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Fire incidents drop by 30 percent this year

Bisma Bhat



Srinagar, Dec 28:  Amid gloom and pessimism, 2019 has ended on a good note with fire incidents recording more than 30 per cent drop in current year so far.

Data of Fire and Emergency Services Department accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveals that Kashmir has witnessed around 1850 fire incidents during 2019 so far. However, in 2018 more than 2700 fire incidents were reported across the valley causing damage to 2100 structures worth Rs 67 crore.

The data reveals that more than 430 fire incidents were reported in Srinagar in 2019. The number was 610 and 642 during 2018 and 2017 respectively.


Figures reveal that total number of the structure destroyed in the fire mishaps between January to December 2018 was 2100 including 346 shops, 50 shopping complex, 59 vehicles and 216 power transformers.

Divisional Fire Officer (DFO) Tasaduq Ahmad said there has been a decline in the fire incidents due to the awareness created by his department.

 “We have launched powerful awareness campaigns in schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, malls, offices and in communities across villages and towns. This is the main reason for the decline in fire incidents,”

Ahmad noted that people are converting their houses into concrete buildings which have also restricted fire incidents to some extent.

However, Ahmad said post August 5 people reached to the nearest fire station physically as there was no mode of communication in Kashmir.  “During winter, people must be extra careful in their homes and factories. People should cross check their power appliances and circuits once they leave their home or before going to sleep,” he said.

Access to essential services including Fire and Emergency Services Department was affected due to the communication blockade imposed by the government post August 5.



Security of J&K our top priority: DG CRPF

Monitor News Bureau



Shopian, Feb 19: CRPF on Wednesday said that Jammu and Kashmir was its top priority and stressed on the need for effective synergy among security forces and intelligence agencies to maintain peace in the Union territory.

“Jammu and Kashmir is considered the crown of India and its security is our utmost priority,” DG CRPF A P Maheshwari said, addressing a joint darbar of police and CRPF personnel in Shopian district.

He complimented the Jammu and Kashmir Police and other central forces for successfully handling security and law and order duties in the UT.


Maheshwari added that the CRPF has been working with the Jammu and Kashmir Police for a long time and good results have come due to coordinated efforts.

The DGP CRPF while addressing the Darbar complimented the Jammu and Kashmir Police and other Central forces for their role in successful handling of the security and law and order duties and Jammu and Kashmir. He said that Jammu and Kashmir is consider as Crown of India and its security is on our utmost priority.

On the occasion, the visiting officers assured immediate redressal of grievance highlighted by the Jawans. The officers said that the welfare of Jawans has always been our priority.

On the occasion, the commandant 14th BN CRPF and SSP Shopian apprised the DGP about the present security scenario and measure taken to maintain peace and order in the district.    

Pertinent to mention here, conducting joint darbar of forces not only helps officers to share their ideas with each other but also enhances deeper synergy among the jawans. 

Jammu and Kashmir DGP Dilbag Singh also addressed the darbar. He said the good work done by the J&K Police, CRPF and other forces was being recognized everywhere.

“The forces will continue their collective work to safeguard the interests of the people in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

While addressing the joint Darbar, the DGP, J&K complimented the officers and men of Police, and CAPF for their tireless efforts and dedication in maintaining peace and order in their respective areas.

He said at times there were tough security situations in J&K but the police personnel along with other security agencies faced these situations with courage and confidence.

He said that under the able leadership at different levels from the forces, each one contributed in one way or the other in maintaining normalcy and defeated the ill designs of the anti-national elements particularly during recent times.

The DGP said that the good work done by the J&K Police/CRPF and the other forces is being recognized at every forum including the Govt. of India and added that forces will continue its collective work to safeguard the interests of people in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Govt to private schools: ‘Strictly follow fee structure norms’

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Feb 19: Commissioner Secretary, School Education, Hirdesh Kumar Wednesday directed officials of the Department of School Education to ensure that Private School authorities strictly follow fee structure norms laid down by the Government.

Speaking to officials after holding a day-long pubic grievance camp at Banquet Hall, Srinagar, the Commissioner Secretary said that all Private Schools functioning across Jammu and Kashmir must adhere to the guidelines issued by the Government in order to bring vibrancy in the school education sector.

He said that J&K School Fee Fixation Committee (SFFC) have already worked out all modalities and directions in this regard were passed to the Private Schools for strict adherence.


He further said that SFCC would soon be reconstituted according to the new Act.

Notably School Fee Fixation Committee—a regulatory body with a mandate to regulate fee structure of schools, was constituted in 2015 in the wake of Supreme Court (SC) directions asking States to regulate fee structure in the private schools.

The recommendations made by the SFFC on fee structure in the schools are implemented by the DSEK through Chief Education Officers.

The officials of the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir (DSEK) were also directed to check functioning of the private schools and to regulate the fee structure.

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Advisory boards, governing councils reorganised

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, Feb 19: In a significant development, the government of Union Territory of J&K on Wednesday re-constituted advisory boards and governing councils of key institutions.

The General Administration Department ordered re-constitution of the Board of Directors, Governing Councils and Committees and Advisory Boards of key institutions functioning in J&K.

The GAD re-constituted advisory boards for the Welfare and Development of Scheduled Castes, Pahari Speaking people and Other Backward Classes.


It also re-constituted governing committees and councils for rehabilitation of widows, orphans, handicapped and old persons (victims of militancy), J&K Child Protection Society, Board of Directors of J&K Women Development Corporation and Social Welfare Advisory Board.

It also re-constituted of Skill Development Mission and its governing council.

The changes in composition of these bodies were effected due to transition of J&K State into a Union Territory on October 31 and absence of elected government in the UT.

According to GAD orders, LG and advisors would be chairmen of these institutions which are headed by Chief Ministers or ministers during elected governments. Administrative secretaries of different departments would also be member of these institutions, the orders reveal.

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