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Div Com Jmu reviews post rain situation, future disaster preparedness

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JAMMU, JULY 01: Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma today reviewed post rain situation and future preparedness of disaster management in the Division here at a high level meeting.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner Jammu , Kumar Rajeev Ranjan (in person) and Deputy Commissioners of Udhampur, Reasi, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda, Samba, Kathua, Poonch and Rambandistricts  (through video conference )  besides Head of Departments and senior functionaries of district administrations and concerned departments.
He reviewed the overall scenario of Power, Agriculture, Horticulture, PHE, Health and other sectors in the districts and took stock of damaged infrastructure due to recent rainfall.
The Div Com asked Deputy Commissioners to take all necessary measures to ensure safety of the people and conduct mock drills of disaster management in vulnerable areas. He directed the concerned functionaries to expedite the restoration and repair works under close supervision and keep the buffer stock to be utilized in case of any eventuality.
The Div Com emphasized on putting onus on executing agencies for the repair of damaged roads due to landslides and asked the district administrations and development departments to put in synchronized efforts for quick action to minimize any damage.
“Check quality of food in eateries, medicines in medical shops and reachout those in need of Medicare, conduct sample testing of water and provide clean potable water to the public,” the Div Com directed the concerned functionaries.
Taking strong note of absence of few Head of Departments from such meetings on one pretext or the other, the Div Com directed for taking strict action against such HoDs and district officers who remain absent without any reason.  He directed the HoDs to restrain from sending their subordinates to the meetings and asked them to arrange Video Conferences in case they are unable to mark their presence in person.
He directed the concerned officers to classify the crops and advise the farmers to grow sustainable crops that can resist bad weather.
During the meeting, the Div Com also took stock of the various ongoing development works in these districts. He was informed about the works completed till date and further progress made on the ongoing works.
The Div Com instructed the DCs to identify feasible lands for Seema Bhawans keeping view the cost factor for the availability of electric and water supply.
Stressing on maintaining close coordination among the government departments, the Div Com directed the concerned functionaries to ensure regular monitoring of the ongoing works besides adhering to quality norms.
He asked the DCs to identify cluster of government lands to be utilized productively and conduct audit of progress made under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The Divisional Commissioner exhorted upon the executing agencies to speed up the pace of progress on under construction projects for providing early benefits to the people. The meeting was also informed about the status of land records in the districts.


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Jammu airport to function till 9 PM

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Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.

In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.

The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.

 

Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.

This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.

The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.

Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.

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Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home

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Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.

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PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC

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Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.

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