Srinagar, Feb 14: A memorial was inaugurated and floral tributes were paid on Friday to 40 CRPF troopers who were killed in a car bomb suicide attack a year ago in Pulwama’s Lethpora area.
Senior officials of all the wings of the security forces — including the Army, the J&K police and the CRPF — laid wreaths at the memorial to pay tributes to the deceased soldiers. The names of all the soldiers, their ranks and battalions were displayed on the occasion.
On the occasion, Special Director General of CRPF for J&K Zulfiquar Hasan said that justice has been done with 40 “brave men” who died in deadly suicide attack as all Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants involved in the act were killed and the outfit was decimated.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines of wreath laying ceremony at the newly constructed memorial, Zulfiquar said that entire force stands by with the families of “fallen heroes.”
“Today, on the occasion of first anniversary of Lethpora attack, we remember all the 40 martyrs and stand by with their families,” he said.
Asked whether justice was done, he said: “We killed all the Jaish men including top commanders of the outfit involved in the Lethpora attack. Today, the outfit stands decimated,” he said.
On February 14 last year, Jaish militant Adil Dar, rammed his explosive laden car into the CRPF convoy coming from Jammu.
Fourty CRPF men died in the attack while several others were injured.
The police, army and the CRPF launched a joint assault on the Jaish soon after the attack and a joint strategy was chalked out with a sole aim to wipe out Jaish.
As per official figures, 36 militants of Jaish were killed including all nine commanders of the outfit, who according to the security officials had hatched conspiracy and were involved in the Lethpora attack.
“Today, not just the Jaish, but all other militant outfits are at the back foot. We took Jaish head on soon after the Lethpora attack,” the special DGP said.
Asked about the relief and compensation provided to the families of slain CRPF men, the special DG said that the force has a structured system and the concerns of families of “martyrs” are being taken care of.
Laying wreaths at the memorial set up at the 185 battalion headquarters of CRPF at Lethpora, top officials and CRPF personnel vowed to face the challenge of militancy bravely as a professional force.
Meanwhile, Professor Umesh Gopinath Jadhav, who runs a NGO in Maharashtra was the special guest at the wreath-laying ceremony for collecting soil from the lawns of all the 40 fallen men of CRPF.
Jadhav said he travelled 61,000 kilometers across India to collect the soil from the lawns of all the 40 soldiers who lost their lives in the attack. “
The soil collected from the homes of all 40 brave hearts is with me and today I presented it to the Special Director General of CRPF and requested him to add the at the memorial constructed in the memory of brave men,” he said. “This is a little contribution which makes me feel proud today.” (With inputs from KNO)
Govt steps up efforts to roll out CRS, DILRMP in JK
Jammu Feb 18: Government intends to step up efforts for rolling out the Computerized Registration System (CRS) and its integration with the ongoing project Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP) in J&K.
The information was provided in a meeting held under chairmanship of Union Joint Secretary Land Records (LR) Department of Land Revenue Rural Development, Hukum Singh Meena Tuesday to review the progress of computerized registration system in J&K.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Revenue, Nazir Ahmad Baba, Additional Inspector General of Registration Jammu, Rashpal Singh; Regional Director Survey and Land Records, Dr Mushtaq Ahmad; Registrar of Jammu, Consultant JAK LARMA, Tarsem Chand, Scientists besides senior officials also attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited Organization has been appointed as Central Record Keeping Agency for computerized stamp duty administration system.
During the meeting, the Union Joint Secretary stressed upon organizing training programs for capacity building of Revenue staff.
In this regard, he asked the participants to take the upcoming training program as an opportunity to learn, update and familiarise themselves with modern techniques in the field.
Pertinently, from 24 to 26 February 2020 the registration department, in collaboration with Software Development Unit, Pune, is conducting a workshop for sensitization of registrars of Jammu division and same will be done in Kashmir division also.
Joint Secretary directed all officials to expedite work on construction of Registrar and Sub-Registrar offices besides undertaking necessary infrastructure repair and renovation works. He asked for updation of all facilities and record rooms, so that officials do not face any difficulty in the process of registration of documents.
