Handwara, Apr 08: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday said National Conference has a legacy of service and sacrifice saying that the party will continue to shoulder the cause of protecting the special status of the state at any cost.
Addressing a mammoth public gathering at Handwara in North Kashmir Party vice Present Omar Abdullah, while recounting the scarifies of numerous party functionaries said, “We remember the sacrifices of our party men, we remember the day when one of our colleagues Late Ghulam Rasool Malik Sahib was snatched from us on January 1990. He laid down his precious life while saving the mosque and the people from conflagration. It is only National Conference that has been targeted by the forces as are inimical to our special status. We have always been a scorn in the eyes of those who are inimical to our interests. Even today only NC is solely carrying forward the mission of protecting the special status of our state. We have always shouldered that mission with zeal; we will continue to do it in the future as well.”
While highlighting the role played by party’s Baramulla parliamentary candidate Muhammad Akbar Lone in dismantling Ikhwan, Omar said, “He was the one who had set off a battle against Ikhwan in 1996. Ikhwanis tried to weaken him, but in 2002 he made them leave bag and baggage, even today he has come forth to fight the forces as are inimical to state, this time he again needs your support as you did previously, for it is your support that will strengthen his efforts to trounce the nefarious designs of BJP and its cronies in the State.”
Omar while cautioning the people about the Agenda of BJP, said, “Earlier today BJP came up with its manifesto, the issues of temple, unified civil code have again showed up there , but the major stress has been given on the revocation of Art 370 and 35-A. Today they have again racked up the issue of its revocation. I fail to understand why aren’t they able to understand that our state is not like any other state of India. We didn’t merge with the union; we are the only state that kept its own constitution. I challenge them to do away with the constitutional provisions. The people of our state won’t allow you to do it.”
“Even if they forge friendships with many people here they won’t be achieve their anticipated goal. Let go on forging friendship with those who have always bartered our honor, but let me tell you that friendship won’t help you to achieve your nefarious designs. These people whom Modi is clubbing with have been coming forth in different hues and gowns. Today they are holding apples.”
Omar said that if article 35-A is fiddled with, our students won’t be able to secure scholarships; our unemployed youth won’t be able to get jobs. “The Land to Tiller reforms and the other constitutional safe guards that were secured by Sher-e-kashmir would be infringed upon if these Articles are done away with. However, thinking about removing them is sheer day dreaming, for we won’t allow them to achieve such an end.”
“We have to decide if we want to send those forces to Delhi who sat in the lap of BJP, the ones who want to dismantle mosques, those who want to impose uniform civil code, those who want to destroy our special status, and those who are infringing Sharia Law of Muslims. Are we going to help those? If yes then we have to give our votes to apple. Because the relation of PC with BJP is an open secret,” he said.
“In November when we tried to strike a coalition with Congress-PDP to save the state from continuous onslaught of BJP, Mehooba Ji shot a letter to governor, we too agreed to forge a coalition to take the poison for the sake of protecting our status. But meantime another letter was shot to governor by Sajad Lone staking claim to form government. Sajad had staked claim on the basis of BJP’s strength in assembly. Nonetheless, if PC was able to form government and have a CM berth, then the BJP would have sought PC’s support in parliament on various issues. Can we trust such a Party?”
Censuring Sajad for hobnobbing with BJP at the cost of the people of state, Omar said, “In 2014 we were successful in restoring peace, and sense of security, we were able to bring many of our youngsters from across the border but Modi government put all the good work that we were able to achieve into an abyss. They brought the state on the brink of destruction. However it is the PDP-PC that allowed them to set their foot hold in Kashmir. What followed was unrelenting arrests, initimidation, and today our highways have also been snatched from us, if Sajad claims Modi to be his elder brother why didn’t younger brother ask his elder brother to stop unleashing miseries on our people.”
“In 2016 when our people were blinded why didn’t he impress upon on his elder brother to embalm bruised people of Kashmir, why didn’t he impressed his brother for talks, when we all were urging the centre to end the dead lock and hold talks with all stake holders. Now he says I got the rail, may I ask where it is? He says that he got the tunnel, where is it? The survey part of the projects hasn’t been carried out yet. He has not been able to macadamize the single road roads of Handwara. How can he manage big projects if he cannot do this little for the constituency? How can we trust him?”
Party Vice President while flaying PDP-PC for creating ruckus over his undertaking on removing PSA, he said, “In Pulwama I took an undertaking to do away with PSA, if our party is voted to power. However during my previous stint as CM I mellowed down the law to a great extent. I had anticipated opposition to it by centre, but to my surprise the opposition came from PDP and PC. Is that they want PSA, to continue. PSA was brought in during Sheikh Sbs tenure with a sole purpose to protect our state from jungle smugglers. I don’t pass the buck; I am not one of them. It was given more teeth by the governor administration post militancy six years after the death of Sheikh Sahib. Now that I have undertaken to do away with it all of them up are against me. This reveals their true disposition,” adding, “Now that they are raising hue and cry about saving our special status, when he comes here you should ask him who was the one who as cabinet minister said that he has come to Mumbai to throw the Art 370 into sea.”
Seminars, debates, marathons mark celebration of Kaushal Pakhwada
Bandipora, July 23: As part of World Youth Skills Day celebration, Mosaic work skills Pvt, a Project Implementing Agency (PIA) of Government’s Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), has launched a 15-days campaign Kaushal Pakhwada, to raise awareness about the importance of skill development among the youth in Bandipora.
