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MHA sanctions construction of 14460 bunkers along JK border

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Jammu, Jan 03: The Jammu and Kashmir Government Wednesday informed Legislative Assembly that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sanctioned the construction of 14,460 bunkers in the border districts of Jammu.

The government in a written reply to Legislative Assembly informed that the ministry of home affairs government of India has recently vide No. 12013/7/2014-k-v dated 19th/21st December, 2017, conveyed sanction for construction of 14460 bankers for an amount of Rs, 415.73 crore.

The Union Home Ministry has asked the state government to specify the building norms for all areas upto 5km form the border. ‘Priority should be given to bunkers which are nearest to the existing BOP’s,”.

 

The government has further informed that every bunker will be within 3 Km from the border and first line of sight from IB/LoC (Priority 1 to 0 to 1Km); Priority 2-1 to 2Km; Priority 3-2 to 3 Km).

As per the government reply the MHA has directed for the Jammu and Kashmir government for detailed list containing exact location of large community bunkers and list of individual bunkers meeting the above condition.

‘The Project will be funded on reimbursement basis through SRE (R&B) as it relates to relief and rehabilitation of individuals. It must be ensured that said work has not been funded by any other source/scheme of the government. The work would be executed as per norms. Due procedure would be followed while execution of the above work. For construction of the bunkers, central agency like CPWD, NBCC etc is set to be engaged”.

It is to mention here that Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during his four-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on September 9-12 had given nod to construction of 19,000 individual and 4700 community bunkers in five border districts of Jammu region including Jammu, Samba, Kathua (all along the International Border), Rajouri and Poonch districts (both along Line of Control).

Rajnath had asked the State Government to start construction of the bunkers by assuring them that the MHA would bear entire cost of the project and that the Government shouldn’t wait for formal release of amount.

 


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Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.

The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.

 

Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.

It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.

Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.

Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.

Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.

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Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.

National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.

“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.

 

He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.

“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.

Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.

“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.

He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

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Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal

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Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.

In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.

He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.

 

Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.

JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.

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