He further asked the that the registration process shall be integrated and interconnected with revenue offices for automated mutation after rolling out computerized system of registration in JK with ongoing project Digital India Land Records Modernization Programme (DILRMP). He asked the officials to study the Registration Act carefully and familiarize themselves with its rules and regulations. He also asked them to scrutinize the documents thoroughly, so that there should be no mistake while conducting registrations.
80 unauthorised cuts made across NH: Govt
Jammu, Feb 18: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Tuesday was informed that 80 unauthorized cuts have been made across the National Highway creating vulnerable spots for accidents.
The information was provided during a meeting, the Advisor was chairing to review various road safety initiatives undertaken by the Road Safety Council across Jammu and Kashmir at Civil Secretariat.
The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon; Transport Commissioner, J&K, Pardeep Kumar; Commissioner JMC, Avny Lavasa; IGP Traffic, T Namgyal; SSP Jammu, Shridhar Patil; Additional Secretary, Road Safety Council, R.K Bhat, representatives of NHAI and other officials of the concerned department.
The Advisor was informed that more than 80 unauthorized cuts have been made across the National Highway creating vulnerable spots for accidents. Besides, 33 black spots and 60 approach roads along the Highway are accident prone and need to be addressed.
Advisor stressed upon the officials that prime objective of road safety measures should be reducing road fatalities besides taking care of traffic congestion on roads. He impressed upon the officials to devise an action plan for effective implementation of all road safety measures including interceptors, breathe analysers, speed cameras etc for proper traffic management.
Advisor Bhatnagar asked the officials to redesign roads in such a way that on connecting with the highways, they do not create conflict points. He also asked the officials to put up traffic signages on all roads especially hilly roads across J&K which are more vulnerable to accidents.
The Advisor further directed the officials that the traffic management at toll plazas should be improved so as to reduce the waiting time with proper lane management. He impressed upon the officials to enhance the law enforcement and traffic regulation at various choke points across Jammu city. He suggested that all stakeholders like market associations, transport unions etc be involved for managing traffic problems.
The Advisor directed the officials to monitor these enforcement activities every 15 days for effective management of traffic across the Jammu and Kashmir.
Over 62000 cases treated under Ayushman Bharat in J&K, Ladakh
Jammu, Feb 17: Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo today reviewed the implementation of Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (AB-PMJAY) in J&K.
It came up in the meeting that over 62000 patients were treated under AB-PMJAY across the union territory of J&K.
The meeting was attended by Bhupinder Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, State Health Agency, AB-PMJAY, J & K; Prof. AG Ahangar, Director SKIMS Srinagar; Dr. Sameer Mattoo, Director Health Services Kashmir; Dr. Renu Sharma, Director Health Services Jammu; Dr. Sunanda Raina, Principal GMC, Jammu; Prof. Parvaiz A. Shah, Principal GMC Srinagar and other officers of State Health Agency. The meeting was attended by all the Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents through Video Conferencing.
The FC, Health directed all CMOs to ensure that no entitled patient is missed out in any empanelled hospital across the Union Territory. He also directed the concerned to clear pendency with regard to first policy period term by or before February 29, 2020. He stressed that the main objective of the program is to achieve the vision of Universal Health Coverage. He urged them to play their role positively in meeting this goal.
The CEO appraised that over 62000 cases have been treated in the 158 empanelled hospitals across the Union Territory of J & K and Ladakh. He further informed the participants that National Health Authority has recently revised Health Benefit Packages (HBP) and the State Health Agency is shifting to HBP 2.0 from March 2020.
Highlighting the benefits of the revised Health Benefit Packages (HBPs), he said that 237 new packages have been introduced, while price increase of 270 packages is also an add-on benefit of this revised package. Besides introduction of stratified, add-on, follow-up procedures and separation of implants/high end consumables are also part of the new package.
Pertinently, AB-PMJAY was launched in December, 2018 here for making health services available at doorsteps of the people. The scheme guarantees provision of health insurance cover to the extent of ? 5.00 lakh to a family floater on cashless basis through an established network of 158 health care providers. There are 613648 AB-PMJAY Beneficiary Family Units across the Union Territories of J & K and Ladakh.