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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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Sajad alleges NC, PDP of drifting towards power at cost of Art-35 A

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Srinagar, May 21: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday castigated the twin traditional parties for trivializing the sentiments of the people of Kashmir and their inherent tendency to lie to suit their interests.
Sajad said the moral pretense of NC and PDP, the high stentorian rhetoric of Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti stands ridiculed today.
“You boycotted the ULB elections and termed it as a ‘sham’ election under the fig leaf of Article 35-A. Just answer one question. How seriously would New Delhi take you given that the theatre both of you enacted prior to the ULB polls. Those assertions of aspirations, those assertions of boycott to safeguard article 35 A- was that all a sham? Were you all along lying. We just pray that Delhi does not take your non seriousness about Art 35 A as a reference point. Your covert participation and now overt acceptance makes mockery of the cause that you were supposedly advocating—God save us all from advocates as murky as you”, he added.
Sajad said that both parties are now drifting towards power at the cost of the cause that they were purportedly advocating.
“This is a section of the Kashmiri leadership which was in headlines all across the country for boycotting the ULB polls—now it transpires that on one hand an avowed boycott and on the other a lust for power. The national leadership today has a good idea about the seriousness of these leaders and their tantalizing lust for power—they today know they would sleep with the devil for the sake of power and would sacrifice and belittle any cause that they advocate”, he added.
Sajad emphasized that Peoples Conference has a clear and simple majority in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and will continue to deliver on its promises of delivering change in a city that has been neglected by the twin traditional parties.
“Both the traditional mainstream parties need to see the writing on the wall- that Srinagar is changing and taking strides towards hope and positivity under an overarching goal of self empowerment and accountability. PC Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as all our Corporators will continue to play a very positive and enabling role in the SMC and will deliver effective change on the ground and try to transform Srinagar into a world class tourist city”, he added.

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High prices force Kashmiris to purchase lesser dates this Ramadan

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Srinagar, May 21 : Unlike previous years, the prices of dates have increased in the Kashmir markets in the ensuing holy month of Ramadhan, thanks to the major decrease in supply mostly due to suspension of cross LoC trade. The soaring prices of dates have forced the people of Kashmir to go for the less purchase of dates.
Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, a wholesale dealer of dates explained that less arrival of dates this year was responsible for the prices to increase by 15 to 20 per cent. “Kashmir has recorded the arrival of less date as compared to same time last year mostly due to suspension of cross LoC trade. Almost 20- 30 per cent decrease in arrival has caused the prices to go up” said Sheikh.
According to traders, prices of non-branded as well as branded dates have increased by at least 15-20 in the local markets. While last year one kilogram of unbranded dates was sold at Rs 90- Rs 100, this year it is sold at Rs 150- Rs 200, said the traders.
Farooq Dagga, a dates’ merchant told KNO that there has been some impact due to levy of 12 per cent Goods and Services Tax on the market prices of dates for last couple of years. “While there is almost increase of Rs 20 – Rs 30 per kg due to GST, dates which used to arrive through LoC trade mostly in form of dry low priced dates is witnessing a shortage,” said Dagga.
Even Ajwa dates, considered as pious and rich in medicinal value by Muslims across the world, priced anywhere between Rs 2000- Rs 2200 per kilogram in the local markets has seen an increase in prices. 40 plus varieties of dates that have arrived in Kashmir for Ramadhan this year which commenced on May 6 have seen an increase in prices proving to be a burden on common people.
Dates merchants at Parimpora fruit mandi said dates from Oman, Algeria, Iran and Iraq among other Muslim countries also find many buyers in the local market. These varieties which include Rabi, Razan, Kaas, Nawar, Jumar, Barari priced in the range of Rs 150 to Rs 2000 per kg have also seen an increase of 15 – 20 per cent, said another trader.

“Dates from Iraq and Pakistan used to find many takers in the local market but due to suspension of cross LoC trade there supplies have dried up. Even Israel exports dates across the world and this produce used to be also available in the Valley,” Muhammad Saleem Bhat, a fruit merchant told KNO.

 
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Congress remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary

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Srinagar, May 21: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) in a meeting of Senior Party Functionaries & Prominent Leaders remembered Former Prime Late Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary and paid floral tributes to departed leader.
The party said that martyrdom of Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi would continue to lead the nation at the path of unity, harmony and development.
The meeting was presided over by J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A.Mir, who paid floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi, recalling his selfless services and sacrifices to the Nation and said the departed leader shall always be remembered for the services he has rendered to people irrespective of their caste or religion.
Addressing the meeting, G.A Mir described Rajiv Gandhi as a tallest leader of the Country under whose leadership the Nation touched the new heights in respect of development, education, science and technology etc, there was no looking back after Rajiv Ji introduced Computer Education bringing the Nation at par with other developing countries in the world, he said.

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