Srinagar, Dec 09: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Sunday held an extensive public grievance camp here at Church Lane under the aegis of Governor’s Grievance Cell for redress of public grievances.
During the camp, the Advisor met around 45 public delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division, who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.
Several delegations who called on Advisor Ganai urged him to direct the law enforcing agencies to act swiftly in controlling “substance abuse” alongside the highway and other areas across south Kashmir. In this regard, Ganai directed police and civil administration to work in close coordination and act to end substance abuse in the Valley.
“We as a society must come forward and do something to end this menace,” he told the deputation. “We must keep a vigil on our children, who are going this way. Besides government machinery, we all have to play our role,” he said.
Ganai asked Police authorities to devise a proper mechanism so that the menace of drug-trafficking could be stamped out from the society.
A delegation of students and scholars of Linguistics from various universities demanded that the subject should be introduced at the 10+2 and at the undergraduate level.
A delegation of Department of Floriculture demanded immediate regularization, while as the deputation from Payeen, Bandipora demanded up gradation of middle school in their area.
A delegation of south Kashmir’s Tral town raised many issues with the Advisor to which he assured prompt redress. A delegation of senior assistants from the Department of Floriculture development raised the issue of their promotions with the Advisor.
The Advisor assured them that their issue would surely be examined. A delegation from Waltengoo, Kulgam also discussed their issues with the Advisor. Scores of other delegations from Garind Bugam, Intezamia Committee, Munawarabad, Srinagar, Intezamia Committee, Chatabal Srinagar apprised the Advisor with their issues.
A delegation of retired Agriculture officers, delegation from Langate, Kupwara among others raised their issues and appealed the Advisor to address their grievances’ on priority.
Besides, other senior officers from Agriculture, Floriculture, Transport, SMC, Tourism and other allied departments were present in the public darbar.
Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest. He said that people in Kashmir region need patient hearing and prompt grievance redressal mechanism. Several other delegations and individuals met Advisor
During the camp, Ganai said that functioning and service delivery of government departments have been revamped so that the grievances of people are redressed at an earliest and flagship schemes and welfare programmes are fast-paced.
Meanwhile, deputy mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Shiekh Imran called on Advisor to discuss issues pertaining to Srinagar.
Hajj pilgrims directed to deposit insurance premium, transport charges
Srinagar, June 18: The Executive Officer, State Hajj Committee (SHC) Tuesday informed that all the selected Hajj pilgrims shall deposit the State Hajj dues including mandatory insurance premium, transport charges from Hajj House to Airport and other handling charges to be incurred by SHC.
Giving break-up of the dues to be paid, the official handout issued from the office of SHC read that pilgrims who do not want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House Srinagar shall pay Rs 750 per pilgrim, while as the pilgrims who want to avail the boarding facility at Hajj House, Srinagar shall pay Rs 1000 per pilgrim which include Rs 250 as boarding charges for one night. Besides, pilgrims travelling from Delhi Embarkation Point shall have to pay Rs 150 per pilgrim as insurance premium. It is further informed that those Hajj pilgrims who have opted Delhi Embarkation Point for their departure shall have to deposit only Rs 150 per pilgrim.
The Hajj pilgrims of Jammu division who have opted Srinagar Embarkation point and Hajj pilgrims of Ladakh division shall have to deposit additional charges on account of boarding for their stay at Hajj House, Srinagar.
The concerned pilgrims are required to deposit the receipt of the amount at the office of respective deputy commissioners at the time of collection of passports and other travel documents.
I&B Ministry cautions channels over portrayal of children in dance reality shows
New Delhi, June 18: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has asked all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes.
The I&B Ministry has noticed that several dance-based reality TV shows portray young children performing dance moves originally done by adults in movies and other popular modes of entertainment.
“These moves are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. Such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age,” an official statement said.
All private satellite TV channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed, the I&B Ministry advisory to the channels read.
According to the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence, it said.
The ministry has accordingly issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels to avoid showing children in an indecent, suggestive and inappropriate manner in dance reality shows or other such programmes. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such reality shows and programmes, the statement said.
About 150 landline phones, broadband connections disrupted in Srinagar
Srinagar, June 18: About 150 landline telephone and broadband connections of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) are down since June 16 evening in the uptown Srinagar badly affecting professionals, including doctors, media persons and students.
Responding to the question, BSNL official said that some miscreants have damaged the main cable between Sanant Nagar telephone exchange to different parts of the uptown, particularly Natipora, Budshah Nagar and Azad Basti.
‘We are looking to locate the area where the damage has been caused,’ they said, adding that it may take some time to restore the telephone and broadband lines.
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