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Govt committed to stop illegal cultivation of poppy, cannabis across valley: Div Com

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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.


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Kuka Parray part of script drafted by late Mufti Syed: NC

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Srinagar, Jan 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday rejected the canards of Naeem Akhtar as “uncouth and reflective of his political bankruptcy” and said that Kuka Parray worked as per the script drafted by late Mufti Syed as home minister of India.

In a statement issued to media, North Zone President and former Minister Mohammad Akbar lone said that accusations against NC are coming from a person to which PDP owes its disintegration.

Mohammad Akbar Lone while rejecting the jibes of a self styled leader as travesty of facts said, “Nayeem Akhtar belongs to a gang which has been drawing its sustenance from RSS and other forces as are hostile to the special position of the state,” he said, adding that as an assistant of Mufti Muhammad Syed during his tenure as central minister, Akhtar remained equally involved in destabilizing the state.

 

“He continued to work for Mufti Syed by resorting to writing ghost articles under a pen name ‘Satar Wagay’. As a sequacious writer he continued to target only National conference on a daily basis in spite of being a working bureaucrat then. Politicians like Nayeem Akhtar typify opportunism and political bankruptcy as it was him and his party which joined hands with RSS just to satiate their lust for power,” he said adding that it was difficult to understand as to which side of political divide he belongs to.

North Zone President said, “Nayeem Akhtar’s recent assertions on Kuka Parray are unsubstantiated due to the fact that NC workers were the one who suffered most during the hay days of the renegade era in Kashmir.”

“People are not that gullible, they know that it was late Mufti Syed who presided over 18 massacres as home minister, was the brain behind Ikhwan and was instrumental in extending the dreaded AFSPA to the state. Renegades like Kuka Parray owe their being to the policies of Mufti Syed that he pursued during his stint as home minister of India,” he said.

The north zone president said that Nayeem Akhtar has been a point man of BJP-RSS right from early seventies and owing to his services he was given ministerial berths in two consecutive Muftis led governments.

“Otherwise how can a political low weight with no political base get higher ministerial berths?” he said adding “National conference had to suffer immensely at the hands of Kukka Parray, and that the local party functionaries of Sumbal Sonawari belt had to migrate to escape from the wrath of the renegades,” he said.

“National conference has a base in people in Sumbal–Sonawari, and I have been representing the seat for many consecutive terms. We as a party don’t support violence rather we have always been the victims,” he added.

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Bail plea of separatist detainees shouldn’t be opposed: Mir

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Srinagar, Jan 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Thursday said that the government has failed to produce challan in the court against the separatist leaders who have been arrested almost a year ago over the charges of alleged terror funding.

Mir in a statement to media said that even after one year has elapsed since the separatist leaders were arrested, the government has failed to produce challan against the leaders and at the same time are creating obstacles to them in getting bail.

“The bail plea of the detainees is being opposed by the government. This is not fair and against the natural justice as one hand they are not producing challan and on the other they are creating obstacle to them in getting the bail. Giving bail to any person doesn’t mean a clean chit to any accused,” he added.

 

He added wife of one among the detainees, Shahid-ul-Islam is on death bed and govt should not become obstacle to him in getting the bail.

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DAK welcomes Govt order of uniform rate for diagnostic tests

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Srinagar, Jan 17: Doctors Association Kashmir on Thursday welcomed the order issued by state administration where in fresh directions are given to hospital authorities to ensure that patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on uniform rates across the state. The authorities were directed to implement the directions in letter and spirit to ensure all patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on nominal prescribed charges.

In a statement issued to the media, Dr Suahil Naik, president Doctor’s Association Kashmir said that we were pushing for uniform rate of diagnostic tests across the state and we want people to question the hospital authorities if they try to overcharge them.

“People should approach grievance cell of the health and medical education department to file their complaints if hospital authorities are accused of not providing diagnostics services to the patients at prescribed rates,” said Suhail.

 

“Why should people pay hefty amount for diagnostic tests in government hospitals? Our government hospitals are not meant for fund generations,” questioned Dr Naik.

While lambasting health administrators, Dr Naik alleged that “Actual problem lies with system where in juniors, inefficient, incompetent persons are parachuted and promoted as hospital administrators.

“People who are illegally promoted don’t have an iota of idea to project the annual finances required for providing diagnostic facilities at nominal charges to finance department or state government. With the result state government fails in keeping budgetary allocations for same and a financial gap is generated at gross root level. Therefore health administrators then charge extra and exorbitant rates from poor patients to run the system uniformly,” he said.

Dr Owais H Dar General Secretary DAK said that reformative changes at gross root level are required to get vibrant and patient friendly system. The need of minute is that health department is in dire need of intellectually effective health administration, who shall serve purpose in framing state health budget. Dr Dar further added that adequate funds must be provided to the hospitals to meet out day to day demands as per requirements.

Dr Mir Mushtaq senior executive member of DAK said that until there is deadwood running hospital affairs, the health care system is bound to deteriorate and degenerate with passage of time.

It is moral and ethical responsibility of states financial department to keep a full-fledged budget for diagnostic facilities.

Hospital development fund should be paid to dedicated contractual employees of hospital and on day to day repair and maintenance of hospitals he further added.

DAK thanked social activists, media fraternity and civil societies for raising parallel voice with DAK, whenever it is desired in the interest of patient care.

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