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Mehbooba’s CM-days’ project promises turn rusty; PDD falls short of funds

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Srinagar, Sep 23: As the Governor administration has decided to raise a loan of eight thousand crore rupees for completion of the languishing projects, the Power Development Department has turned its back on the contractors who had undertaken various developmental projects under Chief Minster’s Commitment Program last year.

Reliable sources told Kashmir News Service that about Rs 8 crores have been withheld by PDD for various works under CM commitment Program in district Bandipora alone. Official communications reveal that most of the works have been completed. But the contractors rue that due to the collapse of Mehbooba Mufti led PDP-BJP government, the funds for these schemes have been stopped and the department was resorting to hide and seek tactics.

According to the documents in possession of KNS, all these works have been undertaken under proper procedure and through e-tendering but soon after the fall of the government the fund flow came to a halt resulting in not only the hardships of contractors who had invested heavily on the projects but also the fate on the ongoing projects.

 

Sources said that majority of the projects taken in Sonawari area of the Bandipora district have been either completed or are nearing completion but barring a few, the major chunk of the funds are stuck. Sources said many communications have been doing rounds on the tables from Superintending Engineer of the circle to even Governor’s Advisor but none of the authorities are taking a call on the release of the pending required funds.

The communication sent by District Superintending Engineer Gnaderbal Circle vide Number SE/MRE/GBL/Ts/1990-94 Dated 02-08-2018 reads that the Work Done liability of the projects undertaken under Chief Minster’s Commitment during 2017-18 in district Bandipora for PDD is two crore Ninety Two lakh and twenty two thousand, and the funds required to complete the ongoing projects under the scheme is 7 crore 97 lakhs.

As per the official communication, the work done liability has piled up. In Bandipora, under CM Commitment, department had set the estimated cost for Providing 300 electric poles along with HT/LT network for Sonawari constituency as 63.41 lakhs , but did not get single penny as yet. Similarly PDD was to ensure to electrify Dangarnar by 31st December, 2017 and the estimated cost was 12.42 lakhs, the amount released for this work stands Zero.

In Bankoot area, the PDD was to provide 100 poles along with HT/LT network under CM commitment and the estimated cost was 18.53 but not a single rupee has been released up till now. PDD was asked to upgrade substation Sheikh Mohallah Quil from 63 KV to 100 Kv and that too within 15 days from the date then Chief Minster made the commitment, the estimated cost of the project was 11.38 lakhs, the department received nothing against the estimated cost.

Meanwhile contractors said that they had approached to Governor’s advisor who has written to Chief Engineer to look into the matter. They urged Governor to release their pending payments so that they do not suffer anymore.


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Coming up of new parties, alliances dangerous for Kashmir: Experts

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Srinagar, Jun 19: The coming up of new political parties and alliances ahead of assembly polls can be dangerous for Kashmir as it will lead to the fractured mandate, thereby favouring BJP, experts claim.

On Tuesday former bureaucrat Shah Faesal and independent legislator from Langate Er Abdul Rasheed announced “Peoples United Front” for upcoming assembly polls.

Political pundits, however, believe that the fractured mandate led by such alliances in the upcoming assembly polls was aimed to divide Kashmiris.

 

“It is a very dangerous approach and Kashmiris should not allow the fractured mandate. Those who care about Kashmir should support one party of unit instead of paving way for fractured mandate due to these alliances,” said noted academician and an expert in politics, Sidiq Wahid.

The formation of new political alliances, he said, was a “policy of Government of India for a decade to divide Kashmiris.”

 “I really feel that this new so-called alliance that has been formed is mudding the waters,” Wahid said.

Another expert in politics, Prof Gul Mohammad Wani, said the suspicions and doubts among people will intensify when centres rule is extends its rule to the state.

“Even after holding Panchayat, Municipal election or parliamentary polls either, the government doesn’t seem to be in a mood to hold assembly election in the state as of now,” he said.

Wani however said the emergence of new alliances could be due to failures by the political parties “to allow internal democracy in the state.”

“Mostly leaders or new groups emerge or come out of the existing political parties under such circumstances,” he said.

Wani said that the existing political parties including NC, PDP and Congress require increasing ideological and political space to build credible leadership.

Soon after the formation of new PUF, former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the alliance was aimed to divide voters in Kashmir.

He questioned about lack of such alliances in Jammu or Ladakh regions of the state. 

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Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to floods: Study

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Srinagar, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed abrupt changes in climate over the years. According to a disaster management report, 13 districts in J&K, out of 100 districts in India, have been identified as ‘multi-hazard districts’.

“Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to floods.

While the recent study says that out of the 12 states, Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir are extremely vulnerable to global warming.

 

“Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index is found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (0.51 both), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42,” the study says.

It says that, “Several drivers of vulnerability are evident for the state of J&K. These include, in the order of significance, least road density, no area under crop insurance, low area under forests per 1,000 rural households, high percentage of marginal farmers, low percentage area under horticulture crops, low livestock to human ratio and low percentage of women in the overall workforce.”

The study says that climate change is already occurring and impacting natural ecosystems and human societies.

It says, “To reduce these uncertainties and plan towards sustainable development it is essential to adopt evidence based adaptation planning in IHR. This requires an in-depth understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities derived from scientific assessments.”

The study has been authored by IIT Guwahati Anamika Barua Associate Professor Deptt. of Humanities and Social Science Principal Investigator Rupam Bhaduri Research Scholar Centre for the Environment Vishaka Gulati Research Scholar Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences IIT Mandi Shyamasree Dasgupta Assistant Professor School of Humanities and Social Sciences Co – Principal Investigator Kritishnu Sanyal Project Associate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mir Khursheed Alam Research Scholar School of Humanities and Social Sciences IISc Bangalore N.H. Ravindranath Professor Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) Key Resource Person Indu K Murthy Consultant Scientist Centre for Sustainable Technologies Tashina Esteves Research Associate Jagmohan Sharma Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Conservation) Government of Karnataka.

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Massive reshuffle in police, civil admin likely after June 27

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Srinagar, Jun 19: A massive reshuffle in civil and police administration is likely to be ordered anytime after June 27 when the ongoing “Back to village” program launched by Governor’s administration across Jammu and Kashmir will come to an end.

Authoritative sources said that exercise for a massive reshuffle in civil and police administration has been set into motion with the proposals being processed for transfer of senior IAS and IPS officers holding key positions in the state administration. The proposals for deputation of several senior IAS and IPS officers and return of some others from central deputation to Jammu and Kashmir government have been set into motion.

In the likely reshuffle in civil and police administration several administrative secretaries are likely to be relieved of the additional charge of some key departments which they are overseeing presently in addition to their own duties.

 

The reshuffle could be ordered phase wise to dispel the impression about the working of some non-performing officers presently holding key positions as directors of some key departments and deputy commissioners of districts in all the three regions Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.

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