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GoI scheme for better irrigation not implemented in JK

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Srinagar, Feb 25: Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojna Scheme (PMKSY) has not been implemented in Jammu and Kashmir due to non-availability of funds.

The centre has sanctioned the scheme to various states, but it is yet to reach J&K.

The PMKSY aims to achieve convergence of investments in irrigation at the field level.

 

The farmers in the state face issues due to lack of irrigation facilities.

The experts have also said that the government should focus on irrigation facilities for the entire agriculture sector to yield better crop.

Khurshid Ahmad, a farmer from Ganderbal, said the valley has witnessed little snowfall even in the higher reaches.

“During summers, snow melts to feed the streams, which are our main source of irrigation. As it didn’t rain or snow much, we will not get enough water for the crops,” he said.

Another farmer from Handwara said that initially the Valley had enough snowfall, but now the crucial months of winters are warm.

“Government shall implement the irrigation schemes, as it is high time for the government to provide us facilities,” he said.

Abdul Ahad Sofi, a noted Pomologist, said the state has many natural resources especially rivers, but the water is wasted.

“The government can use proper irrigation channels and schemes through which the water can be used properly.”

The PMKYS is a national mission to improve farm productivity and ensure better utilisation of the resources in every state.

The scheme was approved in 2015 at the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).

Under the title of ‘Har Khet ko Pani’ the scheme has been formulated with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation and improving water use efficiency ‘More crop per drop’ in a focused manner with end to end solution on source creation, distribution, management, field application and extension activities.

Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, said that implementing PMKSY in the state would take time.

“According to the PMKSY scheme, every agricultural field will be given water facilities. It is a larger project and for implementing it.  We need to have large budget which we currently do not have. Such things will take time to implement,” he said.

He said the state’s 60 per cent land has irrigation facility while the remaining 40 per cent comes under Karewa land.

“Government of India and the state government are trying their best to create water resources for irrigating the land,” he said.

He said it would take 10 to 15 years to irrigate the whole land.

“Irrigating the whole land of the state will be possible only when unauthorised construction on agricultural land will be stopped. If there will be no agricultural land, where we will provide irrigation facilities,” he said.

 

 


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Unscheduled power cuts affect research in KU

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Srinagar, Nov 05: Unscheduled power cuts have severely hit the research work in the University of Kashmir.

 “I am doing research on plant ecology and most of my work depends on high definition equipments which work on electricity. I collected plant samples twice from Gulmarg and kept it in freezer for further examination. For four days there was no electricity and with the result my samples became unusable,” said a research scholar.

 Another research scholar in Kashmir University said due to frequent power cuts their research work is getting affected. “My equipment developed errors due to power cuts. With the result, it started displaying false readings”, he said.

 

An official in the Kashmir University said over Rs 25 crore have been sanctioned for 50 different projects in the department of biotechnology, clinical bio-chemistry, botany, zoology, nanotechnology, pharmacy, environmental science, physics, electronics and chemistry. 

“The high definition equipment, which works in -80, -20, -120 temperature, are imported from abroad. Regular power cuts are affecting these equipments,” the official said. 

Speaking to The Kashmir Monitor, Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat said Kashmir University being a premier institute should install a backup power system to meet exigencies.

“PDD has proposed to provide dedicated power supply from 33 KV line. Once the university credits the amount, we will start work on installation of the line,” Qazi said. 

Spokesperson of Kashmir University, Professor Shahid Rasool said the issue has not been brought into hid notice. “I will check with the department heads and resolve it as soon as possible,” he said.

Sources said Kashmir University had signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the PDD to provide 24*7 power supply. Sources said two kanals of land was also earmarked for establishing receiving station for uninterrupted power supply.  Sources said Kashmir University is paying Rs 4.2 lakh as monthly electricity tariff to the PDD.

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CB produces charge sheet against Revenue officials involved in land fraud

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Srinagar, Nov 05: According to a statement issued by the Crime Branch Kashmir here the other day, a charge sheet against Revenue officials of Thesil Phalgam involved in land fraud case has been filed.

The accused include then Patwari Laripora now Tehsildar Saller Phalgam, Ghulam Mohammad Itoo, Girdawar Abdul Gani Rather and Abdul Rashid Sheikh, Abdul Razak Sheikh, Ali Mohammad Sheikh and Sakeena.

The accused are involved in case registered under FIR No. 1o/2010 P/S Crime Branch, for commission of offences punishable under section 420, 468, 471, 120-B, 201 RPC read with 5 (2) PC Act. The case has been produced before the Court of Additional Special Judge Anti-Corruption Anantnag.

 

The statement reads that the case was registered in police station Crime Branch Kashmir on a written complaint received from Abdul Khaliq Sheikh and others from Frislan Phalgam.

The investigation conducted in to the matter has revealed that the officials of Revenue Department in league with the accused has attested mutation fraudulently in respect of land measuring six kanals and nine marlas situated at Estate Firslan Phalgam Anantnag.

During the course of investigation, it was established that the afore-said false and fabricated entry of mutation was attested in favour of the accused on the basis of oral gift when no such gift was made by the actual owner of the land.

The land was sold to Ajaz Ahamd Mir and Showkat Ahmad Shah from Srinagar and the real owners were deprived of the ownership.

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JK High Court dismisses petition challenging detention

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Srinagar, Nov 05: The High Court of Jammu and Kashmir today dismissed a petition challenging alleged restraints and house detention of Muzzaffar Shah, Begum Khalida Shah and Dr. Mustafa Kamal.

Justice Ali Mohammed Magray observed that the petition is not maintainable and is unnecessary after communication submitted by SSP Srinagar stated that petitioners have neither been put under house arrest at 10, Moulana Azad Road nor their liberty has been curbed.

 
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