ANANTNAG, DEC 30: The Department of Agriculture on Sunday organised a day-long Mega Kissan Mela cum Exhibition at Dak Bungalow Khanabal.
The event was inaugurated by Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) Nazir Ahmad Laway in presence of Deputy Commissioner Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik and Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi.
In his address, Laway said the Department should organize more Kissan Melas in other parts of the district so that farmers can be given information about the latest scientific techniques being implemented for their upliftment. He also announced to cover the cost of the beehives from MP fund for all beneficiaries who have been listed by the Agriculture Department.
Laway also appealed the farmers to come forward for the establishment of vermi-compost manure units so that large-scale use of chemical fertilizers can be stopped. The
DC Anantnag hailed the efforts of the department in changing the economic scenario of the farmers particularly in production of Mushkibudji, vegetables, fish, horticulture produce, apiculture and mushroom cultivation.
He said more than 31000 hectares of the district land is covered under Agriculture and allied sectors and the need of the hour is to safeguard the agriculture land from being used for commercial and residential purposes. He said there is no shortage of funds in the Agriculture and Allied sectors.
The DDC also sought cooperation of the MP Rajya Sabha for raising Rs 1200 crore for a project under PMKSY for the district so that better irrigation facilities can be provided to the farmers.
Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi said farmers are the backbone of Kashmiri society and that the prosperity of a nation depends on the well-being of farming community.
Stressing the officers to reach out to the farmers collectively and provide them information on real time basis as per area specialty and market availability of fertilisers.
The director advised the farmers to adopt integrated farming and cultivate high value crops with value addition to increase their income and stressed the farmers to brand their products and adopt cooperative based market linking so that the agriculture sector is made remunerative.
The Chief Agriculture Officer, Anantnag highlighted the major achievements of the department and said that 280.5 Qntls of vermi-compost manure has been produced in 122 vermi-compost units in the district.
He said the honey production has touched 1079.83 Qtls with revenue of Rs.325.015 lakh. “1.25 lakh soil health cards have been issued among the farmers and soil samples of 1900 beneficiaries have been registered on soil health portal, he said.
“Farm machinery of Rs 1.57 crore has been provided which include tractor, power tiller, power weeder, poly green house, I.P Set, water harvesting structure, tube well/ bore well, four wheelers, poly film, brush cutter, mini power sprayer, pack house, manual sprayer, check dam and motorized vending cart,” he added.
He further stated that 5500 quintals Mushkibudji have been produced and revenue of Rs 7396 lakhs has been generated in the district.
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.