Jammu, Jan 12: Lauding the role of Women’s Development Corporation towards promotion of the interests of women folk in the state with focus on underprivileged segments, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai Saturday emphasized on the need on creating ample and gainful employment opportunities for women enabling them to live a dignified life.
“Raising their living standard will enable them to contribute towards growth and development of the society with added vigor and energy” he added.
The Advisor, who is also the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Women’s Development Corporation (JKWDC) was speaking at the 24th meeting of Board of Directors of the Corporation, here today.
Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Choudhary, Secretary Social Welfare Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, Director General Planning Development and Monitoring Department Shahzada Bilal Ahmad, Managing Director, JKWDC Naheed Soz and other members of BoD including Prof. Yasmeen Ashai, Dr. Kavita Suri and Muslim Jan were present at the meeting.
The meeting was informed that the Corporation is implementing a number of Developmental Schemes for Socio-Economic Uplift of Women with special focus on those living Below Poverty Line (BPL) and also for the qualified Women Entrepreneurs.
The Board meeting discussed activities, achievement and five year plan (2019 to 2023) of WDC. Various agenda points were discussed, including action taken report on the decisions of 23rd Board meeting, adoption and approval of accounts for the year 2017-18, implementation of 7th pay commission, enhancement of wages in respect of Consolidated field supervisors, branding of WDC products, construction WDC office at Jammu, filling up of vacant posts and many others.
After detailed deliberations, several important decisions were taken by the Board for better management of the affairs of the Corporation.
The board meeting approved proposals including implementation of 7th pay Commission for the staff, brand name for the products of JKWDC, proposal for purchase of land for construction of office complex at Jammu, etc.
The Chairman asked JKWDC for identification and promotion of more women entrepreneurs, organizing awareness camps and identifying women for activities which make them more empowered. He stressed on giving priority to far-off and uncovered areas so that women living there can be benefited by the schemes of JKWDC.
The Chairman also directed JKWDC to participate in National and state level exhibitions, trade fairs to display and sell the products of the women beneficiaries.
The Board members observed that there is huge scope of employment opportunities for women under JKWDC schemes and for this purpose a well knit strategy shall be framed to reach out to the socially and economically backward women for their socio-economic uplift .
Earlier, Managing Director, JKWDC informed the meeting that JKWDC has disbursed an amount of Rs 136.61Crore and covered 15076 beneficiaries under various centrally and state sponsored schemes.
The WDC as a Vocational Training Provider imparted training to 7023 women in various trades and provided an amount of Rs 5.92 crore to members of 2245 women SHGs constituted during training under Micro Finance Scheme of Govt. of India.
Later, the Advisor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai along with Board members released the “Calendar” of JKWDC for the year 2019-20.
Congress strong enough to counter divisive forces: Mir
Srinagar, July 16: Stating that Congress party will continue to fight against divisive and exploitative forces in the country and state, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed confidence that people and Congress party in unison will ensure that the forces inimical to multiplicity and rich culture of harmony are defeated miserably.
JKPCC president was addressing series of party meetings at Manzmou, Tangloo, Hiller, Ujroo, Chandoog and Saidiwara in south Kashmir, emphasizing the party leaders and workers to rise to the occasion to defeat the exploitative forces, which are hell bent upon to exploit the people to serve their vested interests.
Describing the Congress Party a formidable force to reckon with, G.A Mir said Congress is capable enough defeat the forces inimical to peace and development in the State, shall continue to fight for the inclusive development of the State, which has received setbacks due to the negligent attitude of BJP Government at Centre.
Mir reiterated Congress party’s stand to maintain secular fabric and communal harmony at all costs and by all means and said the party will ensure defeat of communal and divisive forces, which were pitching the communities against each other in order to divide them on the basis of religion or regions, but the Congress party will defeat them tooth and nail.
“Congress never compromised on people’s urges and aspirations for electoral gains, it will continue to remain committed to fight against the political exploitation by BJP-RSS,” G.A. Mir added and appealed the people not to come under false propaganda of BJP and other opportunist parties, who have exploited them (people) equally for electoral gains.
Er Rasheed asks CB to avoid further delay in investigating Kupwara minor’s killing
Srinagar, July 16: Seeking justice for 8-year-old Umer Farooq who was brutally murdered after being kidnapped from his native village in Gulgam Kupwara last year, AIP president Er Rasheed has appealed for a thorough introspection in the society to get rid of criminal elements.
Speaking on functions at Gulgam organized to pay tributes to Umer Farooq on his first death anniversary, Er Rasheed said. “While it is encouraging that sources within the crime branch claim to have reached very close to the culprits, it is need of the hour to avoid further delay in resolving the mystery. Crime branch must come out with its findings and take the investigation of the barbaric incident to its logical end so that trial in a fast track court is initiated.” Rasheed further added that while entire humanity within and outside state got shocked after the incident but we all need to have a sincere introspection to find out the reasons behind such sick and barbaric mentality that can turn humans worst than the wild beasts.
The society needs an introspection to find out reasons that why it is losing moral values and a huge chunk of youth are becoming drug addicts. Parents, teachers, religious clerics and common masses need to unite and ensure that the entire society is made de-addicted from the menace of drugs, he said.
Non-implementation of ACP has demoralised engineering cadre: Shah Faesal
Srinagar, July 16: Reacting to one day mass casual leave of graduate Engineers, President JKPM Shah Faesal has expressed his solidarity with them and impressed on the state government to fulfill their demands immediately.
“Engineers are the most hard-working people of the State and the brightest of the students would opt for engineering streams. However it is shocking to look at the level of stagnation in the Engineering sector and no serious effort has been made so far to address the career related issues of Engineers,” Shah Faesal said in a statement issued .
“It is a tragedy that even Chief Engineers are working in the pay scale of AEEs and the OPG promotion syndrome has destroyed the Engineering cadre completely. After 30 years of service officers are retiring with the same pension that their fellow employees with one third of their service,” Shah Faesal added.
Shah Faesal lamented that Assured Career Promotion scheme approved by the Government after years of hard work of engineers has not been implemented so far.
He called upon the Government to fulfill its obligations towards engineering cadre immediately and implement the ACP scheme in letter and spirit.
“Engineers are the primary movers and shakers when it comes to developmental activity. A demoralised cadre cannot effectively lead the infrastructure development in the state and therefore Government should immediately take cognizance of the issue,” Shah Faesal argued.
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