Srinagar, Jan 20: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan today chaired a meeting of officers to discuss the availability of LPG and Petroleum products in snow affected areas of Kashmir division.
The meeting was attended by Secretary, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) PK Pole; Inspector General, Traffic J&K, T.Namgyal; Director FCS&CA, Kashmir; Medical Superintendent, SKIMS; Additional Secretary FCS&CA; SSP Trafic NHW; SP Traffic Rural Kashmir; SP Traffic City Srinagar; Chief Engineer,BRO, BEACON; Chief Engineer Mechanical Engineering; Deputy Controller LMD; Project Director Ramban NHA-1; Incharge Joint Director, Information Department, General Manager, Food Corporation of India, Jammu; State Level Coordinator IOCL, J&K Jammu; Area Sales Managers of LPG and POL from HPCL, BPCL, IOCL and other concerned officials.
During the meeting took stock of availability of the LPG and other petroleum products, bedsides discussing short term as well as long term measures to overcome the scarcity of petroleum products in the Valley.
The representatives of the oil companies informed the meeting that 70,000 LPG cylinders are available and the stock is sufficient for a week. They informed that more Petrol and Diesel tankers have arrived while many more are on way.
The Div Com asked the oil companies to push for 500 more trucks in next two days to avoid any shortage.
He also asked the oil companies to depute their representatives at Patnitop, Ramban, Banihal and Qazigundand to communicate with the Div Com office, IGP Traffic and Director FCS & CA about the arrival of petroleum tankers on the daily basis.
The Div Com asked the concerned officials to conduct extensive market checks to ensure that domestic LPG is not used for commercial purposes.
He further directed the concerned authorities to regularly feed SKIMS and other tertiary care health institutions as per need.
The Div Com asked the representatives of oil companies to immediately bring the issues and problems, if any, to the notice of divisional administration so that timely action is taken.
With regards to the snow clearance measures, the Div Com directed the concerned snow clearance agencies to keep the snow clearance mechanism intact while asking them to ensure snow clearance on road sides as well.
He directed the CE BRO, BEACON to visit both sides of Banihal tunnel along with SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir and SSP National Highway, Jammu so that the immediate measures are taken by the agencies to keep the road fully functional. He also asked them to apply relevant chemicals on the frozen surface of the road so that slippery conditions are avoided.
To overcome the problem of slippery roads, the Div Com instructed the concerned to use chains on the trucks and tankers tyersfrom Patnitop to Qazigund. He further said that any dereliction on this count by any trucker will be dealt with under law.
Bukhari’s ‘Apni Party’ constitution in making
Srinagar, Feb 23: Former minister Altaf Bukhari and his team are in the process of framing the constitution of ‘Apni Party’, the third front being formed to kick-start the stalled political process in Kashmir, courtesy Centre’s detention of major political players.
“The draft constitution has entered its final stage and is awaiting approval. We will declare our party anytime as all the formalities have been completed,” Bukhari said in an exclusive chat with The Kashmir Monitor.
‘Apni Party’ is meant to work as a third front to resume political activities in Kashmir at a time when three former CMs and other major political leaders are facing PSAs and detention since August when J&K simultaneously lost its statehood and special status.
Bukhari, a former PDP Minister, has been busy lately in garnering support of those political leaders, who managed to remain free, possibly in lieu of their silence.
On Saturday, Bukhari met BJP National General Secretary, Ram Madhav in Gulmarg, who, interestingly, a day after said that he wants the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to become conducive for normal political activity to resume.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, senior Congress leader and former MLA Bandipora Usman Majeed resigned from the party to join hands with Bukhari.
Besides Usman, Bukhari’s team, so far, includes former MLA Ghulam Hassan Mir, and former PDP leaders Dilwar Mir, Javaid Beigh, Noor Muhammad Shiekh, Rafi Ahmad Mir, Abdul Majeed Paddar, and Abdul Raheem Rather.
The buzz of a ‘third front’ was further confirmed when in January these former MLAs met Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu and envoys of 15 countries during the latter’s visit to Kashmir.
Bukhari said his party will differentiate itself from the mainstream parties through its “agenda of working to solve the issues of people”.
“After August 5, people lost their hopes as economy, development took a back seat. Our party will raise issues like providing domicile rights over land and jobs, releasing of political leadership from detention, protecting J&K Bank’s autonomy,” he said.
“We are not hereditary politicians but common people. Apni Party is a party run by common people for common people. When we thought of its name, we considered interests of all the regions,” he said.
Congress leader Majeed also confirmed his association with Bukhari and said they are going to work together “for betterment of people.”
“Yes, I have resigned from Congress as the party has a specific agenda which is no different from that of BJP. I just needed a free space to work for the betterment of people and decided to quit the party. We are many former MLAs who are with Altaf Sahab,” he said.
Usman quits Cong to join Bukhari
Srinagar, Feb 23: Congress leader and former Bandipora legislator Usman Abdul Majid Sunday announced his resignation from the party.
Usman is one of the nearly two dozen leaders who have joined hands to structure a new political podium in Jammu and Kashmir led by former minister Altaf Bukhari, which would likely be formed in the first week of March.
Usman has announced his resignation during a convention in Bandipora on Sunday.
“Yes, I am resigning from the party because Congress is no different agenda as it has its own particular agenda. I want to work freely for my people,” he told The Kashmir Monitor.
Asked if he was joining Altaf’s upcoming party, Usman said: “Yes I am with Altaf Sa’ab.”
Usman said that he will send his resignation to the party on Monday.
Addressing the convention, Usman lashed out at Congress saying it was is “because of it that the people of Kashmir have been suffering from last 70-years.”
“This party is behind the sufferings of Kashmir people,” he said.
Referring to Altaf Bukhari’s ‘Apni Party, Usman said the new party will be floated very soon.
“Regional parties including National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party misled people here over self-rule and autonomy. People in Kashmir are suffering because of their misdeeds,” he said.
He accused Congress of ‘double speak’ and claimed the party leadership was never sincere to the people of the Jammu and Kashmir.
“They would speak one language in Delhi, other at Jammu and quite contrasting in Srinagar,” he said.
Usman said like-minded people have already joined hands for the new party.
“The party which is being floated is not backed by BJP. Linking our new regional force with BJP is totally baseless and concocted,” he said.
Want normal political activity to resume: Madhav
Srinagar, Feb 23: BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav on Sunday said that everyone in his party wants the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to become conducive for “normal political activity” to resume.
“Keeping the situation of J&K in mind, the government has invoked certain Sections for the detention of some leaders there. When the situation improves and things normalise, everybody will be allowed to do their political activity. We all want the situation in Jammu and Kashmir to become conducive for normal political activity to resume,” Madhav told ANI.
Ram Madhav’s response comes days after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that he was praying for the early release of the three former chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir who are currently under detention.
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