JAMMU, FEB 01: Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today called for evolving efficient mechanism to improve overall health scenario in every health institution across JK.
The Minister issued specific instructions to heads of the institutions seeking their personal involvement and monitoring the gaps and performance on ground, and taking all necessary steps to plug them so that the benefits of this important facility reach to every individual.
While reviewing the overall functioning of the Health & Medical Education Department at a high-level meeting held here today, the Minister said the Department of Health & Medical Education caters to more than 90% population and provides medicare facilities to the people as there is a negligible share of private sector in the State.
Therefore, there is a great need to upgrade the health facilities in the government hospitals at all levels and dedicated efforts by the doctors and paramedics. Everyone has to deliver on ground, to be accountable as per the expectations of the people.
Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr Pawan Kotwal, Principal GMCJ, Dr Sunanda Raina, Principal GDC, Dr Romesh Singh, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Dr Saleem-ur-Rehman, Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Gurjeet Singh Soodan, Director Finance H&ME, Mohammad Rafiq, Additional Secretaries Health & ME, K S Chib, Naseer Ahmed Wani, JD Planning, Madan Lal, Medical Superintendent, SSH, Dr. Arun Sharma, engineering staff of GMC and other officers of H&ME Department were present in the meeting.
The prominent issues which were discussed in detail in the meeting included, implementation of transfer policy, re-organization in some wings of health & medical education, re-designation of some categories of posts of doctors, availability of manpower, filling up of vacant posts of doctors, paramedics, holding of DPCs/promotions for various categories of posts, amendment of rules, availability and status of diagnostic equipments, fire fighting equipments, medical supply position, maintenance and repair of lifts, funds position, clearance of pending liabilities on various accounts.
The Minister also called for effective monitoring the progress of new medical colleges and other on-going health projects in the State at the level of Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education to ensure their time bound completion. He said Government has been making constant efforts to enhance the health budget to coup up with the increased work load during the past over some years.
Centre ₹5.5 lakh package for PaK families who settled outside JK after Partition
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a one-time payment of ₹5.5 lakh as a resettlement package for the 5,300 displaced families who had come from Pakistan-adminestered Kashmir and initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir but later relocated to the State.
A “historical wrong” has been corrected by the government, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the resettlement package for those PaK families who had settled in Jammu and Kashmir after partition on separate occasions.
The families which had come from PaK but had settled outside Jammu and Kashmir were left out of the package, Javadekar said. These families had later resettled in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah calls high-level meet to review security situation
New Delhi, Oct 7: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called a high-level meeting of the police chiefs of all the states and central armed forces to review the security situation as well as examine the progress of concerned states on crucial suggestions made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December last year.
The meeting in the back drop of prevailing situation in Kashmir valley as well as talks of conducting NRC in several states to identify illegal immigrants makes it more relevant since the government is pushing to recalibrate the national security strategy.
The meeting is organised by Intelligence Bureau on October 14 and October 15 which will be chaired by Home Minister Amit Shah. The meeting will also be attended by National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
Respective Director Generals of Police, besides discussing vital security elements like radicalization, cyber security, naxalism and others, will also be presenting action taken report of their states.
“Cyber crime and ISIS influence in Indian sub continent will be the major issue apart from police moderation and judicial reformation,” said a senior IPS officer, who will also be participating in the meeting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Home Minister Rajnath Singh, now the Defence Minister, had been pushing police chiefs to work in seamless co-ordination to thwart looming threats.
Modi had suggested the police forces to be vigilant in countering the dark forces of radicalization, and to engender trust among all communities across the nation. He had stressed on the importance of Inter-State coordination, in tackling crime and emphasized on the need for capacity building in the police forces, on the subject of cyber security.
He had also suggested that all the states should learn best practices from the Jammu and Kashmir police force for their role in countering militants, and successfully engaging them.
Shah has sought the details of works done as suggested by Modi this year by forces across the country. He will personally review each Director Generals of Police’s work.
Sources further said that Shah’s focus wil be on the progress made in respect to intelligence gathering and real coordination with the states. The anti-terror units of the states would also be part of the meet.
In the last Conference of Director Generals and Inspector Generals of Police at Kevadiya in Gujarat held between December 20 to December 22, Mod had suggested various key issues that need to be addressed in a time bound manner and had sought a compliance report from Home Ministry.
PDP leaders defer meeting with Mehbooba Mufti despite Guv’s permission
New Delhi: A 10-member delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party that was to visit detained party chief Mehbooba Mufti on Monday has deferred the meeting. The reason is not clear at this stage.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration had granted permission for the meeting on Sunday evening, hours after a National Conference delegation met their president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah.
“The Peoples Democratic Party delegation will be led by General Secretary Ved Mahajan,” former PDP legislator and spokesperson Firdous Tak had said in the evening. Tak said the PDP had requested Governor Satya Pal Malik to allow the meeting and “we have been conveyed that the permission has been granted”.
Mufti, a former chief minister, was detained by the administration along with other political leaders like the Abdullahs on the night of August 4, a day before the Centre moved to strip Jammu and Kashmir of its special status.
The former CM, who has continued to criticise the government through her Twitter account by giving its access to her daughter, has been detained at the Hari Nivas in the state’s capital for the last months. The government had most of the political leadership of Kashmir to prevent a possible backlash to its move to nullify Article 370.
The delegation that met the Abdullahs discussed developments in the state and upcoming local body polls during the separate meetings with the two leaders.
The NC leaders led by Jammu’s provincial chief of the party, Davinder Singh Rana, met former chief Minister Omar Abdullah, who is also detained at Hari Nivas, for a little over 30 minutes.
Omar, who was sporting a beard, was seen clicking a selfie with party leaders. The delegation then drove to Farooq Abdullah’s residence. Emerging after the meeting, Rana told reporters that for any political process to begin, the leaders of the party need to be released.
The government had released Jammu-based political leaders after the announcement of the local body polls on Thursday. The adviser to the Jammu and Kashmir governor, Farooq Khan, said that Kashmiri leaders will be released “one by one after analysis of every individual”.