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Mehbooba visits Poonch, convenes public grievances redressal camp

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POONCH, MARCH 05: Taking her public outreach programme further to so far uncovered areas, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti visited Poonch and convened a grievances redressal camp here today. During the camp the Chief Minister listened to scores of deputations and hundreds of people from difficult and hilly areas who apprised her of their developmental needs and sought their redressal.
Legislators of the district were present on the occasion.
The deputations in general thanked the Chief Minister for undertaking many developmental initiatives in the Pir Panchal region, Eklaya educational centre at Mendhar and many other developmental works in the district.
The demands put forth by the deputations during the day long public outreach programme included start of work on the proposed tunnel on the Mughal Road which they described the gift of 21st century to people of Pir Panchal region. Other general demands put forth included bringing Poonch and adjoining areas on the tourist map of the State, establishment of a trauma hospital facility on the Peer ki Gali-Rajouri stretch of Mughal Road, individual and community bunkers to save them from cross border shelling, timely execution of projects to improve the power distribution system in the district and pacing up of other developmental works in the district.
Several deputations from Balakote demanded upgradation of High school Behrooti to Higher Secondary School, improvement of Brati Brani Gali road, reorganisation of Balakote tehsil, construction of Suian Katta to Sandote road and construction of bridge at Zinda Peer. They also demanded upgradation and stabilisation of power and drinking water distribution in the area and development of Behrote, Sandote and Basooni roads.
The Chief Minister directed immediate examination and evaluation of the demands put forth. Besides, she also directed construction of a community hall, with all facilities, in the area.
Deputations from various areas of Surankote demanded taking up of flood protection works in the area, construction of administrative complex in Surankote, model villages for Bafliaz and Surankote, playground at Charala, upgradation of schools at Chandimarg and Sailan and roads from Sailan to Mahra and Behramgalla to Manai.
Deputations from Mendhar sought overall development of area, upgradation of various schools, early completion of Sangiote Galli to Turrian road, establishment of transformer workshop in the area and hostel in the local college. They also demanded early completion of Harni (BG) and other PMGSY roads, setting up of an ITI and upgradation of local receiving station. They also sought carving out of sessions court at and Additional Deputy Commissioner’s post for Mendhar.
The Chief Minister directed immediate provision of street lights for the Poonch, Mendhar and Surankote towns.
A deputation from Mankote sought augmentation of drinking water facilities in Kasbalari, Salani, Nabna, upgradation of High School, Kasbalari to Higher Secondary School.
A deputation of members of civil society Mandi thanked the Chief Minister for many of historic steps during her rule so far. Demands of a women’s degree college, augmentation of power distribution system and completion of work on Tehsil complex Mandi were also put forth by the deputation.
Several deputations of women sought establishment of a women’s Police station at Poonch, new Anganwari centres, recruitment of more women in Police, establishment of job oriented courses and skill centres, establishment of orphanages and women centres in the district,   streamlining of old age pension scheme and availability of drinking water supply.
The Chief Minister assured the deputation to look into their demands.
Many other deputations from other areas of the district including Khanetar, Haveli also met the Chief Minister and apprised her of their problems.
Mehbooba Mufti listened to the demands of the deputations throughout the day and it continued till late in the night. In many cases the Chief Minister gave on spot directions for the redressal of the grievances which was hailed by the deputationists.
Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Hemant Sharma; IGP Jammu zone, Dr. SDS Jamwal; senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and Planning Department; heads of several Departments; Chiefs of many Engineering wings and Heads of several Departments; Deputy Commissioner, Poonch, Tariq Ahmad Zargar and officers of divisional and District administration were present on the occasion.
This is the eighth public outreach programme of the Chief Minister in the Jammu province. Earlier, she conducted a similar public outreach programmes at Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri, Reasi, Kathua and Samba. She has already conducted such programmes at Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Budgam and Baramulla in Kashmir Valley during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties.
The public outreach programmes launched by the Chief Minister have evoked an interesting response from the public who come up with their problems for an on the spot redressal.


