Jammu, Jan 29: In a significant move towards meeting the aspirations of people, the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir has stepped up its public outreach initiative by involving Administrative Secretaries in the process of public grievance redressal mechanism, which was earlier restricted to the Advisors to the Lieutenant Governor.
Under the fresh move, Administrative Secretaries have also been tasked with holding public grievances camps five days in a month, two days each in Jammu and Srinagar, and once in a month in the allotted district of the Union Territory.
The initiative aims at further intensifying the outreach mechanism for quality and quantitative disposal of public grievances and extending the exercise to the districts to reach out to the people unable to move to the twin capitals of the Union Territory.
The Administrative secretaries, having vast experience of administration would make all their efforts to solve issues and problems faced by people.
The move will make top UT bureaucracy available to people, which in turn will bring more transparency, efficiency and accountability in the governance.
The PWD Guest House Jammu and Banquet Hall Srinagar will be the venues of public hearing for every Administrative Secretary, the Government order mentions. The meeting timings in both Jammu and Srinagar will be from 10 am to 4 pm.
According to the schedule issued by the Government, Financial Commissioner (Finance Department), Arun Kumar Mehta will meet public every first and third Monday of the month at PWD Guest House, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu and second and fourth Monday at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.
Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo will meet public at Jammu on every first and third Thursday and in Srinagar every second and fourth Thursday while Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary Home Department, will meet people in Jammu on every first and third Friday and in Srinagar on every second and fourthFriday.
Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Development Department, will listen to the public grievances on first and third Tuesday of every month in Jammu and second and fourth Tuesday in Srinagar, while Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry will meet people on first and third Wednesday of every month at Jammu and second and fourth Wednesday in Srinagar.
Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Education Department, will hold public interaction on second and fourth Monday in Jammu and first and third Monday in Srinagar, while Dr Pawan Kotwal, Principal Secretary Revenue, will meet the public on second and fourth Thursday in Jammu and first and third Thursday in Srinagar.
Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring Department, will be available for the public on second and fourth Friday of every Month in Jammu and first and third Friday in Srinagar.
Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Commissioner/ Secretary, Industries and Commerce will hold public grievance camp in Jammu on second and fourth Tuesday and first and third Tuesday in Srinagar, while Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner Secretary, School Education, will hold public interaction every second and fourth Wednesday in Jammu and first and third Wednesday in Srinagar.
Commissioner Secretary Forest Ecology and Environemnt, Sarita Chauhan will be meeting the public in Jammu on first and third Monday of every month and in Srinagar on second and fourth Monday, while Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Commissioner/Secretary PWD will be interacting with people on first and third Thursday in Jammu and second and fourth Thursday in Srinagar.
Commissioner/Secretary Labour and Employment, Saurabh Bhagat will hold public camp in Jammu on first and third Friday in Jammu and second and fourth Friday in Srinagar, while Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Commissioner/Secretary, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department, will meet public on first and third Tuesday in Jammu and second and fourth Tuesday in Srinagar.
Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Commissioner/Secretary, Floriculture, Parks and Gardens, has been assigned the task of listening to the issues of the people on first and third Wednesday in Jammu and second and fourth Wednesday in Srinagar, while Pandurang Kondbarao Pole, Secretary Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, will do the similar exercise in Jammu on second and fourth Monday and in Srinagar on first and third Monday every month.
Secretary Power Development Department, M. Raju will have interaction with the people on second and fourth Thursday of every month in Jammu and first and third Thursday in Srinagar while Manzoor Ahmed Lone, Secretary Agriculture Production and Horticulture will be meeting public on second and fourth Friday of every month in Jammu and first and third Friday in Srinagar.
Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj will meet public in Jammu on second and fourth Tuesday of every month and first and third Tuesday in Srinagar, while Simrandeep Singh, Secretary Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction will hold public grievances camp in Jammu on second and fourth Wednesday and in Srinagar on first and third Wednesday.
Sarmad Hafeez, Secretary Youth Services and Sports Department has been tasked to meet public on first and third Monday in Jammu and second and fourth Monday in Srinagar while Farooq Ahmad Lone, Secretary General Administration Department will be in Jammu to listen to the public grievances on first and third Friday and in Srinagar on second and fourth Friday.
