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DMEF asks Govt to come clear on NPS

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Srinagar, June 12: Darbar Move Employees Federation (DMEF), J&K has asked state government to come clear on National Pension Scheme (NPS).
According to a press release issued here, a meeting was held on Friday under the chairmanship of Mohammad Amin Kilo who is state president NPS special cell of DMEF.
The meeting asked the state government to increase the government share from 10% to 14% as adopted by the central government.
Kilo said that less share contributed by the state government is injustice with the young employees who are highly qualified and have been appointed in government departments after going through rigorous selection process.
He also took exception of haphazardly managed NPS system by the finance department.
It is irony that employees who want to withdraw NPS share that they have contributed for certain exigencies in their personal life are not able to withdraw same when they need it most, he said during the meeting.
Many employees who had applied to withdraw after following all procedures and rules were not able to withdraw as finance department officials have clearly told them that no mechanism has been put in place by state government to withdraw the NPS amount from their account.
We appeal state administration led by the governor to immediately redress this issue at earliest.
State president DMEF, Ovais Wani sought personal intervention of the Governor, Chief Secretary to resolve this grievance of employees at earliest so that the employees are not compelled to take streets to fight for their rights.
He also warned the State Government not to hurt the interests of employees in any manner. He appealed all EJAC factions of state, other employee unions of State to be united for safeguarding the interest of 4.50 lakh employees of state.
Wani also appealed Governor for 5% hikes in D.A to State Government Employees which Central Government has already announced for Central government employees.
Senior Vice President Khurshed Ahmed, Vice- presidents Abdul Rashid Hafiz and Ghulam Rasool Paul, General Secretary Tufail Ahmed, Chief Organizer Tanveer Ahmed, Publicity Secretary Nazir Ahmed Khan, Treasurer Nazir Ahmed Bhat, Chief Spokesperson Er. Bilal Ahmed Lone, Spokesperson Javid Intikhab, Chief Coordinator Irshad -ul- Hamid,Media Sec Sameer Ajaz Mughal and other Senior Trade Union Leaders were present in the meeting.


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Rs. 22.64 crore proposed for sanction by State Level Sanctioning Committee

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Srinagar, July 21: Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone today chaired a meeting to review Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) 2019-20. The meeting reviewed department-wise allocation and expenditure during 2018-2019 and discussed the proposed projects and plants to be taken for the year 2019-20 by all departments.

The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture Jammu, P.S. Rathore , MD Agro Industries Development. R.K. Rakwal, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, Director Command Area Development,  Jammu and Managing Director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing and other concerned officers.

The meeting discussed the projects and activities to be under-taken under RKVY RAFTAR by agriculture and allied departments for which an amount of Rs. 22.64 crore has been proposed to be submitted for sanction by the State Level Sanctioning Committee.

 

Secretary Agriculture has called upon the officers to devise a strategy for making agriculture a remunerative and a profitable venture. Lone said that agriculture should be made a glamorous enterprise by turning farmers into agricultural entrepreneurs. He stressed for organising awareness programmes and emphasized upon the need of intervention so that there is a significant impact of the agriculture department at ground level.

He emphasized upon taking initiatives for increasing production of agriculture crops, post harvest management and marketing, increasing the green house structures, creation of irrigation facilities, introduction of new high yielding hybrid varieties and promotion of heirloom varieties. He stressed for wormy-composting and popularization of organic farming for producing healthy foods for healthy life.

Earlier, Director Agriculture Kashmir informed that agriculture department is making efforts for higher profits by way of increasing production, better marketing and linking it to National market in shape of a brand like Kashmir Fresh, Jammu Fresh, Meetha Rice, Summer Mist Honey and other products. He said that adopting of green house technology and reducing the harshness of winters through raising vegetable nursery in controlled conditions is being undertaken by the department on priority basis. 

Director apprised the meeting about the production status of various crops, seeds, physical and financial achievements and other important projects taken under RKVY.

The meeting was also informed about bringing more areas under irrigation and also use of high yielding varieties as per the standard seed replacement rate is on the priority list of the department. He also informed about the organic clusters and villages taken-up  in all the districts of Kashmir Valley.

The projects undertaken by Horticulture Department J&K were also discussed in detail and the emphasis was laid upon covering more areas under high density planting and development of public sector nurseries, mother plants , seedlings, post harvest handling and marketing.

The projects and activities taken by allied departments like Sheep Husbandry, Floriculture, Forest Department, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Development and SKUAST-J and SKUAST-K were also discussed.

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DC Budgam reviews preparations for Panchayat-level games

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BUDGAM, JULY 21: DDC Budgam, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar today reviewed the status of various sports activities being organized at different places in the district under the age group of 25 years for boys & girls at a meeting held here today.

Among others, ADC Budgam, District Panchayat Officer, Block Development Officers and officers of concerned Department attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam said that it is important to channelize the energy of youth in right direction, for which the sports play a pivotal role. Sports not only inculcate the sense of responsibility, discipline among the youth but also keep them mentally as well as physically fit, therefore, it’s very important to engage the youth in the sports activities along with their education.

 

She informed that various sports competitions shall be conducted by District Youth Services & Sports Department in collaboration with Rural Development Department Budgam at the panchayat level to nurture the talent of rural youth. She called for identification of venues at the earliest with focus on involvement of both students as well as non-students. Around 280 Registered Youth Clubs in District can provide vital information in identification of talented youth aspiring to take part in these games.

She lauded the role of RDD in recently concluded ‘Back to Village’ programme & urged it to actively involve the Panchayat functionaries in the process of organizing the forthcoming games. She instructed for proper arrangements like transport, refreshment, drinking water etc for the participating players. Several other issues related to the forthcoming games were discussed and the DDC issued necessary instructions to the concerned.

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PDP holds workers convention in Tangmarg

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Tangmarg, July 21: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Shabir Mir held a workers convention in Tangmarg and urged the workers to strengthen the party’s base in Gulmarg assembly segment.

While addressing over 2000 workers, Mir, who will be contesting assembly elections, said that previous legislators made hollow promises only and didn’t develop the constituency.

He urged the workers to spread the PDP’s agenda of peace and development for the state.

 

He said that the condition of healthcare, education and development sectors has not improved in the last decades as the representatives of the constituency failed to deliver.

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