Jammu, Dec 06: To give fillip to the developmental activities on the ground and ensure productive utilization of resources, the Finance Department today released well in advance 50% balance allocation of the Capex Budget to the districts for the current fiscal.
“Sanction is accorded to the utilization of 100% District Capex Budget2018-19 allocations, including 50% already authorized, in favour of all the District Development Commissioners (except Leh and Kargil) during current financial,” said an order issued by the Principal Secretary Finance Navin K Choudhary.
Navin said the government has ensured advance release of resources and now the need is to take the expenditure to the ground and ensure the benefits reach the people at the grassroots level.
According to the order the funds so released shall be utilized only for the purpose specified after observing all codal formalities/procedures as required under rules and shall not be available for further re-appropriation/diversion at any level and for any reason whatsoever.
“In accordance with the Appropriation Bill, District Development Commissioners shall ensure that all budget allocations have been maintained strictly and Budget announcements are accommodated,” it said and added that all the projects/schemes and infrastructure projects in particular, must be supported by technically vetted DPRs and must be prepared by the executing agencies in close consultation with User Agency.
The order said that only such works shall be authorized for execution, as have prior administrative approval, technical sanction and appropriate financial backup and all cost revisions must be sanctioned/approved by the Competent Authority.
It said the District Development Commissioners shall immediately release the funds to the line departments/executing agencies within a time period of 10 days beyond which it shall be deemed to have been released. “Expenditure during the last quarter shall be restricted to not more than 30% ofthe Budget Estimates,” it said adding that the latest authorization shall not be utilized for the schemes/projects approved for funding through JKIDFC under the scheme “Languishing Projects” and these projects/schemes shall be excluded from Capex Budget henceforth.
“The authorization shall not be available to meet expenses for engagement of casual workers, need based workers etc by any Department and there shall be no expenditure on Revenue or Revenue like items,” it said.
Mirwaiz condemns assault on Kashmiris, terms it ‘unfortunate’
Srinagar, Feb 16: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday strongly denounced the attack on Kashmiris in several parts of India.
In a statement issued, Mirwaiz said it is incumbent upon those ruling in these Indian states and the Governor in Jammu to control these elements and ensure the safety of Kashmiris wherever they are being attacked and harassed and their properties vandalized and burnt down.
“Kashmiris are thrashed, intimidated and properties of hundreds of Kashmiri students, laborers, businessmen are vandalized in various Indian states,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that fanatic elements have got a great excuse and are let loose, having a field day in executing their communal agenda by targeting Kashmiris.
Mirwaiz said reports of violence against Kashmiris simply studying or doing their work outside is very distressing. He said people of Kashmir are known for their all-out help and support to outsiders who visit us as tourists or Yatris whenever in need. But it is extremely unfortunate that they are being targeted and assaulted and the majority is silent over it.
Mirwaiz said it is also sad that members of civil society activists or even leadership of Jammu are not speaking out against the assault on Kashmiri’s there and playing its role in stopping it.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat spokesman strongly condemned the CASO in Pulwama, Kulgam and Tral areas of south Kashmir wherein dozens of youth after being harassed are detained while inmates kept out of their homes for hours together, household goods and vehicles vandalized stating that lacs of forces deployed across Kashmir have been enjoying complete impunity resulting in the immense problems being inflicting on the innocent Kashmiris.
The spokesman also condemned the arrest of senior Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Waza who has been lodged in police station Sherbagh, Islamabad.
Bar condemns assault on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 16: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar (JKHBA) strongly condemned the harassing, beating, abusing and intimidating of Kashmiri Muslims in different parts of country.
Calling for an end to these atrocities, Bar has appealed the International Community including United Nations, Amnesty International, Asia Watch and other human rights organizations of the world as also members of Indian Civil Society to come to the rescue of the people of Kashmir and save them from the brutalities being inflicted on them by the ruthless communal and fanatic forces of Jammu and other places of India.
In an Executive Committee meeting held here today it was stated that Kashmiri Muslims living in Jammu and the Muslims of Jammu are so frightened that they stayed back in their homes on Friday and did not offer Friday prayers to avoid being targeted.
“At several places, the Govt. owned residential quarters in which Kashmiri Govt. employees are putting up were stoned by these hoodlums belonging to RSS and other Hindu fanatic groups and the police did not stop them from doing so and watched the same as silent spectators, which is highly deplorable,” they said.
Bar further said that in Bihar, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Aligarh and other parts of India, Kashmiri students have been beaten to pulp and asked to leave those places forthwith, which is barbaric and shameful.
The Bar members took out a procession from District Court Complex, Moominabad Batamaloo, Srinagar, in which hundreds of lawyers participated and while raising slogans against all the communal and fanatic forces, asked he authorities to give protection to Kashmiri Muslims, who are presently in Jammu or in any other part of India and ensure their safety and security at all costs, as otherwise, if the harassing, abusing beating and teasing of Kashmiri and Jammu Muslims is not stopped forthwith, it will have serious repercussions.
In order to show solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren, the Bar Association also decided to support the call given by Kashmir Traders Federation for 17th of February, 2019.
Lethpora attack aftermath: Youth who rescued 21 soldiers in 2014 floods among 8 arrested in Pulwama
Pulwama, Feb 16: A day after the audacious attack on a CRPF convoy, government forces conducted nocturnal raids and arrested over 8 youth.
Reports said that the raids were conducted in different parts of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district including Lelhar, Hatiwara Letapora, Ratnipora and Lelhar.
Police sources said that over 8 youth were arrested. All these people are considered as the militant ‘sympathizers’, said a source.
Interestingly, one of the arrested youth Asif Muzafar Shah of Samboora had played a key role in rescuing a coloumn of armymen in 2014 devastating floods. The services of Shah were hailed by army then when he rescued 21 soldiers during devastating floods.
Sources added that government forces also picked up father-son duo from Hatiwara Letpora village. A top Jaish-e-Muhammad militant Mufti Waqas was killed in a house at Hatiwara last year. The owner of the house and his son were arrested during the nocturnal raid, said locals.
Government Forces have also made arrests from Tral and other areas after the Lethpora attack that claimed the lives of 49 troopers.
A police official feigned ignorance about these arrests.