Srinagar, Oct 15: Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s Secretariat will close in summer capital, Srinagar, on October 26 in connection with shifting of Durbar move offices to Jammu.
As per communiqué of Raj Bhavan, all communications meant for Governor and his staff which cannot reach Raj Bhavan, Srinagar before October 26 may please be addressed to Raj Bhavan, Jammu, for further intimation.
The telephone/fax numbers at Raj Bhavan, Jammu are:Governor Office 2544989(Fax), Principal Secretary to Governor Office 2542902, 2542980, 2544870 (Fax), 2439449 (Residence)EPABX (Exchange) 2560225, 2544537, 254794.
Meanwhile, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam chaired a high-level meeting here Monday morning to take a comprehensive review of the arrangements for bi-annual DurbarMove.
The meeting was informed that as per the orders already issued by the General Administration Department (GAD), the offices observing 5-day week shall close in Srinagar on 26 October 2018 after office hours and offices observing 6-day week shall close on 27 October 2018 after office hours. All the offices will reopen in Jammu on 5 November 2018.
The meeting was told that adequate arrangements are in place for ferrying of official records and transportation of employees on October 27th, 28th and 29thand November 3rd and 4th. Only one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed during these five days.
Secretary, Information Technology, Saugat Biswas informed the meeting that the IT Department is working towards installation of dedicated computers in each Department at the Civil Secretariat, both at Srinagar and Jammu, to avoid wear and tear during physical transportation of computers with bi-annual Durbar Move.
The Chief Secretary directed that each Department should be provided with External Hard Drive by the IT Department for shifting of records in digital format. He said from the next year minimum movement of files will be ensured and most of the records shall be shifted in digital format.
Secretary IT further informed that from the next Durbar Move, the WiFi and networking equipment won’t be shifted during Durbar Move as Civil Secretariat Jammu and Srinagar shall be provided with dedicated WiFi facilities.
Chief Secretary directed the IT department to ensure that LAN/Internet connections in Jammu Secretariat are fully functional by the time move offices reopen there.
To ensure smooth movement of Durbar Move convoy, the Chief Secretary instructed BEACON and NHAI authorities to ensure good condition of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, especially on Banihal-Nashri and Chenani-Udhampur sections.
The meeting also took a holistic review of security, availability of trucks and buses, recovery vans, mobile workshops, health facilities and ambulances along the highway.
Chief Secretary instructed putting in place all necessary measures including security escort to ensure smooth movement of Darbar move vehicles up to their respective destinations. He instructed that extra buses and trucks be kept available during the move days besides the adequate number of cranes, mobile workshops, recovery vans, medical mobile teams, ambulances be deployed en-route along with necessary equipment and staff to meet any exigency.
Chief Secretary asked Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department to issue temporary ration cards and gas connections to move employees for their Jammu stay and to ensure timely supply of rations besides, directing the concerned departments to ensure complete sanitation, availability of electricity and potable drinking water in all residential colonies of the move employees. He said the employees moving to Jammu should be provided new Ration Cards on the production of their official Identity Card alongwith a self-declaration regarding number of family members.
Chief Secretary also asked concerned officers of the Estates department and Jammu Municipal Corporation to inspect employee residential colonies and ensure that necessary facilities were in place including cleaning up water storage tanks and launching intensive sanitation drives in all colonies.
Director Estates informed the meeting that in addition to around government 3000 flats available for housing move employees, the Estates Department is hiring around 1200 hotel rooms, 150 JKTDC rooms at TRC Jammu and 280 private houses.
He also directed for adequate deployment of security in all residential colonies both in Srinagar and Jammu.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma; IGP Jammu, SDS Jamwal; DDC Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Commissioner JMC and other concerned officers from Jammu attended the meeting through video-conferencing.
LOK SABHA ELECTIONS: 13.6% turnout in Anantnag district
Segment-wise %age: Bijbehara 2.04, Anantnag 3.47, Dooru 17.28, Kokernag 19.50, Shangus 15.10, Pahalgam 20.37
Srinagar, Apr 23: The Anantnag district Tuesday witnessed a low voter turnout of 13.6 per cent in the third phase of the parliamentary elections.
Tuesday witnessed the first phase of the 3-phased polls for Anantnag Parliamentary seat, which also comprises of Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts.
Once considered PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s bastion, the Bijbehara segment recorded the lowest poll percentage of 2.04%. Pahalgam recorded the highest turnout at 20.37%.
Addressing media persons, Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shailendra Kumar said that polling took place “without any untoward incident”.
Divulging segment wise details of the district, the CEO informed that the percentage of the total votes polled in Anantnag segment was 3.47 per cent, Dooru 17.28, Kokernag 19.50, Shangus 15.10, Bijbehara 2.04 and Pahalgam 20.37 %.
Kumar said that out of 5.27 lakh voters (2.69 lakh males) and (2.57 females), 71777 voters cast their vote.
