Kupwara, SEP 27: Advisors to Governor, B. B. Vyas and K. Vijay Kumar, today visited the frontier district of Kupwara as part of the outreach programme to get a first-hand appraisal of ongoing developmental projects and ensure redressal of public grievances there.
The Advisors also interacted with various public delegations who apprised them about their grievances, problems and developmental requirements.
The delegations apprised the Advisors about the developmental demands related to road connectivity, water supply, power scenario, healthcare and sanitation, solid waste management, repair of street lights, completion of languishing projects, and renovation of drainage systems.
Besides, bus stand at Regipora, IT Skill Development College at Trehgam, Bangar-Gund bridge, effective water distribution network for Trehgam, Mini-Secretariat for Trehgam, Police Sub-Division for Trehgam, creation of industrial estate at Margi TangchakDardpora, Power Grid Stations at Hayatpora, Kalaroos and Kuligam, completion of Kupwara Stadium, Staff for MC Kupwara, and MRI machine for SDH Kupwara, fencing of G&B Hostel Zangli were also raised by the deputations.
A delegation of progressive farmers demanded enhancement in the number of Vermi-Compost pits, support for dairy units, and other initiatives, lift irrigation facility for Hathmulla, Dedikoot and other areas.
The Advisors gave a patient hearing to the deputations and assured time-bound action on the projected demands after holding discussions with all concerned departments.
Later, Advisors accompanied by officers of the district administration visited the dairy unit at Batergam being managed by Women Self Help Group. They appreciated the endeavor and assured allpossible assistance towards strengthening women empowerment through economic self-reliance and better opportunities.
They also inspected the Sports Stadium at Galizoo and interacted with the sportspersons there. Both the Advisors directed the district administration to improve the aesthetics of the stadium. Member Parliament, Fayaz Ahmad Mir interacted with the Advisors at Galizoo and demanded better connectivity to the stadium via Lolab road through the construction of a bridge.
Advisors also inspected Pandit Colony Natnussa and playfield Natnussa where they directed the authorities to mobilize men and machinery for better sporting facilities towards youth engagement. Advisor Vyas suggested Assistant Commissioner Development Kupwara, Yaar Ali for construction of playfields and other works of public importance under convergence mode.
Earlier, Vyas and Kumar chaired a meeting at Handwara to review the progress of various ongoing developmental projects. District Development Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir briefed the Advisors about the status of various developmental activities being undertaken by different executing agencies in the district.
He also presented a detailed account of achievements in various sectors including health, education, agriculture etc.
The Advisors directed the officers to undertake regular field visits of far-flung areas for redress of public issues and impressed upon officers to take monthly review meeting of their departments for monitoring progress of various schemes.
They stressed for giving wide publicity and creating awareness regarding various government-sponsored development schemes. They also emphasized upon the need for exploring scope in agricultural and horticultural sectors through expert intervention by concerned departments towards ensuring better dividends to people.
The Advisors also interacted with various public delegations, representatives of various political parties, social activists, members of civil society and prominent citizens at Handwara.
During the visit, Advisors also chaired a meeting to review the arrangements put in place for the smooth and peaceful conduct of ensuing Urban Local Body elections.
They directed the district administration to take all steps to ensure the free and fair conduct of the polls.
ADDC, SSP, ASP, ACR, ACD, JDP, RO Municipal Committee Kupwara, EO Municipal Committee Kupwara, SDM Karnah and Lolab, CMO, CEO, Officers from Police and security agencies and other concerned attended the meeting.
Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed
Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.
In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.
The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.
Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.
NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation
Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.
Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.
The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.
According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.
The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.
The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.
Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college
Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.
The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.
Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.
The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.
We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.
“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.
“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.
The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.
“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.
“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.
“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.
The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.
Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.