Srinagar, Nov 24: Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India organized a one day Media Workshop – Vartalap at Media Complex Srinagar Saturday.
The workshop was aimed at sensitizing journalists about various centrally sponsored schemes and their vital role to create awareness among the masses.
The program was inaugurated by Director Information, Tariq Ahmad Zargar and was attended by a large number of eminent media persons from Srinagar and Budgam districts along with other officials.
Tariq Ahmad Zargar in his address said that it is essential for media-persons to know about different government schemes in detail so that proper information can reach to the people at ground level. He said different departments should have training programs for capacity building so that the information about welfare initiatives is effectively communicated to the masses.
Zargar said statistics need to be collected to assess the implementation of different schemes at ground level and flaws need to be brought to the notice of concerned authorities by the media.
Deputy Director, Press Information Bureau Srinagar, Ghulam Abbas said the aim of organising the program is to highlight the role of media to bring awareness among people about different government sponsored schemes and initiatives. He suggested that scheme implementation, analysis and results should also be reported properly to determine the actual outcome at ground level.
Laying stress on healthy criticism of government departments by media, he maintained that it is essential for social development.
A number of experts delivered talks during the day long programme. In his session, Editor in Chief, Ziraat Times, Arjimand Hussain Talib spoke about the importance of Agricultural Journalism in the state and the need to create public opinion keeping in view the bigger transformation from subsistence to commercial sector.
Senior Journalist, Tariq Bhat spoke about the convergence of media in the contemporary world and the way it can drive development at the grassroots.
Bureau Chief, Pioneer, Khurshid Wani spoke about the role and contribution of print media in holistic development of rural areas.
RTI Activist, Raja Muzafar Bhat pointed out how RTI Act can be used as a tool to highlight the status of implementation of various government sponsored schemes.
Bureau Chief, News18 Urdu, Manoj Koul underlined the role and responsibility of Electronic media in covering people centric initiatives including Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
Syed Nazneen Qadri from JKEDI emphasized on the need to provide ample coverage to various entrepreneurship initiatives offered by the government for the youth of the state.
Akhtar expresses dismay over lack of dev in B’pora
Srinagar, Jun 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar toured various far-flung areas of north Kashmir’s Bandipora in order to get the first-hand appraisal of the grievances being faced by the people in these remote hamlets of the constituency.
Akhtar visited Chandaji area where recently two young were killed due to the windstorm. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he questioned the delay being done by the government in disbursement of ex-gratia in favour of the next kin of the victims.
Also, while meeting several peoples’ delegations in the area,
Akhtar was appraised about the lack of proper road connectivity and how in spite of the approved scheme under PMGSY, no work on the project has been started yet.
Akhtar also spoke to the concerned Chief Engineer over the issue who assured him that the work on the road will begin soon.
The PDP leader, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure that present development season is not lost and take into consideration the hardships being faced by the inhabitants of the area as they have to walk through 7 km long tough terrains to reach the main road.
Akhtar also expressed concern over the non- implementation of the SAUBHAGYA scheme, stating that till date only half of the hamlet has been covered under the said scheme, thus contradicting claim of the Prime Minister that every single hamlet has been electrified. He urged the government to address the issue on priority so that people aren’t made to face further problems on this front.
Akhtar also highlighted the issue pertaining to the lack mobile telephony services in the area. He said that as Gurez and Bandipora are already connected, it is the only place where there is no mobile connectivity. The PDP leader said that it will need just one mobile tower to bring the area on the communication map.
Further, Akhtar also visited several other areas where the recent hailstorm had wrecked havoc. He has urged the government to compensate the victims on priority at an earliest.
The former minister also expressed dismay over the dismal pace of work on main Bandipora road from Ajas to Sonarwani being executed under CRF. He said that keeping in view the snail’s pace of work, it doesn’t look like that it will be completed in December this year which is the target completion date of the road project.
He also questioned government’s non- serious approach as the work on Athwadu Sonarwani road project is yet to begin, adding peoples woes to a large extent.
CB arrests man impersonating as official from CS’s office
Srinagar, June 17: The crime branch of Jammu on Monday arrested a man from Talab Tillo Jammu for impersonating as an official of Chief Secretary’s office. The fraudster according to the statement issued here, has duped several senior officers of various departments.
The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, a resident of JMC 39, House No 223, Mohalla Jhullka, Darbar Garh Jammu, have ho duped and cheated numerous senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means.
The fraudulent activities of accused Ashwani Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person who claimed to be an officer of a personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact on his mobile No 9797578686.
The fraudster was contacted by AAssistant Director Tourism Leh, and he asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposited Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money and have no source of means there.
Subsequently the Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh transferred an amount of Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later on, during the enquiry, it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary etc.
On receipt of this complaint, Crime Branch begun an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the said accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case FIR No 34/2019 U/s 170,420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ. The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by a special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.
Mir condemns killing of police officer
Srinagar, Jun 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday condemned the killing of a police officer who was injured during a militant attack in Anantnag district and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.
Station House officer (SHO) of Saddar Police Station Anantnag, Arshid Khan had sustained injuries in a militant attack on Wednesday evening and was rushed to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The injured police officer was taken to AIIMS New Delhi for specialized treatment but he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.
Mir expressed solidarity with the bereaved and prayed for their courage to bear the loss.
He also termed his killing as unfortunate and said “such killings won’t serve anyone’s cause.” How long the blood of Kashmiris will continue to flow in the Valley, he asked