Jammu, Dec 10: Secretary Tribal Affairs (TA) and Cooperatives Abdul Majid Bhat, exhorted upon the officers to expedite the digitization works in the existing and under construction Gujjar and Bakkerwal (G&B) Hostels in the state.
“ It is imperative that these hostels are equipped with technologically advanced infrastructure to enable the students of the community keep pace with today’s world of digital knowledge and technology”, the Secretary maintained while reviewing the functioning of tribal Affairs department at an officers meeting here today.
Stressing upon the need of providing digital services to the students, the Secretary asked the officers to speed up the work on creation of computer Lab, internet facilities and other related services in these hostels so that the students here could keep pace with the competitive world.
The Secretary asked the officers to organize debates, symposiums cultural programmes and other functions to boost morale of the students besides enabling them develop a sense of competition. Such events provide a platform to students to exhibit and further polish their talent in the fields of their choice, he added. He also asked the authorities to enhance the bedding capacity in these hostels so that the intake capacity is raised to accommodate more students.
Taking cognizance regarding lack of proper utilization of funds, Secretary exhorted the officials to ensure judicious utilization of allocated amount under different schemes so that these institutions serve as a hub of quality education and excellence for tribal students.
The Secretary asked the concerned officers to further gear up their men and machinery for quality and timely completion of all projects being executed for the welfare and development of Tribal population of the state.
Referring to certain complaints regarding poor basic amenities and unhygienic in Gujjar and Bakkerwal hostels, the Secretary exhorted upon the concerned officers to look into the matter and initiate prompt action in this regard. He asked them to ensure that the students of this under privileged community are facilitated with enhanced services with emphasis on comfortable and hygienic environment and healthy food which is pre-requisite for overall development of youth.
Majid asked the officials to raise massive awareness among the schemes and programmes envisaging overall development of tribal community who are an integral part of our society.
Director Tribal Affairs, Mushtaq Ahmad, informed the meeting that work on establishment of 19 cluster Model Tribal Villages is in full swing and the process for development of more 16 tribal villages as Model Villages is also under consideration. Besides, two Milk Villages, one at Pulwama and one at Rajouri, have also been created which are functional. He further informed that the department is also working earnestly towards skill development of tribal population besides improving services for them in health sector, agriculture and allied fields. He added that the construction work on five Eklavya Model Residential Schools and seventeen Schedule Tribe Gujjar Bakerwal hostels is in progress. Besides, the department has provided Biomass Cook stoves to about 8500 families at Kishtwar to save the tribal women from several health hazards being caused due to smoke of traditional Chullahs.
Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed
Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.
NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’
Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”
DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’
Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.