Jammu, Nov 27: As part of the continuous efforts of the Governors Administration to keep available potable drinking water in sufficient quantity to the common people of Jammu City, the Secretary, Public Health Engineering (PHE) I&FC, Farooq Ahmad Shah, today inspected Boria intake VT pump station and 300 cusec Ravi Tawi Lift irrigation plant, Jammu to take stock of its functioning.
During the visit, the Secretary said that there will be no compromise in providing safe drinking water to the general public. He stressed upon all the concerned to work with dedication and make sure to provide safe drinking water to the people.
While inspecting the functioning of 300 cusec lift Irrigation plant, the Secretary was apprised that the station has 6 pumps with the capacity of 60 cusec each. Presently 5 pumps are functional and one pump remains on standby mode.
He directed for immediate cleaning of all the surroundings of lift Irrigation plant and proper maintenance of machinery particularly pumps of Boria intake VT pump station so that there will be no leakage and wastage of drinking water.
Besides taking a meeting with the senior officials of the PHE department, at PHE Division (South) Gandhinagar, the Secretary also had an interaction with the staff.
The Secretary was informed that the water treatment plant Boria and Narwal feeds potable drinking water to more than 2.50 lakh souls of surrounding areas i.e Batandi, Nowabad, Narwal, Sujma and Sainik colony and other areas of Jammu city.
Shah was apprised that Boria plant provides 36 lakh gallons and Narwal provides 70 lakh gallons of drinking water per day to the people. He was also informed that the capacity will be increased by another 20 lakh gallons of water upto March 2019 and it will be supplied to those areas which are facing shortage of drinking water facility.
He was informed that in Jammu district 53 languishing projects of PHE have been approved at a cost of Rs 100.56 crore of which 22 projects will be completed by March 2019 and remaining projects would be completed by next year.
Shah said that all the languishing projects should be strictly completed within the stipulated time frame. He also stressed for judicious and transparency in the execution of the projects.
He stressed upon the officials to carry out regular inspection of water tanks and asked them to perform their duties with full dedication. He said the government is duty bound to provide safe drinking water to the people and reaffirmed government’s resolve to eradicate water-borne diseases in the State. He also said it is our prime duty to protect water resources and keep them pollution free. He said that consumers should use the supplied water judiciously without any wastage. He said that safeguarding of water resources is important and this is the moral and personal responsibility of the people to conserve water.
On the occasion, the Secretary stressed upon officials to gear up their men and machinery and speed up work at grass root level so that people get clean drinking water facilities.
He emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the PHE Department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all the projects.
Chief Engineer PHE Jammu Ashok Gandotra, Executive Engineers and officers of PHE department accompanied the Secretary.
Omar seeks clarification from Mehbooba on fake PRC scam
Srinagar, Mar 25: National Conference Vice President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday sought clarifications from PDP President and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on fake permanent resident certificate (PRC), which was exposed by NC leader and a former PDP minister Basharat Bukhari, raids by NIA against separatists, implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and execution of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES).
Addressing an election rally in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, Omar hit out at PDP President and another former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and sought from her clarifications over fake Permanent Resident certificate recently (PRC) scam unraveled by a National Conference leader and former Revenue Minister Basharat Bukhari.
Omar asked if Mehbooba could not initiate action on fake PRC Sam then how come she would defend Article 370 and Article 35A.?
Omar said “Mehbooba can’t reply these questions”, adding tbat she bulldozed special status of the State by implementing the central food supplies scheme code named Mufti Mohammad Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES), and Goods and Services Tax which have choked the economy of poor people.
Launching a frontal attack on Mehbooba Mufti over misuse of National Investigative Agency (NIA) during PDP-BJP coalition rule in the state Omar said, “she while in power allowed NIA to raid the residences of separatists and arrest them under draconian laws’, adding that” as Chief Minister I used NIA for the release of Pak trained militants not for the raids at the residences of separatists and arresting them under stringent laws.”
Omar also hit out at Peoples Conference Chairman for sending a letter on government to Governor to head a BJP government and sabotage the takeover by Altaf Bukhari as Chief Minister of “PDP-Congress-NC” government in the state adding that “Sajad Lone now wants seats from Kashmir for BJP.”
“Sajjad Lone also sent the letter. Who were supporting him? He (Lone) had support of all the BJP MLAs. So it is very clear that voting Sajjad Lone will be voting for Modi. Who will here support BJP and Modi who are adamant to erode Article 370,” he said.
Omar said that the BJP has a clear policy to revoke Article 35-A, and destroy the special status and identity of Jammu and Kashmir. “Will you people support these BJP backed people?” Omar told the gathering.
Omar asked people to vote for the parliament member who will fight for the special status of J&K in parliament, for your rights, for your identity and for your development.
Omar went on saying that in north Kashmir, he sees only one candidate in the field and the candidate is the one who even at times makes “my blood pressure high”, and that candidate is Akbar Lone.
