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Day 4: ‘Back to Village’ campaign picks up pace from north to south

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Srinagar, Jun 23: On the fourth consecutive day of State Government’s ambitious ‘Back to Village’ outreach programme,  designated gazetted officers today conducted Gram Sabhas and interaction programmes across the North Kashmir districts of Bandipora, Baramulla, and Kupwara.

In Bandipora, phase-II of the programme started in 50 Panchayats of the district including six in Gurez, 25 in Bandipora and 19 in Sonawari.

Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam visited Nadihal-C Panchayat in Bandipora block and interacted with the people. He reviewed the working of Panchayats and the implementation of ‘Back to Village’ Programme.


Chief Secretary said that the outreach programme involves the people of the state and government officials in a joint effort to deliver the mission of equitable development across all rural areas.

Later, he held a meeting to review the implementation of the programme in the district. The meeting was attended Deputy Commissioner, Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers.

While stressing on implementing the programme in letter and spirit, Chief Secretary said the programme is primarily aimed at energizing the panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation.

Meanwhile, in Jurniyal-A Panchayat in Tulail block of Gurez, Visiting Officer, Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon interacted with the people at the Panchayat. The locals put forth several issues including completion of High School building, establishment of library, laboratory, auditorium and other public infrastructure in the village.

He also laid the foundation of 33KV Gurez-Bandipora transmission line at Khandyal. At Purana Tulail he distributed solar lighting systems among the beneficiaries.

In other halqas of the district, the visiting officers inspected various ongoing works and also visited education institutions, healthcare centres, Anganwadi centres and other offices. At these centres, the visiting officers interacted with the people who apprised them about various problems being confronted by them.   

Of the 151 Panchayats in the district, 51 Panchayats were visited in the first phase while 50 are being visited in phase-II and the remaining Panchayats will be visited in the last phase.

In Baramulla, Syed Noor-u-Din Andrabi, Administrative Officer Directorate of Information, visiting officer, Panchayat Halqa Tapper Waripora conducted interaction programme in which a large number of people participated.

Continuing with  the ‘Back to village’ outreach programme, designated visiting officers today conducted Gram Sabhas, interaction programmes and awareness camps across South Kashmir districts during which people were informed about various welfare schemes and their feedback was sought to improve public services delivery mechanism.

IN SHOPIAN, 33 Panchayat Halqas were covered on the second day of the phase-II during which people raised various issues being confronted by them.

Deputy Commissioner Dr Owais Ahmed has been monitoring the programme with several other senior officers to assess its implementation on the ground.

On the second day of Phase-II, several Panchayat halqas falling under different blocks were covered by the visiting Officers during which scores of Gram Sabhas were held.

During these interactions, feedback regarding bad roads, health and hygiene, sanitation, drinking water facilities were raised by the people. People were also educated about the centrally and state run schemes and how their effective implementation can bring about turn-around for the several backward villages of the district.

IN KULGAM, on day 4 of the programme 67 Panchayat halqas were covered during which feedback of people was sought on many developmental issues to transform the socio-economic profile of rural areas.

Secretary GAD, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, conducted various interactions and Gram Sabhas wherein people raised issues regarding health and hygiene, sanitation, roads and water supply, and electricity etc. He also inaugurated several link road projects in the Ashmuji area of the district.

At Ashmuji-A halqa, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, inaugurated Mela in which several Departments including Agriculture, Horticulture displayed their products. The officials interacted with the farmers, growers, urging them to avail benfits of the government run schemes.

Other visiting officials also held  Gram Sabhas and informed people about the centrally sponsored and state-run schemes for the welfare of the general public.

The programme was held in several Panchayat Halqas of Khull A, Bangward B, Lasipora, Chowgam A, Chowgam B, Chaki Badwani, Khargund, Gundipora, Devsar, Adigam , Cheyan, Bhan, Srandoo, Danow, Ashmuji A, Ashmuji B,  Balsoo, Razloo, Wanipora, Uril, Kraloo, Kaladrang, Nowbal, Shirpora, KB Pora A, KB Pora B, KB Pora C, Koril, Avil, Mattilbugh, Parigam, Turigam, Hanjan, besides other villages.

Pertinently, Deputy Commissioner Dr Shamim Ahmad Wani is himself monitoring the programme with several other senior officials.

IN PULWAMA, a lot of enthusiasm was witnessed on the fourth day of the ambitious outreach programme during which designated officers interacted with locals at their respective assigned halqas and listened to their issues and grievances.

Continuing with its efforts of reaching out to people at their doorsteps under ‘Back to Village’ programme, the day four of the programme witnessed a massive public participation at various places in Central Kashmir, where the officials from various departments informed the people about various developmental schemes and initiatives taken by the government. The people also apprised the officials with their issues and grievances faced by them in their respective panchayats.

In Srinagar, various proceedings were held in six Panchayat halqas on Sunday taking the total number of Panchayat halqas covered so far under the programme to 13.

The two-day programme in Nowgam-B of Srinagar block, Panzinara-B of Qamarwari block, Khonmoh-B and Balhama-B of Khonmoh block and Dara-B and Syedpora of Harwan block saw big public response that was filled with enthusiasm and hopes for redressal of genuine developmental grievances.

Today under the programme, a range of programmes including gram sabhas and inspections of public facilities in each of these halqas were carried out. The aim of these initiatives is to get a correct understanding of developmental shortfalls and other requirements.

It also included awareness sessions about government schemes meant for people living and working in rural areas and their enrolment in the designated schemes. Eligible beneficiaries under various schemes were also given certificates in each of these six halqas during the programme.

Public meetings and field visits by designated administrators revealed a range of specific developmental concerns of these halqas with some of the main grievances and demands for their redressal recorded including inadequate drainage and irrigation, lack of appropriate health and educational facilities and dilapidated distribution apparatus of essential services like power and water.

In each of these six halqas designated administrators were accompanied by officers from concerned line departments in order to ensure proper understanding and recording of grievances and concerns which will be submitted as a compiled report to the office of DC for their redressal.

Srinagar has a total of 21 Panchayat halqas spread over four blocks including 9 in Harwan, 6 in Khonmoh, 4 in Srinagar, 2 in Qamarwari.

In Ganderbal, various developmental projects were inaugurated on day four of the “Back to Village programme.”



Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed

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Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.

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NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’

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Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”

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DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’

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Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.

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