Srinagar, Jul 19: Chief Secretary, Shri B V R Subrahmanyam Thursday chaired a meeting of the State Level Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee (SLSMC) for implementing ‘Housing for All’ (HFA) Urban Mission in Jammu and Kashmir under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY).
‘Housing for All’ Urban Mission is being implemented in all 78 Towns and the two capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu in two phases. The Programme has four components viz Beneficiary Led House Construction (BLC), Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP), Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) and In-Situ Slum Re-Development.
In Phase-I of PMAY, 23 Towns and two capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu and in Phase-II, remaining 55 Cities/Towns have been approved for receiving central assistance by the Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, GoI.
The Committee was informed that a total of 66277 beneficiaries have been identified/verified/validated in the state under PMAY-HFA (U) including 4583 under Slum Re-development component, 24,523 under Credit Linked Subsidy, 13100 under Affordable Housing in Partnership and 24071 under Beneficiary led Construction with an overall financial involvement of Rs 4024.81 Crore.
Under the BLC component, in which financial assistance of Rs 1.66 Lakh is provided to individual families belonging to Economically Weaker Section (EWS), till date, 90 DPRs involving 14036 beneficiaries have been sanctioned by the Union Ministry.
The SLSMC today approved 20 more DPRs, prepared for 8 cities/towns of Kashmir Division and 6 cities/towns of Jammu division covering 3434 EWS families.
Of the 24071 beneficiaries of Phase-I Towns/Cities that have been validated under BLC component, DPRs of 14036 beneficiaries have already been approved. While 233 dwelling units have been completed, construction in close to 2500 dwelling is at various stages of completion.
Chief Secretary asked the J&K Housing Board to gear up its official machinery in coordination with Municipal Commissioners of Jammu/Srinagar and Directorates of Urban Local Bodies and reach out to the beneficiaries within one month to ensure that work on maximum number of dwelling units gets started. He asked J&K Housing Board to finalize the DPRs of remaining 6600 dwelling units by 15th of September, 2018.
The SLSMC approved construction of 1008 dwelling units under Affordable Housing Partnership (AHP) Component, being implemented by Jammu and Srinagar Development Authorities and J&K Housing Board. The Committee accorded approval to the Housing Demand Survey and Housing for All Plan of Action (HFAPoA) of 55 selected cities / towns of Phase-II covering 15168 beneficiaries.
Chief Secretary impressed upon the officers to redouble their efforts to achieve the target of providing dwelling units to identified EWS families as per time lines.
Release Kashmiri political prisoners on or after oath ceremony: JKDFP to GoI
Srinagar, May 25: Jammu Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) has stressed upon the government of India (GoI) to release all Kashmiri political prisoners as a good will gesture on or after taking oath of office for the next inning.
Party Spokesperson has said in a statement that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become very powerful after sweeping the recently held elections so he must now concentrate on becoming an international figure by resolving the political disputes like Kashmir. If Modi resolves Kashmir dispute he is sure to become a strong contender for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“The Kashmir dispute which is continuously consuming human lives has become a nuclear flashpoint between India and Pakistan, the two neighbouring countries, which have a very bright and larger role to play for the stability and peace of the South Asian region. So, both New Delhi and Islamabad must get the Kashmir issue resolved to make way for a larger role on international level,” Spokesperson said.
He said “the fresh dispensation at New Delhi, as a matter of beginning should announce releasing of all Kashmiri political prisoners as a good will gesture to build a confidence and create a situation which can lead to a resolution process. Since both India and Pakistan have numerous issues to address at their domestic levels so, it is high time for both to get engaged as mature democracies so as to find a final resolution of the long pending Kashmir dispute and end the sufferings of Kashmiri people who are suffering a lot since decades together for demanding for their internationally acknowledged political rights.”
No one can stop AIP now: Rasheed
Srinagar, May 23: Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President and Party’s candidate for Baramulla Parliamentary constituency Er Rasheed has said that results are much encouraging for AIP and no one on earth can stop the party from becoming alternative to NC, PDP and other regional parties.
In a statement issued today, Rasheed said that the spirit of democracy needs to be respected and all those who have won the elections deserve congratulations. However, AIP has proved all political analysis wrong and has shown excellent performance by improving its performance beyond imagination. Those who used to accuse AIP of dividing votes should realize that party was not there to divide votes but to give a befitting fight despite all compulsions and the results have proved all those forces wrong who claimed to be lone warriors of Kashmiris.
Rasheed while thanking AIP cadres said that party is thankful to every single voter and party colleagues who voted and worked for an ideology and have laid a strong foundation stone for the future. AIP promises to follow its pro-people agenda with consistency and sincerity. One should not forget that AIP decided at the eleventh hour to contest the elections and without a proper cadre the party volunteers succeeded in sending a deep message to the masses that AIP has the potential to replace those who have given Kashmiris nothing except disappointments and false promises.
Rasheed reiterated his appeal to sincere political workers to join AIP and become part of a change which will not only ensure leadership that represents sentiments, sacrifices and aspiration of masses but will also give them best and corruption-free governance.
Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) put in all-out efforts to highlight Kashmir issue globally: Mirwaiz
Srinagar, May 23: The 52nd death anniversary of Mahajar-e-Millat Mirwaiz Moulvi Yousuf Shah (RA) was observed on both sides of the divide in Kashmir with full respect and honor.
Paying rich tributes to the martyrs of battle of Badr and to highlight the role and great contribution of Muhajir-e-Milat (RA) on social, moral, educational and religious and political front, Mirwaiz-e-Kashmir Umar Farooq while addressing the gathering at the historic Aali Masjid at Eidgah here, shed light on the life and religious political contribution of late Mirwaiz.
While paying rich tributes to him for his commitment to the people’s political movement as a pioneer in creating awareness among them regarding their political rights for which he was exiled, Mirwaiz paid homage to the great leader for his great contribution in the spread of religious teachings and social justice among the people of the state. He said that Mujahir-e-Milat put in all-out efforts during his lifetime to highlight the Kashmir issue globally and to pitch for Kashmiri’s.
Mirwaiz said that the translation and commentary of holy Quran in Kashmiri language by the late Mirwaiz helped put Kashmir on the global Islamic map and earned him great respect in Islamic world.
Mirwaiz also paid rich tributes to the martyrs of the battle of Badr stating that the great companions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) despite being less in number fought against the enemy to keep the Islamic flag high and that their priceless sacrifices will always be remembered till the day of judgment.
Those who spoke on the occasion include Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Moulana Showkat Hussain Keng, Moulana Khursheed Ahmed Qanoongo, and Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams. The speakers paid rich tributes to Mujahir-e-Milat and vowed to take his mission to its logical conclusion.