Srinagar, June 22: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), accompanied by Shri Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer of the Board, visited the Holy Cave, Panjtarni, Baltal and Domel Yatra Camps and Neelgrath Helipad to review the status of arrangements for the Yatra commencing on 28th June 2018. Governor was briefed about the up-gradation of track on Baltal-Holy Cave axis, security arrangements and the facilities being established for the establishment of medical facilities, shelter sheds, langars, tents, shops, pre-fabricated huts, toilets, baths, etc. Governor had discussions with senior officers of Army, J&K Police, CRPF, BSF, ITBP, NDRF, SDRF regarding security arrangements being made on and along the track for the smooth conduct of Yatra.
Governor issued instructions to the Camp Director at Holy Cave to seek the help of Army and Para Military Security units to recce the area, particularly the slopes above the Holy Cave, to see that there were no loose stones/ boulders which could roll down and cause injuries to the pilgrims. Governor emphasized that strict monitoring of sanitation arrangements be ensured for the proper disposal of all bio-degradable and non- biodegradable wastes. Governor further directed the Camp Directors and other functionaries of the board to particularly ensure effective sanitary arrangements in respect of the functioning of toilets / bath units and, cleaning of the Camp area, thrice a day.
At the Panjtarni Base Camp, Governor inspected arrangements for supply of power, water supply, proper installation of Baths and toilets and the treatment of their out flows. He directed the Camp Director to personally supervise, daily, and ensure the sanitation of the toilets and baths and also ensure that regular doses of microbial consortium are added by the agency responsible for ensuring sanitation for effective degradation of waste.
Governor visited the Access Control Gate at Domel and reviewed the security preparations and movement plan of the Yatris with Col. Nitin Khajuria, Commanding Officer, 8 Rajputana Rifles, and Sh Ramkesh Sharma, Camp Director and Shri Prithpal Singh, Deputy Camp Director.
At the Neelgrath Helipad, Governor inspected the Waiting Hall area and other facilities created for the Yatris and directed to ensure that the toilets and wash-rooms are kept clean and hygienic at all times.
During his near day long visit to the Camps in the Yatra area, Governor held a review meeting at the Baltal Base Camp with Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal; Senior Superintendent of Police Ganderbal; concerned Divisional and District level officers and officers from the CPMFs and the State Police. He directed the Labour and Animal Husbandry Departments to ensure the proper registration of Ponies and the Pony-wallas, Dandi-wallas, Palki-wallas and the authorized strength of the Pithus (labour). Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal was directed to ensure that laminated Photo Identity Cards are issued to all legitimate workers to see that no unauthorized person is allowed to enter the narrow tracks. The Governor also reviewed arrangements regarding the provision of safety measures at the the Baltal Base Camp, Holy Cave and Panjtarni Camps, particularly Fire and Emergency Services, making Fire Hydrants functional at Baltal and Domel, and setting up of Joint Control Rooms.
Governor directed GM (Works) to ensure that all the toilets and baths, at every Camp location, are connected to proper waste disposal systems and foolproof arrangements are made for maintaining cleanliness of toilet facilities, at all times. He further directed that the CEO, Sonamarg Development Authority, shall be responsible for making effective arrangements for the daily collection of all garbage which would then be transported to the site identified by Sonamarg Development Authority in consultation with the State Pollution Control Board Authorities.
While reviewing the arrangements for the provision of medical facilities for the pilgrims, the Governor directed the Deputy Commissioner and the Chief Medical Officer Ganderbal District to ensure that every Medical Camp is equipped with adequate medical and para-medical manpower, equipments, medicines and other requirements as per the Action Plan prepared by the State Health Department. He also directed that every Medical Centre should have proper toilet facilities and water supply.
Governor directed the Deputy Commissioner, Ganderbal to review the Disaster Management Plan for the Yatra so that the resources available with all participating agencies are pooled at designated locations along the Yatra routes to enable optimum use of all assets in case of any disaster situation.
The Governor stressed on the Police officers to ensure that all regulatory measures are most strictly enforced to ensure that every registered Yatri is enabled to cross the Access Control Gates at Baltal without any inconvenience. CAPD officials informed the Governor that adequate arrangements are being made for stocking rations, fire-wood and fuels for the coming Yatra.
No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed
Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.
In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.
Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.
Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.
Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz
Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.
While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.
Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.
Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.
Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.
Ganai interacts with KCCI delegation, others
Srinagar, May 23: As part of the weekly outreach programme, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Thursday interacted with a number of delegations and individuals at J&K Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonawar in Srinagar.
More than 22 delegations and scores of individuals from various parts of the Valley projected a number of issues on the occasion and sought their immediate redressal.
The delegations which met the Advisor during the day-long interaction include Amarnath Yatra Baltal Traders, delegation of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry, College Contractual Teachers, General line Teachers Forum and Academic Arrangement Teachers besides delegations from Umar Colony Lal Bazar, Nowgam Anantnag and Pahoo Pulwama among others.
The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the deputations and individuals and said that all the genuine issues put forth during the public hearing will be looked into.