As part of the campaign that will conclude on July 31, different activities are being carried out in the district by the PIA including skill exhibitions, seminars, symposiums, painting competitions, marathons , debates and discussions to create awareness about the skill training and its importance besides celebrating the power of skills.
Project Manager Mosaic Work Skills, Sheikh Taqwa said the fortnight campaign Kaushal Pakhwada is being observed from 16th to 31st July 2019 by government to advocate skills and make them aspirational for the young. The fortnight campaign is a significant initiative to highlight the importance of skills and ensure that the people are marching towards the vision of making country the Skill Capital of the World.
Besides Sheikh Taqwa, Hafiz bin Hamid, Umer, Aaqib Hussain , Aqib Peerrzada, Shameema Mubashir and Farhat Anjum took a lead role in organizing the activities that will conclude on July 31.
She said different activities have been carried out during the Kaushal Pakhwada including Poster making activity, marathon, singing competition, skits and seminars which were attended hundreds of students and youth. The students including a good number of female students participated actively in all the activities and highlighted the importance of skill development.
The speakers highlighted the importance of skill trainings in the state and said that the training the youth in different skills is the only way to fight unemployment in the state as the skilled youth can never be unemployed and can get jobs anywhere.
Taqwa said under the PMKVY, the organization is training students in different trades according to market demand so that the students get their jobs easily. She said preparing students for the world market in different sectors is the only option to tackle the unemployment as an unskilled youth cannot compete in the world market.
Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) is the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) implemented by National Skill Development Corporation. Organizers said the objective of this Skill Certification Scheme is to enable a large number of Indian youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. “Individuals with prior learning experience or skills are also assessed and certified under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)” she added.
Speakers said under Skill India, a number of initiatives are aimed at developing skills and promoting entrepreneurship among youth and the central government has set a target of skilling 40.2 crore people in India by 2022, under the new National Policy for Skill Development, in which 54 percent of people will be skilled in agriculture sector.
Rs. 22.64 crore proposed for sanction by State Level Sanctioning Committee
Srinagar, July 21: Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone today chaired a meeting to review Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) 2019-20. The meeting reviewed department-wise allocation and expenditure during 2018-2019 and discussed the proposed projects and plants to be taken for the year 2019-20 by all departments.
The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture Jammu, P.S. Rathore , MD Agro Industries Development. R.K. Rakwal, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, Director Command Area Development, Jammu and Managing Director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing and other concerned officers.
The meeting discussed the projects and activities to be under-taken under RKVY RAFTAR by agriculture and allied departments for which an amount of Rs. 22.64 crore has been proposed to be submitted for sanction by the State Level Sanctioning Committee.
Secretary Agriculture has called upon the officers to devise a strategy for making agriculture a remunerative and a profitable venture. Lone said that agriculture should be made a glamorous enterprise by turning farmers into agricultural entrepreneurs. He stressed for organising awareness programmes and emphasized upon the need of intervention so that there is a significant impact of the agriculture department at ground level.
He emphasized upon taking initiatives for increasing production of agriculture crops, post harvest management and marketing, increasing the green house structures, creation of irrigation facilities, introduction of new high yielding hybrid varieties and promotion of heirloom varieties. He stressed for wormy-composting and popularization of organic farming for producing healthy foods for healthy life.
Earlier, Director Agriculture Kashmir informed that agriculture department is making efforts for higher profits by way of increasing production, better marketing and linking it to National market in shape of a brand like Kashmir Fresh, Jammu Fresh, Meetha Rice, Summer Mist Honey and other products. He said that adopting of green house technology and reducing the harshness of winters through raising vegetable nursery in controlled conditions is being undertaken by the department on priority basis.
Director apprised the meeting about the production status of various crops, seeds, physical and financial achievements and other important projects taken under RKVY.
The meeting was also informed about bringing more areas under irrigation and also use of high yielding varieties as per the standard seed replacement rate is on the priority list of the department. He also informed about the organic clusters and villages taken-up in all the districts of Kashmir Valley.
The projects undertaken by Horticulture Department J&K were also discussed in detail and the emphasis was laid upon covering more areas under high density planting and development of public sector nurseries, mother plants , seedlings, post harvest handling and marketing.
The projects and activities taken by allied departments like Sheep Husbandry, Floriculture, Forest Department, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Development and SKUAST-J and SKUAST-K were also discussed.
DC Budgam reviews preparations for Panchayat-level games
BUDGAM, JULY 21: DDC Budgam, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar today reviewed the status of various sports activities being organized at different places in the district under the age group of 25 years for boys & girls at a meeting held here today.
Among others, ADC Budgam, District Panchayat Officer, Block Development Officers and officers of concerned Department attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam said that it is important to channelize the energy of youth in right direction, for which the sports play a pivotal role. Sports not only inculcate the sense of responsibility, discipline among the youth but also keep them mentally as well as physically fit, therefore, it’s very important to engage the youth in the sports activities along with their education.
She informed that various sports competitions shall be conducted by District Youth Services & Sports Department in collaboration with Rural Development Department Budgam at the panchayat level to nurture the talent of rural youth. She called for identification of venues at the earliest with focus on involvement of both students as well as non-students. Around 280 Registered Youth Clubs in District can provide vital information in identification of talented youth aspiring to take part in these games.
She lauded the role of RDD in recently concluded ‘Back to Village’ programme & urged it to actively involve the Panchayat functionaries in the process of organizing the forthcoming games. She instructed for proper arrangements like transport, refreshment, drinking water etc for the participating players. Several other issues related to the forthcoming games were discussed and the DDC issued necessary instructions to the concerned.