes and awareness camps across South Kashmir districts during which people were informed about various welfare schemes and their feedback was sought to improve public services delivery mechanism.

IN SHOPIAN, 33 Panchayat Halqas were covered on the second day of the phase-II during which people raised various issues being confronted by them.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Owais Ahmed has been monitoring the programme with several other senior officers to assess its implementation on the ground.

On the second day of Phase-II, several Panchayat halqas falling under different blocks were covered by the visiting Officers during which scores of Gram Sabhas were held.

During these interactions, feedback regarding bad roads, health and hygiene, sanitation, drinking water facilities were raised by the people. People were also educated about the centrally and state run schemes and how their effective implementation can bring about turn-around for the several backward villages of the district.

IN KULGAM, on day 4 of the programme 67 Panchayat halqas were covered during which feedback of people was sought on many developmental issues to transform the socio-economic profile of rural areas.

Secretary GAD, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, conducted various interactions and Gram Sabhas wherein people raised issues regarding health and hygiene, sanitation, roads and water supply, and electricity etc. He also inaugurated several link road projects in the Ashmuji area of the district.

At Ashmuji-A halqa, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, inaugurated Mela in which several Departments including Agriculture, Horticulture displayed their products. The officials interacted with the farmers, growers, urging them to avail benfits of the government run schemes.

Other visiting officials also held  Gram Sabhas and informed people about the centrally sponsored and state-run schemes for the welfare of the general public.

The programme was held in several Panchayat Halqas of Khull A, Bangward B, Lasipora, Chowgam A, Chowgam B, Chaki Badwani, Khargund, Gundipora, Devsar, Adigam , Cheyan, Bhan, Srandoo, Danow, Ashmuji A, Ashmuji B,  Balsoo, Razloo, Wanipora, Uril, Kraloo, Kaladrang, Nowbal, Shirpora, KB Pora A, KB Pora B, KB Pora C, Koril, Avil, Mattilbugh, Parigam, Turigam, Hanjan, besides other villages.

Pertinently, Deputy Commissioner Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani is himself monitoring the programme with several other senior officials.

IN PULWAMA, a lot of enthusiasm was witnessed on the fourth day of the ambitious outreach programme during which designated officers interacted with locals at their respective assigned halqas and listened to their issues and grievances.

Continuing with its efforts of reaching out to people at their doorsteps under ‘Back to Village’ programme, the day four of the programme witnessed a massive public participation at various places in Central Kashmir, where the officials from various departments informed the people about various developmental schemes and initiatives taken by the government. The people also apprised the officials with their issues and grievances faced by them in their respective panchayats.

In Srinagar, various proceedings were held in six Panchayat halqas on Sunday taking the total number of Panchayat halqas covered so far under the programme to 13.

The two-day programme in Nowgam-B of Srinagar block, Panzinara-B of Qamarwari block, Khonmoh-B and Balhama-B of Khonmoh block and Dara-B and Syedpora of Harwan block saw big public response that was filled with enthusiasm and hopes for redressal of genuine developmental grievances.

Today under the programme, a range of programmes including gram sabhas and inspections of public facilities in each of these halqas were carried out. The aim of these initiatives is to get a correct understanding of developmental shortfalls and other requirements.

It also included awareness sessions about government schemes meant for people living and working in rural areas and their enrolment in the designated schemes. Eligible beneficiaries under various schemes were also given certificates in each of these six halqas during the programme.

Public meetings and field visits by designated administrators revealed a range of specific developmental concerns of these halqas with some of the main grievances and demands for their redressal recorded including inadequate drainage and irrigation, lack of appropriate health and educational facilities and dilapidated distribution apparatus of essential services like power and water.

In each of these six halqas designated administrators were accompanied by officers from concerned line departments in order to ensure proper understanding and recording of grievances and concerns which will be submitted as a compiled report to the office of DC for their redressal.

Srinagar has a total of 21 Panchayat halqas spread over four blocks including 9 in Harwan, 6 in Khonmoh, 4 in Srinagar, 2 in Qamarwari.

In Ganderbal, various developmental projects were inaugurated on day four of the “Back to Village programme.”

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Draft of National Policy on Education, 2019: GCC asks GoI to extend deadline for additions, alterations




Srinagar, Jun 23:: The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC), Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday impressed upon the Government Of India (GoI) to extend the deadline for suggesting additions and alterations to the draft National Policy on Education, 2019, publicized, prominently, in the print and electronic media.

A statement issued by Group Of Concerned Citizens, Jammu and Kashmir reads as under:

‘Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, had uploaded the draft National Education Policy 2019 on its website, on May 31, 2019, and invited comments and suggestions from the public till June 30, 2019.


The draft policy immediately attracted controversy since certain clauses in it sought to impose a three-language rule in schools with Hindi being made compulsory. There are many other recommendations in the draft policy, which have far reaching implications on the concurrent status of education and it’s process. This calls for detailed deliberations by wider sections of society whose lives will be affected by the proposed changes in the draft policy. Moreover, since the draft is available only in English and Hindi there is not enough time to engage in discussions in local languages as is required for more participatory policy making on the part of stakeholders, on the draft policy.

The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC), J&K, feels that the time of one month, allowed for making comments on the draft policy, is too little. The Group feels that the Government of India should extend the date by at least one month, if not more, beyond June 30, 2019.

GCC is comprised of civil society members, across communities and regions, including jurists, former civil servants academicians, journalists, businessmen and social activists.’

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Ex-MLA Rafiabad, others join AIP




Srinagar, Jun 23: Dozens of political workers hailing from various political parties joined AIP in the function organized to welcome Ex. MLA Rafiabad Mr Ghulam Muhammad Khan at Ladoora Rafiabad today.

On the occasion, AIP President, Er. Rasheed appealed masses to unite and give a decisive mandate to people’s united front, so that sufferings of Kashmiris are represented at all platforms in a manner they deserve to be represented.

On the occasion G.M Khan said that time is ripe for people to support AIP as a vibrant alternative.


In his speech, Er. Rasheed “Those talking about division of votes in Kashmir valley are suffering from sense of insecurity as they have started realizing the fact that Kashmiris will punish them for their misdeeds. Had NC leadership delivered on ground during past 70 years, today it would have been least concern for them who joins politics or how many political parties are taking birth in the state”.

Er. Rasheed asked New Delhi not to try suppress Kashmiris and not to forget that except might nothing lies on New Delhi side. He said “By just talking about Governance, nepotism and corruption Governor is trying to create a perception as if Kashmir dispute is all about bad governance and good governance but the reality is that whatsoever uncertainty in Kashmir, it has a long history of broken promises spread over an era of 70 years. Legitimate rights of Kashmiris should not be kept hostage to the choice and arrogance of ultra-nationalists and New Delhi must come clean about its plans of resolving Kashmir dispute”.

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