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Development, environment conservation must go hand in hand: Lal Singh

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KATHUA, APRIL 01: Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment, Choudhary Lal Singh today asserted that Kathua District has witnessed massive development in all spheres during the current regime and the Government is duty bound to provide all basic amenities to the people of the State.
The Minister was speaking at public grievances redressal camp held here at Kathua today. Various deputations from Kathua, Basohli and Hiranagar apprised the Minister about their problems mainly pertaining to water and power supply, ration distribution, installation of hand pumps, pending payments of MGNREGA, and fresh BPL survey along with improving road connectivity in remote and far off places.
The Minister in response to the projected issues by the people passed on instructions to the concerned officers to take adequate steps to mitigate the grievances of the people in a time-bound manner. He exhorted upon the officers to create awareness about all government schemes among rural people so that they avail maximum benefit of these schemes.
Lal Singh also directed ACD Kathua to settle the MGNREGA liabilities by paying the remaining dues of labourers who worked under this scheme at the earliest. ACD, Rajiv Khajuria assured the minister those liabilities under MGNREGA to be given as soon as the Rural Development Department receives funds. The ACD urged the villagers to seed their Aadhar with the bank account to receive direct transfer of payments under various schemes.
The Minister asked people to extend full cooperation to executing agencies in implementing the development projects in their areas. He also advised them that development and environment conservation efforts must go hand in hand to maintain the fragile ecological balance which is essential for the survival of mankind on this planet.
Underlining several initiatives launched by the State as well as Central Government to provide social security and to improve the socio-economic status of the marginalized sections of our society, Lal Singh directed all the officers to synergize their efforts in sensitizing the masses regarding construction of houses under PMAY, construction of IHHLs, widow and handicap pension and assistance provided by the State Government for marriage of girls falling in BPL category under SMAS.
Director Social Forestry Ashwani Gupta, Director FPF, Mohammad Asif, Member Secretary PCB, Samir Bharti, CCF Jammu, Farooq Gillani, Conservator of Forests East Circle, Kh Qamar-ud-Din, ADC Basohli, Sanjay Gupta, DFOs, CEO, Engineers, Tehsildar and other district officers were present on the occasion.


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People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress

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Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.

In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized  how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.

Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.

 

I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.

Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.

He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.

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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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