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Chief Secretary reviews Yatra arrangements






Srinagar, Jun 8: Chief Secretary, Shri B V R Subrahmanyam on Saturday reviewed the arrangements made for the smooth conduct of Shri Amarnathji Yatra (SANJY-2019), commencing from July 1.

Director General of Police, J&K, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Financial Commissioner to Governor/CEO, SASB, , Principal Secretary Home, Principal Secretary, PD&MD, Principal Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry/Transport, Administrative Secretaries of the Departments of Power Development, Forest, Ecology & Environment, PHE and I&FC, Tourism and Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir and other senior officers attended the meeting. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, DC Ganderbal and DC Anantnag participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

Chief Secretary reviewed in detail the facilities for safe, smooth and secure movement of pilgrims particularly along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and Baltal and Chandanwari yatra tracks up to the Holy Cave.


Chief Secretary directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir/ Jammu to closely monitor the arrangements being put in place in Transit Camps along the Yatra route particularly at Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, Ramban and in the base camps at Baltal and Chandanwari. He asked Divisional Commissioner, Jammu to work out a plan for holding of Yatries in Transit Camps especially between the Udhampur – Ramban-Banihal stretch in the event of blockade of National Highway due to landslides etc. He stressed on keeping Mughal Road operational for use during the Yatra as an alternate route in the event of blockade of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway.

Chief Secretary also reviewed the status of completion of track up-gradation works on Baltal & Chandanwari routes upto Holy Cave, improvements at the access control gates, establishment of camps, shelter sheds, health/medical camps and Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs)  at various locations, provision of drinking water supply, lighting, LPG, ration, Medicine and mobile connectivity besides establishment of Joint Control Rooms.  Timelines were finalized for completion of various works and putting in place all arrangements before June, 25, 2019 for smooth commencement of the Yatra.

It was informed that Camp Directors, Additional Camp Directors and Deputy Camp Directors drawn from the Civil and Police Administration will be in position by June-25, 2019. Chief Secretary emphasized that SoP for Camp Directors should be devised to make it mandatory for them to hold a brief morning meeting with all the Officers on a daily basis. “This will result in improved team work and coordination to deal with contingencies”, he said and added that the Camp directors be vested with magisterial powers for their smooth functioning.

DGP, J&K informed that for the SANJY-2019, 11 Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs) of J&K Police besides 4 NDRF Teams supplemented by the rescue teams drawn from SDRF and CRPF etc will be deployed at various locations to deal with various contingencies. Chief Secretary directed that the units of Civil, Police, Medical teams and MRTs etc being deployed at various locations should be kept at one place or in vicinity for quick response and better coordination for management of the Yatra.

Arrangements put in place by the Sonmarg and Pahalgam Development Authorities and the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) for disposal of Solid, Liquid Waste as would be generated during the Yatra period were discussed in detail. Secretary Tourism was asked to coordinate with the Housing & Urban Development Department for scientific disposal of the waste.

Arrangements with regard to registration and medical screening of Ponies against Glander’s disease and establishment of Veterinary Camps, staff and provision of medicine by the Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department were also reviewed. Principal Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry/Transport Department was asked to visit Sonmarg and Pahalgam for taking stock of the various arrangements.

To facilitate the Yatris, Chief Secretary directed that leaflets of Do’s and Don’ts along with a small sketch of the Yatra route indicating the road and the trekking path, facilities en-route should be distributed to all the Yatris so that they know the nearest service point and avail the required assistance. He also directed for installation of signages along the entire Yatra route including the National Highway for convenience of Yatris.

Disaster Management Department was asked to tie up with the Information department to ensure that regular weather report is broadcast on the national media and various TV channels for information of the Yatries.



Govt likely to probe illegal appointments in PSUs

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Jun 18: The Jammu and Kashmir government is likely to probe alleged illegal appointments in various state owned corporations.

Sources close to the government said that the Governor Satya Pal Malik has taken strong note of the allegations that over the years scores of employees have been appointed illegally in the state owned corporations. “To dig out the truth in this, the Government is likely to inquire all such illegal appointments,” sources said.

Sources maintained that the government will identify all those responsible for making appointments without advertisements and vacancies in the corporations.


It has been alleged that maximum beneficiaries were political workers who were adjusted in different corporations without considering fallout on the financial health of the corporations.

Sources said that the government over the years has failed to probe these appointments and book the culprits.

Sources further informed that there are allegations that many of the backdoor appointees in some corporations were first appointed as consolidated and later placed in the grade pay within shortest possible time by setting all rules and regulations aside.

“Though many house committees were constituted in Jammu and Kashmir to look into the illegal and backdoor appointments made in the state government departments, public undertakings and corporations, but these committees never succeeded to probe the matter,” sources maintained.

Sources alleged that each corporation had appointed illegally over hundred blue eyed persons. There was no accountability as how these appointments were made and thereafter given two to three grade promotions.

It is also a known fact that, most of the corporations are in losses and heavily dependent on the government for paying salaries to the staff and carrying out their day today activities.

