SRINAGAR, SEP 20: Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary has asked Deputy Commissioners to prioritize completion of languishing infrastructure projects in their respective districts during the current financial year.
Addressing the joint conference of Administrative Secretaries, Deputy Commissioners and District Police Chiefs at SKICC here last evening, Navin asked Deputy Commissioners to prepare a detailed project-wise schematic break-up of all such languishing infrastructure projects as these are proposed to be funded under the JK Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation (JKIDFC). He directed them to make a list of such projects in the order of priority so that these projects can be completed with assured funding without any further delay.
He told the Deputy Commissioners that once the funds are released they have to give assurance about the completion of these languishing projects by the end of current financial year.
While responding to the issues raised by the DCs, Navin said Accounts Officers will shortly be deputed to all DC offices to act as financial advisors to the Deputy Commissioners office.
Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo while interacting with the DCs asked them to regularly monitor the Health Indicators of their respective district that will determine the healthcare scenario of the district. He said efforts are on the improve the health infrastructure in the State under National Health Mission and urged the DCs to cooperate with their district health officials so that the best healthcare services are provided to the people.
He also discussed the preparations for Measles Rubella vaccination campaign with the DCs and sought their cooperation for its success.
Speaking at the conference, Principal Secretary Planning and Development, Rohit Kansal advised the Deputy Commissioners to prepare comprehensive project reports of infrastructure projects including the necessary components so that these projects would be completed on time. He also asked them to allocate funds to the projects under district plan as per the importance of each project so that these projects don’t suffer for want of funds.
Commissioner Secretary Forests, Manoj Diwedi suggested the Deputy Commissioners to start special anti-encroachment drive in their respective districts so that the forest land would be retrieved from encroachers. He also suggested them to expedite the process of issuing forest clearance certificates for the projects of immediate public importance.
Commissioner Secretary Power Hirdesh Kumar Singh said the department aims to electrify all un-electrified hamlets of the State by 30, November 2018 and the efforts are on to accomplish the mission. He said that round the clock power supply will be provided to households by the end of next year.
Secretary Social Welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone said the Department is planning to set up a District Disability Rehabilitation Centers in all the un-served districts for providing comprehensive services to the persons with disabilities. He asked the DCs to identify suitable land for the purpose.
Saying that the Department of Social Welfare is involved in the uplift of weaker sections of society through different schemes and programmes and it is important that Deputy Commissioners closely monitor their implementation, he observed that suggestions from Deputy Commissioners would further help in achieving the desired objective of these schemes at grass root level.
Secretary Youth Services and Sports and Information, Sarmad Hafeez said that under the aegis of Khelo India programme, Rs 10 lakh have been earmarked for each district for the creation of better sports infrastructure and coaching facilities of international standards.
He advised the Deputy Commissioners to involve youth in different sports promotion programmes and also lauded the role of DCs and SPs in making the Khelo India a grand success in the state.
Sarmad also said that Information department has recently posted District Information Officers in districts for effective coverage of government programmes.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.