Srinagar, Oct 12: Secretary, Social Welfare, Cooperatives and Tribal Affairs, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, Friday chaired a meeting of officials of Tribal Affairs Department to review the construction of hostels for Schedule Tribes (ST) students in various districts of the State.
The meeting was attended by Director Tribal Affairs Mohammad Rafi, Director Finance Dr SK Sen, Special Secretary M. S. Choudhary, Deputy Secretary Vivek Modi, Assistant Director Sushil Gupta and other concerned officials of Tribal Affairs Department.
While asking the officials to work with added dedication, Dr Lone said that the schemes being implemented for the uplift of the scheduled tribe and other weaker sections of the society by the Department holds great significance.
Director Tribal Affairs informed Dr Lone that the Department is currently constructing 20 hostels in various districts of J&K to provide the residential facilities to students belonging to Schedule Tribes. He informed the meeting that the work is going in full swing.
A 50-bedded hostel constructed at the cost of Rs 3.43 crore in Gaddi Siipi in Udhampur stands completed and has been opened for functioning.
It was informed that an 80-bedded ST Hostel at Degree College, Kargil being constructed at the cost of 2.93 crore and 75-bedded Boys ST hostel at Boys Degree College in Handwara, Kupwara, being constructed at the cost of Rs 3.01 crore stands completed.
He further informed the meeting that 120-bedded Girls Hostel at Zangli Kupwara, 100-bedded Girls and Boys ST hostel at Baramulla, 100-bedded Girls and Boys ST hostel at Samba and Boys ST Hostel at Chatroo in Kishtwar will be completed by March 2019.
However, he informed, the other hostels which are under various states of completion shall be completed in a time-bound manner.
The under-construction hostels include 100-bedded ST hostel in Bandipora, 100-bedded ST hostel in Shopian, 100-bedded ST hostel at Meira in Rajouri, 100-bedded PG hostel for ST students in Srinagar, 100-bedded girls and boys hostel Kotranka in Rajouri, 100-bedded ST girls hostel in Srinagar, 100-bedded ST girls hostel in Poonch, 100-bedded ST girls hostel in Reasi, 100-bedded ST hostel for boys in Ramban, 100-bedded ST firls hostel in Udhampur, 50-bedded girls and boys hostel at Mahore in Reasi, 100-bedded girls and boys hostel in Kulgam and ST girls and boys hostel in Kalakote Rajouri.
Dr Lone directed the concerned officials to maintain the highest standard of constructions and said that there should be no compromise on the quality of material used in it. He further asked the officials to complete all the pending documental works so that no work suffers and are completed on time.
People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress
Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.
In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.
Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.
I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.
Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.
He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.
Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark
‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’
Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.
During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.
“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.
Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”
PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir
Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.
In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.
Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.
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