Srinagar, May 14: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a high level meeting of officers to review the arrangements for the smooth conduct of Amarnath Ji Yatra-2019.
He also directed to establish joint control rooms shall be set up at Pahalgam and Baltal, besides weather advisory shall be issued after every 3 hours by the Metrology department through Doppler weather system for the convenience of Yatris.
Threadbare discussion were held for the smooth conduct of the yatra and various aspects related to the snow clearance on the track, registration, accommodation, medicare facilities, ration, transport facilities, boarding and lodging facilities, provision of safe drinking water, sanitation and cleanliness besides establishment of control rooms at all the halting stations, fixation of rates of ponies and tents, ATMs facilities, basic amenities in Base and Transit camps, installation of Bio-tiolets and communication facilities, deployment of officials on duty, issuance of passes were also deliberated upon in the meeting.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir emphasized upon the officers to work with coordination and enthusiasm to put in place all the arrangements.
He stressed for ensuring adequate stocks of essentials, medicare facilities and ensuring cleanliness enroute stations to the Holy Cave and adhere quality control on tents and bedding. Animal Husbandry department will ensure to conduct health audit of all ponies, horses and mules well before the start of Yatra, the meeting was informed.
Disaster Management authority was directed to conduct Mock drills on Baltal and Sheshnaag tracks from June 10 with NDRF, SDRF, Mountaineering school, HAWS, civil defence besides purchase sophisticated tools and equipments.
Khan also directed for clearance of track from Pahalgam as well as Baltal sides well before Yatra commences and asked for better communication facilities to be made available at all the stations.
He also emphasized for the registration of ponnywalas and potters at specified locations.
The Divisional Commissioner also asked all the officers of concerned departments to submit the actual Yatra plan to the Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal immediately. Ensure that all the facilities shall be made available to the Yatries and the concerned departments shall project their requirements well before time for smooth conduct of the Yatra, he said.
Khan asked DC Srinagar to identify holding areas of transport and hotels in the city for the yatries.
Additional Chief Executive Officer, Shrine Board, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Chief Engineers of PHE, R&B, PDD Directors of Health Services, Animal Husbandry & Disaster Management, CEO Sonamarg, Joint Director Tourism, DGM BSNL, Deputy Directors of Fire & emergency services & MET, Deputy Commandant NDRF, SP Traffic (Rural), Assistant Commissioner (central), and other concerned officers of various departments participated in the meeting whereas Deputy Commissioners of Anantnag and Ganderbal participated the meeting through video conferencing.
Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works
Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.
Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed
Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.
Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt
Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.
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