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Budget 2019-20: Principal Secy Finance begins pre-budget discussions




JAMMU, NOV 19: The Finance Department today formally set into motion the process for preparation of the State Budget 2019-20 by holding the first intra-departmental consultation regarding resource mobilization.

Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary chaired a high-level meeting with the senior officers of the Finance Department at Civil Secretariat here this afternoon in this regard.

Commissioner, State Taxes Department, M Raju, Commissioner Excise, Talat Parvez, Director General Funds Organization, J&K, K K Gupta, Director Finance (Budget), Imtiyaz Ahmad, Additional Commissioner, State Taxes Department, P K Bhat, Additional Commissioner, State Taxes Department Jammu, Shahid Saleem and other senior officers of various wings of the Finance Department were present at the meeting.

This was the first meeting of a series of intra and inter-departmental pre-budget consultations to be convened by the Principal Secretary Finance to finalize the budget proposals for the next fiscal. The entire exercise of department-wise pre-budget consultations is likely to be completed by the end of next month.

Navin took a holistic review of the revenue realization targets achieved for the current financial year and the estimates for the next fiscal. He called for putting in place a comprehensive mechanism to prevent misuse of tax exemptions and incentives to the disadvantage of the State.
Navin said the endeavor of the Governor’s Administration is to facilitate industrial activity, businesses and trade and boost local production to prevent draining out of resources.

He said the Finance Department has already advanced the budget presentation to January to streamline the public expenditure, ensuring effective management of resources and timely completion of the developmental projects.

Navin said the Department has also put various expenditure reforms in place including adoption of Budget Estimation Allocation Management System (BEAMS) to minimize human interface in the allocation of resources.

He said BEAMS has also helped in bringing better cash management, financial reporting and monitoring system and eliminated misclassification by minimizing human errors.



Pulwama man killed in cross firing had no militant links: Police tells SHRC

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Srinagar, Dec 12: A report submitted by the senior superintendent of police before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in connection with the killing of a civilian of Pulwama said that he was not having any militant connection or involved in any criminal activity.

The SSP Pulwama’s report has come in response to the petition filed by the chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case number SHRC/175/Pul/2018.

The police report reads that during the course of investigations, the investigating officer seized the AK 47 magazine, 08 cartridges and 3 cartridges of INSAS. “During investigations at some distance from the scene of occurrence a vehicle bearing registration number JKO1G 9688 in which injured person namely Bilal Ahmed Ganai of Narwa Pulwama was found and four cartridges of AK 47 also seized from the vehicle. The injured was taken to district hospital Pulwama, where he was declared brought dead,” the police report reads. It states that slain driver Bilal was not involved in any militant activity nor was he having any criminal activity/case against him in police station Pulwama.

The report also stated that on May 27, 2018, 50 RR unit had deployed a Naka at Kakapora and in the meantime a sumo vehicle registration number JKO1G9688 was coming in suspicious circumstances. “The vehicle was asked to stop for checking purpose but instead of giving any response to the signal, unknown militants on board started indiscriminate firing on the naka party with the intention to kill them and the naka party retaliated in self defence and during the firing one constable Vikram Singh of 50 RR sustained bullet injuries and was shifted to 92 base hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the report reads.

The petitioner, however, said that the civilian Bilal was killed for his no fault and it stands proved now and urged the SHRC to ensure that the Bilal’s family is given proper compensation and a job to next of kin of slain. (KNS)

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Mirwaiz demands immediate ban on use of pellet guns



Srinagar, Dec 12: Demanding immediate ban on use of pellet guns, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Kashmir is the only place in the world where lethal pellets are used against a populance with impunity as a means of repression and dealing with civilian protests.

In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said, “It seems that GOI does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute, but instead wants to exert forced control over the people and its territory by using its forces armed with special powers exempting them from any accountability and prosecution.”

He added that the consequence of this is that today our toddlers are also not safe in their mothers lap as was seen in the case of 18 month-old baby Hiba Jan who was showered with pellets at her home and today doctors are struggling to save her badly perforated eye.

Mirwaiz who visited the SMHS hospital to see toddler Hiba, was deeply pained to see her in such condition and expressed solidarity with her distraught parents praying for the little girl’s speedy recovery

Hiba- a victim of pellet horror underwent a second eye-surgery in just a five days.

Mirwaiz told her parents that entire Kashmiri nation was praying for the speedy recovery of their daughter.

It was an emotionally charged moment in the hospital when Mirwaiz said that such inhuman act of violence inflicted upon an infants will break the heart of any person having a heart and he was no exception.

Mirwaiz said that little Hiba who is “writhing in pain” stands an eye-opener for the entire international community.

Mirwaiz asked GOI to immediately stop the use of this tyrannical and most cruel use of pellet guns. Mirwaiz also urged the international community to take strong note of the use of pellets on Kashmiri people being used as a means of repression and take steps in ensuring the use of pellets is banned in Valley.

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Hope to get diplomatic, political support from Pakistan: Sehrai



Srinagar, Dec 12: Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s message on the Human Rights Day, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Wednesday said it is imperative for Pakistan to support the Kashmiri cause courageously and highlight the Kashmir dispute at every opportunity and in every forum.

In a statement issued to media, Sehrai said, “Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international levels in highlighting the suffering of the Kashmiris as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.”

“We expect and hopefull diplomatic, political and moral support from Pakistan in our struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination,” he added.

Sehrai said, “People of Kashmir appreciate Pakistan’s concern, but to put an end to the ‘appalling grind of repression and human right abuse’ that Kashmiri’s are suffering Pakistan needs to do much more.”

He said in spite of all the ‘suppression’, the rulers have not been able to break the will and commitment of the people towards the movement. “The continued moral and diplomatic support extended by Pakistan in such difficult and trying circumstances has always strengthened the determination of the people to carry forward their just and legitimate peaceful political struggle,” he said.

Sehrai further said, “Pakistan being a party to internationally recognized dispute not is only bound by his political commitment but morally and religiously to support the Kashmiris in this hour of need. He said the goal of security and stability in South Asia depends upon the resolution of this dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

“There is no other path to peace and prosperity in this impoverished subcontinent unless the core issue of Kashmir was resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir,” he said.

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