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

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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 (jkahd.net) 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.


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NC-PDP responsible for culture of impunity, lack of accountability in Kashmir: Sajad 

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Srinagar, March 20: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Wednesday while expressing grief on the killing of Rizwan Pandith in police custody blamed lack of accountability patronized by two traditional parties to safeguard their own interests.

The killing of a school teacher in police custody is unacceptable in a democratic setup and must be condemned in strongest of terms. It is imperative for the Governor administration to conduct a fair and transparent inquiry into the reasons that led to this unfortunate incident and punish those involved. For people to be able to have belief in the system, justice must not only be done but seen to be done as well”, he said while condemning the killing.

Sajad said that the culture of impunity and lack of accountability started by two traditional political parties and their failure to hold erring police officers in the past accountable has led to normalization of excesses.

 

“The failure of NC & PDP to hold culprits to account is partly responsible for the death of Rizwan Asad Pandit. This culture of immunity and impunity has to end for people to have any trust in the system. The judicial inquiry ordered in this incident has to be time bound and reach its final conclusion because the way these two parties have used judicial probes to cool down tempers and buy time.”, he added.

Sajad said that NC’s opportunistic politics and the party’s insatiable thirst for power at any cost have been borne by the people of Kashmir over the past many decades.

“The election of 1987, which was rigged to impose NC on the people of Kashmir, was a collective murder that has spread over three bloody decades and cost us nearly one lakh innocent lives till now. It pushed the youth away from the mainstream and forced them to pick up the gun. NC’s thirst for power in 1987 & 1996 elections threw the State into the throes of turmoil and suffering”, he added.

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Death of Rizwan in custody is ‘State sponsored act of terror’: KCC&I prez

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Srinagar, March 20: Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad, President of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) Wednesday termed the death of Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora in police custody and the subsequent conduct of the State to be a ‘State sponsored act of terror’.

Sheikh Ashiq as per a statement issued to media said, “Under the garb of fighting terror, the State seems to have declared a war on the civilian population. Repeated provocations, brutalization and killings of unarmed civilian population suggests that decisions have been taken to push Kashmir Valley into a situation of chaos and anarchy. Security agencies have been given a free hand to commit atrocities of the worst kind without any accountability.”

“No effective action has been taken to punish the killers. The responsibility of the State to protect lives of its citizens stands violated. The State has so far chosen to look the other way and only announced a magisterial enquiry. Till the time the enquiry is completed, the killers would be free to roam and commit more atrocities in the society. The infructuous results of earlier enquiries evoke little hope of justice being provided to the victims,” he said.

 

Sheikh Ashiq Ahmad stated that the stakeholders of different political ideologies needed to not only condemn but also take responsibility for a joint response in this regard.

“Murder of unarmed civilians cannot be business as usual. The business community would be looking forward to a united effort from the society for ensuring that the course of justice is not impeded and guilty pay for shedding innocent blood,” he added.

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Police arrests thief at SKIMS Soura, stolen items recovered

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Srinagar, March 20: Police on Wednesday arrested a thief involved in theft of mobile phones at SKIMS Soura and recovered the stolen items from his possession.

The spokesman said that police station Soura had received multiple complaints regarding the theft of mobile phones in SKIMS Soura.

Accordingly, a case FIR No. 10/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered and investigation was set into motion.

 

During the course of investigation, a police team arrested a suspect based on human and technical inputs. The individual identified as Aijaz Ahamd Dar, son of Ghulam Mohammad Dar, a resident of Haigam Sopore, presently residing at Waheedpora Ganderbal, confessed his involvement in the theft cases. He further revealed that he used to target patients/attendants waiting in the queues for obtaining OPD tickets and other reports near the collection centers.

Police recovered 19 stolen mobiles phones from his possession and further investigation is going on.

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