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PMDP shocker: JK got Rs 275 Cr for health, failed to submit UCs, Rs 600 Cr stuck

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Srinagar, Jan 02: The J&K Government has failed to provide utilisation certificates of Rs 275 crore it received from the Government of India in 2016-17 to create and upgrade peripheral healthcare infrastructure in the state.

The delay has put a freeze on any further allocations out of the Rs 900-crore project that was approved in Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP) 2015 for augmenting health infrastructure in the state.

The matter came to fore in a review meeting chaired by Secretary Ministry of Home Affairs, Rajiv Gauba, at New Delhi on November 11.

 

Chief Secretary J&K, B B Vyas, along with other top officials from the state and centre attended the meeting.

In addition to not providing the utilisation certificates, the J&K government is yet to release its balance share of Rs 27.5 crore (10 percent) for that year, the meeting was told.

In most Government of India schemes implemented in J&K, the state is expected to provide only 10 percent of the cost, while the remaining 90 is funded by the Centre.

The state is also failed to provide Detailed Project Reports and gap analysis in respect of the balance works which are pending approval under PMDP- 2015.

While the State’s Health Ministry, day in and day out, come out with rosy statements, a look at their spending pattern, reveals, if nothing more, the administrative unwillingness even as ample money and resources are available to them.

Official documents revealing the recent figures show the state has only spent Rs 151 crores of the Rs 275 crore released by GoI with most of the project works in upgrading the peripheral health infrastructure undone.

Of the 114 works under the project, most included upgrading District, Sub-District Hospitals (SDHs), Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) across J&K.

However, the physical progress statuses against at least 105 of them either show “work yet to start”, “work started” or “work nearing completion”.

A few amongst the undone lot are: District Hospital of Kupwara (where only the columns of the to-be constructed IPD block have been raised), Trauma Hospital Bijbehara (where “brick work is under progress”), 50-bedded CHC at Hajin Bandipora (“work nearing completion”), SDH Bhaderwah (“Hospital blocks completed and made functional except two Operation Theatres”), SDH Magam (“work nearing completion”), Children Hospital Srinagar (“Structure raised, finishing in progress”).

The 900-crore PMDP project of upgrading health infrastructure in J&K is supposed to be completed by 2018-19. Going by the present pace, another delay of delays is inevitable.


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Jaish almost wiped out, no one willing to head it: Army

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Army on Wednesday claimed the government forces have “severely targeted” the militants for the last few months and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was “almost wiped out with no one willing to take over it”.

Addressing a press conference here, GOC 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon, who was accompanied by Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh, IGP Kashmir SP Pani, and IG CRPF Zulfikar Hassan, said that 69 militants have been killed and 12 of them arrested so far this year.

“Post Pulwama incident, 41 militants have been killed and out of them 25 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed, 13 of them were Pakistanis while 13 were A+ category,” Dhillon said.

 

The GOC 15 Corps claimed that they have targeted JeM leadership.

“The situation now is so that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the valley,” he said.

“Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM. The operations against the militants will continue with full vigour and we will not let militancy rise up,” he said, while appealing the local militants to surrender.

“Recruitment of local militants has gone down. In addition, those who surrender, we will take care of their security,” he said.

Dhillon also advised civilians not to rush to the encounter sites.

Asked about the bi-weekly restrictions on civilian traffic on the Highway, he replied, “This is just a temporary measure. There are now relaxations on the civilian traffic.”

On the occasion, the DGP said 272 militants were killed in the state during 2018 and a “large number was apprehended.”

He too claimed that the local recruitment in militant outfits had declined.

“2018 was generally a successful year. There has been less ‘law and order’ problem. We brought many youth (who had joined militancy) back to their homes,” the DGP claimed.

“Elections have been conducted peacefully in the state because of a well-planned security grid. Voter turnover at 13 percent in Anantnag district is not less. People voted despite threats, no one can be forced to vote,” he said.

Asked there were reports that 11 youth had gone missing in south Kashmir during the last one month, the IGP Kashmir said, “Few had gone missing but returned. They had gone missing for other reasons, not to join militancy.”

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Held Pak militant paraded before media

‘Chota Dujana was active in Srinagar for over a year’

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday presented a Pakistani militant Mohammad Waqar, alias Chota Dujana before the media, who, they claimed, was arrested from Pattan area in Baramulla on Monday.

During a press conference here, the militant was briefly allowed to respond to media.

“My name is Mohammad Waqar, resident of Miana Mohalla Punjab in Pakistan. I underwent a four-month militant training there,” he said.

 

 “I was told that Kashmiris are harassed, women are assaulted and Muslims are not allowed to offer prayers in Masjids. But I did not find any such thing here,” he replied when asked why had he picked up arms.

The militant was soon moved away.

SSP Baramulla, Abdul Wahid, said Waqar was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Toiba and had arrived in Kashmir in July 2017.

“He was operating in Srinagar for over a year now,” the officer said.

He added that the militant was travelling in a vehicle along with a Kashmiri when they were intercepted by the police near Mirgund, Pattan.

“They were chased and arrested near Chainabal Pattan,” he said.

The SSP said that as per their preliminary investigations, the militant was given shelter in old city as well as uptown areas of Srinagar.

“His plan was to resurrect militancy in Baramulla,” Wahid said.

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Malik sent to judicial custody till May 24

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New Delhi, Apr 24: A Delhi court Wednesday sent the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik, arrested in connection with the alleged funding case, to judicial custody till May 24.

The Tihar jail authorities have also moved an application seeking direction to produce Malik through video conferencing due to security concerns.

The family of Yasin Malik, said on Saturday, that the JKLF chief had fallen ill and was shifted to a Delhi hospital after he went on a hunger strike to protest against his “illegal” detention.

 

Earlier this month, Malik was brought to Delhi from Jammu and was later arrested by NIA in connection with an alleged case related to the funding of militant and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir. He was produced in a special court which remanded him in NIA’s custody till April 22.

Malik was shifted to Delhi’s Tihar Jail after NIA secured his production remand.  The JKLF chief was taken into preventive custody in February by the J&K police and lodged in Jammu’s Kot Balwal jail.

Malik organisation JKLF was banned last month by the Centre.

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