Khag, Feb 11: On the instructions of party Vice President Mr. Omar Abdullah a delegation of National Conference on Monday visited the avalanche affected families in Mynar, Khag. The delegation comprised of Professor Abdul Majeed Mattoo and Political Advisor to Vice President Tanvir Sadiq.
The delegation met the affected families who have been lodged in Darul Aloom Khag. Visiting delegation in an attempt to help the avalanche hit families provided various ration kits and other edible items to the affected families. “We have specifically come on the instructions of Omar Sahib. In this hour of difficulty, the Vice President thought it imperative upon himself to come to the rescue of affected families. The heavy snowfall has led to avalanches in the area, owing to which ten families were shifted and lodged in Daral Uloom khag,” he said adding, “We have provided ration kits to the ten affected families, comprising of all necessary edibles and other house hold items, which are sufficient for two months. The families are facing grim times. The heavy snow fall has escalated humanitarian crisis in the area. We have marshaled out all available resources to provide succor to the families. I am hopeful that the families facing disarray and trouble will eventually overcome the tough times they are facing. Party in particular Omar sahib is watchful of the whole unpleasant incident. We have conveyed our support with the affected families.”
Tanvir later toured various locales of the Zadibal constituency where locals apprised him about the predicaments they are facing in the wake of heavy snowfall.
Tanvir toured Gazi Doori, Omar Colony, Badamwari, Hawal, and localities of shahar- e -khas, where he had interaction with the people. “People have been left to fend for themselves. There is no accountability on ground. The field staff of SMC is not visible on ground. The by lanes and other interior routes are yet to be cleared of snow. The situation of electricity is no different. The inundated interior roads are revealing the grimy tail of neglect,” he said.
Tanvir while touring the city areas made on spot phone calls to the District commissioner Srinagar and apprised him about the severe water logging at Omar Colony and other areas. In response to the phone call, manual staff was immediately rushed to the place to carry out de-watering of the area which has been facing inundation.
Meanwhile Tanvir visited the fire affected families of the Gilkadal locality to extend his grief over the incident. Tanvir made on spot phone call to the Chief Engineer PDD and impressed upon him to restore electricity to the locality, which has been reeling under darkness due to the damage to local power transformer due to the conflagration incident that had engulfed the locality.
Later Tanvir addressed a workers meet in the Zadibal constituency. Speaking to the gathering Tanvir impressed upon the workers to strengthen the hands of Omar Abdullah in order to usher in a new era of development in the state and to put up a strong front against the machination of RSS and its proxies in the state.
Hurriyat response for meaningful talks a good omen: Hakeem
Srinagar, Jun 24: Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF), Hakeem Yaseen has welcomed the positive response of Hurriyat Conference for holding talks in a bid to resolve the Kashmir situation.
In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen termed the statement of Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Molvi Umar Farooq as a good omen that Hurriyat leaders were ready for dialogue with New Delhi, if “meaningful” talks are initiated. He said Governor S P Malik, being a responsible representative of the Central Government should provide a congenial environment to the central government interlocutors and genuine stakeholders of the Kashmir problem for initiating meaningful talks on Kashmir.
He said a sincere effort for talks was dire need of the time to stop daily killings and mayhem in the strife torn state.
Hakeem Yaseen hoped that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi would utilize his renewed mandate to resolve the vexed Kashmir problem once for all as this was the main bone of contention between India and its neighboring country Pakistan.
“Talks are the only way forward for ending animosity between India and Pakistan,” Hakeem Yaseen said adding that people of the state have become the first casualty of the strained relations between the two neighbouring countries since last seven decades.
Tarigami urges govt to revisit its approach
Srinagar, Jun 24: CPI (M) leader M Y Tarigami on Monday said that comprising four districts Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian, south Kashmir has been on the boil ever since July 2016. “Despite passing of three years, the situation in the region is not showing any significant improvement with media reports showing that some youths continue to join militant ranks,” he said.
In a statement issued to media, Tarigami said, “Why isn’t there significant change in south Kashmir despite huge deployment of security forces? Perhaps it is because muscular approach is not giving desired results and needs to be revisited. The policy makers need to answer these questions. Mere counting of arrests and killings are not an answer to this situation.”
“Arbitrary arrests, nocturnal raids and are causing insecurity and harassment among people in the region. It has been done before as well in the State, but it has never yielded anything. On the other hand, it just exacerbates the anger and gives rise to further uncertainty,” he said.
CPI(M) leader said that during early 1990’s large scale arrests took place which only worsened situation. “This is a tried and tested and failed model which we are afraid will only worsen the situation further,” he said.
“Similarly, some people arrested under different laws, are not being released despite courts ordering their release on bail. Those released by the courts are being re-arrested from the jail compound itself and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA),” Tarigami added.
He said that job of security forces is law enforcement. “You can control the unlawful activities only through lawful measures. Such a course amounts to violation of laws which cannot help in restoring order,” he said.
“Though the authorities lifted twice a week curbs on the movement of civilian vehicles on National Highway, reports of security forces harassing the commuters are still pouring in. In the name of security, people are being harassed day-in and day-out,” Tarigami added.
“The safety of security forces convoys is important, but in the name of security common people should not feel any inconvenience or harassment. Patients, students, employees, traders and others, who have to commute daily on the highway should be given full respect by the forces while their convoys move. There should be a better and people friendly way of protecting forces using the highway,” he said.
Back to Village programme: CS interacts with Panchayats reps, locals at Gurez, B’pora
Gurez, June 24: Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam during his 2-day extensive visit to district Bandipora participated in the Back to Village Programme on Monday across several Panchayats and also visited Gurez.
The Chief Secretary visited Kanzalwan, Badwan, Wanpora and Khandyal Panchayats and interacted with Panchayat representatives and local people. He spent half a day in Panchayat Wanpora, attended the Gram Sabha there and interacted with Panches and Sarpanchs.
Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon, Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Superintendent of Police Rahul Malik and other senior officers of the district were also present.
Appreciating the concept of Back to Village Programme, people welcomed the initiative of the Government in bringing governance to the grassroots level. During the interactions, a number of demands were put forth for consideration of the Government including those related to construction of roads and bridges, construction of tunnel for keeping Bandipora-Gurez road open round the year, arrangements for winters, availability of ration, issues with regard to rehabilitation of people displaced by construction of dam, establishment of SBI Branches in Tulail and Gurez, employees issues, reservation, healthcare facilities construction of bunkers , creation of job avenues etc.
In his remarks, Chief Secretary observed that Back to Village Programme is aimed at energizing and strengthening the Panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation. He said the feedback obtained from the visiting officers will be valuable to assess the development needs, analyze the economic potential of the villages/hamlets and to tailor areas specific government schemes/programmes.
Chief Secretary said that areas like Gurez have huge tourism potential. He said Government is actively considering establishment of a Tourism Development Authority here that will help in creation of tourism infrastructure albeit in a planned and eco-friendly manner so as to harness tourism potential of the area while maintaining its pristine glory. He further stated that several important development projects are at various stages of completion which include Khandyal-Bandipora road which will considerably reduce the distance between Bandipora and Gurez.
Chief Secretary said the Government is planning to make a special tourist corridor to connect Ladakh with Gurez, Tangdhar and other border areas of the state.
While responding to the grievances with regard to the Kishenganga Hydroelectric Power Project (KHEP), Chief Secretary said that government will examine the issue further. He said that improvement of power supply in Gurez will remain under focussed attention of the Government.
At Wanpora, Chief Secretary distributed poultry birds among several beneficiaries under the National Livelihood Mission.