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 protests against attacks on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 16: Members of Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) led by the President, AIP, Er Rasheed on Saturday carried out a sit-in protest at Press Enclave Srinagar against the attacks on Kashmiris and Jammu Muslims in India.
The protestors were holding banners and placards that read “Stop targeting Kashmiri people living in India”, “Give protection to Kashmiri people in Jammu”, “Solve Kashmir issue by self-determination”, “Don’t celebrate killings” and raised slogans against Jammu police and its administration for not taking stern action against the people attacking Kashmiris.
While talking to media, the president of AIP, Er Rasheed appealed the administration of Jammu to discharge its duties towards the masses and take stern action against those who are involved in arsenic and violence against Kashmiri community and damaging their property.
He said they also condemn the Pulwama attack but that doesn’t mean that the people of Jammu and other parts of India will attack innocent Kashmiris in its reaction and try to give it a communal angle.
“It is shameful that the goons and fringe elements are being given free hand and no stern action is being taken to protect life and property of Muslim community in various parts of Jammu and other places,” he said.
Er Rasheed raised questions as to how it was possible for the miscreants to damage huge properties and set ablaze dozens of vehicles when a call for the Bandh was given a day before and the administration was supposed to be prepared to meet any eventuality.
He said, “Through this approach, it is evident that the government of Jammu is working as an extension wing of RSS and Sangh Parivar.”
“Making Pulwama attack on CRPF as an excuse, a section of radical elements wants to implement its nefarious designs against the Muslim community.”
While expressing solidarity with the civil secretariat employees, Er Rasheed said, “The attacks on employees are unacceptable, unethical and un-civilized and government must move beyond words and all those involved in attacks on secretariat employees, stranded Kashmiri passengers, damaging vehicles should be booked under Public Safety Act.”
Er Rasheed appealed PM Narendra Modi not to forget that Kashmiris are worst victims of violence and need peace with dignity more than anyone else but it cannot be achieved without delivering justice and appreciated the statement of JCCI condemning violence but said that the saner voice in Jammu need to come out in open support of communal harmony and isolate the fringe element.
“If the government fails to do justice with the victims of Jammu, the Muslim community will feel further disheartened and isolated which may not be in the interests of the state,” he said.
He demanded full compensation to be announced by the government to all those whose property has been partially or fully damaged the same way it announces for other cases.
SKIMS resident doctors association demand suspension of fellow over his ‘killing’ post
Srinagar, Feb 16: Resident Doctor Association SKIMS has urged Director institute to suspend a doctor over his facebook post saying that Kashmir doesn’t need a healing touch but a ‘killing touch.
The doctor has been identified as Dr Amit Sharma, DM scholar cardiology at the Soura Institute.
The complaint against the doctor has been filed by Resident doctor association and has urged the authorities to put the said doctor on immediate suspension.
“We condemn such acts and demand legal action as per law against the same at the earliest,” the resident doctors said.
The doctors association has demanded suspension of Sharma with immediate effect as ‘he can be a threat to patients he may be attending to’.
“The post itself speaks of his hatred and communalism against Kashmiris. How such a person could be entrusted to treat the sick and needy people of Kashmir,” said the doctors.
The doctors said that matter may be put forthwith cyber Police cell and a proper enquiry and action be taken as per law.
The resident doctors of SKIMS have expressed deep anguish and anger against the said doctor and demanded the action at the earliest.
United Jammu, Kashmir will benefit its people: Tarigami
Srinagar, Feb 16: CPI (M) leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Saturday said violence in Kashmir or Jammu won’t yield any results but can benefit the vested interests.
Addressing a press conference, Tarigami said that the two divisions including Jammu and Kashmir must stand united to get benefits, adding that the situation created by vested interests in Jammu doesn’t mean that all Jammuties want such situation to prevail.
“I have observed that like Kashmiris, people of Jammu also want peace and doesn’t want such kind of situation created by vested interests to prevail. Kashmiris have not got any benefit from violence and Jammu will not achieve anything by such means,” he added.
He said people from both the regions must stand united at this juncture to defeat the vested interests.
“We appreciate the role of JCCI and civil society groups of Jammu, who have clearly taken a stand against vandalism in Jammu by some fringe elements on Friday. By targeting minority community, fringe elements were vitiating peaceful atmosphere and unity of the state,” he said.
He said Governor’s administration must fix responsibility over the torching of vehicles of a particular community and vandalism in Jammu city on Friday. “Despite apprehensions about flare-up, authorities should have ensured adequate deployment of forces in the sensitive locations of Jammu,” he added.
Reacting over the Lethpora attack, Tarigami said “the attack on CRPF convoy at Awantipora on Thursday has shaken all those who are concerned about human lives and peace in the region. The loss of so many security personnel while on duty is being mourned across the country. We share the grief and sorrow of victim families of this attack.”
“CPI (M) has been consistently of this opinion that for addressing the legitimate concerns and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a meaningful and credible dialogue process is the only option. Such acts, like Pulwama, only amount to delegitimising genuine and democratic aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“We appeal to different political shades of the state, civil society and media to use their influences to maintain harmony and brotherhood in the state despite provocations from fringe elements,” he said, adding that “we appeal to the political leadership of the country that at this crucial juncture, they must not allow the disruptive and divisive elements to divide the communities under the garb of this tragedy.”
People of Kashmir expect the leadership, both in the government and in the opposition, civil society and intelligentsia to play their role to maintain communal harmony and safeguard the lives and property of Kashmiris outside the Valley, he said.
“Let us not allow those, who want to deepen the wedge between people of Kashmir and rest of the country, succeed,” he added.