NEW DELHI, OCT 16: Jammu and Kashmir is all set to achieve the target of providing ‘Power for All’ with electrification of each and every household across the state soon.
This was stated by the Commissioner Secretary Power Development Department (PDD), Hirdesh Kumar, while speaking during the ‘Review Planning and Monitoring (RPM)’ meeting chaired by Union Minister of Power, R K Singh here in New Delhi.
The Union Minister congratulated the state for the commendable performance in executing various tasks in the power sector within the short span of time.
Commissioner PDD said that cent percent household electrification has already been accomplished in six districts of Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Jammu, Samba and Kathua under the ‘Saubhagya’ Scheme while the remaining 16 districts are at the final juncture of completion.
The massive objective to ensure electrification of all un-electrified households, which kicked off in October 2017 with the launch of ‘Saubhagya – Sahaj Bijli Har GharYojna’ in the State is very close to realization in merely twelve months period, he added.
Kumar said the department has succeeded in laying the necessary infrastructure for connecting all the leftover 102 villages across the State which were located in the remote areas.
“During the last month alone, the average rate of electrification of households reached 4695 households per day.” He further informed that “Various innovative initiatives have been taken to ensure that no household is left un-electrified. Special Mobile Application ‘UrjaVistaar’ was developed to carry out the survey of households requiring electricity. Electricity connections were provided to remote households on-spot through another Mobile Application ‘Gram Jyoti Doot’ developed for the purpose,” he said.
He said a special vehicle named ‘SaubhagyaRath’ has been moving even in the saturated areas as the last step to rule out the possibility of any household remaining un-electrified.
While speaking about the action plan, he said “We are focusing on the last phase providing electricity connections to the remaining few un-electrified households. This phase is also broken into several milestones and thorough strategy planning has been done to accomplish the target within the next few days.”
Commissioner PDD further informed that “Besides on-Grid connectivity, a total of 16443 households which are located in extremely difficult terrain/ remote connectivity will be provided electricity through off-grid solutions including Solar Standalone and DG sets till the time Grid connectivity reaches such households so as to ensure strict adherence to timelines.”
He added that consumer database has also increased considerably with the release of electricity connections under Saubhagya scheme. During the last one year of this intensive electrification drive, massive capacity addition has also been done at a very fast pace to accommodate the additional load on the system. The registration of electricity connections will greatly aid in the correct assessment of required infrastructure for the said consumers for proper implementation of the ongoing schemes like DDUGJY, PMDP, he informed.
The meeting was attended by Secretary, Union Ministry of Power, Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Power, Dr. A. K. Verma, Principal Secretaries / Additional Chief Secretaries of various Power Departments of all States/ UTs, CMDs of PGCIL, NTPC, PFC, REC, other concerned.
Stopping of trucks on Sgr-Jmu highway: Mutton, fruit, vegetable dealers suffer huge losses
Srinagar, Apr 23: The mutton, vegetable and fruit dealers Tuesday claimed that they have suffered losses worth crores due to routine stopping of vehicles carrying these items by the traffic police on Srinagar- Jammu national highway.
The dealers said that trucks carrying livestock and other items are being stopped at various junctions on highway without any reason.
As per the dealers, the practice is prevalent from a long time, resulting in the escalation in the prices of essential commodities including mutton, vegetables and fruits.
General Secretary, All Kashmir Mutton Dealers Association (AKMDA), Kashmir, Mehraj-ud-din Ganie said that for the last three months, the truckers ferrying livestock to the valley are facing difficulties while travelling on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
“For the last almost one week, 150-200 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur’s Jakhani area, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs 1 crore daily to the mutton industry, “he said.
Ganie added that “we have nothing to sell as our stocks are over.”
“We have taken advance from the customers, who require mutton for marriage purpose. We were not able to give consignments to them. If stock didn’t reach at an earliest, we won’t be able to provide consignments for next two days as well, “he said.
President, Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Companies Association (JKGTCA), Mohammad Sidiq Ronga admitted that truckers are being stopped for no reason.
“Attempts are being made to shatter our economy. The traffic police are stopping our trucks everyday. Usually trucks carrying goods reach Kashmir from Delhi in 24 hours but now it takes three to four days,”he said.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said that “landslides at Manki Morh have been causing disruption in the traffic movement.”
“Earlier, we allowed traffic to move towards Kashmir but it resulted in congestion .Once congestion is over, we would allow them to proceed, “he said.
Meanwhile, traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora are planning to go indefinite strike from Monday 29.
The Mandi comprises more than 300 shops and around 3000 people are directly associated with it for earning their livelihood.
President, New Kashmir fruit Association Parimpora Bashir Ahmad said that they have called an indefinite strike from Monday 29. “Every day our fruit and vegetables- laden vehicles are stopped unnecessarily in Udhampur by police. Fruits have short life and get destroyed due to stopping of our vehicles on highway. We understand that Losses are inflicted deliberately, the president claimed.
He said that though they raised the issue many times with the top authorities but no heed has been paid in this regard. “Now we have decided to shut our business till our problem won’t be resolved,”
He said that they are not satisfied with the assurances given by the government and therefore they have decided to go for strike.
He claimed that due to unnecessary stopping of vehicles, the traders at fruit mandi are losing crores every month. “Deliberately our trucks are being stopped in the Udhampur region. We have seen that when a truck offers money to the police, only then they allow them to move towards Kashmir,” Bashir Ahmad claimed.
He further alleged that even on Sunday when traffic was not allowed on highway, they received several vegetable and fruit- laden trucks from Jammu, and “they told us that they paid money to the police who later allowed them to move”.
Sources said that supply of vegetables and fruits could be hit, triggering a price rise, if the strike begins and continues.
The supply of vegetables, fruits such as onions, Potato, Mangoes, oranges, Grapes, chillies, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes is largely dependent on this mandi.
ECI’s assurances over fool-proof security have fallen flat: Mir
Srinagar April 23: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency, G A Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit with great enthusiasm.
In a statement issued Mir also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.
Mir has expressed gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag, saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free, which was matter of enormous pleasure for Congress party.
Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag. The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir, he said.
Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident free elections, he added.
Geelani’s son questioned by NIA in funding case
New Delhi, Apr 23: Nayeem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.
Nayeem Geelani, who had been evading questioning by the NIA for long, appeared on Monday and a detailed questioning took place on Tuesday.
Geelani’s questioning comes days after the NIA quizzed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in connection with the same case. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.
The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.
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