Srinagar, Sep 20: Two years back, the libraries in Jammu and Kashmir under the control of concerned directorate were Ill equipped, lacked infrastructure, were in print mood only beside it had issued of human resource etc.
The things started to change after Directorate of libraries entered into an agreement with the IPLM (Indian Public Library Movement).
In two years since 2016, there was revitalization and re-vibration of libraries across the state in pursuance to a Memorandum of Understating reached with Department of Libraries & Research and the IPLM New Delhi.
The IPLM through NASSCOM had conversion of libraries from print mode to digital mode, launched e-learning programme for JEE & NEET examination preparation, established computer sections, there was renovation of reading rooms and children section and libraries became more active spaces and librarians were more engaged by the inclusion of new services and new responsibilities given to them.
The IPLM provided computers, printers, laptops and internet facilities to the twelve intervention libraries.
The automation process was also started but all came to halt despite directorate of libraries and the IPLM agreeing to extend the agreement beyond July 2018.
Khazana Aziz, project officer, said that the IPLM conducted several training programmes across the state for providing training and honing development skills of the directorate staff to transform the libraries into the knowledge spaces across the state.
“That IPLM further took up the job improvement in look and feel of the libraries at their own cast without involving any expenditure from the department of libraries,” she said.
The state government and department of libraries, she said, had not to spend one single penny on the wholesome activities taken up by the IPLM in the state as the same was funded the Bill gates organization. “The initiatives of IPLM transformed the libraries across the state and it provided the huge exposure to human resources of libraries,” she said.
Since the IPLM had some more funds (Rs 60 lakh) out the earmarked (Rs1.5 crore) funds for the state, the money remains unspent as the MOU which expired on July 31 has not been extended.
“Although it was agreed in a meeting held on 05 June 2018 between the Executive Director IPLM and then Director Libraries at Srinagar that MOU shall be extended up to 31st March 2019 but there is no headway,” she said.
Talking to GNS, Director Libraries & Research said that IPLM has been asked to provide expenditure for money spent by it in the state.
“Before I joined, they were asked to submit expenditure statement. They seem to be reluctant,” the director said, adding, “We are looking forward to it (continuing the process of revitalization and re-vibration of libraries) but it should be done as per our needs and not as per IPLM’s whims. We want to know where they have spent the money.”
Some officials of the Directorate of Libraries said that government should order an internal inquiry as to why such scheme was not extended despite being beneficial to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said that some officials of the Directorate want to make purchases of computers and other material directly through their own agents for some other motives.
‘JK produces 20000 tons of fish annually’
Srinagar, July 18: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan on Thursday said that J&K has around 93,000 people dependent on the fisheries sector, while the requirement of fish is 1.5 lakh tons, however, the state produces only 20,000 tons of fish.
“J&K has tremendous potential in the fisheries sector and it can become modern world-class industry as we have 50,000 hectares of water area in the state,” he said.
He said that a massive fisheries and aquaculture programme has been undertaken by the government to boost the fishing industry in the State.
The Advisor stated this while speaking at a two-day National Conference on Fisheries and Climate Change at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir (SKUAST-K) here.
Advisor Skandan delved into detail as to how climate change has affected food systems. He said that the fisheries and aquaculture sector is a crucial resource in terms of ensuring food and nutrition security. He called for collective efforts to create a balance between developmental needs and environmental sustainability. He said universities, scientists and people together can make strategies to tackle the important issue of climate change which is affecting ecosystem, adding if things go unchecked oceans will also undergo multiple woes.
Terming Trout as the pride of Jammu and Kashmir, he said there is a need to protect the fish variety and their ecosystem, adding various measures are being taken for welfare of people associated with the fishing industry.
The Advisor announced that an Aquaculture Park shall be set up in Srinagar for which various locations are being explored. He said that there is a need to have a big aquaculture park where students and the general population can get acquainted with aquaculture practices.
