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Govt to setup sheep markets in every dist




Ramban, Dec 31: For organized trade of livestock, Government to setup sheep Mandis in every district, besides slaughter houses in every block if the state.

This was stated by Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon during a three-day tour of Chenab valley to access the sheep, animal, fisheries and transport department in the area.

Highlighting the consumption of meat and potential of the livestock sector in the state, Dr Samoon said there is need to organize this sector and sheep Mandis will give it an organized look besides motivating more and more youth to become livestock entrepreneurs.


“Hundreds of sheep are imported in the state every year. It is important to provide platform to the industry. Establishment of sheep Mandis will be win-win situation for both customer and traders. Other than giving space to traders to sell their livestock, it will save customers from overpricing,” Samoon told officials.

He was accompanied by Director Animal Husbandry Dr Victor Kaul, and Director Sanjeev Kumar, Director Fisheries R N Pandita, Director State Motor Garages (SMG) Zakir Hussain and officials of these departments. He also held meeting with respective deputy commissioners of Kishtiwar, Doda and Ramban during the visit to these areas.

Saying that foot and mouth disease proves fatal for the cattle and sheep and cause a severe loss to the economy besides public health, Dr Samoon health and safety standards will be maintained in these mandis by the sheep department.

Dr Samoon also called for setting up new slaughter houses in every block besides reviving existing slaughter houses on scientific lines. He asked for identifying land and submitting Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) at earliest.

He also asked for utilization of funds for spreading awareness, training and capacity building of farmers and to organize livestock show cum awareness camps in every area.

He also asked for attracting young aspiring entrepreneurs for establishing medium to large sheep farms and facilitating credit lending scheme through banks.

Dr Samoon also called for submitting proposal of setting up poly clinics, laboratories and veterinary hospitals in all areas and upgrading existing infrastructure. He along with deputy commissioners also visited various sites for setting up infrastructure of these departments.

During meeting with transport officials, Dr. Samoon said Rs 10 crore have been released for procuring new buses for improving transport facilities especially in hungry routes.

Transport officers were directed to provide route more route permit to the unemployed youth with a rider that they will play their vehicles in their respective areas of Chenab valley only so that issue of overloading is addressed.

Strictly calling for allowing only good condition buses to play on the Chenab roads, Dr Samoon directed for not allowing above 15 years of vehicles on Chenab roads. He also called for setting up vehicle inspection and certification centers in Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar districts.

He directed the authorities to prepare DPR for the construction of taxi stand at Banihal besides procuring road safety equipment’s for traffic personnel manning traffic on highway.

On day third, he held meeting with District Development Commissioner, Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat along with sheep, animal, fisheries and transport department officials.

Dr. Samoon asked the DC Ramban to provide adequate funds to Animal, Sheep and Fisheries departments from district capex budget because this sector is the main source of income for rural population.

He reviewed the functioning of departments and said that Ramban district has big potential of Animal husbandry, Dairy, Fish, Poultry and Sheep farming and directed the officers to develop advance infrastructure for providing quality services to farmers so that people can earn their livelihood at their doorstep. Meanwhile, certain decisions related to department were taken on the spot

He asked the DC to provide the land for establishing Polyclinics in all blocks and Nitrogen plant to improve Artificial Insemination for improving the breed of animals in the district.

Later he also inspected Sheep breeding farm at Chanderkote and checked the status of livestock and its productions besides distributing Tarpaulins among the beneficiaries and directed the officers and officials to carry out their professional duties with dedication and make every scheme of the department a great success.




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



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



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



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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