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Advisor Kumar, CS conduct public hearings at Sumbal, Bomai

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SUMBAL/SOPORE, OCTOBER 21: As part of the public outreach programme initiated by the Governor’s administration, Advisor K Vijay Kumar accompanied by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam today conducted public grievance camps at Bomai in Sopore and Sumbal in district Bandipora. Several delegations, deputations and civil society representatives from the areas called on them and apprised of the local issues.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and IGP Kashmir S P Pani accompanied them during the visit.
At Sumbal, several public deputations from fromNesbal, Sumbal, Inderkote, Asham, Wahidpora, Hajin, Trigam, Shadipora, GundKhalil, Shilvath, Ganasathan, Odina, Gadakhud, Zalpora, RakhSultanpora, Nowgam, Dangerpora, Vijpara, Shahgund and Baharabadcalled on the Advisor and the Chief Secretary and apprised them of their grievances and put forth demands pertaining to the development of their respective areas. The public deputations raised issues related to education, medicare, potable water facility, irrigation, flood control, electricity, road connectivity, drainage and other basic facilities.
The Advisor and the Chief Secretary assured people that their genuine demands would be resolved on priority basis.
Advisor Kumar emphasised on public participation in effective development on ground. He highlighted that huge amount is being placed at the disposal of Municipal Committees and Gram Panchayats for participatory development and strengthening of grassroots level institutions.
Chief Secretary underlined the seriousness of Government in completion of languishing projects and initiating public infrastructure projects aimed at providing better connectivity, power supply and potable drinking water among other sectors. He added that in PWD, PHE and Health sectors more than Rs 30 crore stand sanctioned for various languishing projects of Hajin and Sumbal and more projects are in offing. He said funds have already been provided for several bridges, roads, flood protection works, power supply and upgradation of education infrastructure in the area.
Responding to public demands he informed that Government Degree Colleges have been finalised for Hajin and Sumbal for which formal orders will be issued soon.
He said Rs 33 crore have been earmarked for Panchayats of Hajin and Sumbal for development of rural infrastructure.
CS said that 100% funding is being provided by the Government for providing potable drinking water to every household. He appreciated the district administration and the line departments for proactive developmental measures in the area and responding effectively to public grievances.
He called for greater public participation in development administration and to avail the funds being provided to Gram Panchayats for local area development.
Earlier, District Development Commissioner made a brief presentation about developmental scenario and proactive measures for timely completion of public infrastructure and improving public service delivery. He informed that projects worth Rs 57.98 Cr have been tendered and work is under progress for improvement in power supply and coverage of all households in Hajin and Sumbal. Further, CHC Hajin, PHC Gund Jahangir, PHC Madwan, ITI Hajin, Paribal bridge and Bonyari bridge projected under languishing projects are targeted for completion during current year
DDC Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, SSP Sheikh Zulfkar, district and sectoral officers were present in the meeting
At Bomai village, deputation of Bomai village represented by Chairman of Bomai Citizens Council Shafqat Nazir apprised the Advisor about the demands for the overall welfare of the village. He demanded up-gradation of PHC Bomai to the level of Sub district Hospital besides the creation of Medical Block and educational Zone in the village. Other vital demands of public importance pertaining to electricity, water supply, education, rural development, health and other infrastructure development were also presented for resolution.
Another delegation from Tujjar Sharief demanded the renovation of historical shrine of Hazrat Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom located in Tujar Sharief, completion of works at receiving station and Water Supply Scheme, rectification of land revenue record, up-gradation and macadamization of link roads etc.
Meanwhile, Advisor gave patient hearing to the deputations and assured them that their genuine demands will be looked into. He also passed on spot directions for redressal of various grievances and directed the officers to maintain close liaison with the local population so that their grievances are redressed at the earliest.
He also directed the officers to conduct field visits regularly so as to remain apprised about the problems faced by the people so that same can be projected before the government for quick redressal.
DDC Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, various district and sectoral officers were present on the occasion.


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Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi

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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.

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Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam

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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.

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DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS

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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.

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