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Bullet for Bullet, says Guv

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Srinagar, Oct 17: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has said militants don’t have “much of a shelf life” with more than 40 being killed since August and should not expect bouquets if they fire bullets.

Stone pelting has come down as has the number of local recruits in militancy, Malik said while describing the situation in the state as “not grave”.

 

“It is simple. Goli chalaogay to goli chalegi, koi guldasta toh milega nahi (If you resort to firing, you will get a bullet in return. You are not going to get a bouquet in return),” Malik told PTI in an exclusive interview here Tuesday night.

He took over as governor of Jammu and Kashmir on August 23 this year.

“Militants do not have much of a shelf life. The situation is not grave. Since I have joined, about 40 militants have been killed, stone pelting has come down and the number of local youths joining militancy has also come down. I am satisfied that on this front there is no worrying situation,” he said.

His opinion is based not just on official briefings but also on narratives provided to him by common people, Malik said.

The governor added that he had met several youth groups, opening himself to them and hearing them out.

“After talking to them, I came to the conclusion that the need of the hour is to address the youth between the 13-20 age group. The concerns of this age group need to be addressed first as they are frustrated,” he said.

According to Malik, the youth are unhappy not just with New Delhi but also with Pakistan, local political groups as well as the Hurriyat and are unable to see any ray of hope.

“Therefore, there is need to establish contact with them and work according to their aspirations so they understand that the Centre is not against them,” he said.

Discussing instances of educated youth like Mannan Wani — the scholar-militant killed in an encounter recently — taking to arms in the Valley, Malik said a narrative had been built on misinformation.

“Many literate people do other bad things. Having said that, in this (case) it was a case of pure misinformation on which he had built a narrative. I am helpless…many of the narratives of misguided youths are based on half knowledge about this great country. How many militants would there be? An exaggerated figure can put it around 400,” he said.

For a country like India, getting rid of these 400 people is nothing, he asserted. But the effort is to end militancy and not militants, the governor said, adding that attempts were being made to kill the ideology of militancy.

Citing Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as an example, Malik asked what it gained from militancy.

“It had the support of many countries and its own navy and dedicated cadres. What did it achieve out of it except death and destruction. In today’s world order, forget India, no one can break even a smaller country,” he said.  – PTI


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Mental Health: JK puts MSF, Royal College of Psychiatrists’ recommendations on back burner

Fails to constitute crisis team in four years

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Srinagar, May 26: Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to constitute the crisis teams to identify and treat increasing psychological illnesses in the valley even four years after the same was recommended by Medicine Sans Frontiers (MSF) and Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) London.

MSF and RCP, in a report to J&K in 2015, had suggested forming crisis teams in the state to deal with the psychological ailments, cases of which have lately witnessed a surge.

Director J&K Health Services, representatives of Psychiatry Disease hospital, Department of Psychology and Sociology, Kashmir University, representatives of RCP, and State Coordinator of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Mental Health Gap Action Plan (mhGAP) were part of the meeting when the report was submitted.

 

The concept of formation of crisis team was later incorporated into the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between RCP and Jammu and Kashmir’s Health Department, which was to be assisted by the WHO.

Dr Sayeed Aqeel Hussain, Srinagar-based International Coordinator for mhGAP, said he was ready to facilitate the entire process but “the concerned government departments seemed not interested.”

“I personally appealed the RCP to visit (to help implement the suggestions), but they demanded a formal invitation from the Jammu and Kashmir government, which was not offered,” he said.

According to the MoU, a crisis team would include a group of psychiatrists, who would visit places across Kashmir and identify people with mental illness.

These patients would be provided treatment in their homes through medication and constant counseling.

“The project proposal was discussed by me in the mhGAP forum at WHO assembly in Geneva. It highlighted the need to train the psychiatrists as trainers for establishing crisis team in the community, followed by invitation to psychiatric trainers to UK, where they will have an opportunity to get an insight into the working of the crisis team in the Kingdom,” Dr Hussain said.

Director Health Services Kashmir, Kunzes Dolma said she was unaware of the programme. “I don’t have any information about it. Still, I will first confirm and then comment on it,” she said.

Head of Department, Psychiatric Diseases Hospital Srinagar, Prof Mohammad Maqbool said the department has its “own crisis teams to work on mental health.”

“We had desired to work with Royal College of Psychiatry but later the programme was not followed up by them too. We have drug de-addiction centres in SMHS, Kathidarwaza and other places which function to provide medical aid to the mentally-ill patients. The workload here is too much and the manpower is limited,” he said.

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GoI lauds JK’s performance under AB-PMJAY

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Srinagar, May 26: The Government of India Sunday appreciated the performance of Jammu and Kashmir State under Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) scheme.

In a letter addressed to Chief Secretary, J&K, B V R Subrahmanyam, Chief Executive Officer National Health Authority, GoI, Dr Indu Bhushan, lauded the efforts of the State Administration in ensuring the benefits of the AB-PMJAY to the targeted beneficiaries at the grassroots level.

The Government of India has maintained that the J&K has successfully reached out to the needy and issued e-cards covering 57 per cent of families in the state in less than six months, which is highest by any state in the country, as of now.

 

 “There has been a remarkable growth of 150% in the last couple of months in terms of utilization of services in the state,” the letter reads.

It also mentions that in J&K more than 95 per cent of the claims have been paid in time as per the defining timelines. Authorities have wished that Jammu and Kashmir would continue the momentum for this upward trajectory in terms of implementation of AB-PMJAY and will become a model state in the country.

Meanwhile, the Governor, Satya Pal Malik has also congratulated the State Administration for this ambitious achievement and hoped that the implementing agencies shall continue to maintain the tempo to achieve necessary goals in the health sector.

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Modi to be sworn in as PM on May 30

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New Delhi, May 26: Narendra Modi will be sworn in as country’s Prime Minister for the second term on May 30, the Rashtrapati Bhavan said here on Sunday. A communiqué from the President’s House said the oath taking ceremony will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday.

“The President (Ram Nath Kovind) will administer the Oath of Office and Secrecy to the Prime Minister and other members of Union Council of Ministers on 30.05.2019 at 07.00 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan,” the communiqué issued by President’s press secretary Ashok Malik said. Modi was elected unanimously as the leader of the National Democratic Alliance on Saturday. Later, he called on the President in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha.

The President, exercising powers under the Constitution, appointed Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India and sought his advice about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Earlier on Saturday, a delegation of the NDA led by BJP president Amit Shah, along with Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj, Uddhav Thakeray, Nitin Gadkari, K Palaniswami, Conrad Sangma and Neiphiu Rio, called on the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

 

They handed over a letter to the President stating Modi has been elected the leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President. The NDA together has strength of 353 MPs in the 543-member Lok Sabha out of which the BJP has a majority of 303 Members of Parliament.

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