Srinagar, Sep 19: Governor Satya Pal Malik Wednesday inaugurated a one-day conference of Deputy Commissioners and District Senior Superintendents of Police at the Sher-e-Kashmir International Conference Centre (SKICC).
Advisors to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, K Vijay Kumar and B B Vyas; BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Dilbag Singh, DGP; Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor, Administrative Secretaries of various government departments; Divisional Commissioners of Kashmir and Jammu; senior police officers were present on the occasion.
Welcoming the participants in the Conference, Governor emphasized the high responsibilities associated with the chair of Deputy Commissioners and District SSPs in maintaining law and order, delivering public welfare services and ensuring holistic development of the districts. He stressed ensuring efficient, transparent and accountable governance with utmost regard to public sentiments.
Governor stressed crucial importance of strengthening grievance redressal mechanism by the District Administrations and urged all the DCs to mark one day in a week exclusively for hearing grievances followed by their early disposal. He emphasized focus on completion of all pending development projects and urged the DCs to identify and settle all issues relating to pending projects. He observed that the government has approved setting up the J&K Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation, authorized to raise loans to complete the projects that couldn’t either take off or languishing for want of funds.
Governor advised the DCs to generate awareness among people about the vital importance of upcoming elections to the Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats in strengthening grass root democracy and holistic development of towns and villages. He advised the DCs and SSPs to ensure adequate security cover to the contesting candidates and to ensure that elections are conducted in free and fair manner.
Governor advised DCs to give due attention to strengthening the health care delivery system in their respective districts and urged them to make optimum utilization of available human resources at grass root level like ASHA workers for achieving 100% institutionalized deliveries and adequate postnatal care for mother and child. He also emphasized ensuring 24 hr power supply during festivals and examinations. Governor informed that his Administration has decided to sanction 40 new colleges for the State and urged the DCs to prioritize and submit their proposals in this regard.
Governor expressed concern over non-availability of avenues for recreation and sports among children and youth. He advised DCs to identify areas for developing play grounds in their districts and promote sports culture. He observed that he has noted a passion for football and cricket among the youngsters in the State and remarked that he has already discussed the idea of conducting IPL matches in the State with the IPL Chairman and once the upcoming international level stadium gets completed the IPL organizers will take a call on organizing matches here.
Governor advised the District Police Officers to take care of public sensitivities while dealing with law and order issues and ensure that minimum inconvenience is caused to people during their operations.
Governor paid tributes to Karbala martyrs on the occasion and advised the officers dealing with maintaining law and order to take due care of religious sensitivities of people.
Advisors to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, K. Vijay Kumar and B.B. Vyas urged the DCs and SSPs to ensure that all development schemes in Central and State sectors are implemented in letter and spirit and that their benefits reach targeted sections of the society.
Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam urged the officers to focus on delivering good governance; DGP, Dilbagh Singh emphasized better Civil- Police coordination in handling law and order situation in the districts.
Inquiry ordered: Rhetoric of decades
Srinagar, Mar 20: As a magisterial inquiry has been ordered into the custodial killing of Awantipora youth, many families whose members have been killed by government forces find such exercises futile.
29-year-old Rizwan Assad Pandith, a school teacher from Awantipora was killed in police custody on Tuesday, following which the District Magistrate Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary ordered an inquiry.
Mohammad Iqbal Bhat, a local from Kupwara never received justice after his son was killed in 2017.
His son Asif, a driver by profession, was killed by government forces in December 2017, which triggered massive protests and clashes in the district.
The family claims that Asif was killed by army while he was on his way to pick up a passenger from the nearby highway in Kupwara.
The then Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir had ordered a magisterial probe into the killing and sought the report within three weeks.
More than a year later, the report is yet to reach the family.
“I was once produced before the judge in a local court in March last year where I gave my statement. The police ensured me that action will be taken against army, which has not happened so far,” said Bhat, who works as a forest guard.
He added the family wasn’t informed about the findings of the probe yet.
“When nothing happened in last one year, I left visiting the police station. They often told me that the file was in some other department. I don’t know whether some action was taken against the army or not,” Bhat said.
The family of Javed Ahmad Bhat, a Shopian resident who was killed by government forces in January 2018, too has stopped following the case, in which a probe was ordered by the then Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Aijaz Asad.
