Srinagar, Oct 29: In order to stop the illegal cultivation of Poppy and Cannabis crops across the Kashmir Division, the Divisional Commissioner Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday constituted District Level Committees for every district.
The committees will be headed by Additional Deputy Commissioners of respective districts. Excise & Taxation Officers are the Member Secretary and senior officers from Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Industries, Medicinal Plant Board, CID, Social Welfare and Education departments will be the members of the District Level Committees.
The District Level Committees were directed to hold their first meeting within a week and discuss threadbare regarding the survey to identify the potential areas with total kanals of land involved in Rabi and Kharief seasons, profiling of families involved, besides collecting the exact details of cultivators involved.
For Convergence mode, which alternate crop seedling, seeds and plants will be distributed to the involved families will also be discussed, besides cash compensation shall be provided to the involved families for proper rehabilitation. The committees will also undertake mass awareness and counseling programmes involving HOD Social Science University of Kashmir and educational institutions of the affected areas. All District Level Committees will send the report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office within fifteen days for further course of action.
The District Level Committees will also hold monthly meetings and send their progress report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office.
The Divisional Commissioner also constituted Divisional Level Committee which will be headed by Additional Commissioner Kashmir and Directors of Floriculture, Agriculture, Horticulture Industries, Agro Industries Development Corporation, Medicinal Plant Board, CID, Social Welfare, Excise and Education departments are the members. The Police were directed to register the incidents of enforcement drives as and when carried out and formal FIRs against the cultivators once Revenue and Excise shares the details of cultivators with them.
It was informed that the government intends to provide skill development and industrial training to the people involved in illicit consumption, cultivation and trade of poppy and cannabis through the Departments of industries and technical Education in order to provide them reasonable opportunities to earn their living. Rehabilitation plan with Departments of Floriculture, Agriculture, Horticulture and Argo Industries Development Corporation for making a policy on alternate crop development for farmers involved in illegal cultivation of poppy and cannabis and to divert their farm activities from illicit cultivation and adoption of cash crop for their livelihood.
The Divisional Commissioner reiterated that government is committed to stop illegal cultivation of Poppy and Cannabis crops across the valley as early as possible so that drug menace will be weed out completely from our society.
Excise Commissioner Talat Parvez, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director Industries Bilal Ahmad, Senior officers from Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Industries, Medicinal Plant Board, Police and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whereas all Deputy Commissioners of the Kashmir Division participated the meeting through video conferencing.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.