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Cut dropout rate: Advisor to School Education Department






Srinagar, Jun 29: Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar Friday asked the officials and the experts in the Department of Education to put their heads together and come up with suggestions to further cut the dropout rate at primary and secondary level in schools.

The Advisor said this while reviewing the functioning of the Education Department here today. The meeting was attended by Secretary Education Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director School Education Jammu, Director SSA and other senior officials of the department.

It was observed in the meeting that there is 10:18 Dropout rate at Upper primary level and 23:04 Dropout Rate at secondary Level. Advisor complimented the officials of the department including the teachers and other field staff for their tireless efforts to increase the literacy rate in the state besides helping in decreasing the dropout rate from schools ate primary and secondary level.


K Vijay Kumar said there is always scope for the improvement and asked the experts to come up with innovative ideas so that the dropout rate can further be decreased.

The meeting was informed that there are 23.145 lakh students enrolled in 29335 schools of the state and there is 163390 teaching and non-teaching staff including SSA and RMSA Staff working in the department.

It was informed that department has got 933 lecturers in various disciplines during 2017 on the recommendations of J&KPSC while 261 placements of PG Masters/ Teachers have been made as In-charge lecturers in various disciplines pending clearance by DPC or PSC besides regularizing the services of 60 lecturers.

The department has also referred 2154 posts of teachers and 1296 non-teaching posts under direct recruitment quota. The Advisor directed the officials to conduct regular DPCs and expedite the process to fill the indirect quota through promotions to avoid stagnations in the department.

Secretary Education informed the meeting that this year, the department received a financial allocation of Rs 122.05 crore under capex budget which include Rs 70 crore for up-gradation of infrastructure. It was given out that 139 works have been completed by March this year while 174 are expected to be completed by the end of current financial year.

The meeting discussed threadbare the issue of SSA teachers, midday meal Scheme, RMSA other financial and physical constraints. The advisor directed the officials to expedite the work on various ongoing projects so that same can be completed well in time. He also laid stress on the proper monitoring mechanism in schools at block-level to bring in more efficiency in the department.

The advisor stressed on teachers training and asked the officials to make efforts to equip the teachers with modern teaching techniques using modern gadgets so that the students are benefitted at large.



Forest Protection Force seizes illicit timber in Rafiabad




Baramulla, June 17: Forest Protection Force Baramulla Monday claimed seized 80 feet illegal timber from smugglers in Rafiabad forest area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

An official said that Forest Protection Force unit K07 Baramulla seized illicit timber being smuggled from Rafiabad forest area of the district.

“A team of forest protection force seized a vehicle bearing registration number JK02R 1756 laden with illicit timber in Rafiabad. The smugglers escaped from the spot however timber worth lakhs was seized by the team near Tragpora Rafiabad. A case has been registered and manhunt for the smugglers has been launched,” the official said.


He said that the timber was axed down by smugglers in upper belt of Rafiabad and was being smuggled to urban areas of the district.

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Akhtar expresses dismay over lack of dev in B’pora




Srinagar, Jun 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar toured various far-flung areas of north Kashmir’s Bandipora in order to get the first-hand appraisal of the grievances being faced by the people in these remote hamlets of the constituency.

Akhtar visited Chandaji area where recently two young were killed due to the windstorm. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he questioned the delay being done by the government in disbursement of ex-gratia in favour of the next kin of the victims.

Also, while meeting several peoples’ delegations in the area,


Akhtar was appraised about the lack of proper road connectivity and how in spite of the approved scheme under PMGSY, no work on the project has been started yet.

Akhtar also spoke to the concerned Chief Engineer over the issue who assured him that the work on the road will begin soon.

The PDP leader, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure that present development season is not lost and take into consideration the hardships being faced by the inhabitants of the area as they have to walk through 7 km long tough terrains to reach the main road.

Akhtar also expressed concern over the non- implementation of the SAUBHAGYA scheme, stating that till date only half of the hamlet has been covered under the said scheme, thus contradicting claim of the Prime Minister that every single hamlet has been electrified. He urged the government to address the issue on priority so that people aren’t made to face further problems on this front.

Akhtar also highlighted the issue pertaining to the lack mobile telephony services in the area. He said that as Gurez and Bandipora are already connected, it is the only place where there is no mobile connectivity. The PDP leader said that it will need just one mobile tower to bring the area on the communication map.

Further, Akhtar also visited several other areas where the recent hailstorm had wrecked havoc. He has urged the government to compensate the victims on priority at an earliest.

The former minister also expressed dismay over the dismal pace of work on main Bandipora road from Ajas to Sonarwani being executed under CRF. He said that keeping in view the snail’s pace of work, it doesn’t look like that it will be completed in December this year which is the target completion date of the road project.

He also questioned government’s non- serious approach as the work on Athwadu Sonarwani road project is yet to begin, adding peoples woes to a large extent.

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CB arrests man impersonating as official from CS’s office




Srinagar, June 17: The crime branch of Jammu on Monday arrested a man from Talab Tillo Jammu for impersonating as an official of Chief Secretary’s office. The fraudster according to the statement issued here, has duped several senior officers of various departments.

The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, a resident of JMC 39, House No 223, Mohalla Jhullka, Darbar Garh Jammu, have ho duped and cheated numerous senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means.

The fraudulent activities of accused Ashwani Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person who claimed to be an officer of a personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact on his mobile No 9797578686.


The fraudster was contacted by AAssistant Director Tourism Leh, and he asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposited Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money and have no source of means there.

Subsequently the Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh transferred an amount of Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later on, during the enquiry, it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary etc.

On receipt of this complaint, Crime Branch begun an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the said accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case FIR No 34/2019 U/s 170,420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ. The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by a special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.

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