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DyCM reviews functioning of I&C Deptt;stresses on timely completion of dev schemes

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SRINAGAR, MAY 08: Deputy Chief Minister Kavinder Gupta today chaired maiden review meeting of the Industries & Commerce (I&C) Department here at SanatGhar, Bemina.
The Deputy Chief Minister, who also holds the portfolios of Industries & Commerce and Transport Departments, took a detailed review of the functioning of the I&C department, including status of spending and the revenue generated by its allied departments and Corporations.
Minister of State for Power Development and Industries & Commerce, Asiea Naqash, Principal Secretary Industries & Commerce Shailendra Kumar, Directors, Managing Directors of allied departments, Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and other heads of the department concerned officers from various offices and corporations attended the meeting.
The Deputy CM was informed about various interventions introduced in the department to bring in fiscal discipline in its allied departments to make them profit-generating units. He was also apprised about the infrastructure development carried out by different government departments and agencies.
Speaking on the occasion, Gupta said that all the developmental schemes should be implemented in a time-bound manner as it would greatly help in percolating the benefits of these schemes to its intended target.
Urging for timely disposal of cases, he said that a conducive work environment needs to be created so that people will receive their due in a time-bound manner. He impressed upon the officers to maintain high standards in delivering their professional duties, saying it will send a positive message among masses.
During the meeting, Gupta said that human resource is the pivotal part for the smooth functioning of any organization and ensuring the welfare and timely promotion of employees translates in getting better results from them.
Speaking on the occasion, Asiea Naqash stressed the need for highlighting the achievements of all the allied departments of Industries & Commerce.
Welcoming the good work carried out by the allied departments and corporations, the Minister said Industries & Commerce is the backbone of the State and there is need to invest more in the sector so that people at the grass root could benefit from it.
Earlier, the Deputy CM was briefed about the working and achievements made by various allied departments in recent past.
Giving details about SICOP, the meeting was informed that SICOP achieved a turnover of Rs 779.21 crore during the financial year 2017-18 against the target of Rs 647.50 crore. It was also revealed that SICOP is managing 52 industrial estates through the State.
The meeting was informed that around 8,000 artisans are trained by the Handicraft department annually in various crafts. It was revealed that the department till date has 332 corporative societies with a membership of 36531. Besides, 45492 artisans were provided with a loan facility of around Rs 400 crore for their economic empowerment.
The department has also done an export business of handicrafts of Rs 115.12 crore for the financial year of 2017-18.
The Deputy CM was informed that JK Cements has achieved a phenomenal increase in its production in comparison to last five years. It was revealed that the corporations for 2017-18 went on to produce 850 metric tons of cement although the average production for the cement for the year was 800 metric ton, thereby achieving Rs 114.01crore turnover.
Giving details about Handlooms department, the meeting was informed that presently 12 clusters under union government are working in the State. Each cluster with around 200 registered weavers is provided with training on weaving, dying, and designing of various forms of fabrics.


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Rasheed asks govt to involve militant leadership into dialogue process

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Srinagar, June 25: Asking Delhi to give up its rhetoric and double standards, AIP President Er Rasheed has said that time is ripe for Delhi to accept ground realities and realize that there is no shortcut to the resolution of Kashmir dispute except respecting sentiments and sacrifices of people of Jammu and Kashmir and resolving the issue as per UN resolutions.

In a statement issued on Tuesday Er Rasheed said that on an occasion when Home Minister Amit Shah is visiting Kashmir, he needs to move beyond beaten tracks.

Er Rasheed said, “If Hurriyat is showing its willingness for talks it should not be seen as their weakness but as an opportunity to find an everlasting resolution to the internationally recognized dispute.”

 

“Both Delhi and Hurriyat leadership must restrain from imposing any pre-conditions for entering into dialogue process,” he said.

“Those trying to see Hurriyat’s willingness for talks as their weakness are living in fool’s paradise as Hurriyat is the custodian of sacrifices and represents sentiments and sacrifices of people of J&K,” he added.

Er Rasheed added that the muscular policy has failed in the past when inhuman operations like catch and kill and operation tiger were tested on unarmed Kashmiris.

He said, “All the stakeholders must understand that J&K dispute is a political one and finding any military resolution will never succeed.”