Talat Parvez Rohella, Secretary Higher Education Department, will be meeting the people in Jammu on first and third Thursday and in Srinagar on second and fourth Thursday.
Zubair Ahmad, Secretary Tourism/Culture Department will be hearing the issues voiced by the people in Jammu on first and third Tuesday and in Srinagar on second and fourth Tuesday every month while Abdul Majid Bhat, Secretary Cooperative/Tribal Affairs Department will be meeting the public every first and third Wednesday in Jammu and second and fourth Wednesday in Srinagar.
Arun Kumar Mehta has been allotted district Baramulla, Atal Dulloo Anantnag, Shaleen Kabra Shopian, Dheeraj Gupta Srinagar, Asgar Hassan Samoon Bandipora, Navin Kumar Choudhary Samba, Rohit Kansal Pulwama, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi Budgam, Hirdesh Kumar Rajouri, Sarita Chauhan Udhampur, Khurshid Ahmad Shah Jammu, Saurabh Bhagat Ramban, Ajeet Kumar Sahu Poonch, Pandurang Kondbarao Pole Doda, Manzoor Ahmed Lone Kupwara, Sheetal Nanda Kathua, Farooq Ahmad Lone Kulgam, Talat Parvez Rohella Kishtwar, Zubair Ahmad Ganderbal and Abdul Majid Bhat Reasi.
Launch pads across LoC full: Lt Gen Dhillon
Srinagar, Feb 18: Militant launch pads in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir “are full”, but the Pakistan army’s attempts to infiltrate militants under the cover of ceasefire violations are being responded to in a “hard and punishing” manner, a senior army commander said here.
Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, who has been heading the strategic command of the Kashmir-based XV corps, is confident that Pakistan would not succeed in its attempts to “push militants in the Valley and disturb the prevailing peace”.
He said peace in the Kashmir Valley has been “cemented by security forces in coordination with various stakeholders including opinion-makers and mentors of the civil society”.
Lt Gen Dhillon, who will soon leave for a posting in the army headquarters in Delhi, joined the strategic command in February last year.
His tenure began on a challenging note as within a week of him taking over, India witnessed a gruesome attack on its security forces in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed when a suicide bomber targeted their convoy in Pulwama on February 14.
Not yet settled properly in his new role, Lt Gen Dhillon of the Rajputana Rifles, began coordinating operations against the perpetrators of the attack as also monitoring developments along the Line of Control where situation was getting tense by the day.
In a written reply to a question by PTI, Lt Gen Dhillon talked about the history of Pakistan’s “proxy war” and said the neighbouring country has been consistently aiding and abetting infiltration in India for more than 30 years now.
“All the terrorist camps and launch pads in Pakistan-administered Kashmir are full. These militant cadres are desperate to infiltrate with the help of Pakistan army, who indulge in firing at our posts.
“Our befitting response to ceasefire violations has been swift, hard and punishing,” Lt Gen Dhillon told PTI.
He said the Army’s main task is to keep terrorism at bay, both at the LoC and in the hinterland in “conjunction with Jammu and Kashmir police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies.”
While maintaining an effective domination along the LoC, he said, conducting effective anti-terror operations “in a people-friendly manner” in the inner areas has improved the situation in the Valley.
He said local business, tourism and education sectors are likely to benefit immensely from the “operational successes, the improving security situation and various government initiatives”.
On the number of militants operating in the Valley, Lt Gen Dhillon said, “We work on concepts and not numbers. And the concept is the constant attempts by Pakistan to infiltrate militants and war-like stores, to commit sensational militant activities.”
Mahashivratri celebrations: Provide essential commodities to Pandits: Div Com to DCs
Srinagar, Feb 18: For smooth celebration of Mahashivratri festival across the Kashmir Division, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday directed Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to provide essential commodities to Pandit Community areas on priority.
