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FCS & CA dept to usher in greater transparency: Ashraf Mir

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SRINAGAR, MAY 09: Minister for Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs (FCS & CA), Mohammad Ashraf Mir today held a meeting with the officials of department to review its functioning and discussed ways to further improve its service.
The meeting was attended by FCS & CA, Dr. Abdul Rashid, Director, FCS & CA (Kashmir), Nisar Ahmad Wani, JD Planning, Deputy Directors, Chief Accounts Officer, Kashmir, ADs from various districts and other concerned officers of the department.
On the occasion, Director FCS & CA briefed the Minister about the functioning of the department. He gave a detailed presentation about various activities of the department, staff strength of the department, various issues pertaining to the functioning of the department.
The Minister was informed that the department supplies food grains to 68.10 lakh people in Kashmir division including Leh and Kargil which is supplied through 4637 Sale Centers and Fair Price Shops (FPS).
In the year 2017-2018, a total of 38,76,300 Quintals of rice and 2,36,206 quintals of Atta was allocated under NFSA and 9,44,779 quintals of rice was allocated under MMSFES.
The allocation of Kerosene and LPG was also discussed in the meeting. The Minister was also informed that 9,636 families of the nomadic people were allocated 4,097 quintals of rice and 200 quintals of Atta in six months of 2017-2018 by the department.
Regarding the distribution of ration cards, the Minister was informed that among the 14,46,780 allocated ration cards, 14,26,913 cards stand distributed.
It was informed that the enforcement wing of the department has conducted 55,469 inspections during which a fine of Rs 30,25,620 was imposed on 17,630 defaulters.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that there is a need to bring transparency in the department as the people have many hopes in the department which has direct dealing with the people. To achieve our desired goal, we need to strengthen our enforcement team.
Mir asked the officials to work with dedication and honesty and should come up with good ideas so that we facilitate people in better ways. We need to channelize public distribution system, he said. He said that public distribution is a tough job but we need to ensure that we give our best.
When informed about the issues pertaining to the department, the minister asked the officials to make the list of these issues for their timely redressal. He said that the mechanism will be formed in the coming days for the betterment of the department.
He also directed the officials to expedite the installation of POS machines and seeding of Aadhar.


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People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress

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Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.

In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized  how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.

Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.

 

I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.

Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.

He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.

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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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