By Mudassir Kuloo
Srinagar, Jun 23: Demonstrating the departments’ urgency to work, the former cabinet ministers continue to hold their portfolios as per official websites.
It has been over seven weeks since Nirmal Singh resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister, yet he continues hold the portfolio on the official websites of several departments.
On official website of the Power Development Department, Singh is still deputy chief minister, minister for Power, and Housing and Urban Development Department.
On May 10, he was elected as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
Similarly, there are several former ministers, who names are still on the official websites of departments.
On official website of Health Department, Devandar Kumar Manyal and Aesia Naqash are still Health and MoS Health, respectively.
While Naeem Akhtar is still Roads and Buildings Department minister and Sunil Sharma its minister of state on Roads and Buildings Department website.
There are so many such examples where officials have been transferred but are still as heads of departments, where they are no more holding these posts.
When one have a cursory look at several government websites, the departments have also ignored the directives of authorities and not putting up the important information.
The government has directed departments several times to update official websites on a regular basis.
It was intended to provide updated information about the government’s works to the people.
However, the websites of most of the departments are either not updated or defunct, or the old and irrelevant information has not been removed from there.
When one clicks website of some departments, some unknown website gets displayed, with content in an unknowingly language.
“This issue has been brought into the notice of authorities but to no avail. It seems that authorities are not concerned about updating the information on the website,” an official of the General Administration Department, said.
The official said that updating websites was one of the measures the government directed to make administration “responsive” and “transparency” in governance is yet to be implemented.
When PDP-BJP formed the government headed by Mehbooba Mufti, the authorities announced several measures to make the administration responsive and transparency in the governance. The officials were directed to ensure their implementation.
However, sources said that officials have given poor response to the government’s directives. The PDP-BJP government ended after the later withdrew support from the alliance.
Northern Army Commander reviews security in Valley
Srinagar, May 22: The Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh arrived in south Kashmir today to review the prevailing security situation in the region.
The Army Commander visited hinterland units/ formations in South Kashmir and was briefed about the current situation as also the recent counter terrorist operations.
The Army Commander complimented the troops for their successes in eliminating terrorist leadership from South Kashmir and also commended them for their dedication to duty.
The Army Commander was accompanied by the Chinar Corps Commander, during his visits. The Army Commander reinforced the need to be fully prepared for the emerging security challenges and lauded the exemplary synergy amongst all security forces.Later in the day, the Army Commander called on the Hon’ble Governor Shri Satya Pal Malik at Raj Bhawan in Srinagar and apprised him about the overall security situation in the Valley including stringent enforcement of the Counter-Infiltration Grid along the Line of Control.
They also discussed the vital importance of a fully integrated inter-service approach being used for planning and operations. The Governor appreciated the Army’s strong support to security forces in carrying out counter-terrorism operations in the Valley. Governor and the Army Commander also discussed the security arrangements for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2019.
Nahida creates history, becomes first Kashmiri woman to scale Mt Everest
Srinagar, May 22: History has been created after twenty three year -old Nahida Manzoor from Srinagar became the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mount Everest.
Transcend Adventures, an Hyderebad based adventure company, which took Nahida to Everest expedition confirmed this development on their official Facebook page.
The adventure company posted, “The Fourth summit of the day is Ms.Nahida Manzoor along with her Sherpa Guide Mr.Nima Kancha.”
“Nahida hails from the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The 26 year old lady has been passionate about the snow peaks and took to the mountains at a very young age. We wish her good luck for her future endeavors and may the Mountains bless her with abundant summits”, the company said in a post
Rakesh, a trainer from Transcend Adventures told The Kashmir Monitor that Nahida along with a group of five climbers had headed to Mount Everest from southern side.
“She has scaled the Everest on Tuesday. We had two teams one headed from north and another from South. They are yet to reach to the base camp,” he said.
Two selection grade constables Nazir Ahmed and Falial Singh of Jammu and Kashmir Police, who were a part of 11 member climbers’ squad also conquered Everest on Tuesday.
Nahida, who started her expedition in April along with his group had scaled four camps including Base Camp (5363meters), Camp1 (6100 meters) Camp2 (6600 meters) and Camp3 (7300 meters).
Known as passionate mountaineer, she earlier launched crowd funding to achieve her dream but was later sponsored by TCI Max, which financially supported her to join the camp.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Shahid Iqbal Choudhary and J&K State Sports Council also joined in to support her.
Nahida is a trained mountaineer having completed all mountaineering courses. She had completed her Basic Mountaineering Course and Advance Mountaineering Course (ABVIMAS) from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM). She has also done Special Mountaineering Course and Method of Instructions both from NIM.