He further directed them to establish Fisheries, Lotus stems (Nadru), Vegetables, Walnut and floriculture stalls in Pandit colonies and at temples. For hassle free distribution of food items, senior officers were asked to deployed functionaries every minority area for monitoring.
Concerned departments were asked to launch an intense market checking on daily basis to curb black marketing of essential commodities during the festival and to ensure availability of essential commodities like Mutton, Chicken, Vegetables, fruits, Bakery and confectionery in the markets as per the notified rates and quality standards.
The Divisional Commissioner was reviewing the arrangements put in place by the district administrations for the smooth celebration of Mahashivratri festival across the valley.
He sought feedback from Deputy Commissioners regarding preparations for the smooth celebration of the festival.
It was informed that major congregation will be held at Shankaracharya temple in the city where devotees perform day long special prayers. Temples in other districts will also hold similar kind of gatherings.
The Divisional Commissioner directed Fisheries department to deploy mobile fish vans at various places in the city. Besides, local fishermen will install their vending shops at Habba Kadal and Ganpatyar localities.
Power Department was directed to ensure uninterrupted power supply on the eve of Mahashivratri festival at all temples where huge congregations are expected. Public Health Engineering will make adequate measures for providing the round the clock water supply in Pandit areas and temples with the deployment of water tankers at the locations.
The Food Department will distribute ration including Rice, Atta, Sugar, K-oil and LPG cylinders in Pandit areas as per notified rates.
SMC will deploy dedicated man power to start cleanliness drive in Pandit areas, temples and the main congregation places besides Urban Local Bodies and Block Development Councils will take care of sanitation in their jurisdictions.
RTO, Kashmir in consultation with the SSP Traffic City, Rural Kashmir and RTC will make necessary arrangements for inter and intra district transportation services on the routes leading to the temples for convivences of the devotees.
The Div Com directed Fire and Emergency services to ensure availability of fire tenders at all temples and Pandit community areas.
On the festival occasion, Health services will set up medical aid camps at all important locations and will ensure round the clock functioning of all Public Health Centres.
He directed DCs to deploy Magistrates at all the important locations with necessary arrangements for the upcoming festival. Concerned departments were asked to work in close coordination for the smooth celebration of Mahashivratri festival.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Director FCS&CA, Chief Engineer KPDCL, RTO Kashmir, SSP Taffic (Rural), Joint Director Fisheries, Joint Commissioner SMC, Deputy Directors of Horticulture ( Planning & Marketing), Agriculture, Health Services & Fire, Emergency services and other concerned officials were present in the meeting where as nine Deputy Commissioners of the valley participated the meeting through video conferencing.
Poll announcement mockery of democracy: Yechury
New Delhi, Feb 18: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury took a dig at the Narendra Modi government on Thursday over the announcement of by-election to over 12,500 panchayat seats in Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was a “mockery of democracy.”
The Union Territory’s Chief Electoral Officer Shailender Kumar said polling would be held from March 5 to March 20 and ballots would be used for casting votes.
“After arresting major political leaders & workers under draconian PSA on flimsy charges, now this mockery of democracy. Time has come for Modi government to declare J&K as a jail. Appoint a Jail warden not a Lt. Governor. The Modi govt will be held to account on this (sic),” CPI(M) general secretary Yechury tweeted.
He also slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks at a summit on Wednesday that only 2,200 people in the country had declared earnings of Rs one crore per annum.
“Modi’s complete disrespect for facts or data or the truth, shows up all the time. The only tricks they all have is spin and Goebbels-like propaganda,” Yechury said quoting reports that the data stated by Modi on taxpayers was wrong.
“As per Modi, every Indian is a thief while his party is the one that has usurped crores secretly through opaque electoral bonds. If no one pays tax, what has Modi done over past 6 years? Didn’t he unleash demonetisation claiming that it would end all black money & tax evasion? (sic),” the CPI(M) general secretary said. In his speech at the Times Now Summit, Modi had said, “In the last five years, more than 1.5 crore cars have been sold in the country. Over three crore Indians went abroad for work or travel. But the situation is that only one-and-a-half crore people in our country of more than 130 crore pay income tax.”