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Inclement weather forecast: DC Srinagar reviews preparedness

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SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 12: In view of the inclement weather forecast predicting snowfall between November 14 and 16 in the district as elsewhere in Kashmir, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Tuesday convened a meeting with heads of different departments to review their preparedness.

The meeting discussed the plans of concerned departments that have been prepared on the instructions of the DC to prevent interruption in services during future snowfalls in the district.

The DC while hailing their efforts after last week’s unforeseen snowfall in the district asked all the concerned departments to ensure faster and wider dealing with inclement weather situation as forecast and immediate services restorations wherever required.

 

Concerned departments including Mechanical Engineering Department, Power Development Department, Public Health Engineering, Roads & Buildings, Srinagar Municipal Corporation and Fire & Emergency Department were provided 5 lakh rupees each for acquiring gear to equip their ground staff involved in restoration efforts for dealing with harsh conditions.

The Power department was also provided with 2 crore rupees including 50 lakh rupees for each of its four divisions to procure buffer stock of transformers to handle situations where transformers are damaged. In addition to this 10 lakh rupees including 2.5 lakh for each of its divisions was provided to the department for handling restorations.

The PHE department was also provided an additional 10 lakh rupees to facilitate immediate restoration of damaged infrastructure when required.

The Drainage division of SMC was provided an additional 15 lakh rupees for fuel expenses for operating dewatering pumping stations during exigencies. The Health department was also provided an amount of 5 lakh rupees for procuring fuel for power generators – already provided to several health institutions – required during snowfall-caused power outages.

Fourteen lakh rupees including two lakh rupees each were provided to Tehsildars to provide for their mobility requirements during times of exigencies.

The departments were instructed to equip their staff and activate them immediately. They were asked to project any further demands but were asked to show results.

The DC directed for ensuring that snow clearance machines are positioned at all critical spots and that these must be pressed into service as soon as snow starts to accumulate. He stressed on prioritising snow-clearance from roads leading to all important installations across the district. The R&B was asked to work in close coordination with the SMC as long as the weather situation lasts.

The meeting was informed that both the MED and the SMC are geared up with the former with 23 snowplows and the latter with some 4000 personnel and 22 JCBs including 2 skid-steers at their disposal for snow-clearance on all main roads and pedestrian lanes across Srinagar.

It was also informed that all of 80 dewatering stations and 115 mobile pumping stations in the city are operational and that all concerned personnel have been sensitised. The F&ES department has also kept some of its pool of fire tenders and portable fire pumps available for water-logging exigencies in case there is a need.

Dr Shahid said water-logging as a result of snowfall or rains throws a major challenge in the district and that the concerned departments must be well-prepared to deal with it. He instructed for ensuring quick draining-out of water-logged areas including all interior roads and lanes.

He also instructed the SMC to remove the accumulated snow from roadsides which he said leads to traffic hurdles. He also instructed the Forest department to undertake immediate pruning of trees and lifting fallen trees and broken branches to facilitate road clearance and power restoration efforts.

He directed all the concerned departments to be in a state of preparedness and responsive to any crisis thrown up anywhere in the district.

The meeting was also informed that a central disaster management response store has been established at Bemina with a designated nodal officer to handle its affairs.

Dr Shahid directed for thorough implementation of all instructions and their respective plans in order to ensure timely and coordinated redress of problems and eventualities presented during the inclement weather situation. He directed for ensuring presence of all ground staff and concerned officers right till the end of the weather situation.

He directed for setting up control rooms in all concerned departments instructing them to provide real-time update about status of restorations. He said that a central control room will be set up which will oversee the overall operations ensuring coordination and organisation during eventualities.

The DC said there is a need to put in place a comprehensive mechanism that will ensure prevention of interruption in essential services because of snowfall in the district. He said the process has been started and a mechanism ensuring preparedness at all times and avoidance of services interruption in all circumstances will be put in place soon.

The meeting also took stock of restoration after last week’s snowfall. He directed the concerned for immediate assessment of losses to public properties and crops and for quick processing of compensations as due.

ADCs Srinagar M Hanief Balkhi and Khurshid Shah and senior officers from all line departments attended the meeting. Joint Director Planning Srinagar M Yaseen Lone was also present.

