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Business, dev works have come to halt in Kashmir: Tarigami

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Srinagar, April 30: Business activities and developmental works, including languishing projects and repair of roads, and livelihood issues of people have come to halt in Kashmir.

The Government has not only failed to release the pending payments of contractors but the closure of the national highway for two days a week has given a blow to the already fragile economy of Kashmir, this was stated by the CPI (m) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The spokesman said that normally in April the work on development projects used to be on full swing as the Kashmir witnesses slump in construction activities during winter months due to low temperatures. However, this year situation is totally different as the work on all the important projects has come to halt as the pending bills of the contractors have not been released by the Government.  The condition of roads across the Valley is pathetic as the macadamazation process has not begun.

 

The economy of Kashmir was already in doldrums since the devastating flood hit the Valley in 2014 and due to the unrest of 2016. While the prevailing uncertain situation in Kashmir continued to break the back of local businesses, implementation of GST in 2017 had a cascading effect on trade and related activities in the state. GST in Kashmir like many other states lacked clarity and hit trade badly.

Now the latest decision of the Government to close the national highway for two days a week has dealt another blow to the already feeble economy of Kashmir. The ban has impacted the transportation of goods and the flow of tourists. Banning transport for 48 hours in a week will lead to a huge economic loss. Shortage of essential commodities due to highway ban has led to a hike in prices which ultimately will lead to the crisis.

This ban has added to the trauma of travellers and drivers on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which remains closed for long periods due to the landslides during rain and snowfall. It is high time that the Government rescinds this ban order as elections in the state are almost over.

Besides, under the garb of the election code of conduct, the officers in the administration have left the day-to-day problems of people unattended from the last almost two months. Elections are important but the redressal of issues of common people can’t be ignored. Now when the elections are almost over the administration must gear up and solve the problems of common people on priority.

The non-payment of wages to daily wagers, casual workers, NREGA workers, contractuals, Anganwadi workers/helpers, ASHAs, CPWs, Mid-Day Meal workers and others is another concern which the government must attend on priority. The livelihood issues of people have been totally ignored. We are concerned over the plight of the working class who is adversely hit by the economic policies “pursued” by the Modi government which are drastically affecting the workforce in the state and the country.


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JK’s maiden poultry estate to come up at Tral: Dr Samoon

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Srinagar, July 10: The Department of Animal Husbandry is going to establish its first poultry estate in Jammu and Kashmir in Tral area of south Kashmir.

The innovative initiative to set up the estate conceptualized by Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon will give a boost to the poultry sector in the state which is importing poultry worth Rs 1000 crore every year.

In this regard, Dr Samoon today chaired a meeting with the officers of Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Industries and Commerce department, Revenue and Planning department.

 

The officers who attended the meeting included Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir Purnima Mittal, MD SIDCO Ravinder Kumar, Director Industries and Commerce Mehmood Shah, ADC Pulwama Yasin Chowdhary, CAHO Dr Muneer Ahmed Qureshi, XEN SIDCO Abdul Rashid Bhat and other officials.

It was given out that the objective of the scheme will be to establish poultry units, lair and broiler depending on the demand, to encourage small & marginal farmers, educated & unemployed youth, women, socially & economically backward section of the society to take up activities of poultry sector in a compact area by providing required infrastructure and related facilities.

Saying that the objective of the Poultry estate is to achieve economies of scale by adopting cluster approach, better resource sharing etc, Dr Samoon directed conducting join inspection of site by Revenue, SIDCO and Animal Husbandry Department for starting work at the earliest.  

Highlighting the importance of Poultry estate, Dr Samoon said that these model poultry estates should have a snowball effect and propel private sector to pay attention to bio-security issues, hygienic, pollution-free production and welfare of primary farmer community, etc.

He reiterated the vision of the department to make J&K state self-sufficient in poultry products which is currently estimated at 1000 crore bill.

