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Govt hires local labourers to complete dev projects

Mudassir Kuloo





Srinagar, Sep 24: Complying with the government directive, several departments have engaged local laborers to restart work on the key developmental projects in Kashmir.

Developmental works had come to a grinding halt after non local labourers made an early exit from the valley following government advisory asking tourists and Amarnath yatris to leave the valley citing militant threats.

Stung by the exodus of migrant laborers, Jammu and Kashmir government asked officers to explore the possibilities of engaging local workforce to resume the stalled developmental works in the valley.


Official documents accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that Power Development Department authorities have told the government that some of the maintenance works are being executed at several sites.

 “Workshops are functioning round the clock.  Repairs, maintenance of transformers are being carried out normally,” the PDD authorities have told the government.

Director Rural Development Department Kashmir, as per the documents, has informed the government that the “works, which were suspended, have started although not at full scale in various Panchayats ”.

Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department Kashmir has also apprised the government that works are in progress in Mohar Nalla, Ladder Nalla, Kalri Nalla, Lolab, Shopian, Kangan, Kupwara and Handwara.

“Department intend to start the dredging work at Hokersar for which clearance is pending. In this regard the matter needs to be taken up with the Regional Wildlife Warden Kashmir,” Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, Kashmir, has told the government.

As per the documents, interior works at SMHS Hospital are also going on.

The departments have also been told to chalk out calendar to indicate exact requirement of resources.

“Sufficient trucks shall be provided for transporting the material to the site of construction in each Panchayat,” the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has directed officers.

Sources in the office of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said departmental heads have been directed to engage local-labourers for those works where there is no need of skilled non-local labourers.“Some works won’t be restarted without skilled non-local labourers. Those will be taken up later,” a source said.


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

Press Trust of India



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

Firdous Hassan



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.
“He hassuffered severe chest and abdominal injuries. He was admitted in the hospital in a very hypovolemic shock due to the excessive loss of blood. A surgery was later conducted, which lasted for five hours,” a doctor at SMHS hospital told The Kashmir Monitor.
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.
“He would spend three months in Kashmir for business. Some two weeks before he came to Kashmir,” Kumar’s brother-in-law Rishi Doda told The Kashmir Monitor.
Doda said that Kumar had never faced any problem in Kashmir. “He was all praise for Kashmir. Even some days back we called him to return. He,however,assured us that nothing was wrong with the non-locals here,” he added.

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No plan to resume prepaid services: Guv




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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