The two-day conference titled ‘Fisheries and Climate: Strategies, Challenges and Sustainable Management’ is being organized by Division of Fishery Engineering, Faculty of Fisheries SKUAST-K in collaboration with Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India.
Prof Nazeer Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Dr Debajit Sarma, Director ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal, Prof MH Balki, Dean faculty of Fisheries, Dr Gohar Bilal Wani, Organizing Secretary and Dr A S Ninawe, former Vice-Chancellor MAFSU also spoke on the occasion.
The conference was told that J&K produces 20,000 tons of fish annually with huge gap between demand and supply while only 50 percent population of the State consumes fish.
Addressing the conference, VC SKUAST-K said the fishing industry is an important not only in nutrition but also in providing employment in southern states of India, adding it contributes one per cent of National GDP and five per cent in Agriculture GDP and employing around 14 million people in India.
Later, the Advisor also released a compendium of Abstracts compiled by the University students.
The Advisor also facilitated SKUAST-K for attaining 13th rank specified by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.
He also facilitated Ambreen Hamdani, an M Sc student of SKUAST-K for winning DST-Lockheed Martin-Tata Trusts IIGP 2.0-University Challenge 20-19 for her innovation.
Amplify efforts to raise issues distressing people: Omar to party functionaries
Srinagar, July 18: National Conference, vice president Omar Abdullah today presided over a Provincial committee meet of Kashmir province at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar.
In the hours-long meet, party vice president applauded the party functionaries for conducting segment wise conventions across the province. The party vice president said the need of the hour was to step up the efforts towards greater interaction with the public across the state.
A range of issues concerning the party and the state were deliberated upon in the meet. Vice president, while exuding confidence into the functionaries said that the need of the hour was to maintain the momentum of parliamentary elections up to assembly elections. He said that there was no scope for smugness and gratification as the challenge ahead of the party was bigger.
Party vice president while exuding confidence into the party functionaries said that acquiring power has never been the party’s goal and the party will continue to highlight the woes of people determinedly. “Serving the people of the state, protecting the interests of the state and upholding the pluralistic visage of our state has been the core of party ideology. It is our duty to highlight the woes of people. We owe a sense of duty to towards the people of the state irrespective of their caste, creed and religious affiliations. The party functionaries should amplify their efforts to raise issues which are distressing people,” he said adding, “The party has gone through worst of times and was subjected to the worst machinations but with the support of people it trounced all those efforts that aim at fiddling with states special character.”
Vice president urged the incumbent governor administration to utilize its resources to reduce the mounting woes of people. Omar said the main agenda of the party is to salvage the people of the state towards safe shores. The need of the hour calls for taking the Naya Kashmir agenda of the party to each doorstep.
Among others party’s general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Dr Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani, Muhammad Akbar Lone, Abdul Rahim Rather, Muhammad Shafi Uri, Sakina Itoo, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, Mubarak Gul, Sharief ud din Shariq, Ali Mohammad Dar, Dr Bashir Veeri were also present on the occasion. Besides, district presidents, district-level functionaries, constituency in-charges, YNC functionaries, women’s wing, media cell functionaries also attended the meet.
Forces launch CASO around bund area at Abiguzar
Srinagar, July 18: Security forces on Thursday cordoned off Aabiguzar Bund area and conducted search operation in the locality.
Reports said that joint team of government forces including CRPF, SOG and local police, on Thursday afternoon, suddenly appeared in Abiguzar Bund area of Srinagar district and launched a massive cordon and search operation here.
Sources said that the operation was launched following the receipt of inputs about the movement of suspected militants in the area.
The sudden seizure of the area created panic among the people, who apprehended a possible encounter like situation, when the forces closed the area and did not allow anyone to move.
All entry and exit points of the area were sealed and door to door searches of house boats, residential dongas, offices and business establishments were conducted by the forces.
The siege was later lifted without any untoward incident.