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Govt committees formed in last 3 years not serving any purpose

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Srinagar, Feb 04: Several committees, comprising ministers and bureaucrats, constituted in the last few years by the PDP-BJP government have “failed” to serve their purpose.

For the last three years, it has apparently become a norm for the PDP-BJP government to frame committees on vital issues and for “effective coordination” between the coalition parties.

However, most of them either have failed to come up with suggestions or have not met even once since their formation, sources said.

 

Days after forming the government in 2016, a committee headed by Minister for Power Development Department was assigned the task of holding deliberations on the issue of infrastructural development. “During these months, the group did not hold any deliberations on the infrastructure development despite the state lacking infrastructural development,” an official of General Administration Department, said.

A six-member committee headed by Minister for Health and Medical Education was framed for holding deliberations on human resource and skill development.

A group was also constituted for ensuring effective implementation of the BJP-PDP coalition’s ‘Agenda of Alliance’ in the state.

In May last year, a group headed by Deputy Chief Minister was constituted on the issue of illegal settlement of immigrants.

“These groups met few times but did not do much for which they were constituted. If such committees fail the assigned task then why should they be constituted,” the official said.

However, Minister for Rural Development, Abdul Haq Khan, said that committees were holding deliberations on the assigned task.

“It is a continuous process and take time to come up with suggestions,” Khan said.

He said there may be a delay due to change in portfolios of some ministers’ in the committees.

Similarly, several committees, comprising of bureaucrats have also been constituted by the current dispensation.

A State-level Distribution Reforms Committee was constituted for effective implementation of Re-structured Accelerated Power Development Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) and Prime Minister’s Development Package-2015.

Despite there has been zero spending in these schemes during these years, the committee “failed” to ensure their implementation, sources said.

In March 2017, a committee was constituted for implementation of special package for development of sports infrastructure in the state.  “During the last around one year, there has been no improvement for development of infrastructure in the state,” an official of the Youth Services and Sports, said.

In April 2017, a committee was framed to review and monitor the implementation of environmental laws in the state.

Similarly, two committees each for Kashmir and Jammu were constituted for scrutinizing the applications for regularization of illegal and unauthorized constructions in the twin capitals of the state.

Few other committees have also been constituted, who according to sources “did not met” even once since their formation.

“There is no monitoring whether these committees initiated any process for the assigned task,” the GAD official, said.


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Over 380 Ladakh police personnel in J&K to be transferred to native state

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0New Delhi: Over 380 police personnel belonging to Ladakh and working in different places in Kashmir and Jammu regions will soon be transferred to their native state and posted under the administrative control of the new Union Territory, officials said Sunday. The new Union Territory of Ladakh will come into existence, October 31.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod for the transfer of police personnel working in different wings of the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

“Approval has been given for the transfers of about 385 Ladakhi-origin police personnel to Ladakh and they will function under the new UT which will come into existence October 31,” a ministry official said.

 

The police personnel will work with the Ladakh UT Police, which will be under the direct control of the MHA.

The police personnel – from the rank of constable to inspector – will also get the pay and perks available to police personnel of other UTs like Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Police and law and order in the UT of Ladakh will be under the direct control of the Lieutenant Governor, through whom the Central Government will administer the high altitude region.

According to ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019’, will not have a Legislative Assembly.

The Act says cadres of IAS and IPS for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, on and from the appointed day (October 31), shall continue to function on existing cadres.

However, in future, the all India service officers to be posted to UTs of Jammu and Kashmir or Ladakh shall be from the Arunachal, Goa, Mizoram, Union Territory cadre, more popularly known as UT cadre.

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Shopian attack: Non-local apple trader battles for life at SMHS hospital

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Srinagar: The 25 year old non- local apple trader, who suffered critical wounds in a suspected militant attack in Shopian on Wednesday, is battling for life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SHMS hospital here.
Suspected militants Wednesday killed an apple trader and serious injured his associate at Trenz village of Shopian district. The slain was identified as Chander Preet Singh while his injured associate was identified as Sanjeev Kumar of Ferozpur Punjab
Doctors attending on Kumar said he has suffered serious wounds in his vital organs.
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He said Kumar had severe liver and diaphragm laceration (tear) and injuries in the soft tissues of shoulder and arms.“We had to remove his large intestines. His condition is still critical. He is being constantly monitored by a team of doctors. He is currently on ventilator,” the doctor said.
Lone son of his parents, Kumar has been associated with the apple trade for the last two years.His family members said that he arrived in Kashmir two weeks ago to ship applesto outside the state Mandis.
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Srinagar, Oct 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said the matter of the three civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir was of grave concern, and claimed Pakistan’s hand in the killings.
The Valley has seen several bloody attacks since post-paid services were restored, more than three months after the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Included in the list of casualties is two Punjab-based apple trader, a migrant worker from Chhattisgarh and a truck driver from Rajasthan.
“This is a matter of grave concern, poor people who are migrating to the state to earn a living are being killed like this,” Satya Pal sounded alarm bells. “This is happening on Pakistan’s directions to create disturbance in the state. We will not allow this to happen. We will not spare such people.”
The Governor said that there isn’t a plan to resume pre-paid mobile service since “Pakistani nationals would misuse this”. “We will start Internet services only when situation improves.”
Hours after the truck driver was shot and killed and his vehicle set ablaze, text messaging were blocked in Kashmir. According to reports, SMS service was halted to reduce the ability of militants to communicate.

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