Srinagar, July 12: Bellying the tall claims of the successive regimes to take the education sector to new heights, more than 35 percent of educational institutions are deprived of LPG facility to cook Mid-Day meals for the students.
An official told a local news gathering agency that these schools are located in far off areas in J&K state mostly in high terrains. These 35 percent of schools constitute more than 60 percent of educational institutions established in cut off area of J&K state.
An official document accessed by the news agency has revealed that only 65 percent schools have availability of LPG facility for cooking Mid-Day meals (MDM) for school going children up to middle class. While as around 35 percent schools cook MDM by using fire wood to serve the meals to the students.
“Out of 23000 schools only 14500 schools use LPG as mode of fuel to provide meals under MDM scheme. 6100 schools use firewood for the same as government has not provided them the facility of LPG,” reads the official document. The document reads that most of these schools are established in remote and hilly areas of the J&K state.
An official told the agency that the issue was brought to the notice of higher ups in the department but no action was taken on ground. “Various meetings were convened and files were prepared but no changes were visible on ground,” the official told the news agency.
He said the issue came under discussion in the recently convened Project Approval Board (PAB) meeting by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and state representatives who attended the meeting had to cut a sorry figure for it.
“The officials were rebuked for their failure to provide LPG facilities to schools located in remote areas,” the official told the agency. The official said the department has also failed to complete the construction of kitchen cum stores under Mid-Day meals scheme in J&K state. Referring to the official document, he said funds were released for construction of around 12000 kitchen stores, out of which only 7000 have been completed so far.
“Around Rs 85 crore were released for the purpose out of which a major chunk has remained unutilised. MHRD has set a decline for department to complete the construction of kitchen sheds or surrender the funds,” the official told the agency.
Secretary school education department, Sarita Chauhan while acknowledging that some kitchen stores were awaiting construction told the news agency that the department will consolidate the details of these schools to ascertain the reason for delay. “We will see why the kitchen stores have not been constructed till date. Any issues hampering the construction will be removed,” she said.
Swachh Bharat summer internship workshop kick-starts at ICSC Srinagar
Srinagar, July 15: The week-long Swachh Bharat Summer Internship-2019 commenced Monday at the Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
The inaugural session was inaugurated by the Principal ICSC Srinagar, Professor (Dr) Sheikh Aijaz Bashir, who was the chief guest on the occasion.
In his inaugural address, Prof. Bashir stated that such type of awareness programmes help in educating the youth for the proper use and re-use of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable solid waste in society.
“Nothing would change unless we as a community don’t change our attitude towards Waste Management,” he said. He also stressed on segregation of waste at source.
Other speakers gave a detailed presentation on the conceptual framework of Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solid Waste Management on the occasion.
Advisor Sharma on whirlwind tour to Leh
Leh, July 14: Advisor to Governor, K K Sharma—who is on his four-day tour to Ladakh division on Sunday took stock of 45MW Alchi Hydel project besides meeting several delegations in Leh district.
The Advisor took detailed review of the power supply scenario of under this project. He inquired in detail about the capacity and feeding area of this project and urged to work for further improvement of the project efficiency.
During the inspection at the project site, the General Manager, NHPC has briefed to the Advisor in detail about the power network, saying that currently this project is generating 20 to 21 MW against the requirement of 15 MW peak load of the feeding area. He apprised the Advisor that around 10MW of power is being fed to the Grid during day time at present.
Later, Sharma also inspected the 220/66 KV GIS Station at Phyang and interacted with the engineers of Power Development Corporation and Power Development Department about the functioning of this power station and the working of transmission line. Advisor also enquired about the potentiality of future expansion plan under Alchi Hydel project.
The Chief Engineer, Generation/ M&RE Ladakh Wing, Ajaz Ahmad Dar briefed the Advisor that Nubra valley is all set to bring under the ambit of Alchi project and the tendering process of the work is under active progress.
The DC, Leh Avny Lavasa also briefed the Advisor that few power projects of the capacity upto 5MW are also coming up shortly through LREDA in Nubra valley and this will capably cater to the power need of the valley.
Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas has received the Advisor at Leh in the afternoon.
Later Member Parliament (MP) from Leh, Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also called on Advisor to Governor, K.K Sharma.
Namgyal discussed various issues pertaining to the Ladakh region of the State—urging Advisor Sharma to give patient hearing to the people and address their issues on priority.
The MP hailed government of Jammu and Kashmir for creating separate divisions of Ladakh region. He urged Advisor to focus on development on all fronts. He said that Ladakh has been neglected and remained backward, urged Advisor Sharma to shift focus on for its overall development.
He also sought that more posts should be created in Agriculture and other allied departments. He said that PDD should initiative augment infra and other developmental activities. He said that issues of Dah, Hanu, hydroelectricity power projects—run by JKSPDC, should be addressed on priority. The MP also raised issues of manpower in government-run departments at Khalsi and Drass tehsils.
Three drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar: Police
Srinagar, July 14: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar have arrested three drug peddlers at a checkpoint and recovered contraband substance from their possession.
Officers at a checkpoint established near Eidgah, arrested three drug peddlers. They have been shifted to Police Station Safakadal where they remain in custody. Contraband substance including 50 grams of charas and 01 gram of heroin has been seized by the officers.
Case FIR No. 106/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered and initiated investigations in the matter.
Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.
Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.