“It is time to give up ego and involve militant leadership into the meaningful dialogue process and resolve the issue once for all,” said Er Rasheed.

“Without taking militant leadership on board Hurriyat may not be able to deliver much. All the three parties including militant leadership must help in creating a conducive atmosphere for the meaningful dialogue,” he said.

Er Rasheed urged Amit Shah to move beyond official briefing which he may get from state administration and security agencies and urged Shah to ensure that security forces are made accountable and honour and dignity of masses is restored.

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Congress strong enough to overcome challenges: Mir

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Srinagar, Jun 25: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) held an important party meeting of Ex. Ministers & Ex. Legislators to debate and discuss the socio-political scenario obtaining in Jammu and Kashmir.

The party also held detailed discussions over the organization affairs and activities in JK, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party at grass roots level.

The meeting was presided over by JKPCC President G.A. Mir.

 

Those who attended the meeting included senior party leaders Peerzada Mohd. Sayeed, Taj Mohi U Din, Ghulam Nabi Monga, Haji Abdul Rashid Dar, Usman Majeed, Mohd Amin Bhat, Shoiab Nabi Lone, Gulzar Ahmad Wani, Bashir Ahmad Magrey, Syed Bashir, Abdul Rehman Dar and others.

JKPCC President held threadbare discussions over the organizational affairs and activities, emphasizing the leadership to further strengthen the Party from grass roots level.

On this occasion G.A. Mir said Congress Party is a vibrant situation in all the three regions, fully capable to overcome the challenges and strong enough to defeat the forces inimical to peace and stability in the country and State.

Mir said Congress party will ensure defeat of divisive and fascist forces, which are hell bent upon to divide the people on regional and religious lines to serve their vested interests. “We have always strengthened the secularism and unity in the country, state and will continue to unite the people,” G.A Mir said.

“Congress party is committed to safeguard the secular fabric in the country won’t allow communal forces to vitiate the atmosphere of harmony and peace in the Country and State,” Mir added.

He said Congress party is the only unifying force in the country and State because the party believes in uniting the people, it will continue to work as a bridge between the communities in the Country and State.

The meeting finalized the district wise and constituency wise party conventions being organized across Kashmir valley.

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SMC organizes Swachh Bharat Abhiyan prog at Karan Nagar

‘Efforts need to be put in to preserve Kashmir’s unparalleled beauty’

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Srinagar, June 25:  Continuing with its three-day event for welfare of Safaikaramcharis, Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) Tuesday organised a Swachh Bharat Abhiyan program here at SMC central office Karan Nagar.

Chairman National Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Valaji bhai Zala, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion, said that Swachh Bharat Abiyan needs to be connected with one and all.

“Not only safai karamcharis but people from all walks of life particularly students who are future of this country should join hands and connect with this nationwide cleanliness/Swachta  campaign as it is the most important topic which our kids and students and be aware of this mission,” Zala said.

 

He also said that Kashmir has rightly been called as paradise on earth for its unparalleled beauty, serenity and fresh air, but it  needs to be retained  and restored by putting in every effort.

He said therefore, Swachta, which not only includes sanitation but preservation of water bodies, lakes, rivers, curbing use of polythene etc  needs to be taken on the wider scale and its logical end.

Deputy Mayor Shiekh Imran, Commissioner SMC Khursheed Sanai also spoke on the occasion.

During the program students from various schools and IEC Partners delivered speeches on Swachta.

At the end of the event Zala flagged off the Abiyan and along with students, Karamcharis and SMC officials  marched towards Karan Nagar to take out rally and conducted sanitation drive.

Earlier Valaji Bhai Zala along with his team visited Safaikaramcharis Samoon colony at Solina.

The inhabitants of the colony apprised him about various issues and demanded construction of community hall in the area for organising social gatherings within the community. They also requested him to take note of lack of proper drainage system in the colony and also providing of allotment papers of their houses for proper rehabilitation.

Zala, who was accompanied by Deputy Mayor, Commissioner SMC, Chairman safaikaramcharis workers union and other senior officers of the Corporation, assured them to take up the meeting with Chief Secretary to discuss all the issues for their redressal.

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