Srinagar, Oct 8: Jammu and Kashmir government’s decision to lift travel advisory has failed to cheer-up tourism players given the internet gag and “negative publicity”.
Governor Satya Pal Malik Tuesday announced to revoke the travel advisory from October 10. On August 2,government had issued advisory asking tourist and Amarnath Yatries to leave Kashmir citing militant threats.
“Revoking advisory will not have any impact. Our entire tourism season has been ruined. How is it going to benefit the travel agents when all bookings and reservation are done online? Internet is not working here,” Bashir Ahmad Karnai, member of Travel Agents Society of Kashmir, told The Kashmir Monitor.
Karnai said hospitality sector has borne the brunt of the advisory and the first thing government should do is to restore the communication.“At least broadband should be restored. Convincing tourists to visit Kashmir when the advisory has created a fear psychosis, is going to be a challenging task,” he said.
Prominent tour operator said that many countries have followed J&K government and issued similar advisories asking their citizens to leave Kashmir.“How can we believe that tourists will visit Kashmir? Government has even failed to convince students to go to schools” Karnai said.
President Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad said current situation will have its impact in coming years too.
“It is not like how much loss tourism sector has suffered. Its aftereffects can be even serious. Youth have lost jobs, hotels are empty and there is a huge stress on business sector in Kashmir,” he said.
“Peace is the prime requisite, which is missing on ground. The government has to create a conducive atmosphere in the state and win the confidence of the people, who are aspiring to visit Kashmir,” he added.
Three militants killed in Pulwama gunfight
Pulwama:Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. According to the Kashmir Zone Police, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.
Identities and affiliations of the militants are being ascertained and search in the area is underway. The encounter began in the outskirts of Pulwama today evening. The security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants
Govt employees of J&K, Ladakh to get salaries as per 7th pay commission
The government employees of the new Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will get salaries and other benefits as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from October 31, officials said on Tuesday.
The Union Home Ministry has issued the necessary orders in this regard.
Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the proposal of payment of all 7th CPC allowances to the government employees of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, which shall come into existence from October 31.
The central government had on August 5 announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two UTs.
FC Finance discusses budget proposals for J&K, Ladakh with Admin Secretaries
Srinagar, Oct 21: Financial Commissioner Finance Department, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today held extensive discussions with the Administrative Secretaries of various departments regarding budget proposals for the financial year 2020–2021 for Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh, which will take the formal shape on October 31.
The budget was discussed with around a dozen departments including Finance, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries, PDD, Horticulture, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Home, Health & Medical Education and other departments.
While chairing separate meetings with various departments, Dr Mehta was informed about the strategies conceived by these departments for the financial year 2020-2021 and the major projects that will be under taken by the concerned departments. Threadbare discussions were held on the functioning of these departments and their future requirements.
The Administrative Secretaries put forth the budget proposals along with their view points on the future action plans with regard to their targets and improving infrastructure for better delivery of services. They also briefed the Financial Commissioner about the status of various on-going projects in their respective departments.
Dr Mehta advised all the departments to ensure proper projection of their requirements and focus on outcomes.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education; Principal Secretary Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department; Principal Secretary Home; Commissioner Secretary PHE; Secretary Horticulture; Secretary PDD; Secretary State Water Regulatory Authority; Director Health Services (Kashmir); DG Prisons; DG Budget; Chairman J&K Bank; heads of various departments; officials of Finance department and other concerned attended the meetings.
Besides, various departments from Jammu attended the meeting through video conferencing.