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CM reviews high density apple plantation scheme

Stresses on further propagation, incentivizing HDP

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Jammu, Mar 28: Terming the High Density Apple plantation as a game changer for the horticulture industry of the State, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has stressed on further propagation of the scheme and incentives among orchardists to achieve optimal results.

Chairing a review meeting in this regard, the Chief Minister asked for adopting a convergent approach by the concerned Department, financial institutes and research units so that the scheme is popularised among the farmers and the desired results are achieved by them.

Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Bukhari; Minister for Finance & Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari and Minister of State for Horticulture, Priya Sethi were present in the meeting.

 

The Chief Minister asked the JK Bank, which finances the cases of High Density Apple plantation, to simplify the process of subsidy in case of farmers opting for the schemes to cut down the delays and difficulties. She also asked the JK Bank to review the scheme to further make it amenable to more farmers and explore the possibilities of putting it under the Priority Sector Lending scheme.

Mehbooba Mufti also directed proper training of workforce by research institutes to execute the scheme on the ground without any technical hassle.

The Chief Minister was informed that among the major initiatives of the Department 100 % support is being provided for development of nurseries in public sector whiles as 50% support is being provided for development of nurseries in private sector. Also 33% subsidy is being provided for establishing C A stores, she was informed.

Also, the meeting was informed that, 91 out of 96 cases of financing have been cleared by the JK Bank till date involving Rs. 4.27 crore. So far, the meeting was informed, 72.5 hectares of orchard land has been brought under High Density Apple plantation in the State.

The meeting was also informed that apple cultivation constitutes about 78% of horticulture which is spread across 48% of the area of the State.

During the meeting, many of the progressive farmers shared their experiences of shifting to High Density plantation and put across many of their suggestions.

Chief Secretary, B B Vyas; Principal Secretary, Finance, Navin Choudhary; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Vice Chancellors of SKUAST-J/K; Secretary, Horticulture, Manzoor Ahmad Lone; MD, JKHPMC, Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar; Chairman, JK Bank, Parvez Ahmad; Vice Chairman, JKHPMC, Abdul Salam Reshi;  Directors of Horticulture; progressive farmers and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

 

 


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Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works

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Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.

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Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed

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Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.

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Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt

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Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.

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