Hailing from Zewan area in Srinagar, Nahida prior to the expedition has scaled Mount Deo Tibba-Manali with a height of 6001 meters and also Friendship Peak of Himachal Pradesh with a height of 5289 meters. In Kashmir she has scaled Mount Mahadev and Mount Tatakooti.
Meanwhile netizen took to the social media to greet Nahida for conquering the everest.
“O waoo..proud of you Nahida…well done gal… congratulations,” posted Swati Basedia on Facebook.
Mountaineer Danish Mukhtar wrote , “I knew that Alhamdulillah you make me proud…”
Former Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah took to his twitter handle to greet Nahida and two J&K Police Everest summiteers.
“It is a proud moment and for our state and its people. I congratulate the trio who successfully scaled the world’s highest peak. Moreover, the team comprised of a girl. I congratulate her and believe that her achievement has the ability to transform a generation, as will do her male counterparts. They truly are an inspiration to others,” he tweeted.
Peoples Democratic Party President Mehbooba Mufti also tweeted, “Kashmiris too have dreams & aspirations like everyone else. Somewhere between stereotyping & demonising them, human stories are lost. All of twenty three,Nahida Manzoor is the first Kashmiri woman to scale Mt Everest. More power to her & the youth of J&K.”
Admin wants an elected Govt to take over soon: Guv Malik
Inaugurates phase-II of JCRB flyover, apologizes over highway ban
Srinagar, May 22: Governor Satya pal Malik on Wednesday said that his administration wants an elected government to take over in Jammu and Kashmir soon.
However, he also apologized to the people for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway twice a week.
Talking to the reporters after inaugurating the second phase of Jahangir Chowk-Ram Bagh flyover here, Governor said that they (administration) want an elected government to take over the State soon.
He was reacting to a query about some officials within his administration were not keen on transfer of power to an elected government in Jammu and Kashmir.
However, he said that the call for the elections has to be taken by Election Commission. “We want this (President’s Rule) to end at an earliest and an elected government to take over the State,” he said.
Moreover, Governor refused to talk over the Budgam Chopper incident.
Nonetheless, Governor apologized for the restrictions imposed on civilian movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway, saying that ban was imposed in ‘national interest’.
“I apologise to the people for inconvenience they faced due to restrictions imposed on highway,” Governor said, adding that all the restrictions will be lifted from May 27, 2019.Recently, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said a decision on holding assembly elections in the state was the prerogative of the Election Commission but indicated a decision could be announced after the completion of the Lok Sabha polls.
Jammu and Kashmir was placed under Governor’s Rule on June 19, 2018 after the PDP-BJP coalition government fell as the BJP decided to pull out of the alliance.
The state assembly was kept in suspended animation to allow for the possibility of any new combination of parties to form a government in the state.
PDP president Mehbooba Mufti supported by the National Conference and the Congress staked claim for government formation on 21 November, 2018.
Within minutes, People’s Conference chairman Sajad Lone, who had just two MLAs, also staked claim for government formation.
The governor decided to dissolve the assembly on the grounds that he wanted to prevent horse-trading.
The state was brought under President’s Rule on December 19, 2018 for a period of six months as elections could not be held within six months of imposition of Governor’s Rule in the state.
The President’s Rule will have to be extended again on June 19, 2019 as assembly elections have not been held so far. The order for extending President’s rule will have to be ratified by Parliament.
Earlier he dedicated the second phase of the Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover today to commuters.
Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Sh. K.K. Sharma, K. Skandan- Advisors to Governor; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring; Baseer Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Junaid Azim Mattu, Mayor Srinagar Municipal Corporation; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Sh. Raghav Langer, CEO ERA; and various senior officers were present on the occasion.
Governor congratulated the executing agencies and observed that this stretch of 1.04 km would provide much awaited relief to commuters from Rambagh to Alochi Bagh and regulate traffic at Rambagh, Solina, Alochi Bagh and on the Rambagh Bridge.
Pertinent to mention that the third and last phase of the flyover is expected to be completed by June end. Once completed, the 2.4 kilometer flyover with six access ramps at Jehangir Chowk, Gogji Bagh, Alochi Bagh, Rambagh, Natipora and Barzulla, will substantially decongest city traffic and reduce travel time between Jehangir Chowk and Rambagh from about 45 minutes to about 2.5 minutes.
Directs release of last month’s pending wages during Ramadan
Srinagar, May 22: The issue of pending wages of casual/daily rated workers and other categories of employees in certain departments was brought to the notice of the Governor during the meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) held today in Civil Secretariat, Srinagar. The Governor was informed that these workers have been put to hardship during the holy month of Ramadhan.
The Governor has directed the release of last month’s wages in respect of the casual/daily wagers and salaries of other categories of employees working in different departments who could not receive the same so far.
The Governor has asked the Advisors to oversee that wages are released to these workers by their departments by 31.05.2019. The Finance Department will issue necessary sanctions, wherever, required.
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