Jammu, NOV 21: To commemorate the World Fisheries Day, the Department of Fisheries today organized an impressive awareness programme at Bahu Fort here today.
The programme was graced by the Commissioner/Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, R. K. Bhagat as chief guest, while as Director Environment and Remote Sensing O. P. Sharma was the guest of honor. Director Fisheries, R. N. Pandita was also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Commissioner/Secretary highlighted the importance of the day and role of the Fisheries Department for conservation and promotion of fish culture in the State. He said it is endeavor of the Government to promote and develop various species of fish which are economically viable in the State. He said fisheries is one of the most viable income generation sectors in the State and large number of unemployed entrepreneurs are showing interest in this activity. This sector has also been flagged in other schemes including, PM’s Package, RKVY (NMPS), Blue Revolution, ATMA and Mission Fingerling etc. for the benefits of unemployed youth and farmers.
Bhagat said that various steps have been taken by the department to make the state self-sufficient in fish production including construction of Fish Farms, Fish Seed Hatcheries’, Brood Banks etc. He said the department is also providing logistic and technical support to the fish farmers as well as professional fishermen by providing various incentives like imparting of training, provision of By-cycles, Auto Rickshaws’, Nylon Twine, Tool Kits etc. He said the department is also making efforts for upliftment of the downtrodden fishermen community and in this regard the fishermen are provided Low Cost Houses, Scholarships and Insurance Cover also.
The Director Fisheries briefly showcased the activities of the Department and steps taken under various schemes for upliftment of fishermen community and fish farmers. He said there is lot of potential and viability in this sector and more and more youth and farmers should come forward and set up their livelihood units and avail the benefits under the Centrally Sponsored Schemes. He said that at present the fish production of the state is about 20.39 thousand tonnes and efforts are being made to further boost the by affective implementation of various schemes
Several scholars, students, fishermen and fish farmers were present on the occasion.
Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.
The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.
He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.
For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.
It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.
The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir
Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.
How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi
How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.
“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.
“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.
“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.
He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.
“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.