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 Guv unhappy over slow pace of developmental projects

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Srinagar, Nov 12: The governor administration is unhappy over slow progress of the developmental projects in Kashmir.

An official document from the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir’s office reveals that the governor administration was keen to complete the developmental projects in Srinagar.

“…firm decisions need to be taken on ground, so that these projects do not go languishing,” the document reads.

 

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, recently held a meeting followed the Governor Satya Pal Malik’s concern over slow pace of the works.

Khan directed the departments to expedite the developmental works

In the meeting, District Development Commissioner Srinagar raised the issue of traffic congestion, infrastructure gaps in education, health, and power infrastructure.

“The DC explained on the lenient execution of works by departments,” the document reads.

There have been many projects awaiting completion for years.

On the directives of the governor, several departments have also framed committees to monitor the schemes and projects on monthly basis for their timely completion.

The committees have been directed to review the progress of projects on monthly basis to gauge the pace of progress.

As per the official details of Planning, Development and Monitoring Department, 2,323 projects are languishing in the state.

The highest number of development projects-1636 are pending in Public Works Department, followed by Public Health Engineering Department-243, Rural Development Department-147, Education-114, and Health-105.

The Centre has also reprimanded the state over slow pace of developmental works.

For instance, the Centre has told the state that funds for the future will only be released if the works are completed in set targets in PMGSY.

An official document reveals that pack of works under the scheme is below the national average.

“For the next seven months, the state would require to construct roads at an average rate of 10 Km per day,” the document reads.

Expressing concern over slow pace of works, Union Secretary for Rural Development Department has written to state government to achieve the target by March 2019.

The Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) and its National Rural Road Development Agency (NRRDA) also reprimanded the state government for slow pace of progress on the pending projects and asked the state to focus on balance habitations, particularly in its nine districts, which have less than 40 percent connectivity.

According to a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, tabled in the Rajya Sabha, at least 22 per cent of the Prime Minister’s Rs 80,000-crore development package has been released to the state government.

The report said the progress on implementing the PM’s development package had been slow.


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BSF officer killed, 4 soldiers injured in cross-LoC firing

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Jammu, Jan 15: An Assistant Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF) was killed in a ‘sniper fire’ by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Samba district of Jammu on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, three BSF personnel and an army soldier were injured in separate incidents of firing along Rajouri and Kathua districts of Jammu.

Quoting a police official, news agency GNS said that Pakistan army opened sniper fire upon the BSF posts along the fence at around 10:50 am on Tuesday resulting in serious injuries to the officer identified as Assistant Commandant, Vinay Prasad.

 

He was immediately taken to a nearby health facility of army, from where he was airlifted to military hospital Satwari, Jammu, the official said.

“The officer succumbed to the grave injuries in the evening,” the officer added.

Meanwhile, three BSF troopers and an army soldier were injured, two of them critically, after the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) and international border in Rajouri and Kathua districts.

Official sources said that two BSF men and an army soldier posted along the LoC near Sunderbani sector of Rajouri were injured in the firing.

“One among the injured BSF men was identified as AnirbanChatterji, who suffered critical injuries and has been shifted to military hospital Satwari Jammu,” officials said.

The army soldier identified as Akash of 6 Jat Rifles and other BSF personnel, whose identity could not be immediately established, have also been admitted to hospital.

In another similar incident, a BSF trooper was injured when Pakistan troops fired on Indian pickets along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district on Tuesday. The injured trooper has been taken to hospital for treatment.

There was a fresh exchange of fire between India and Pakistani army in MendharMankote and Balakote areas of Poonch and Kalal of Nowshera Rajouri.

In these areas, shells landed in some residential areas, following which the local moved to safer places.

An official of the BSF confirmed all these incidents and said that “our troops guarding the fence returned fire effectively and strongly”.

The officer said that in wake of growing incidents of ceasefire violation and sniper attacks, the Indian troops guarding the fence in all these areas has been put on high alert.

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Govt issues appointment orders to 921 medical officers

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Jammu, Jan 15: To augment health care facilities in the rural and far flung areas of the state, Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department Tuesday issued appointment orders to 921 Medical Officers recruited on fast track basis.

To fast track the recruitment process, the H&MEDepartment had made relevant provisions in the rules and SRO, which paved the way for making the recruitment process a time bound exercise.

Pertinently, the department had referred one thousand vacancies of Medical Officers (MOs) of the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare (Gazetted) Service to the J&K Public Service Commission (JKPSC) for making selections. After conducting the written examination, the J&K Public Service Commission finally recommended 921 candidates for selection as Medical Officers.

 

The H&ME department completed the process of recruitment in a record time of 3 months and issued appointment orders to the selected candidates.

Out of total 921 Medical Officers appointed by the department, 35 have  been  posted in district Anantnag, 18 in Bandipora, 58 in Baramulla, 28 in Budgam,119 in Doda, 33 in Ganderbal, 32 in Jammu, 52 in Kargil, 84 in Kathua, 46 in Kishtwar, 62 in Kupwara,  30 in Kulgam, 33 in Leh, 27 in Pulwama, 81 in Poonch, 56 in Ramban, 57 in Rajouri, 16 in Reasi, 08 in Samba,15 in Shopian and 41 in Udhampur.

Of these, 185 Medical Officers with specializations have also been posted in different districts of the state.

As per the Government order issued in this behalf, the appointees shall submit their joining reports to their concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) within a period of 21 days and in case of failure to join within the stipulated period, the appointment shall be deemed to have been cancelled ab-initio without any further notice.

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary B.V.R Subrahmanyam have conveyed their best wishes to the newly appointed Medical Officers with the hope that they will work with zest and zeal to provide best healthcare services to the people, particularly living in rural and far flung areas of the state.

The selected candidates can visit www.jkhealth.org for the selection list and to check the details of their place of postings.

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JNU case: Joint Hurriyat seeks withdrawal of charges against Kashmiri students

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Srinagar, Jan 15:Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik has strongly denounced the sedition charges and filing of charge sheet by the Delhi Police against Kashmiri students pursuing studies at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU).

The leadership said the charges will have serious consequences on the academic and future career of the students.

The Kashmiri students include Aqeeb Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, MuneebHussain,UmairGul, Rayees Rasool, Khalid Bashir, Basharat Ali.

 

The leadership said the students only participated in the programme organized by JNU students Union in 2016 to condemn the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail under shadowy circumstances without even informing his family members and in contravention to all established norms and rules.

The leaders said to book the students in 2019 clearly exhibit the vote bank politics of the ruling dispensation.

They said to harass the Kashmiri students pursuing studies outside Jammu and Kashmir is not a new practice, earlier in many universities and colleges Kashmiri students have been harassed  even beaten up, forcing them to drop the studies incomplete and return home

“The Joint Hurriyat appealed International Human Rights Organizations ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other humanity loving nations to take serious notice of these nefarious practices carried out to ruin the carriers of the Kashmiri students,” a spokesperson of the amalgam said.

JNU Case: Delhi court to consider chargesheet on Jan 19

New Delhi, Jan 15: A Delhi court Tuesday fixed January 19 for consideration of charge sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and others, including seven Kashmiri students, in the 2016 JNU sedition case.

The court put up the matter for hearing on the date as Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat was on leave Tuesday.

The Delhi Police had on Monday filed a chargesheet at a city court against Kanhaiya Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported “seditious slogans” raised on the varsity campus in February 2016.

Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during an event on the university’s campus on February 9, 2016, to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru.

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