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Union Jt Secy Culture terms Kashmiris as ardent readers of good literature

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SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 12: While praising the cultural heritage of Kashmir, Union Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Nirupama Kotru today said that there is no parallel to the heritage of the region.

She said steps needs to be taken to conserve the tangible heritage which includes tombs, old houses, age-old buildings, artifacts in museums, along with non-tangible heritage including music, literature, paintings and others.

The Joint Secretary said this at a book release function held by Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages at the seminar hall of JKAACL, Lal Mandi. The function was held in collaboration with Department of Achieves, Archaeology and Museums.

 

Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages Muneer-ul-Islam, Director National Council of Science Museums Samarendra Kumar, Chief Editor (Urdu), J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages M Ashraf Tak were present during the function.

Speaking on the occasion, Kotru said that people of Kashmir are ardent readers and have always loved to read good stuff. She said that Kashmiri folk tales are so rich that people world over read them with great admiration.

Joint Secretary said that the Valley has a rich tradition and culture which is admired world-over. The writers and poets here have expressed their love and emotions so beautifully that their work inspires millions, Kotru said. She said it is important that such literature and art is showcased world over so that the seekers get the requisite benefit from their great work. 

Admiring Academy for doing a commendable work, Kotru said the Academy has been at the forefront of doing a commendable job in bringing out journals, high quality translation works and other books in various indigenous languages which include Kashmiri, Gogri, Pahari, Dogri, Urdu, and others, thereby giving a glimpse of art and tradition of the place.

Earlier, the Joint Secretary released various books in different languages and translations including Intangible Heritage of Kashmir(English), Intangible Heritage of Jammu (English), Habba Khatoon (English Translation done by Prof Ghulam Rasool Malik), Tawareek Hassan (English translation done by Prof Shafi Shouq), Aknandon-folk tale told by six authors, Lok-e-Kath- reprinted version of Kashmiri, Kashur-sun-Adab, Kuliyat Azad (reprinted), Kuliyat Mahmood Gami (4th edition reprinted), Nawjawan number (Urdu), Arsh-e-Sehbaie (Urdu), Bulbul Kashmiri (Urdu), Tota Maina (Pahari translation) Hasta Adab (Pahari), Lale-de-Banjrary (Pahari), Gojiri Lok Kahaniyan (Gojri), Mai Azmiyo Sach (Gojri translation of My experiments with truth) and others.

Later, the Union Joint Secretary also visited Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums where she was given a detailed tour of old and new Museum by Muneer-ul-Islam, who is also the Director Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums. Besides, apprising her with various issues related to the department, the director discussed various future plans regarding the department with the Joint Secretary.

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Div Com discusses DPR preparation for Srinagar-B’la-Uri four-lane road

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Srinagar, Nov 05: Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today chaired a meeting of concerned officers to discuss the preparation for the formulation of Detailed Project Report (DPR) for development of Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri four-lane road.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Dr G.N Itoo; Additional Commissioner, Kashmir, TassaduqHussain Mir; ADC Baramulla; Chief Engineer, Beacon; SE (Civil), Commander, 760, BRTF and other concerned officials.

Calling the project a ‘prestigious one’, the Div Com instructed the concerned officers to take all technicalities in account while formulating the DPR. Various bottlenecks and constraints in this regard were also discussed during the meeting.

 

On the occasion, Div Com directed Chief Engineer, Beacon to explore possibilities of re-alignment of Srinagar-Baramulla-Uri road at four highly built-up spots in consultation with Baramulla District Administration. He also asked the officials to assess the feasibility of construction of bye-pass at Pattan and Baramulla and a flyover at Sangrama.

Div Com directed DC Baramulla to constitute teams for joint survey which will include representatives from the concerned agencies.

DC Baramulla was also directed to conduct weekly review meetings and furnish action taken report to be submitted to Div Com office on weekly basis.

He also directed the concerned officials to ensure that the consultancy engaged for the projects is made available at an earliest. CE Beacon was also asked to place indent of the road before DC Baramulla for the purpose of land acquisition.

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