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Expedite completion of projects in PHE, I&FC sectors: Adv Sharma to officials






Jammu, Nov 22: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma Thursday reviewed the progress under Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) sectors in a meeting here at Civil Secretariat.

The Advisor had a detailed review on the overall functioning of the PHE and I&FC department and assessed the drinking water scenario in J&K, revenue realization, status of major projects, languishing projects and several other ongoing projects and schemes under different heads. He also reviewed the current status of River Tawi Barrage Project.

On the occasion, Sharma enquired about the implementation of schemes for covering the water deficit across the state and asked for preparing a timeline for their completion. He instructed the concerned to make a review of every scheme and prepare a bar chart for the same. He said that the Engineering department is the backbone of PHE and directed the Chief Engineers to review the workload to ensure proper quality of water.


While reviewing the drinking water scenario in the state, he was informed that the water deficit of Jammu is 17.74 MGD (Urban) and 25.48 MGD (Rural) , Kashmir is 5.00 MGD (Urban) and 10.00 MGD (Rural)  and in Ladakh, the deficit is  0.46 MGD (Urban) and  1.67 MGD (Rural), making it a total deficit of 60.35 MGD across the state.

The Advisor was also informed about the status of major programmes of PHE sectors including National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), Rural Water Supply Schemes funded by NABARD, Urban Schemes funded under LIC loan assistance and languishing projects funded by JKIDFC.

It was given out that under NRDWP, a flagship programme funded by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, GOI on 90:10 basis, a total of 9292 habitations out of the rural population of 15958 habitations are getting safe drinking water at 40 LPCD and 6666 habitations are partially covered with the varying service level. The chair was also informed about the Physical and financial target achievements under NRDWP, LIC and NABARD.

About languishing projects funded by JKIDFC, it was informed that a total of 276 schemes were approved in Jammu and 283 in Kashmir. The Advisor said that creative thinking and detailed analysis needs to be done for completion of languishing projects.

He also enquired about the status of major projects including Water Supply Scheme (WSS) for Pilgrim Town Katra from Dhansar Nallah (costing Rs 56.05 crore), Water Supply to AIIMS, Vijaypur (costing Rs 8.95 crore), Water Supply to AIIMS, Awantipora costing Rs 10.84 crore), drinking water facilities to the Central University Jammu (costing Rs 11.42 crore) , Water Supply Scheme Sopore, Tangnar and Yaripora Town.

The meeting was briefed about the status of Mega Projects under I&FC sector including Shahpur Kandi Barrage costing Rs 3200 crore, UJH Barrage – Multipurpose project costing Rs 4750 crore, Comprehensive Flood Management of River Jhelum Phase I ( Rs 399.29 crore) and Phase II (Rs 1684.60 crore) besides several other programmes under implementation including Long Term Irrigation Fund(LTIF), Pradhan Mantri Krishi SinchaiYojna (PMKSY) , Flood Management Programme (FMP) ,NABARD funded I&FC schemes and dredging work.

While reviewing the status of River Tawi Barrage Project, the chair was informed that the expenditure on the said project till date is Rs 58.18 crore out of the allotted fund of Rs 69.70 crore with 86 % of work executed till March 2018. The Advisor asked the concerned departments and executing agencies to work in a coordinated manner to efficiently execute the works.

The Advisor stressed on preparing a comprehensive plan for augmentation of water supply across the state besides setting the time line for covering of the partially covered habitation. He further asked for upgrading the technology used in functioning of tube wells and labs and also enquired about the standard of WSS and quality control mechanism.

At the outset, Secretary, PHE and I&FC, Farooq Ahmad Shah gave a detailed presentation on the overall scenario of PHE and I&FC sectors.

He briefed the chair about the role assigned to the designated functionaries. He said that the department is working with the vision to provide safe and adequate potable drinking water to each and every household through development and management of water resources on sustainable basis besides providing assured irrigation water to the farmer community and taking flood protection measures to protect the life and property of the people of the state

Issues pertaining to wages for Need-based/Seasonal labours, maintenance of WSS and many alike were also discussed during the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Special Secretary, PHE, I&FC, Majid Drabu, Director General, Finance, PHE, I&FC, Mohammad Yaqoob Itoo, Additional Secretary PHE, I&FC, Des Raj Bhagat, Chief Engineers, Ashok Gandotra, R K Gandotra, Vinod Gupta, Abdul Wahid besides SEs, Exens and other concerned officers.



Rasheed asks govt to involve militant leadership into dialogue process




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




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’




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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