He urged the private players to join the government in the mega initiative which is a win-win situation for both farmer and private players.

Dr Samoon also asked the officials to explore the possibility of fodder development in a sufficient patch of land which can cater to the livestock of adjacent villages of poultry estate.

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PDP flays Vikramaditya Singh for using foul language against July 13 martyrs

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Srinagar, July 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  on Thursday held a meeting of its north Kashmir leadership to take stock of the overall functioning of the party affairs and measures needed to strengthen it further.

The party also flayed Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh over his statement on July 13, 1931 martyrs, terming it derogatory, mischievous and reflection of a communal mindset.

Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri held a detailed meet with the party ’s top leadership over the present political situation and measures needed to be taken to defend the core interests of Jammu and Kashmir state.

 

According to the party spokesman, Veeri presided over the meeting that was held at the party’s head office here and was attended by the party’s top leadership from north Kashmir. The meeting, as per the spokesman, discussed in detail the current political situation in the state and the need to safeguard the state’s unique position and core interests.

The meeting also highlighted how the PDP while being part of the coalition took drastic and vital measures for the defence of the Article 35-A and the government had engaged the top lawyers of the country for the purpose

Veeri during the meeting emphasised that the need of the hour is to strengthen the party not to go adrift at such a crucial movement of history.

Taking part in the meeting, party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura in his address flayed the statement made by Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh about the July 13, 1931 martyrs, terming his remarks derogatory, mischievous and blasphemous in nature. While castigating Singh over the use of such foul language, Hanjura asked the Congress leader to read the history correctly to get an idea about the supreme sacrifice made by the 22 Kashmiris on July 13, 1931.

Hanjura said that the statement has reflected Singh’s vindictive and communal mindset and has exposed how some people in the state love to remain in their feudal fantasies and seek pleasure in witnessing peoples’ rights being trampled with impunity.

The PDP General Secretary also asked Congress party to come clear on its policy vis-a-vis the historic event of July 13, 1931, as according to Hanjura, on one side Congress leaders play theatrics by offering Fateha on martyrs’ graveyard and on the other hand, the leaders of the party ridicule the same martyrs publicly.  This is the high time, said Hanjura, that the Congress party must make its stand clear.

Other senior leaders who attended the meeting include  Javaid Beigh, Noor Mohammad, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Raja Manzoor, Mohammad  Khurshid Alam, Ghulam Nabi Panditpuri, Irfan Sofi,  Shabir Ahmad Mir, District Secretary Kupwara Mohammad Afzal, Adv Khurshid Shah, besides all-district and  Zonal  Presidents of north Kashmir.

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Comm SMC reviews progress of works executed under AMRUT, JTPRF

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Srinagar, July 18: Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Khurshid Ahmad Sanai chaired meeting to review the progress of various projects being executed under AMRUT and JTPRF here at Municipal central office Karan Nagar.

During the course of meeting various components of AMRUT including storm water drainage at different places in Srinagar, sewerage and septage, Urban Transportation, Development of Multi level parking and Green spaces were reviewed at length.

It was informed in the meeting that total number of thirty projects have been identified under AMRUT.

 

Commissioner SMC was also apprised that five projects have got completed including storm water drainage Mallbagh, storm water drainage Gangbugh, Extension of Tulip Garden, Development of Park/ Green space (Bemina Park) Idle Park at Pantha Chowk.

Sanai further reviewed status of reforms under AMRUT and status of NOC’s to be sought from other departments.

He has passed on instructions to speed up with the ongoing projects and ensure timely completion of pending works.

Among others meeting was attended by Joint Commissioner Adm Syed Abul Qasim, Joint Commissioner Works SMC, S.E Drainage circle, Deputy Director P&M SMC, Exn Right River Works, Exn left River Works, Exn CDC SMC, Exn S&D II, Exn MCD, Exn Mechanical SMC, Nodal officers/representatives of SDA, LAWDA, Floriculture Kashmir, UEED and others.

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