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Advisor Vyas hears public grievances at Srinagar

Asks officers to ensure outcome-based, time-bound redressal




Srinagar, July 22: As a part of the extensive public outreach programme launched by the Government,
Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas attended to public grievances at JK Governor's Grievance Cell at Church Lane
here today.
Several deputations comprising civil society groups, representatives of employees’ unions, public delegations
from different districts of the valley including Kupwara, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian,
Bandipora and Srinagar which included deputations from the old city as well met the Advisor and brought
into his notice various issues of public importance during the 6-hour marathon hearing.
The deputation from Tangdhar Kandi demanded posting of specialized doctors in the area and also
undertaking special recruitment drive for the youth of the area in forces. They also demanded opening of
crafts and art center in the area which would generate employment opportunities for the local youth besides
helping artisans to hone their skills.
Another deputation from Kupwara flagged the issue of lack of basic facilities besides forest land
encroachment in Manigah area and also undertaking macadamization of roads in the area.
A deputation from Banihal flagged the issue of non-functional Panchayat Ghars, power related and other
issues of public importance.
The deputation of All District Gurduwara Joint Action Committee Jammu &Kashmir called for inclusion of
Kashmiri Sikhs in the Prime Minister’s Special Employment Package, installation of statue of Bandha Bahadur
at Kunjwani Chowk and other related issues of the community.
The Dal Dwellers deputation called for undertaking proper rehabilitation which would be inconsonance with
their issue of livelihood loss, increasing the scale of compensation in relation to the Central Act and also
rehabilitating them at other places in Srinagar district.
The SMC Employees’Association called for undertaking re-organization of the Corporation for smooth career
progression and also the extension of 7th pay commission benefits to them.
The Medical Faculty Association (MFA) of government and dental colleges called for the removal of pay
anomaly/ disparity of the faculty members.
The deputation from Naristan Tral demanded road connectivity from Gutroo to Naristan.
Several deputations from Srinagar city raised the issues of drainage, streetlights, road connectivity and
power related issues.
The Kashmir Pandit Sangharsh Samiti called for settling the issue of bonafide certificates to be issued to the
Kashmiri pundits who have not migrated from the valley as the same is essential for them to apply in PM’s
employment package.
The deputation of Handicapped Association called for proper reservation for them while applying in various
government jobs in consonance with rules in vogue.

The CIC operators and data entry operators’ delegations of Rural Development Department raised several
issues related to their service conditions.
A deputation from Ganderbal raised the issue of road, electricity and other basic amenities.
Federation of Industries Jammu raised several issues of industrial sector of J&K especially related to
CGST/SGST, budgetary support to industrial units of state, expansion of state fiscal initiatives as well as
central ones at par with the North Eastern states and other related issues.
Other deputations from rural areas and scores of individuals turned up at the venue and apprised the
Advisor of their grievances, issues and demands and sought their early redress.
Vyas gave a patient hearing and assured to examine their demands and redress all the genuine concerns at
the earliest. He also took up the issues with the concerned departments and directed the administrative
secretaries for immediate redressal of the issues which were projected by different delegations.
The Advisor also took stock of the grievances pertaining to the departments under his control. He assured
that the Government would ensure outcome-based disposal of the issues raised by the people.
He also assured that the issues pertaining to other departments will be forwarded to the concerned for
timely action.
Meanwhile Advisor B B Vyas also chaired a joint meeting of nodal officers of different departments and
directed them for prompt redressal of the grievances being put forth by the deputations.
He asked for service delivery, developmental achievements as well as public outreach of departments from
nodal officers. He also directed for ensuring implementation and monitoring of various initiatives being
undertaken by the government in different sectors so that the people get the requisite benefits and the
motive of these schemes reaches the targeted populace.
Pertinently, the Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas will also be available for public hearing between 10.00 am and
12.00 Noon on Friday (27-07-2018) at Convention Centre/ Hall, Canal Road, Jammu.



Govt approves APOs of Forest, Wildlife dept for 2019-20



Jammu Jan 15:  Chief Secretary, B. V. R. Subrahmanyam Tuesday chaired the 16th meeting of the Steering Committee of the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) to consider the Annual Plan of Operations (APOs) of Forest and Wildlife Departments for the Year 2019-20.

After due deliberations, the Steering Committee approved the APOs for the year 2019-20 for Forest and allied Departments in terms of which afforestation will be undertaken in 6000 Hectare area and around 43 Lakh saplings will be planted in 2019-20. The Committee also approved the APOs of Wildlife Protection Department.

Earlier, the Committee was informed that against 13,000 hectares diverted under Jammu and Kashmir Forest Conservation Act for development works since inception, more than 41,000 hectares degraded forest area has been afforested.


Against each tree felled under the Act for development works, more than 20 new plants have been planted to compensate for the loss of environmental goods and services.

The Committee was informed that new Rules which have been notified on December 24th 2018 provide that more than 80% of the total outlay is to be spent on Forest and Wildlife Management Activities and less than 20% of the outlay on Infrastructure and Capacity building Activities.

The Committee was also informed that a Monitoring Group headed by CCF (Project and Planning) has been entrusted with the task of evolving independent system for concurrent monitoring and evaluations of CAMPA works.

Chief Secretary desired that utility of expenditure on fencing works should be reviewed by the Department for more effective utilization of funds.

