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JKSWRRA authorities visit filtration plants, Jhelum banks, mining sites

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir State Water Resources Regulatory Authority (JKSWRRA) under the chairmanship of Pramod Jain undertook here a comprehensive review of implementation of various provisions of J&K Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act.
The chairperson was accompanied by Kaneez Fatima, Ravi Magotra, ErMuzzafarLankar and other members of JKSWRRA.
The authority observed that there was slackness on the part of utilities in the implementation of provisions of JKSWRRA Act and called upon the Chief Engineers of PHE and I&FC to work in close association with other departments like Agriculture, Command Area, Geology and Mining, Health, Education, Sports, Ecology and Environment, Agriculture Universities in this regard.
They observed that Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners can facilitate in providing the desired coordination platform.
The authority reiterated its concern over non-submission of Quarterly Progress Reports by the utilities with regularity. It observed that QPRs are to be submitted in a consolidated manner to JKSWRRA as per the devised proforma, by the Chief Engineers of PHE and I&FC departments and Superintending Engineers of Hydraulic Circle, Leh and Kargil. Chairperson made it clear once again that the authority will not entertain these QPRs if submitted directly by the Executive Engineers.
JKSWRRA also felt that the communication and capacity Development Unit (CCDU) of PHE Department will have to redouble its effort in imparting training and communication skills to different layers of functionaries of utilities at all levels and also carry out campaign on water issues for public awareness in a much bigger way by aggressively using the medium of radio channels which have a far wider reach to the general public more particularly in the rural areas. TV talks with experts and responses in between to callers, issues online should also be slotted for generating water awareness.
Chairperson while reviewing working of CCDU in detail called for a better design and well-planned approach rather than doing things in bits and pieces which can create hardly any impact. CCDU should work out a well thought of calendar of events in the beginning of the year and plan their activities to accomplish the mandated role accordingly.
The Authority felt that besides NGOs, the Village Water Sanitation Committees headed by Junior Engineers can play an added role in this direction and as such their revival and purposeful engagement would need to be fast-tracked. They called for engaging children, mothers, students, teachers, women folk, Ashas, Anganwardi workers, Research scholars and other experts in the field in a meaning full manner to make ‘World Water Day’ ‘World Water Week’ a resounding success.
CCDU was instructed by authority to rejig their world water day celebration plans and programmes with focus on this year’s declared theme ‘Nature for Water’. Impact assessment studies should also be done for a continued improvement in the CCDU activities and plans.
The authority also visited site of ongoing restoration works of Jhelum embankment at Lasjan that caved in a month back and expressed satisfaction over the pace and content of the work being executed. The authority advised that there was need for identifying other vulnerable patches and take timely preventive action.
Winding up its 2-day visit to valley, the authority went around filtration plants and test labs at Tangnar, Nishat and Rangil filtration plants.
The authority also visited sites in Ganderbal district to take stock of the extent of damage where illegal mining of riverbed material in Sindh Nallah was going on. Authority issued instructions to Chief Engineer I&FC, Kashmir and Executive Engineer, FC division Ganderbal to take strict action under section 81, 87 of the act and provision of rule 42 of the J&K Water and Resources (Regulation & Management) rules, 2011 and ensure that further damage of the nallah bed is stopped forthwith.
Authority also implored heads of utilities i.e Chief Engineers of PHE and I&FC to devote sufficient time for management and water governance aspects and not remain mostly engaged with the execution aspects of projects and schemes.


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Trump’s India visit: ‘Will ensure no subversive activity takes place in JK’

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Srinagar, Feb 19: The Jammu and Kashmir police on Wednesday said it will take all measures to ensure that militants are not able to carry out any subversive activity in the Union territory during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the country next week.

“We are taking all necessary measures…we are hopeful that this visit (of the US president) will pass off peacefully,” Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh told reporters here.

He was responding to a question on intelligence inputs suggesting that terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed might carry out a major attack on the eve of Trump’s visit to India.

 

Singh said foreign dignitaries visited Jammu and Kashmir recently and their visits passed off without any incident.

“Two groups (of ambassadors) visited Jammu and Kashmir and they left without any incident taking place here,” he said.

The DGP said Pakistan was trying its best to keep the militancy going in Jammu and Kashmir by sending in militants from across the Line of Control (LoC) and the international border under the cover of ceasefire violations, especially after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution, which gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5 last year.

“The number of ceasefire violations has increased after August 5 (2019). Pakistan is trying to keep the borders hot in order to push in as many terrorists as possible. While some attempts of infiltration have been successful, many have been foiled,” he said.

Singh said a Pakistani drone recently flew over a BSF picket in the Gagwal area of the Jammu region for around 10 minutes, but was pulled back after the troops of the border-guarding force opened fire.

In response to a question, the DGP said he would not be able to give the exact number of militants waiting to infiltrate into Jammu and Kashmir from across the LoC, but maintained that terror launchpads were active during the winter months as well.

“Normally, there would not be much activity at the launchpads during the winter months as snow would cover the passes. This winter, however, the movement at the luanchpads did not reduce,” he said.

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Kashmir students’ sedition case: K’taka police books group for assaulting trio

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Bengaluru, Feb 19: The Karnataka Police on Wednesday registered a suo motu case against members of pro-Hindu outfits for assaulting three Kashmiri engineering students, who were charged with sedition. Members of several pro-Hindu outfits had gathered outside the sessions court in Hubballi on Tuesday and assaulted the students who were produced before the magistrate.

The Vidyanagar Police have registered a case against 10 to 15 unidentified persons under sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 355 (assault to dishonor a person) and 149 (unlawful assembly with common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

On Tuesday morning, the Hubballi Rural Police brought in the three Kashmiri students from KLE Institute of Technology to the court but members of various pro-Hindu groups including Bajrang Dal attacked the three students. The students had been arrested after they made a selfie video in which they were alleged to have made pro-Pakistan comments.

 

“When the three accused persons were being brought out of the court hall, around 10 to 15 people gathered around the police. They began shouting at the three students saying they were traitors. The mob began punching the accused and some of them began hitting them with slippers,” the FIR states.

The three students were rushed outside by the police and taken out in a police vehicle. Vidyanagar police officials say that the mob stopped the police van and refused to let it move from the court premises.

“Police officers had to ward them off. They stopped police from performing their duty,” the Vidyanagar Police said.

So far, no arrests have been made and the investigators say that they are in the process of gathering videos to identify the suspects. “We have to find out which organisations they are affiliated to. We don’t know that yet. Preliminary investigation shows that members of Bajrang Dal were there. We have to see if its members were involved in assault,” the Vidyanagar Police said. (Courtesy: Thenewsminute.com)

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LG sanctions Rs 1.83 Cr as medical assistance

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Jammu, Feb 19: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu Wednesday sanctioned an amount of Rs 183.59 lakh as Medical/Financial Assistance under various schemes in favour of patients suffering from different chronic ailments, victims of road accidents and other natural incidents.

Under the Cancer Treatment Management Fund for Poor (CTMFFP), an amount of Rs 123.38 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of 286 patients who are suffering from Cancer.

An amount of Rs 22.63 lakh has been sanctioned under J&K Medical Aid Trust Scheme (MAT) in favour of 83 patients suffering from Heart, Kidney and other life threatening diseases.

 

The Lt Governor also sanctioned an amount of Rs 37.58 lakh under J&K Relief Fund (J&KRF) for victims of road accidents and other natural incidents. Out of which, an amount of Rs 2.95 lakh was sanctioned in favour of physically challenged persons and other persons suffering from different diseases.

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