Srinagar, Oct 16: Principal Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Departments Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon Tuesday directed the officers to ensure safety of commuters and improved mobility within the state.
The Principal Secretary was speaking during a meeting to review the traffic management in connection with the Durbar move.
The meeting was attended by Dr Manmohan Singh, Managing Director JKSRTC, RTO Kashmir, Additional Secretary, ARTOs of Anantnag, Kulgam and other concerned.
Transport Commissioner SP Vaid, RTO Jammu, ARTO Udhampur, ARTO Ramban, Dysp Traffic Ramban and other officials participated in the meeting via video conferencing.
Dr Samoon directed MD SRTC to ensure deployment of a sufficient number of buses and trucks for the smooth transition of Darbar from Srinagar to Jammu. He instructed that extra buses and trucks be kept available during the Move days besides an adequate number of cranes, mobile workshops, recovery vans, be deployed en-route along with necessary equipment and staff to meet any exigency.
He also called for the deployment of additional buses and cabs for passengers who travel through train to Banihal for Jammu journey.
The Principal Secretary also called for taking up the issue of repairing damaged patches on national highway particularly in Banihal-Ramban stretch with road construction companies for the smooth movement of vehicular traffic.
He also asked the RTOs of Kashmir, Jammu to ensure taxi operators don’t overcharge from the passengers and called for deploying special teams of traffic and transport department at cab boarding stations besides ensuring the rate lists are pasted on every cab and bus service operating on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
While saying that haphazard parking of trucks and other vehicles on the roadside along the highway adds to the traffic jams, Dr Samoon stressed on the officers to explore possibilities of parking slots near the highway.
“It will help us to manage the traffic smoothly and will help us in allowing traffic in a coordinated way whenever there is severe traffic jam or road is closed. The vehicles will then proceed from there on first-come, first-go basis,” he told meeting.
Regarding the frequent accidents on Banihal-Ramban stretch, Dr Samoon directed for taking stringent measures so that drivers don’t resort to overloading and over speeding in these areas. He also called for fixing responsibility of officers under whose jurisdiction these accidents occur besides called for a detailed report on the causes of accidents.
Transport Commissioner Dr Vaid called for erecting protection walls at vulnerable places on the highway to minimize the accidents. He also raised various points regarding the smooth regulation of traffic.
Congress strong enough to counter divisive forces: Mir
Srinagar, July 16: Stating that Congress party will continue to fight against divisive and exploitative forces in the country and state, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has expressed confidence that people and Congress party in unison will ensure that the forces inimical to multiplicity and rich culture of harmony are defeated miserably.
JKPCC president was addressing series of party meetings at Manzmou, Tangloo, Hiller, Ujroo, Chandoog and Saidiwara in south Kashmir, emphasizing the party leaders and workers to rise to the occasion to defeat the exploitative forces, which are hell bent upon to exploit the people to serve their vested interests.
Describing the Congress Party a formidable force to reckon with, G.A Mir said Congress is capable enough defeat the forces inimical to peace and development in the State, shall continue to fight for the inclusive development of the State, which has received setbacks due to the negligent attitude of BJP Government at Centre.
Mir reiterated Congress party’s stand to maintain secular fabric and communal harmony at all costs and by all means and said the party will ensure defeat of communal and divisive forces, which were pitching the communities against each other in order to divide them on the basis of religion or regions, but the Congress party will defeat them tooth and nail.
“Congress never compromised on people’s urges and aspirations for electoral gains, it will continue to remain committed to fight against the political exploitation by BJP-RSS,” G.A. Mir added and appealed the people not to come under false propaganda of BJP and other opportunist parties, who have exploited them (people) equally for electoral gains.
Er Rasheed asks CB to avoid further delay in investigating Kupwara minor’s killing
Srinagar, July 16: Seeking justice for 8-year-old Umer Farooq who was brutally murdered after being kidnapped from his native village in Gulgam Kupwara last year, AIP president Er Rasheed has appealed for a thorough introspection in the society to get rid of criminal elements.
Speaking on functions at Gulgam organized to pay tributes to Umer Farooq on his first death anniversary, Er Rasheed said. “While it is encouraging that sources within the crime branch claim to have reached very close to the culprits, it is need of the hour to avoid further delay in resolving the mystery. Crime branch must come out with its findings and take the investigation of the barbaric incident to its logical end so that trial in a fast track court is initiated.” Rasheed further added that while entire humanity within and outside state got shocked after the incident but we all need to have a sincere introspection to find out the reasons behind such sick and barbaric mentality that can turn humans worst than the wild beasts.
The society needs an introspection to find out reasons that why it is losing moral values and a huge chunk of youth are becoming drug addicts. Parents, teachers, religious clerics and common masses need to unite and ensure that the entire society is made de-addicted from the menace of drugs, he said.
Non-implementation of ACP has demoralised engineering cadre: Shah Faesal
Srinagar, July 16: Reacting to one day mass casual leave of graduate Engineers, President JKPM Shah Faesal has expressed his solidarity with them and impressed on the state government to fulfill their demands immediately.
“Engineers are the most hard-working people of the State and the brightest of the students would opt for engineering streams. However it is shocking to look at the level of stagnation in the Engineering sector and no serious effort has been made so far to address the career related issues of Engineers,” Shah Faesal said in a statement issued .
“It is a tragedy that even Chief Engineers are working in the pay scale of AEEs and the OPG promotion syndrome has destroyed the Engineering cadre completely. After 30 years of service officers are retiring with the same pension that their fellow employees with one third of their service,” Shah Faesal added.
Shah Faesal lamented that Assured Career Promotion scheme approved by the Government after years of hard work of engineers has not been implemented so far.
He called upon the Government to fulfill its obligations towards engineering cadre immediately and implement the ACP scheme in letter and spirit.
“Engineers are the primary movers and shakers when it comes to developmental activity. A demoralised cadre cannot effectively lead the infrastructure development in the state and therefore Government should immediately take cognizance of the issue,” Shah Faesal argued.