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Overhaul in middle-rung bureaucracy on cards

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Srinagar, July 9: In a bid to make state administration transparent and accountable, the government headed by Governor NN Vohra is likely to go for overhauling in the middle rung administration. Last week in a major reshuffle at higher level, several IAS and other senior officers were transferred by the government. Sources told Kashmir News Service that the state advisory council (SAC) headed by Governor N. N. Vohra want to make the state administration transparent and accountable at middle- rung also and is likely to go for a reshuffle in this regard. Sources said that on the directions of the Governor, authorities are also compiling a list of honest and upright officers who would be posted in the important postings. It is to mention here that the last week’s massive administrative shake-up was the first by Vohra since he took over the reins of governance in the state following imposition of governor’s rule. Sources in the Raj Bahawan said that the governor wants the radical changes in the functioning of the state’s overall administration “Transparency in the government is the top priority of the Governor. He (Governor) wants to ensure that the common masses have accessible, Transparent, accountable government,” one of the officials said. Sources said that Governor wants to place the right men at right places. “The idea behind the reshuffle is to make the middle- rung administration more efficient and responsive to the people so that concrete steps would be taken towards the development,” sources maintained. Sources said that there were complaints that several officials at the lower level do not serve the general public properly and because of which the public is suffering. Sources said that the Governor has directed all the administrative secretaries to provide transparent, effective and accountable governance to the people. “Governor is serious towards the accountability in the administration and is personally going through each and every biodata,” one of the senior officials of the government said on the condition of anonymity. Sources said that blue eyed officers who are working in the same department from so many years are also likely to be transferred. It is to mention here that soon after took over the charge of the state the Governor NN Vohra ordered transfer of seven top IAS officers.


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Swachh Bharat summer internship workshop kick-starts at ICSC Srinagar

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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.

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Advisor Sharma on whirlwind tour to Leh

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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.

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Three drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar: Police

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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.

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