It is to mention here that the government, in order to check the menace of illegal, backdoor appointment and re-employment had issued an order, wherein all government departments, PSU’s and other organization were debarred for making temporary arrangements and the blanket ban was imposed on making illegal appointments and re-employment. It was also mentioned in the order that all the re-employment orders issued by various government departments are revoked with immediate effect. However as per the sources, the aforementioned order was not implemented in letter and spirit, rather the government departments and public sector undertakings had chosen to continue making re-employment and back door appointments.

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Medicinal plant cultivation has potential to change economic scene of JK: Skandan




Srinagar, Jun 18: The Advisors to Governor, K Skandan, KK Sharma and K Vijay Kumar today attended one-day state level workshop on “Cultivation and Utilization of Medicinal Plants” in Jammu and Kashmir State.
The workshop titled ‘State Level Workshop on Medicinal Plants and Other Non-Timber Forest Products’ was jointly organized by Sher-e-Kashmir University of Sciences and Technology (SKUAST-K) and J&K Forest Department at SKAUST here.
Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Governor K Skandan said medicinal plants have been used in all cultures as a source of medicine. “There is a need for making the the knowledge available to everyone and everybody should have access to this knowledge,” the Advisor told the workshop participants.
He said the dearth of knowledge on the identity and agro-technology of the plants was adding hurdles in medicinal plant cultivation. Advisor Skandan also pointed out that he always suggested the agriculture experts to develop a suitable application for farmers in local language where a lot of intervention and interaction can happen so that a farmer gets to know through the app about the modern techniques and technology. He also suggest for the creation of institutional basis where a farmer can go in person and try to avail the benefits.
“We have to come down to the level where we can easily approach the farmer in terms of technology and holistic approach to cross the hurdles for them,” he said, adding the stakeholders must focus on micro-management so that everybody can come together and can do work for the farmer community.
Meanwhile, Advisor KK Sharma, who holds Science & Technology Department, highlighted that the human society was undergoing changes and the economic part of the society was shifting towards organic and natural sources.
Advisor Sharma said that from Government’s side there is a need for convergence among different departments like agriculture department, science and technology department, forest department and agriculture universities (SKUAST) where all departments would work together.
He said that the Government and other organisations should work on the strategies on how to take the medicinal plant cultivation down to the village panchayats.
Advisor K Vijay Kumar, while addressing the workshop said that there was a need to have a possible market for farmers, ease of doing business, the establishment of regional mandis and how would a farmer sell their products if there are restrictions in place for the commercialization of certain medicinal plant varieties.
He pointed out that medicinal plants are a farmer-friendly, easy to cultivate and high end if the farmers have availability of primary processing and marketing infrastructure.
Advisor Kumar, who holds Forest, Ecology & Environment, said the focus should also be given on the incentives to potential farmers for cultivation of medicinal plants and assured market, suggesting a single platform to these farmers and one settlement for aroma and medicinal plants.
He said the medicinal plant cultivation would change the economic scene of J&K State and will greatly contribute to its economy and wealth with employment generation and livelihood.
Earlier, Vice Chancellor of SKUAST-K, Nazeer Ahmad, while giving the overview of the medicinal plants in J&K State, said medicinal plant species are gaining importance in recent years.
He also informed the workshop that 572 medical plants varieties are present in J&K of which two dozen are being used commercially for high-grade drugs while generating a lot of income and livelihood.
He also informed the workshop that there are certain species which are under tremendous pressure due to over-exploitation and are under the verge of extension.
Speaking on the occasion, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Suresh Chugh said all the stakeholders are being called and discussions were being held threadbare so that the medical plants cultivation would become a vibrant sector in J&K. He said it will eventually play an important role in economy in J&K, adding medicinal plants in the State can be exploited and are commercially viability and people can get huge economic benefits. He said forest department is developing nurseries in the state as 90 percent medicinal plants are coming from wild source and rest is from cultivated areas.
On the occasion, a dozen presentations were given by experts on the cultivation and utilization of medicinal plants in J&K.
Later, three publications titled ‘Medicinal Plants of J&K, Annual Progress Report of Ayush and ‘Agro Technology of Medicinal Plants’ was also released during the occasion.
Commissioner/Secretary of Forests, Environment & Ecology, Manoj Dwivedi, VC SKUAST-J, K S Risam, scientists, scholars, and head of faculties among others also attended the workshop.

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AAC to observe foundation day on June 20




Srinagar, Jun 18: Awami Action Committee (AAC) will be observing its 56th foundation day on June 20th, 2019 (Thursday) at AAC headquarters Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal.

All members of the organization will be present on the occasion.

The meeting will once again reiterate the party’s stand for resolution of Kashmir issue either through Implementation of UN resolutions or through dialogue among India Pakistan and people of entire J&K.


Members of the meeting will pledge to work towards this goal peacefully and also towards promoting amity and friendship between India and Pakistan for peace and prosperity in the entire region as was the dream of its founding president Shaheed e Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq.

Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and AAC patron Mirwaiz Umar Farooq will address the gathering where the long journey of the organization, its contribution and the challenges ahead will be discussed.

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