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Ensure availability of all essential medicine at the hospitals: CM to health deptt






Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today directed the Health & Medical Education Department to ensure availability of all essential medicine at the hospitals besides rendering selfless service by the medicos.
The Chief Minister was reviewing the progress on key projects of Health Department besides medical supplies and other services by the Department.
Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat; Minister for Finance, Dr. Haseeb Drabu and Minister of State for Health & Medical Education, Asiea Naqash were present in the meeting.
Mehbooba Mufti directed the Department to ensure that the respective Heads purchase the requisite medicine from the Medical Supplies Corporation well in time and in no case should the delays or shortages be countenanced.
The Chief Minister also expressed dismay over the non functioning of Super Speciality Hospital, Srinagar and the state of affairs at the Jammu Super Specialty Hospital. She directed redoubling of efforts to make both the hospitals properly function at the earliest. She also directed improving the cleanliness level at the G B Pant Hospital for better results.
Mehbooba Mufti reviewed the pace of setting up one model hospital in each constituency with improved facilities and specialisation. She also directed pacing up work on several trauma hospitals on the National Highway so that the injured don’t have to travel long distances for specialised treatment.
The Chief Minister also directed optimal usage of health centres at Sanatnagar, Chanapora and Eidgah by augmenting the facilities and manpower, thereby reducing the burden on tertiary care hospitals. She also asked for rationalisation of super specialists and specialists for better patient care and service delivery at District Hospitals.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the pace of work on the five Medical Colleges being set up in the State. She was informed that the land acquisition process in case of two AIIMS in the State is in the advanced stage and a large chunk of land at both these places stands already transferred. Besides, some preliminary works like water supply, power, road connectivity etc have either been started or are about to be started at these two places.
Mehbooba Mufti directed setting up of a committee for searching staff for these Medical colleges and AIIMSs so that time is not delayed in operationalising these institutes.
The Chief Minister was informed that creation of staff for the five Medical colleges and many Nursing Colleges in the State is in the advanced stage and would be done before the completion of works at these institutes.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the work progress on some key projects like 200 bedded Hospital at Gandhi Nagar and Bemina which, she was informed, are in final stages of completion. She also reviewed the status of Unani Hospital at Ganderbal and Ayurvedic College at Jammu which too are progressing towards completion. She was informed that the PET Scan facility at the SKIMS would be made functional by the end of this year.
Vice Chairman, Medical Supplies Corporation, Subhash Jandyal; Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; Director, SKIMS, Prof. A G Ahangar; Principals of GMC, Srinagar and Jammu; Principals of GDC, Srinagar and Jammu; Directors of Health Services, Kashmir and Jammu and other senior officers were present in the meeting.





Coming up of new parties, alliances dangerous for Kashmir: Experts

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Jun 19: The coming up of new political parties and alliances ahead of assembly polls can be dangerous for Kashmir as it will lead to the fractured mandate, thereby favouring BJP, experts claim.

On Tuesday former bureaucrat Shah Faesal and independent legislator from Langate Er Abdul Rasheed announced “Peoples United Front” for upcoming assembly polls.

Political pundits, however, believe that the fractured mandate led by such alliances in the upcoming assembly polls was aimed to divide Kashmiris.


“It is a very dangerous approach and Kashmiris should not allow the fractured mandate. Those who care about Kashmir should support one party of unit instead of paving way for fractured mandate due to these alliances,” said noted academician and an expert in politics, Sidiq Wahid.

The formation of new political alliances, he said, was a “policy of Government of India for a decade to divide Kashmiris.”

 “I really feel that this new so-called alliance that has been formed is mudding the waters,” Wahid said.

Another expert in politics, Prof Gul Mohammad Wani, said the suspicions and doubts among people will intensify when centres rule is extends its rule to the state.

“Even after holding Panchayat, Municipal election or parliamentary polls either, the government doesn’t seem to be in a mood to hold assembly election in the state as of now,” he said.

Wani however said the emergence of new alliances could be due to failures by the political parties “to allow internal democracy in the state.”

“Mostly leaders or new groups emerge or come out of the existing political parties under such circumstances,” he said.

Wani said that the existing political parties including NC, PDP and Congress require increasing ideological and political space to build credible leadership.

Soon after the formation of new PUF, former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the alliance was aimed to divide voters in Kashmir.

He questioned about lack of such alliances in Jammu or Ladakh regions of the state. 

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Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to floods: Study

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed abrupt changes in climate over the years. According to a disaster management report, 13 districts in J&K, out of 100 districts in India, have been identified as ‘multi-hazard districts’.

“Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to floods.

While the recent study says that out of the 12 states, Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir are extremely vulnerable to global warming.


“Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index is found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (0.51 both), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42,” the study says.

It says that, “Several drivers of vulnerability are evident for the state of J&K. These include, in the order of significance, least road density, no area under crop insurance, low area under forests per 1,000 rural households, high percentage of marginal farmers, low percentage area under horticulture crops, low livestock to human ratio and low percentage of women in the overall workforce.”

The study says that climate change is already occurring and impacting natural ecosystems and human societies.

It says, “To reduce these uncertainties and plan towards sustainable development it is essential to adopt evidence based adaptation planning in IHR. This requires an in-depth understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities derived from scientific assessments.”

The study has been authored by IIT Guwahati Anamika Barua Associate Professor Deptt. of Humanities and Social Science Principal Investigator Rupam Bhaduri Research Scholar Centre for the Environment Vishaka Gulati Research Scholar Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences IIT Mandi Shyamasree Dasgupta Assistant Professor School of Humanities and Social Sciences Co – Principal Investigator Kritishnu Sanyal Project Associate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mir Khursheed Alam Research Scholar School of Humanities and Social Sciences IISc Bangalore N.H. Ravindranath Professor Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) Key Resource Person Indu K Murthy Consultant Scientist Centre for Sustainable Technologies Tashina Esteves Research Associate Jagmohan Sharma Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Conservation) Government of Karnataka.

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Massive reshuffle in police, civil admin likely after June 27

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Jun 19: A massive reshuffle in civil and police administration is likely to be ordered anytime after June 27 when the ongoing “Back to village” program launched by Governor’s administration across Jammu and Kashmir will come to an end.

Authoritative sources said that exercise for a massive reshuffle in civil and police administration has been set into motion with the proposals being processed for transfer of senior IAS and IPS officers holding key positions in the state administration. The proposals for deputation of several senior IAS and IPS officers and return of some others from central deputation to Jammu and Kashmir government have been set into motion.

In the likely reshuffle in civil and police administration several administrative secretaries are likely to be relieved of the additional charge of some key departments which they are overseeing presently in addition to their own duties.


The reshuffle could be ordered phase wise to dispel the impression about the working of some non-performing officers presently holding key positions as directors of some key departments and deputy commissioners of districts in all the three regions Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.

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