“Akbar Lone is honest at heart…He speaks what is in his heart… ladaku nahi hai, shararti nahi hai,” he said.
BJP to ECI: Disqualify Baramulla NC candidate for raising ‘pro-Pak slogans’
Jammu, Mar 25: The BJP Monday asked the Election Commission of India to stop Jammu and Kashmir Assembly’s former Speaker and National Conference candidate from Baramulla, Mohmmad Akbar Lone, from contesting the polls for allegedly raising “pro-Pakistan slogans” at one of his poll campaign rallies.
The state unit of the BJP raised the demand for cancellation of Lone’s candidature and sought registration of a criminal case against him on charges of sedition.
The party also sought an apology from NC chief Farooq Abdullah for the “anti-national” act of his party candidate.
Lone on Saturday allegedly raised pro-Pakistan slogans at a rally in Kupwara district and called Pakistan “his Muslim nation on the other side.” He also threatened to abuse anyone who abuses Pakistan.
“We condemn NC candidate for Baramulla parliamentary constituency Mohammad Akbar Lone for raising ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans during an election rally. We appeal to Election Commission of India (ECI) to cancel candidature of Lone and initiate action against him”, BJP General Secretary & Incharge Jammu-Poonch Lok Sabha constituency Yudhvir Sethi said.
Sethi said last year also Lone, the former NC MLA, had shouted ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans in the Legislative Assembly.
“We demand that he should be booked under charges of sedition and Farooq Abdullah should tender an apology and clear NC’s stand over it”, he said.
The BJP leader said both PDP and NC have blood of young Kashmiri boys on their hands.
Had these “tried, tested and failed” organisations concentrated on welfare of youth, Jammu and Kashmir would have been on the path of progress like any other state, he charged.
Condemning Lone’s statement, he said such leaders don’t let Kashmir progress and misguide youth.
Talking to reporters here, BJP state spokesperson on Kashmir Affairs, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo also appealed to the ECI to initiate action against Lone.
His slogans like “Pakistan Zindabad” are tantamount to violating the atmosphere of the state and are aimed at derailment of the whole election process, Chrungoo said.
“It is also a conspiracy to polarize the people of the state on communal lines. We condemn such slogans and anti-national stance taken by the NC candidate.
“His justifying the slogans is also adding insult to the injury. It is strange to note that a person who has remained the constitutional head of the legislature in the State Assembly and who has taken an oath on the Constitution of India will succumb to such a level,” Chrungoo added.
National Conference and PDP are competing with each other to make it sure that each of them is a “bigger secessionist”, he alleged.
It may be recalled that on February 10, 2018, Lone, had also raised pro-Pakistan slogans in the Assembly after BJP members condemned the neighbouring country over the terror attack on the Sunjwan Army camp.
While NC is silent this time, the party then had distanced itself from his slogans, which came even as the operation to flush out terrorists from the Sunjwan camp was underway.
Akbar Lone dares BJP, RSS to file FIR against him
Srinagar, Mar 25: A day after the state unit of the BJP filed an application for disqualification of National Conference leader Mohammed Akbar Lone as poll constant from Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency Akbar Lone hit back at BJP a king it file an FIR against him for shouting “Pro-Pakistan” slogans.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of an election rally at Tangmarg, Lone said, “He would defend article 370 and article 35-A in Parliament. “National Conference stands for resolution of Kashmir issue and we will strive hard for its resolution,” he said. (KNS)
Ensure basic amenities at polling stations: Div Com to DCs
Srinagar, Mar 25: The Divisional Commoner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners of the valley to ensure uninterrupted water, electricity, road network, transport arrangements and other basic amenities at polling stations of the Kashmir Division.
The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the arrangements for the upcoming Parliamentary elections-2019 across the valley.
All Deputy Commissioners briefed the Divisional Commissioner about the status of water supply, electricity, gensets, repairing of roads, transportation, toilets, ramps, wheel chairs, telecommunication service and other arrangements for ensuring hassle free elections at all polling stations in their respective districts.
The Divisional Commissioner asked them to make all necessary arrangements well in time with logistic support from all concerned departments for successful conduct of upcoming elections-2019 across Kashmir Division.
He urged upon the DCs to ensure all the arrangements for facilitating election staff and voters. Also send status report on daily basis regarding the progress of works on basic facilities in polling stations to the Divisional Commissioners office for necessary action, he added.
Khan asked all concerned officers to work with dedication and close coordination so that upcoming Lok Sabha elections-2019 will be held on hassle free manner.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir Tasaduq Hussain Mir, Chief Engineers of R&B, PDD, PHE, Commissioner SMC, Director Urban Local Bodies, SSP Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as IGP Kashmir Swayam Prakash Pani, all Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of the Kashmir Division participated in the meeting.