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Govt to set up centers to stop illegal entry of dressed-chicken imports

Monitor News Bureau





Srinagar, Oct 29: To check the entry of dressed chicken in the state, Animal Husbandry department has decided to setup two dedicated checking centers at Lakhanpur and Lower Munda.

The direction to setup these check-posts was passed by Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep, Fisheries and Transport Department Dr Asgar Samoon during a meeting of officers and representatives of poultry entrepreneurs.

The meeting was attended by Director Animal Husbandry M Y Chaploo, Director Fisheries P N Pandita, Joint Directors, District officers and other officials of Animal, fisheries and sheep department of all districts of Kashmir.


Taking strong note of reports of stale chicken being supplied in the markets of the state from outside, Dr Samoon directed for setting up a committee to supervise the action against the unscrupulous elements responsible for their supply.

“There is no clarity about the method of slaughter and the conditions they are being slaughtered. There are reports that these dressed chickens are smuggled here in the fish boxes in unhygienic conditions. Public health is important for us and will make sure that whether fish, chicken or animal meat is supplied should be of good and hygienic quality”.

He also said that farm rates of chicken will be notified afresh as and will be accordingly communicated to CAPD. He directed for the formation of a committee under the Chairmanship of Joint Director Poultry.

To inspect the dressing plants which have been established in the valley and who under the pretext of toll tax exception sell the birds directly in the live market without putting these to slaughter, Dr Samoon asked the officials to setup a committee headed by Joint Director Poutry Dr Riyaz Ahmed and Dr Altaf Geelani and Dr Javid Bhat as members to arrest the menace.

In a first of its kind initiative in Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Dr Samoon sought list of doables for the month of November and a timeline for each activity to be finished under the jurisdiction of the officers.

During the meeting with fisheries department officials, he sought details about the assistance being provided to the local fishermen and fish entrepreneurs in their areas of jurisdiction. He also asked the officers to explore possibilities of setting up fish markets in all the areas of Kashmir as market support to local fishermen and young entrepreneurs besides providing cycles and load carriers to them.

Meanwhile, he handed over a load carrier to an unemployed youth from fishermen community and a Bank cheque of Rs 2 lakh to a woman for building her house under a central sponsored scheme meant for the community.

Highlighting the potential of livestock sector in the state, Dr Samoon said the sector if tapped properly has the potential to provide employment to thousands of youth besides bringing down import bill of the state.

Expressing his satisfaction over the functioning of the department,  the Principal Secretary said that interest shown by the young entrepreneurs to set up their units of livestock is encouraging in various districts of the state.

He said that such steps ensure that the initiatives taken by the department are bearing the fruitful results.

He also laid stress on developing infrastructure for the departments so that the vision envisaged for the growth of the livestock sector in the state is realized.

Stressing on the punctuality in duties, he directed the officers to ensure that besides maintaining the regularity,  they should be punctual for their work also.




Talks with Hurriyat not possible as they are not real stakeholders: BJP

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Jul 16: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday said that talks with Hurriyat leaders were not possible as they are not the real stakeholders of Kashmir. The party also said that it will not forge any pre-poll alliance in Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP’s State General Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul said that the talks should and will be held on Kashmir but only with those who are the real stakeholders of Kashmir. “Hurriyat is not any stakeholder as their kith and kin are enjoying outside but those who have suffered and lost their properties including youth, traders and others are the real stakeholders and talks with them will be held,” he added.

He further stated that the government was working on initiating a dialogue and the talks with many people from different communities were being held at present.


Koul further stated that the threat of BJP among the people was no more as they are knowledgeable about the facts that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government was working for their welfare. “Today, I was shocked to see that the youth in large number kept me busy in taking selfies with them for half an hour after a meeting today, which shows that people have faith in BJP,” he added.

Referring to a query, Koul said that its people who are behind the decline in stone pelting incidents in Kashmir besides forces and police. He said that BJP from the day one is against the wrong impression against the Kashmir. “We have been raising our voice that any incident taking place in single portion of Kashmir should be not be highlighted like the way it is,” he said, adding that wrong perception against Kashmir will also be curbed soon.

