Srinagar, July 4: Governor N. N. Vohra reviewed the functioning of State Vigilance Commission (SVC) on receiving the 5th Annual Report of the Commission with P.L. Gupta, Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), Srinagar.
The report contained to-date status of the complaints received by the Commission, action taken for their disposal and the conclusions arrived at by the SVC for making the Commission more effective and result oriented.
In-spite of the fact that the Commission remained non-functional from March, 2017 to October, 2017, the work-done by the Commission was appreciable. The report states that out of total 445 complaints received by the Commission during 2017, 26 were referred for departmental/administrative action and 16 referred for registration of FIRs/PEs by Vigilance Organization/Crime Branch/Police. 156 complaints were dismissed/filed after examination while another 82 were dismissed after thorough enquiry/hearing. During the period under reference the Commission disposed of 280 complaints. The Commission also rendered advice in respect of all 27 FIR cases and 79 Preliminary Enquiries/Joint Surprise Checks referred it to by the Vigilance Organization.
Since inception of the Commission in February, 2013, the number of complaints received by the Commission upto 31.12.2017, year-wise, are: 985 (2013); 1168 (2014); 1200 (2015); 989 (2016); 445 (2017). Briefly, out of the total 4,787 complaints received by the Commission since 2013, 4246 complaints stand disposed off while 541 are under scrutiny.
Governor also took note of the observations/recommendations of the Commission which include: (i) time bound operationalization of the pilot project on computerization of revenue record of twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar which was earlier scheduled to be completed by March, 2018; (ii) appointment of Chief Vigilance Officers in all Government departments to avoid irregularities in appointments/procurements; (iii) posting of District Vigilance Officers on the recommendations of SVC; (iv) making it mandatory to seek advice of SVC in case the concerned departments do not agree with the recommendations of Vigilance Organization and the advice so rendered shall be binding on concerned department; (v) hosting of Annual Property Returns of all Gazetted officers of State services on departmental websites; and (vi) installation of CCTVs in the offices having large public interface. This will help in strengthening the system of transparency, accountability and internal vigilance in the Government departments.
Governor complimented the Commission for the very significant work done and urged them to continue regular monitoring of all pending enquiry and prosecution sanction cases in accordance with the provisions of the State Vigilance Commission Act, 2011 and taking all possible initiatives to enhance awareness amongst people and encouraging them to come forward for reporting every case of dishonest functioning by Public Servants. Governor directed time bound action on the recommendations of the Commission which are pending disposal with various Administrative Secretaries.
Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.
90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts
Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.
Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor
Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.