Srinagar, Dec 06: Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani Thursday urged the travel trade and hoteliers to promote fair practices in the trade as it will help attract more travellers and build a positive image of the State.
The Director said this during an introductory and interactive meeting with the representatives of the travel and hospitality sector associations here at Directorate office.
All the heads and representatives of the Valley’s major travel and hotel associations attended the meeting.
He said the department would ensure fair practice in the trade for the memorable experience of the visitors.
Director Tourism said they are establishing a dedicated grievance cell with a toll-free number for registering any complaint.
He said the complaints after verification will be redressed on a fast track basis.
While laying stress on the eco-tourism, Director Tourism Kashmir said service providers should also take care of the fragile environment of the State while earning their livelihood to save the wealth of state’s natural resources for the posterity.
The travel and hotel bodies representatives spoke at length about various issues which tourism sector is facing. They also put forth their suggestions for the promotion of tourism in the winter season.
The director gave a patient hearing to the suggestions and the views from each representative. He assured his unflinching support to the stakeholders and desired that the department would work as a family to successfully market the State as one of the prime tourist destinations of the country.
On the occasion, the travel trade and hoteliers requested the Director Tourism to promote the State aggressively during the winter months.
They also suggested organizing road shows at various cities within and outside the country.
They also sought free movement of tourists on Srinagar-Jammu national highway as per their tour plans and raised issue of harassment meted out to the travellers at tourist places.
On the occasion, Director Tourism Kashmir urged them to submit their suggestions in writing with the department for the timely implementation of all their valuable suggestions, which would help in promoting tourism sector of the whole state.
Later, the Director Tourism Kashmir also convened meeting with the officers and the other employees of the department to take stock of infrastructure developments at various tourism destinations of the Kashmir division.
Deputy Director Kashmir Masrat Hashim, Deputy Director Publicity Riyaz Ahmad Shah, Deputy Director Recreation Mohammad Sarfaraz, Deputy Director M&W Abdul QayoomKirmani, SSP Enforcement Amarjit Singh besides assistant directors and other officers of the department attended the meeting.
KCSDS alleges delimitation Sangh Parivar’s agenda
Srinagar, June 14: Prominent civil society group, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Thursday alleged that “delimitation of assembly constituencies was the new agenda floated by Sangh Parivar and its drooling blind followers.”
In a statement issued here, KCSDS spokesperson warned government against any such misadventure as it is goaded on to act by them against all principles of justice in a democracy.
“Aggressive TV debates, columns, opinions and views have started appearing in print and social media providing the new government in effect to turn the numerical majority into a political minority in Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement issue here said.
“Imaginary grounds, bizarre justifications, outlandish claims are peddled to transplant brute majoritarianism in Kashmir to further politically disempower the Muslim majority.” “And yet the government intriguingly comes up with the allegation that it is Kashmiri political parties who are raking up the issue to deceive people.”
The KCSDS spokesperson said that the “delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seats will end the partisanship that favors Kashmir. “We want to tell this Government that every day new narratives are manufactured in New Delhi through TV debates and social and print media to dislodge, disempower and denigrate Kashmiris to obfuscate their struggle for their rights,” KCSDS spokesperson said, adding “We are not fond of manufacturing false narratives. We have truth on our side for which we are struggling. We are compelled to respond to the falsehoods being perpetrated every day. We want to live in just peace which could dawn only by restoring people’s rights and not by snatching then under one pretext or the other.”
World Blood Donor Day: Dulloo inaugurates mega blood donation camp at Srinagar
Srinagar, June 14: To commemorate the ‘World Blood Donor Day’, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo inaugurated a mega blood donation camp here F riday.
The camp was organized by Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society at Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMC, Srinagar.
The event was aimed to raise awareness of safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
While appreciating the organizers of the camp, Dulloo said that such initiatives help in saving thousands of lives when several people suffer due to lack of availability of blood.
He also appealed the youth to generously donate blood for saving the precious lives.
During the camp, students from Medical College, Islamia College and Amar Singh College Srinagar also donated the blood.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society is celebrating the Day as a month-long activity during which seminars, symposiums, poster competitions will be held across all the educational institutions to create awareness among the masses regarding voluntary blood donation.
PGRP program concludes
Srinagar, June 14:- 23rd Postgraduate Research Presentation (PGRP) programme, which was inaugurated by the Governor Satya Pal Malik on 12th June, concluded on Friday at SKIMS auditorium.
During the event outgoing, Post-doctoral, Doctoral and Postgraduate students of SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, GMC Srinagar presented research papers on varied topics. 114 research papers were presented this year and the best research papers from Medicine and allied, Surgery and allied were awarded.
On the occasion Ex-Medical Superintended SKIMS & Dean Dr. G J Qadri was present as Chief Guest.
Director SKIMS, Dr. Omar Javed Shah appreciated presence of G J Qadri and recalled his contributions to SKIMS. Dr. O.J Shah urged young doctors to strive for honesty and be dedicated to profession.
Dr. G J Qadri in his address said that PGRPP is a platform for young doctors to present their research work, which is essential to find better ways of treatment. Every medical institute should have three focus areas which include patient care, teaching and research, he added.