It was informed that the coordinates and maps of the works executed under CAMPA are being placed on the website of e-green watch portal of Ministry of Environment and Forest.

While underscoring the importance of conservation and protection of flora, fauna and forest wealth, Chief Secretary urged the officers of the Forest Department to redouble their efforts so that afforestation and compensatory plantation is undertaken in a mission mode for restoring the ecological balance in the State. He also directed the Forest Department to put the details of works undertaken under CAMPA in public domain. The Department was also directed to work out a comprehensive proposal for conservation of wetlands in the State, particularly Gharana, Mansar and Hokersar, in consultation with the line Departments viz; Agriculture and Revenue and thereafter submit the same for consideration of the Government within two months.

Commissioner/Secretary, Forest advocated earmarking higher allocations to promote cultivation and marketing of medicinal plants so as to serve as a means of livelihood for the local population.

The Wildlife Department was directed to carry out habitat improvement, human animal conflict management and research studies and other conservation works under CAMPA. The Department was further directed to expedite updating of Forest Demarcation records and installation of boundary pillars in order to prevent encroachment of forest lands.

Principal Secretary, Finance, Principal Secretary, Planning, Development and Monitoring, Commissioner/Secretary, Forest, Ecology and Environment, Director, Soil & Water Conservation, Director, SFRI, Director, Social Forestry Department, Chief Conservator Forests, Jammu, Chief Conservator Forests (Eco Tourism), Chief Conservator of Forests (Planning & Project), CCF(FCA) and representative of MoEF&CC, Regional Office Chandigarh participated in the meeting. NGO members Nazir-B-Nazir and Dr.Gurmit Singh also attended the meeting as special invitees.

Sarvesh Rai, APCCF(CAMPA) made a detailed presentation on the functioning of CAMPA and APOs of the financial year 2019-20.



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K-issue globally accepted dispute: Geelani



Srinagar, Jan 15: Hurriyat Conference (G) convened a meeting of its Majlis-e-Shoora, which was presided over by its chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, at his Hyderpora residence.

The meeting took stock of the current Kashmir situation.

According to a statement issued to the media, the meeting was attended by representatives of the amalgam including Bilal Siqiqui, Mohammad Yousf Naqash, Khawaja Firdous, Hameed Elahi, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Yasmeen Raja, Arshid Aziz, Gh. Mohammad Nagoo, Shaheen Iqbal, Devinder Singh Behal, Masooda Ji, Mohammad Maqbool Magami and Mubashir Iqbal.


The statement read that during the meeting it was termed Kashmir issue as a long pending political and humanitarian issue to be settled by exercising free and fair plebiscite.

Hailing the statement of British Parliamentarian to help solve the Kashmir issue if voted to power, participants said that this once again vindicates our stand and proves beyond doubt the disputed nature of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which India shamelessly continues to denial for the last 7 decades.

In his presidential address, Hurriyat Chairman termed Kashmir issue a globally accepted dispute where in the people’s right to self-determination is not only acknowledged but confirmed by more than a dozen resolutions, but persistent denial of our basic rights has turned this beautiful piece of land in a hell where every day killings, crackdowns, arrests, nocturnal raids and bulldozing residences has became a routine. People have been forced to live a harassed and threatened life, with continuous psychological stress, he said.

He further said that people are left at the mercy of forces, with vast and widespread intelligence network, who continuously peep into their private affairs without any moral or ethical ground.

Hurriyat (G) chairman said that common people especially pro-freedom political workers are slapped with numberless PSA and even the release orders from their own judicial houses are not honoured.

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that many countries have economic interests in India is which is the reason that despite knowing and confirming the barbaric and brute face of India they keep mum, which encourages its meanness and beastliness.

He stressed upon the nation in general and youth in particular to strengthen our bond with our faith and seek guidance from Allah Almighty, be united and steadfast on achieving our goal and we will In Shah Allah get rid of this unnatural and forced occupation.

Reiterating his appeal for boycott, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that those elected by our votes, in the name of basic needs like Sadak, Bijli and Pani, act as local faces of the brutality and inhumanness of rulers.

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Anti-Kashmir think tank hell-bent to change JK’s demography: Sehrai



Srinagar, Jan 15: Reacting on tagging and filing yet another plea in Supreme Court (SC) against the Article 370, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai Tuesday said anti-Kashmir think tank are hell-bent to change the demography of the Jammu and Kashmir.

In a statement issued here Sehrai said, “It’s a well-thought-out ploy to tamper with the special status and Muslim majority character of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“These forces are working hard to sabotage the future referendum process in Jammu and Kashmir and hatching conspiracies to achieve desired results to influence the process of referendum,” he said.


He said such moves were hatched to change the “disputed nature of J&K and its Muslim majority character too”. “The extremist elements had since 1947 always tried to push the Kashmir issue on the back burner and dilute its historical status and disputed character which they continue to do till this date. From Srinagar to New Delhi, efforts are being made to shift focus from Kashmir issue by portraying it away from its historical and ethical background,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sehrai expressed sorrow over the demise of Haji Ghulam Nabi Mir, member of Jamat-e-Islami Kulgam, President of JK Electrical Employees Union Mir Abdul Salaam Rajpori and cousin brother of General Secretary (TeH) Hamzah Shah.

Sehrai extended his condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for the deceased souls.

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