SRINAGAR, JULY 03: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Tuesday called on the local heads of mohallas in the district to assist the administration with disaster management efforts it has set into motion for the effective and successful application.
The DC was speaking in a meeting with mohalla heads of areas affected in the 2014 floods convened to seek the association of local communities in order to ensure effective and successful application of disaster management efforts in the district. Those heading mosques and gurdwaras and temples at these areas also attended the meeting.
The meeting is part of the efforts of the district administration to put in place a mechanism for a methodical disaster management preparedness involving partaking of local communities in effective handling of disaster situations in the district.
Dr Shah said mobilization of local communities involving close coordination and assistance to the administration was extremely important for ensuring successful dealing with disaster situations.
He said the district administration is putting in place a mechanism wherein resources as required in such situations are easily available but stressed that assistance of locals to the administration was a pre-requisite for successful application of these efforts.
He said the administration recognises the great role played by locals in rescue efforts during the 2014 floods and that the disaster administration aims to put in place a mechanism wherein this role is made a part of a coordinated mechanism for strengthening disaster management in the district.
The DC said the administration has also roped in the services of water sports professionals of the district to further strengthen this mechanism. He said these professionals have been deployed at major relief centres established for flood control efforts underway in the district, adding that their services will be also used for training volunteers in disaster management efforts in the district.
No repression through barrel of gun can yield peace on ground: Soz
Srinagar, Sep 19: Former Union Minister and senior congress leader, Prof Saif-ud-din Soz on Wednesday pitched for initiation of dialogue process, saying that the central government has gone very wrong in not choosing the way for reaching the minds of the people of Kashmir, particularly, the youth who carry unrest in their minds.
“It will be quite wrong for the system not to reach their minds,” Soz said while addressing a presser.
“The anger in their heart and mind has to be understood. It will be futile for the system to take the position that there was no need for any discussion and dialogue with the people who adopt the course of violence,” Soz said as per the statement issued, adding “I have satisfied myself that if the system of governance wants to work for the durable peace, it has to understand the cause of unrest in the minds of Kashmiris. No amount of repression through barrel of the gun can yield peace on ground.”
“This feeling in me got buttressed enormously in recent times through my exchange of ideas with many knowledgeable people. I had a very interesting discussion with Johan Galtung, a Spanish intellectual with enormous knowledge on possible solutions to the conflicts that have afflicted many parts of the world. This exchange was through Skype and mails,” he said.
“Please imagine, why I am telling you this sorrowful tale. It is because I have a strong feeling that Govt. of India had a better course available that would yield positive results i.e. talking to the angry people of Kashmir. Perhaps, the JRL (Joint Resistance Leadership) could talk better, if the talks had opened!,” he said
“One is the urgent need of responding to the RSS’s avowed designs to create a situation of building a Hindu Rastra. The RSS Chief Mohan Bhagvat’s ‘Yakut Bharat’ points to the same situation. This posture of the RSS is extremely relevant to Kashmir,” he said, adding that the mainstream parties should also take full notice of the fact that even the subtle (superficial) situation of distance in approach to political and social issues between the RSS and the BJP has evaporated in recent years and the Indian society has fallen to very bad times, particularly Muslims and other minorities!
“In my opinion, the Kashmir mainstream parties should come full circle on the overtures of the RSS. This has become a crucial imperative for Kashmir as it (Kashmir) is pointedly on its RADAR!,” he said, adding that the second matter relates to the RSS’s open threat to seek revocation of Article 35-A.
Article-35A that provides various privileges to the people of J&K State is being contested by the RSS which is seeking abrogation of this Article through a petition before the Supreme Court of India, he said, adding “You have shown tremendous solidarity for this cause (protection of Article-35A). You rose to the occasion, in every nook and corner of Kashmir. Greetings for that solidarity! Please sustain that interest and enthusiasm. But, then, I would like you to take a little more notice of the RSS.”
“You are conscious of the fact that the RSS has always been consistent on two things. One is its clear angle on Muslims and other minorities; the second is its perception that Kashmir is an integral part of India and it needs no special privileges!,” he said
“To dwell on this subject a little more, I would invite your attention to what Walter Anderson and Shridhar Damle, who are quite conversant with the working of the RSS, have emphasized in their recent book ‘The RSS – A View To The Inside’. They have recorded great praise for the RSS on its phenomenal growth since 1980s and they have also stressed that the RSS is unparalleled as an organization with an almost Pan-India influence and operational footprint. They have, however, found through their credible research that Kashmir Valley is the only place where it has no functional Shakhas or branches,” Soz said, adding that “it is a silver lining for you in your struggle against all shades of parochialism, sectarianism and bigotry.”
“I have a strong feeling that you can rise to the occasion and win the battle!,” he said
Fix transportation rates for Valley’s fruit growers, Veeri urges Govt
Srinagar, Sep 19: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri on Wednesday urged the state government to fix and streamline the transpiration rates for the export of the fruits in Kashmir Valley during the present harvest season.
In a statement, Veeri said that the proper rates of transpiration for the export of fruits especially apples from Kashmir valley needs to be put in place by the government at an earliest so that the growers aren’t made to pay extra amounts by the transporters.
He added that the government without any delay has to fix the rates of the transportation so that the system is regulated and streamlined for the fruit growers who been battling hart to make their products available in the markets situated outside the state of Jammu and Kashmir. “Government must act while bearing in mind that Farmers make up 80 percent of the state’s population and agriculture and horticulture are the backbones of the state’s economy. If the growers are taken for a ride by the transport companies, it will have a direct impact on their livelihood,” Veeri said.
The PDP Vice President added that by the regulation and fixing of the transportation rates, government could extend a helping hand to the orchidists of Kashmir Valley and can equip them to sell their fruits at affordable prices in the outside markets. “There are various measures needed to be taken amid the harvest season in Kashmir by the government and fixing the transportation rates is one among them. It is hoped that the government will come up with the decisive measure soon,” Veeri said.
PDD regularizes 63711 connections under SAUBHAGYA scheme
Srinagar, Sep 19: On the directions of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, PDD has regularized 63711 electricity connections under SAUBHAGYA scheme across the Valley.
SAUBHAGYA or Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana was flagged off in September 2017 with the objective of electrifying all left-out households.
It was given out that the approved budget for the implementation of SAUBHAGYA scheme in Kashmir division is Rs 358.95 crore and 98947 electricity connections are pending which will be regularized by November 2018.
To achieve 100 per cent electrification under SAUBHAGYA scheme, Div Com directed all District Development Commissioners (DDCs) of Kashmir Division to start an intense drive with PDD authorities to identify all illegal power connections in their respective districts and regularize them under the scheme.
He also asked them to identify those households who have two or more families residing under single electricity connection.“DDCs will work in co-ordinate efforts to ensure that the beneficiaries are identified in a transparent manner so that the benefit percolates to the genuine and deserving ones,” he added.
Concerned district administrations were also asked to send their complete progress report to the Divisional Commissioners office on monthly basis for the further course of action.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer PDD informed that new domestic power connections can be availed free of cost under the Saubhagya scheme.
The free connections which also include the provision of free infrastructure under the scheme can be availed up to 30 November 2018.
The general public has been asked to contact the office of the Chief Engineer PDD Kashmir.
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