“We deliberately didn’t follow the case as we had the experience of their investigation when my younger cousin Aqib Ahmad Bhat was killed by the same army camp in 2008. My uncle had to visit Srinagar every week and still no justice was delivered to us,” Waseem Ahmad Bhat brother of slain Javed told The Kashmir Monitor.
Javed was shot dead along with two other youth in Ganowpora, Shopian by Army after locals resisted army’s move to remove the banners of the slain Hizbul Mujahideen militants.
Waseem said the families of two other youth killed in the incident too have given up hopes of justice.
“It was useless to wait for the government report which was expected to come within 20 days. Neither anyone approached us nor did we seek any investigation,” he said.
Similarly, in case of Handwara killing of 2016, when two youth and a 57-year woman were killed by army is under trial at a local court in Handwara.
“A Special Investigation Team of Police was also constituted to probe the case. The case is currently under trail in Sub District Court Handwara and no action has been taken against the guilty yet,” the family of slain youth Nayeem Qadir said.
JK isn’t NC’s personal estate: Mehbooba
Jammu, Mar 20: In a blistering attack at former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for dubbing emergence of new parties in Kashmir as a New Delhi ploy to divide Kashmiri mandate, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti on Wednesday (March 20) said, J&K is not a personal property of the National Conference.
Mehbooba’s attack followed Peoples Conference chief Sajjad Gani Lone’s diatribe against Omar Abdullah that he needed ‘mental treatment” for opposing emergence of new parties.
“It is unfortunate that National conference considers Jammu and Kashmir as its own estate. When (former Chief Minister) Mufti Mohmmad Sayeed brought Congress in Jammu and Kashmir, they called them worms of dirty drain (as a Delhi’s party),” Mehbooba told reporters here.
“When the PDP was formed, they alleged the same thing. Today when Shah Faseal formed a new outfit, Omar Abdullah says the same thing,” said Mehbooba.
The PDP chief said Omar Abdullah feels any party formed in J&K will claim right on their estate of Jammu and Kashmir.
“It is a democratic country and everyone has the right to form one’s own party and do politics. Jammu and Kashmir is not a personal property of the NC,” she added.
Omar’s remarks came on the day Shah Faesal, a bureaucrat-turned-politician who was reportedly slated to join the NC, launched his own party – ‘Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement’.
Omar had reacted to the development dubbing it as a New Delhi ploy to divide the kashmiri mandate.
“Why is it that these political parties are launched only in Kashmir, why not in Jammu or Ladakh? Doesn’t it clearly indicate a ploy aimed at dividing us further?” Omar had asked, addressing his party workers’ convention in Anantnag Monday.
“It is a fact that conspiracies have been hatched for long to weaken our special status. While in Jammu and Ladakh, the (political) field is being left open for the Congress and the BJP, here (in Kashmir) there is always an attempt to divide the mandate,” Omar had said, indirectly blaming New Delhi behind the move.
Lone too had attacked Omar Abdullah Monday.
“Were we to give power to Omar Abdullah after Maharaja Hari Singh? He got Kashmiris killed in 2010. Before that his father got people killed and maimed from 1996 to 2002. Before that his father rigged the elections in 1987,” Lone had told reporters in Handwara.
Peoples Conference chief asked Omar Abdullah if there should be no other party except the NC.
“Do they have a copyright? Let me tell you Omar Abdullah is not a kid. He is throwing others’ lives in danger. New people have come on the political horizon. They are moving with few PSOs. Omar and his father and other family members are guarded by 600 to 700 security guards,” he said.
Lone said had Shah Faesal joined National Conference, then he would have been a “good man” for Omar.
“Now he has launched his own party, so he becomes a New Delhi
Snow, rains in Kashmir
Srinagar, Mar 20: Incessant rains lashed the plains while upper reaches received fresh snowfall in Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
Non-stop overnight rains in the valley have inundated roads at several places, including the Regal Chowk in commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar city. A government official said that that de-watering is going on at many places.
On Tuesday, a MeT Department spokesman had warned that there could be widespread light to moderate rain, snow or thundershowers over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours which could result in drop in the temperature.
He said that there could be light to moderate rain or snow or thundershowers and the maximum temperature will drop further and settled at 9 degree, six notches below normal in the summer capital during the next 24 hours.
However, the minimum temperature will be near normal, he had said.
The incessant rains triggered fresh landslides on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link of the valley with the rest of the India. An official said the traffic movement was suspended due to the landslides.