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Guv launches Ayushaman Bharat scheme in J&K





Jammu, Dec01:- Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday launched the ambitious “Ayushman Bharat-PradhanMantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY)” Scheme here at an impressive function held at Teacher’s Bhawan.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State Prime Minister’s office;  K. Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai -Advisors to Governor; Jugal Kishore and Shamsher Singh, Members  of Parliament; Atal Dulloo, Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education; UmangNarula, Principal Secretary to Governor; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Mayor and Corporators of Jammu Municipal Corporation, besides senior officers, Medicos, Para-medicos  and large number of people were present on the occasion.

Speaking at the function, Governor observed that the scheme would provide medical facilities to the poor and vulnerable families in secondary and tertiary care hospitals of the country. He further stated  that the AB-PMJAY is the world’s largest healthcare scheme which aims at providing portable coverage of Rs 5 lakh per entitled family annually, and a beneficiary covered under the scheme would be allowed to avail cashless benefits from public and private empanelled hospitals across the country.


Governor stated that crores of poor and vulnerable people of the country will be benefitted through the AB-PMJAY. Quoting “Bimar Na Rahega Ab Lachaar, BimariKaHogamuftUpchaar”, he added that now every entitled family will have access to cashless and paperless healthcare coverage for all critical diseases.Governor noted that  over 31 lakh beneficiaries from J&K State will be benefitted from this scheme.

Expressing his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for launching this noble scheme for the benefit of poor, Governor observed that Prime Minister has launched various people friendly welfare schemes and AB-PMJAY is the  best among all in which every  entitled beneficiary can expend up to 5 lakh annually for medical treatment.

Governor hailed the entire team of the Health and Medical Education Department including officers and officials  for receiving ‘Best Performing Large State’ award for impressive performance in the Health sector by the India On Saturday group at the “State of the States Conclave 2018”. The State got first position on account of high reduction in Infant Mortality Rate (IMR) in a single year and for effective implementation of health schemes thus providing better healthcare to the rural population of the State.

Earlier, Governor along with other dignitaries distributed Golden Cards among 10 eligible beneficiaries  for availing the annual health cover facility.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that present Union Government under the dynamic stewardship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been launching various people friendly schemes. He emphasized that an important feature of this scheme is that pre-existing diseases are also covered.  He also  mentioned various other welfare schemes launched by the Union Government including Jan Dhan Yojana.

Terming the occasion as historic, Sh. Jugal Kishore extended his gratitude to Prime Minister for launching this scheme. He stressed the need for creating awareness about the scheme for the benefit of people.

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Accord sense of security to people: PDP to Guv



Srinagar, Feb 18: The People’s Democratic Party Monday urged the Government to ensure protection of rights of People of J&K.

In a statement issued to media, Party’s Chief Spokesperson said that aftermath of Pulwama incident, has shown signs of communal violence and misunderstandings where the common Kashmiri is suffering.

Mir said that “central government should ensure that the secular fabric of the country is upheld, the disturbing reports of denying admission and entry to Kashmiri students in various institutions is unconstitutional and no democratic government would ever allow such discrimination to happen which will eventually alienate the people further.


Mir said that we urge the Governor that the rights of people of Valley should not be jeopardized, we appreciate setting up of helpline for students but the Government also needs to accord a sense of security to the people, that concerns their social security. Mir said that civil society including that of mainland country must step in to ensure that communal harmony prevails and the tensions is not escalated by targeting Kashmiris in particular.

Mir said that party is grieved at the Pulwama incident and believes that the cycle of violence has only added to the loss endured. He said that “this is not the time to play politics from positions of polarity, where the anger and outrage is directed towards a common Kashmiri, Mir said.

He said that we earnestly appeal Governor sahib to ensure social security of Darbar move employees in Jammu and particularly Kashmiri students across the country, He said that the axe is unfortunately falling on innocent people who have nothing to do with politics of the state.

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Students stage protest in Sopore against attacks on Kashmiris outside Valley

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of north campus at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday staged a protest demonstration over growing incidents of harassment and attacks on Kashmiris by rightwing extremists in Jammu and outside the state.

The students protested inside the college premises and demanded an immediate release of Kashmiri student who was detained in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside and this is not for the first time that our brothers and sisters are being targeted, harassed and detained,” a group of agriculture students while talking to media said.


Scores of students studying in different tuition centers in Parraypora area of Srinagar also staged a protest against the attacks.

The students also expressed serious resentment over the growing attacks on Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to it.

They also demanded the withdrawal of sedition and other cases the students in different parts of India.

The students also demanded the safety of Kashmiri students outside the Valley.

Pertinently, on Sunday police detained Tahseen Gul of Kashmir, a B.Tech student of Chitkara University in Baddi on the charges of allegedly glorifying suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who was behind the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured on Thursday.

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Invest in establishing educational institutions in Kashmir: Rasheed to political parties



Srinagar, Feb 18: After the Kashmiris were attacked in different parts of the country, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Monday have appealed the regional political parties to assure and include in their manifesto that they will ensure opening of new professional and technical colleges in the state in the private sector and will make the legal procedure for the same easier.

Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said that while state already lacks good professional colleges and institutions, but the ongoing assault and harassment against Kashmiri students in other states have created more need for establishing such institutions in public and private sector.

Rasheed said that many local investors have been trying hard to get permission from the competent authority to establish various much-needed colleges in Kashmir valley but unfortunately bureaucracy has been creating barriers and thus not allowing education sector to flourish beyond a certain point. It is high time for all those regional political parties who are in the race of power to make sincere and concrete promises that they will not only allow investment in the education sector without creating hurdles but will also create a huge network of professional and technical colleges in every district and region of the state.


“Unless main political parties including NC and PDP do not promise to make the process of establishing these institutions time-bound and easy by making necessary amendments in the laws, the aim cannot be achieved,” the spokesman quoted Rashed as saying.

Meanwhile, Rasheed welcomed actor turned politician Kamal Hassan’s statement asking New Delhi to revisit its policies and resolve Kashmir dispute by holding a plebiscite so that peace returns in the entire sub-continent.  He said, “It is good to see credible voices speaking sense and understanding the significance of finding peaceful resolutions rather indulging in spreading venom against each other”.

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