JAMMU, MARCH 26: Minister for Education, Finance, Labour and Employment, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today called upon teacher fraternity to groom up children as responsible citizens so that they act as ambassadors for promotion of resource generation and conservation.
“Our state needs to develop a habit of judicious use, conservation and generation of resources to make them long lasting for posterity. Teachers through their grit of patience and untiring teaching capabilities can make children understand about the importance of developing these good habits” Altaf Bukhari said while addressing a huge gathering of teachers.
The occasion was a function organized by Plus Two lecturers’ forum to celebrate Lecturers Day. Minister of State for Education, Culture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi also addressed the participants which included senior academicians, lecturers, CEOs and other officials of School Education Department.
Citing revenue deficit in power sector, Altaf Bukari said state suffers approximately Rs 4800 crore yearly loss against the procurement of electricity which can be brought down if our society develop the habit of resource conservation. “None other than teacher can help to bring this change as they are architects of an emancipated and progressive society” the Minister said and sought the cooperation of teachers to take this message to every home.
“Presently we are enjoying all facilities and seeking more incentives, but at the same time we need to think for the coming generation” he said while responding to demands raised by the speakers.
He said the government and its officials, who are also part of the society, are guardian of the people’s wealth and own the responsibility to save the state’s resources. Expressing optimism, he said situation can be definitely reversed provided the need for change is met.
Meanwhile, the Minister assured the Forum that all their genuine demands would be thoroughly discussed and addressed in due course of time.
Director School Education Jammu, Rakesh Sangral, Forum presidents Deepak Kumar (Jammu), Dr Manzoor Ahmed(Kashmir) and Employees leader Abdul Qayoom Wani also shared the podium.
In her address, Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi underlined the need for framing an education policy founded on moral values.
Only academic excellence cannot help our children to grow up as responsible and law abiding citizens, they need to be imparted education founded on moral values, she said. She called upon the teachers to come up with their suggestions for achieving this crucial objective.
Responding to the issues raised by the speakers, she said that the government led by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has huge respect for the aspirations of the teachers and feels obliged to restore and protect their dignity. “I think no previous government has shown such considerate concern towards the issues of teachers as this dispensation did. Many of your issues have been addressed and those pending would be sympathetically addressed” she assured.
Later, the Forum presented mementoes to the Ministers and felicitated senior academicians and educationists for their contribution in raising the standard of school education.the occasion.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.