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Amarnath Yatra to begin on June 28 this year: Guv

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JAMMU, JAN 9: Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), presided over an emergent meeting of the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board today to, inter alia, particularly discuss the implementation of the directions recently passed by National Green Tribunal (NGT) in regard to the conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra and to decide the further course of action.
The 34th meeting of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board was attended by its members H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Dr. (Prof.) Ved Kumari Ghai, Pt. Bhajan Sopori, Shri Vijay Dhar, Ms. Sunita Narain, Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, Shri D.C. Raina, Prof. Chander Mouli Raina and by Shri Umang Narula, Chief Executive Officer, Bhupinder Kumar, Additional Chief Executive Officer, and other senior officers of the Shrine Board.
The Board deliberated upon the NGT’s directions contained in its orders dated 13th and 14th December, 2017, in the case titled “Gauri Maulekhi Vs State of J&K and Others”. CEO informed the Board about the issues raised before the NGT and the directions passed in regard thereto. After deliberations, the Board decided to file a Review Petition against the NGT’s directions.
While discussing other important Yatra related issues, particularly the date of commencement and duration of Yatra 2018, keeping in view its foremost concern to safeguard the safety and security of the pilgrims, the Board decided that a 60 days long Yatra would commence on 28th June 2018, on the auspicious day of Jyestha Purnima, as per Hindu Calendar, and, as per continuing tradition, conclude on Shravan Purnima (Raksha Bandhan) on 26th August, 2018.
Considering the carrying capacity of the existing tracks and other available infrastructure in the Yatra area, the Board decided that 7500 Yatris, per day per each of the two routes, excluding Yatris who would travel by helicopters, would be allowed to secure Advance Registration for the pilgrimage.
Board noted the steps taken by CEO for the registration of pilgrims through 437 designated branches of Punjab National Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank and YES Bank, located in 32 States and UTs, and directed him to take all required steps to commence Advance Registration of pilgrims w.e.f. from 1st March 2018. Board further directed CEO to repeatedly publicize, through the electronic and print media, and advise the intending Yatris to timely secure the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificates issued by the Doctors/ Hospitals nominated by the State or UTs in which they reside and only thereafter proceed to seek Advance Registration from the nearest located designated Bank which would issue the pilgrim a Yatra Permit which shall be valid for the specified date and route. Board also advised CEO to appeal to all the potential pilgrims to consult their doctors before embarking on the pilgrimage. CEO shall also widely publicize that no person below the age of 13 years and above the age of 75 years shall be permitted to undertake the pilgrimage.
The board directed CEO to take timely steps for ensuring uninterrupted telecom connectivity in the Yatra area during Yatra 2018. Appreciating the important services rendered by the Langar Organizations, the Board looked to their continued support during Yatra 2018.
The board directed CEO to caution all potential pilgrims to particularly take into account the difficult climate and terrain in the high altitude region of the Yatra and prepare themselves fully before embarking on the pilgrimage. As in the past, the awareness campaign would be launched with the cooperation and support of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and CEO shall place all information relating to Yatra on the Board’s Website (www.Shriamarnathjishrine.com).
Noting the Chairman’s direction for sustained efforts being made to further improve the facilities to be provided to the pilgrims this year, the Board reviewed the Action Plan drawn up for the conduct of Yatra 2018, particularly the arrangements which are being made for providing medical care, sanitation facilities, installation of the railings at all vulnerable points along each of the two routes, measures being take to preserve the environment of the Yatra area by ensuring removal of garbage in a scientific and environment friendly manner. Chairman directed CEO to ensure that all the arrangements are timely in place well before the commencement of the Yatra 2018.


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Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi

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Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.

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Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam

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Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.

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DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS

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Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.

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