About possibility of pre-poll alliance ahead of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that like every party, the party will make every effort to emerge victorious with majority and to form the government on its own. “We will not forge any pre-poll alliance but in case the need arises, the party will deliberate upon the post-poll alliance,” he added.

He further stated that at present the party is focusing on winning the elections with pre-poll alliance and to form the government on its own.

About Article 370 and Article 35 A, the BJP leader said that these were the core issues of the party and it has also mentioned in its manifesto. “I can’t say when it will be abrogated but it is up to the central government to decide when it will be abrogated,” he added.

Asked about the ongoing membership drive, BJP leader said that the membership drive was going on smoothly. “We have started a process in this regard. In charges and co-incharges have been appointed. We have set a target of 4.5 lakh members in Kashmir and 1.25 lakhs in three zones including central, southern and northern Kashmir. We have formulated a procedure in this regard.”

He added that they are expecting that at least 2.5 lakh members will join in the ongoing drive. “People are showing good response especially in far flung areas. The youth are showing their response and raising their concerns as well. People are joining the party wholeheartedly,” he added.

Koul said that ahead of the elections in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP has decided to strengthen party at grassroots level as it will help the party in the upcoming elections.

About JK Bank issue, Koul said people may face hardships for time being but it will ensure the transparency in the end, which would benefit the people here. “The people also faced hardships during demonetization. Similarly, the people may face hardships today but it will benefit the people,” he said.

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Rotavirus vaccines important step for health, wellbeing of children: Dulloo

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, July 16: State Level Workshop for introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine was organized at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.

Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo was the chief guest on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Financial Commissioner said India’s decision to introduce the rotavirus vaccines as part of its routine program marks an immensely important step for the health and wellbeing of the country’s children. He said that Rotavirus kills approximately 453000 children of less than five years of age globally every year and is a major threat to the health of children across the WHO South-East Asia Region. “Every year, approximately 127 000 children aged less than five years die of the disease in the SEA Region, around 98000 of whom are in India,” he said.


The workshop was attended by Dr. Arun Sharma Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K, Bhupinder  Kumar MD NHM J&K , Dr Kunzes Dolma Director Health Services Kashmir, Head of the Department Paediatrics GMC Srinagar, Dr. Muzaffar Jan, Head of Department Social & Preventive Medicine GMC Srinagar , Dr. Mohammad Saleem Khan and other officers.

The workshop was also attended by HOD and Faculty members from GMC associated Hospitals of Kashmir Division, Chief Medical Officers, Deputy Chief Medical Officers, District Immunization Officers, District Mass Media and Education Officers and other officials of the department.

Dr Arun Sharma Director Family Welfare, MCH and Immunization J&K while speaking on the occasion said a series of trainings will be conducted in all districts and blocks and every field level worker will be trained for Rota vaccine introduction before the launch.

State Immunization Officer, J&K Dr. Qazi Haroon said that there is a need for Social mobilization, Advocacy and robust IEC for making any campaign or new vaccine launch successful. He informed that the State is receiving one lakh doses of Rotavirus vaccine, 50000 each for Jammu & Kashmir. He also said that the State has excellent and adequate cold chain facility for storage of vaccines and the State is ready for its launch.

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PSC fast tracking recruitment process;around 2000 vacancies in various stages of selection process

Monitor News Bureau



Srinagar, July 16: The Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC) is expediting the process of recruitments for the vacancies referred to it by the Government from time to time.  The Commission has already taken many initiatives to fast track the selection process.

The Commission has also paced up the process of seeking clarifications from the individual Departments in respect of eligibility and qualifications in respect of certain vacancies, if need be and address the issues in the shortest possible time.

At present, around two thousand vacancies pertaining to different Departments are at various stages of selection process with the Commission. With Higher Education topping the list with 743 vacancies, vacancies of Departments like 451 from Health & Medical Education,  349 from General Administration Department, 200 from Animal/Sheep Husbandry, 81 from Law Department, 66 from Forest Department, 57 from School Education Department, 49 from Agriculture Production Department, 33 posts from Public Works (R&B), 15 from Power Development Department, eight each from Industries and Commerce Department and Home Department, seven from Technical Education, five from  Housing and Urban Development Department, four from Culture Department and two from the Transport Department are at various stages of selection process in the Commission, a statement from the Commission said today.

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