JAMMU, NOV 21: For the first time in history of Jammu and Kashmir, the state is all set to get a record allocation of funds under MGNREGA since the inception of this scheme in the state.
The Central Government has appreciated the effective implementation and subsequent creation of durable assets under MGNREGA in the state and has expressed its keenness to provide more funds under the scheme.
A 7-member team lead by Joint Secretary Union Ministry of Rural Development Aparjita Sarangi is on a 4-day visit to the state to inspect and assess the implementation of MGNREGA in the state and during their visit the team praised the efforts of the state government for the effective implementation of the scheme.
The Central Government has released Rs 900 crores as central share under the scheme so far. However after the visit, the central government has expressed willingness to allocate funds upto the tune of Rs 2000 crore for the current year keeping in view the performanance of the state.
After completing the tour of Jammu Division, the Joint Secretary called on Minister for Rural Development Panchayati Raj Abdul Haq Khan and had a detailed interaction with regard to the implementation of MGNREA in the state.
During the meeting, she apprised the minister about the purpose of the tour and also shared her feedback and observations from her field visit to various blocks and Panchayats of the Jammu Division.
The Joint secretary appreciated the efforts of the State Rural Development in effective implementation of the MGNREGA scheme in the state and creation of durable assets in villages for the benefit of general public besides proving employment to the unskilled and unemployed youths of the rural areas.
She said the centre is keen to provide more funds to the state under MGNREGA to expedite the process and enable the state to receive full grants provided the state continues to do good work on ground effectively.
She said keeping in view the performance of the state, the central government has doubled the target of man days generation under the scheme from 1.19 crore to 3 crores mandays and has asked the state that if it achieved the target before time, the same can be again revised.
While appreciating the central government for whole hearted funding under MGNREGA, Minister said despite the problems faced by the state, the department was able to successfully implement MGNREGA scheme at the grass root level. He said for the first time the department started prioritizing works under MGNREGA for its effective implementation. He said the department had prioritized rural connectivity and flood protection works in past two years and a network of roads and bridges have been constructed in rural areas that has changed its developmental scenario.
The team also lauded the leadership of the minister in leading the team for grand success in implementation of the scheme wherein the state has bagged many awards at the national level. The team also lauded the performance of the state government for early implementation of E-FMS in the state. They termed the launch of e-FMS as a revolutionary step that will ensure that the beneficiaries not to move from one office to another for payment and instead the department will directly transfer wages to their already linked bank accounts. “This step will not only ease out the whole process of disbursing payment to the beneficiaries but also remove the hurdles and makes it paperless besides eliminating delays in wage payment”.
Minister for RDD Abdul Haq assured the team that the state will further improve the quality of work and said that they have taken it as a mission and assured the visiting team that his team will work religiously for effective implementation of the scheme.
Later the Central team held an interactive session with ACDs, BDOs and other senior officials of the state and received the feedback from them about the implementation of MGNREGA Scheme.
ASI among three cops injured in Rajbagh grenade blast
Srinagar, Jan 17: Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of police and two traffic cop were injured in a grenade blast near Zero Bridge in Rajbagh area of Srinagar city in Central Kashmir on Thursday afternoon.
Reports said that suspected militants lobbed a grenade on police party near Zero Bridge in Rajbagh.
In the blast, three policemen including an ASI of police and two traffic policemen sustained splinter injuries and were evacuated to SMHS hospital for treatment.
The injured has been identified as Iqbal Singh (ASI of JKAP 14 Bn) and traffic policemen Haris Manzoor (SPO) and Sanullah (Head Constable).
While ASI Iqbal has sustained splinter injuries to both of his legs, Haris suffered an injury to the back side of his neck and Sanullah suffered injuries in his right leg.
SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray confirmed the attack and subsequent injuries to the ASI and two traffic cops.
Soon after the attack, the government forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt to nab the attackers.
Security forces have launched a massive search operation in Rajbagh and adjoining areas near Zero Bridge after three police personnel including assistant sub-inspector were injured in a grenade attack by the terrorists on Thursday.
Homes and hotels in the area were searched frisking was also carried out. It was the first major terrorist attack in the Srinagar city this year. The injured cops are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Meanwhile Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibly of the grenade attack on the forces’ party at Raj Bagh area of Srinagar.
A JeM spokesperson Muhammad Hassan in a statement claimed that two forces personnel were killed and 6 critically injured in the attack.
An ASI of police and two traffic cops were injured in a grenade blast near Zero Bridge, Raj Bagh in Thursday afternoon.
2018 has been remarkable year for forces: Army commander
Srinagar, Jan 17: A top army commander on Thursday described 2018 as “remarkable year” for government forces, saying that more than 250 militants were killed, 54 others were arrested and four others surrendered in Kashmir Valley.
“The year 2018 has been a remarkable year for armed forces on the security front. As per the record of last ten years, army along with other forces have neutralized many militants. Many militants have surrendered under pressure and many others were arrested alive,” said Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, GoC-in-C Northern Command told reporters after inaugurating Kalai Bridge constructed by Border Roads Organization.
“More than 250 militants were killed, 54 others arrested and four others have surrendered,” he said, adding, “This speaks about the strength of our security establishment,” the officer said.
He said that the army was giving “befitting reply” to Pakistan army along the Line of Control whenever there were instances of any ceasefire violation or snipping.
“As per wireless and other intercepts, Pakistan army and militants suffered a huge loss in our retaliatory action.”
The Kalai Bridge spans over Suran River and connects Kalai area to Chandak area in Poonch district. During the inaugural function, the Army Commander addressed the gathering of Army, GREF and local residents and said that the Kalai bridge is an important milestone towards enhancing the road communication in the area.
“The bridge is an important strategic asset as it enhances the movement of military equipment and troops in a faster time frame,” he said. The Indian Army and BRO have been working towards infrastructure development in the remote and far-flung areas and improving the road connectivity, he said.
“The bridge will reduce traffic congestion in the city and ease out inconvenience caused to the people specially those moving towards Budha Amarnath Shrine in Mandi as it reduces the travelling time considerably.”
The Army Commander appreciated the contribution of the District Administration for their support and cooperation during the construction of the bridge.
Beg to differ: Omar Abdullah
Srinagar, Jan 17: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah on Thursday lashed out at the Northern Command Chief Lt General Ranbir Singh, on his “great year for security forces” remark.
Taking to Twitter, Abdullah wrote, the compulsion of killing militants/terrorists shouldn’t be treated as a cause for celebration.
“I beg to differ, a great year would be one in which no young man would join militancy, no terrorists would be killed & no security personnel would lose their lives in encounters. The compulsion of killing militants/terrorists shouldn’t be treated as a cause for celebration,” Abdullah wrote.
Abdullah was reacting to a statement by Gen Singh on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Kalai bridge in Poonch district. Gen Singh said 2018 had been a great year for the security forces as they had managed to kill 250 terrorists.
Heartening to meet Kashmiri students in Bangladesh: Shahid Afridi
Srinagar, Jan 17: Star Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi on Thursday met Kashmiri students in Bangladesh and interacted with them.
Afridi said that it was heartening to see Kashmiri students in Bangladesh who are studying medicine.“Heartening meeting with some Kashmiri students who are in Bangladesh on scholarship, studying Medicine. Keep up the hard work and making your people proud!,” he tweeted.
Afridi in the past has been in controversies over Kashmiri over his support to the Kashmir cause. He has been vocal about letting the people of Kashmir decide their future.