He said that 54,663 voters were to cast their vote for the first time, adding that 44,536 voters were in the age group of 18 -21 years.
In Kokernag as per Kumar, 18312 votes were polled with a polling percentage of 19.36% and in Shangus 13354 votes were polled with a poll percentage of 15.09%.
In Bijbehara, 1905 votes were polled with a polling percentage of 2.04% and in Pahalgam 17649 votes were polled with a polling percentage of 20.37%.
Kumar said that “total poll percentage of three phases held so far stands at 48.87%.”
He said that for the smooth polling, the ECI had setup 714 polling stations in the district. The ECI had also established 21 model polling stations, 12 all women model polling stations.
He complemented all those involved in the poll process including political parties and election staff.
The polling took place in 714 polling stations including 21 migrant polling stations and 71 model polling stations.
Bleak turnout may hit PDP
‘My father’s workers will ensure my victory’
Srinagar, Apr 23: With the overall voter turnout in the first of the three-phase polling in Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency settling below 10 per cent till 1 p.m. on Tuesday, the fate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti hangs precariously in the balance in what was till recently her party’s bastion.
The bad news for Mufti is that voters in her ancestral town Bijbehara and the neighbouring Anantnag showed very little interest to come out and join the poll process.
Mufti won this Lok Sabha seat in 2014 and resigned in 2016 to become the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir following the death of her father, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
She later won the 2016 bypoll for the Anantnag Assembly seat to get elected to the 87-member state legislative Assembly. Anantnag Assembly seat fell vacant due to Mufti Senior’s death in 2016.
In contrast to the less than 3 per cent voter turnout in Bijbehara and Anantnag segments that have traditionally been PDP strongholds, the turnout was better in Dooru, Kokernag and Shangus segments where her Congress rival, Ghulam Ahmad Mir has strong voter support.
The voter turnout has also been good in the Pahalgam segment, but it is believed that the PDP and the National Conference (NC) would cut almost equally here, again giving an edge to the Congress candidate.
Voting will be held in Kulgam district of the constituency on April 29 and in Shopian and Pulwama districts on May 6 and the voter turnout in these remaining districts may make or mar the electoral prospects of the PDP President.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba Mufti Tuesday said that the workers of her father Mufti Sayeed will ensure her victory in the Lok Sabha polls.
After casting her vote in Bijbehara area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, Mehbooba said that “this time my father Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed is not with me but his workers who have worked for him are still there.”
“I hope the workers of my father will ensure my victory in this election,” Mehbooba told reporters.
Asked about low voter turnout in her hometown Bijbehara, Mehbooba said, “I am hopeful of good results.”
Mehbooba is among the 18 candidates who are in fray for South Kashmir Lok Sabha constituency.
‘Mehbooba disowned her birth place; we just returned the favour today’
Bijbehara, Apr 23: Barely 100 meters away from the ancestral home of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) founder Late Mufti Sayeed, in Baba Mohalla Bijbehara, a group of seven elderly men were Tuesday drawing comparison between the ongoing and the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Sitting on a pavement close to late Mufti’s ancestral house, they lamented the party’s downfall in the town particularly after the death of the PDP founder, which was followed by her daughter Mehbooba Mufti taking over the party in 2015.
As their arguments grew louder, a number of youth, who were sitting near the shrine of Baba Naseem-ud-din Gazi (RA), too joined in. They all justified the town’s “total boycott” of the Lok Sabha elections this year.
By noon, only 78 votes had been polled in the town which has 6,756 electorates.
Only 27 votes were polled in three polling booths closest to Mehbooba’s ancestral home.
All these men and youth were seemingly unhappy with the PDP chief for “disowning” her home town soon after taking over as the Member of Parliament (MP) and later Chief Minister of the state.
A man in his 60s said that Mehbooba during her speech soon after being elected as MP in 2014 claimed that she belonged to the nearby Akhran village.
“Her father Mufti Sayeed sahab lived here and she too managed to garner people’s support from here in 2014. How could she later claim that she never belonged to the town? The same day we started losing our hopes in her,” he said.
Abdul Salam, another elderly person, said that Muftis “have now even changed their graveyard from Baba Mohalla to Dara Shikoh Park.”
“People are very angry with them. Mufti Sahab could have been buried in his ancestral graveyard, which the family didn’t prefer. In 2014, we saw a large number of voters coming out of their homes to support the party, which is not happening now,” he said.
Regretting the loss the area faced with the death of Mufti Sayeed, the locals claimed Mehbooba “ignored the people of her town. That was the reason why people were showing their backs to PDP”.
“Mufti Sahab would visit to the town every now and then. But we haven’t seen Mehbooba ji after she won her elections in 2014. So people this time preferred to boycott the election,” said a youth supported by others.
One of the locals questioned the PDP’s approach towards the town by pointing towards a street, which was littered with garbage.
“Do you expect streets in a chief minister’s town looking like this?” he questioned, while pointing towards the street.