JAMMU, MARCH 26: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today sought proper rehabilitation of street vendors in the Jammu city and adjoining areas while carrying out their relocation to ease traffic movement in the winter capital.
Chairing a meeting to review the beautification of Jammu city here today, the Chief Minister directed identification of appropriate spots where the street vendors could be shifted so that their livelihood is not affected while clearing roads or pavements.
Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh also attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister asked the District administration, Municipal authorities and JDA to jointly work out a mechanism whereby these street vendors could be properly rehabilitated. She fixed a deadline of one month during which she asked these Departments to ensure availability of facilities like drinking water, electricity, sanitation and rest rooms so that these new spots become a market attraction where the street vendors could operate without any hassle.
The Chief Minister, on the occasion, was informed that at present 2015 street vendors are registered with the Jammu Municipal Corporation and two flying squads have been constituted to clear footpaths in the city from encroachments whose performance is being monitored on daily basis.
Mehbooba Mufti also directed the civic authorities to identify open spaces in the winter capital which could be developed into green spaces to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the winter capital. She also directed creating parking slots at more spots so that people don’t have to park their vehicles on roads and traffic movement in the city is eased.
Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Hemant Sharma; IGP Jammu zone, Dr. SDS Jamwal; IGP, Traffic, Basant Rath; Secretary, Transport, Saugat Biswas; Chief Engineer, R&B, Sudhir Kumar Shah ; Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan; Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, Ramesh Kumar; and other senior officers were present in the meeting.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.