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.
Come clean on alliance with Congress: Rasheed to NC
Srinagar, March 25: AIP President Er Rasheed has asked NC to come clean on its alliance with Congress.
While addressing media person, Rasheed said that Lone’s claim speaks volumes about double standards NC has been following since 1947.
“So-called secular forces seem to be having just one agenda to grab power and play with the sentiments and emotions of Kashmiris. While Farooq Abdullah talks day and night of supporting congress but NC’s parliamentary candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone calls Congress more evil and harmful than BJP and both Congress and NC need to tell the truth about their agenda of exploitation and vote to grab politics. If Congress is eviler than BJP how can the party support Congress in Jammu, Poonch and Srinagar parliamentary seats,” Rasheed was quoted by the spokesman as saying.
“Lone’s statement, may turn right, and NC may tie up with BJP in near future,” Rasheed added.
Accusing Raja Aijaz Ali of exploiting the sentiments of Pahari community Rasheed said that just being a member of a particular community does not mean that any person has a right to mislead the deprived people of that community. “Going by Raja Aijaz’s logic he should not then even dare to seek support from other communities and ethnic groups,” Rasheed said.
Lashing out at PDP Rasheed said that Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to get power and can join hands with anyone and speak anything which she may never believe in.
He said that 2019 parliamentary election is a test check to the wisdom and political maturity of masses and if they want their sentiments and emotions to be represented in the parliament they have no option but to vote for AIP. Appealing masses to donate money for his election campaign, Rasheed asked people to judge his ten years tenure as MLA before deciding to vote for any particular party and ask their conscience who can represent them better in parliament.
Geelani, Hurriyat (M) denounce arrest of separatist leaders
Srinagar, March 25: Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (m) on Monday condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists, booking them under PSA and shifting them to outside jails, terming it as a sheer “political vendetta and totalitarian.”
In a statement, Geelani said, “The rhetoric of Delhi being the world’s largest democracy is mere hoax and deceit as its highhandedness has tarnished every fabric of democratic norm.”
Condemning the shifting of Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Hamid Fayaz to Kuthwa and crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF and other Hurriyat leaders and activists, Hurriyat chairman said that every political event brings a bad of worries and miseries for the helpless inmates of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (m) in a statement condemned the ban on JKLF and said raids being conducted on front activists and leaders across Kashmir in an open attempt to crush the peoples’ genuine right to dissent.
Hurriyat also strongly condemned the fresh assault on the Kashmiri engineering student in Bangalore stating that the way Kashmiri students studying in various parts of India are being intimidated, harassed and thrashed, it is forcing them to come back and leave their colleges which putting their future at stake. It said that the primary responsibility of the governments of these states where Kashmiri students are studying is to ensure the safety and security of all the Kashmiri students so that they are not forced to flee.
Hurriyat also denounced repeated CASO in Shopian villages and said that irrespective of their age including the youth are being harassed and intimidated and caused great inconvenience.
Faesal starts public reach out in Kupwara
Kupwara, March 25: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) under the leadership of Dr Shah Faesal launched it’s Public Reach-out’ campaign starting from the frontier district, Kupwara to understand the people’s grievances, demands and problems.
The spokesman said that in its first public reach-out, JKPM team visited various villages and held interactions with the delegations from Bumhama, Dodawan, Nag Sarai, Mudmadu, Thyan, Huayhama, Hayhama B, MerNag, Kupwara town, Doniwari, Wowura, Chepora, Chaiwan and Mudanpora.
A team comprising Dr Shah Faisal, Chasfeda Shah, Shah Mubashir, Dr Mustafa, Perzada Feroze, Zameer Ahmad Shah, Iqbal Rather, Feroz Wani, Arshid Nazir Paray, Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Nazer Ahmad Khan and Dr Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was overwhelmed by the response from the people hoping that Faesal will work for the common people, find a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue and give them an alternative from the traditional “oppressive dynastic politics”.
The spokesman added that “Reach-out” campaign is primarily focusing on bringing social awareness which is viewed as the precursor for the political revolution that JKPM has envisioned. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Faesal JKPM will reach out to all the villages and remotest areas of the state to give them a say in determining their future, development and prosperity.