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Principal Secy ASH reviews working of deptts: Anantnag declared as ‘trout distt of India’




Anantnag, Nov 01: Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department Thursday took a comprehensive review of the departmental activities during a meeting here at Dak Bungalow.

The meeting was attended by District Commissioner, Anantnag, Mohammad Younus Malik, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir Dr M.Y Chaproo, Director Fisheries R N Pandita and Dr Rana, MD Wool Board. The meeting was also attended by all Veterinary Assistant Surgeons, and other senior officers of Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department of South Kashmir (District Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam & Shopian).

The meeting was informed that all the Districts of south Kashmir have shown exemplary performance in Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries sector, with the result District Anantnag has been declared as trout district of India. A new scheme under blue revolution has been started during 2017-18 under which 30 units have been established in the district. The maximum number of artificial insemination was conducted in South Kashmir districts.


Samoon said that working of Vets/Officers shall be monitored on day today basis. He emphasized upon the officers and field functionaries to work with dedication and honestly to improve the productivity of livestock in the district so that better results of the various schemes can be achieved. He also directed the officers to involve more unemployed youth for setting up of income generating units under the animal, sheep sector to eradicate the problem  of unemployment.

DC Anantnag Mohammad Younus Malik said that youth are showing a keen interest in starting poultry, dairy and sheep/fish units and during 2017-18, 30 racing ponds were constructed for which funds were provided under MG-NAREGA. The milk production is more than 5 lac tonnes and over 175 lac Kgs of poultry meat is produced annually. The total animal population of Anantnag district has touched to 6.03 lacs which include cattle population of 2.10 lacs, buffalo population 0.046 lacs, equine population 0.167 lacs & poultry population 3.88 lacs. 258 poultry farms are registered in the district, which produce 27 lac poultry birds annually. Moreover, under SCA/STP 25 dairy units of single cow, 55 units of medium and large poultry units have been established during 2017-18 at Bakerwal Check Manzmo under sub tribal plan for which Rs 14.62 lacs were released out of which Rs.14.07 lacs were expended.

The DC also directed the relevant department to identify a further 100 beneficiaries during the current year for which district administration shall extend full support. He also sought intervention for  establishment of a livestock feed unit in Anantnag district, which was agreed by Principal Secretary who gave on spot directions for establishing the said unit on priority.

On the occasion Samoon released an Android Application “AHDK Digital Extension” developed by e-governance wing of Animal Husbandry Department in collaboration with NIELIT (Kashmir). The app, which is currently available on department’s website ( will soon be available on Google Playstore also. The app will provide latest and relevant information to farmers and other stakeholders about innovative livestock farming skills, different schemes of Animal Husbandry, Project reports, events, advisories and other notification etc in English and other regional languages. It will work both in online and offline mode.

Earlier Samoon distributed equipment to 11 Private Trout Unit Holders, he also distributed 60 blankets to Chopans’ and reiterated that Chopans’ play vital role in promoting Sheep Husbandry in the district.

Later Samoon visited District Veterinary Hospital Anantnag and distributed free mineral mixture and other medicines among 20 beneficiaries. Addressing the farmers, entrepreneurs and departmental staff Samoon emphasised the need to develop organised dairy farming and creation of cooperatives to ensure sustainable development of dairy industry in the region.

Samoon also visited Poultry Project Mattan which is the oldest poultry project in the region and provides Low Input Technology backyard poultry birds to farmers. He reiterated the need of optimal use and development of such assets.

The meeting was also attended by Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, Anantnag, Deputy Director Fisheries, Anantnag, District Animal Husbandry & Sheep Husbandry Officers of Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian and other senior officers & Veterinary/Sheep & Fisheries officers of the South Kashmir.



Valley prepares for snow

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Srinagar, Jan 18: With the MeT department’s weather advisory predicting moderate to heavy snowfall from January 19 to 23,The Kashmir Monitor spoke with various people at Lal Chowk to find out how Valley is gearing up for the tough week ahead.

 “I have stockedup grocery items for a week in my home,”  Pedestrian, Basharat Jabeen


Keeping in mind, the work would be slow in next few days, I decided to give off to our employees. For home, I have brought extra groceries and necessary food items for children.   Owner, Caliph Restaurant, Mushtaq Ahmad

Apart from grocery items, I brought extra coal and fire wood for heating purposes–Alluchi Bagh resident, Fazal Ahmad


Have covered water pipes and hoses with the wool insulations and plastic to ensure running supply of warm/cold water pedestrian.Besides, I have also purchased extra battery for inverteras there is no guarantee of power supply during snowfall.Aquib from Mazhama


I purchased extra cooking gas cylinder as an alternative, incase of power supply is not restored immediately. Besides, have also purchased some cough syrups and antibiotics.  Rasiq Manzoor, Sonwar resident



Brought groceries for a week– Saliq Parvaiz Rangreth resident


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Govt keen to tap Ladakh’s immense tourism potential: CS



Leh, Jan 18: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subramanyam Friday said that Leh district of frontier Ladakh region possesses immense tourism potential and the Governor’s administration is keen to upgrade its tourism-related infrastructure to attract increased tourist footfall to the region.

The CS made these remarks at a meeting with Executive Councillors of LAHDC, Leh headed by Chairman and CEC, JamyangTseringNamgyal here.

Expressing happiness over the increasing trend of tourist inflow to Leh, touching around 3 lakh mark last season with 50,000 foreigners, the Chief Secretary stressed on LAHDC Leh to work out a master plan for guiding tourism sector towards inclusive and sustainable development of the district.


On the occasion, CEC Namgyal thanked Chief Secretary for his intervention in fulfilling long pending demands of Leh district including sanctioning of Cluster University for Ladakh, Khaltse Degree College, filling up of 33 posts of Medical Officers and up-gradation of SNM Hospital from 150 to 300 bed  capacity.

A charter of demand and issues were taken up with Chief Secretary by CEC, Deputy Chairman and Executive Councillors, like inclusion of villages along ALC bordering China in Changthang region under reservation policy for recruitment to various posts, grant of 10% SDA in favour of State Government Employees serving in Leh for which the State Government has in principle agreed.

Besides, special consideration for regularization of casual labours of PWD Circle Leh and PDC Leh in view of the peculiar working condition in the District, inclusion of left out villages in BADP schemes, creation of posts  in LREDA.

They further sought creation of separate Hydraulic PWD Circle, Leh and three more Hydraulic Special Sub Divisions, creation of 124 posts of Bhoti  and Arabic  teachers, up-gradation of PHCs of Nyoma and Khaltse  to SDH, creation of posts for Nubra Development Authority,  PRC signing authority for Khaltsi and Liker Sub Divisions, financial support for organic project of Leh district and release of funds from higher education to EJM College Leh, establishment of Ice Hockey Academy at Leh.

Responding to the demands, the Chief Secretary assured to give due consideration to all the projected demands.

Principal Secretary, Planning & Development RohitKansal, Deputy Chairman Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, PhuntsogStanzin, Executive Councilor for Health TseringSandup and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh AvnyLavasa were also present in the meeting.


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Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders



Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.

In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.

Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.


While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.

Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.

Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.

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