Srinagar, Sep 17: The Advisor to Governor B B Vyas Advisor today impressed upon the Nodal Officers of various Government Departments to ensure timely and outcome-based disposal of public grievances.
Reviewing the status of disposal of grievances at a meeting of the Nodal Officers at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell here today, Vyas said the people are approaching the Government with huge expectations and it is the responsibility of the administration at all levels to address their genuine grievances in a responsive and responsible manner with a sense of urgency.
Earlier, scores of delegations and individuals met the Advisor during his weekly public grievances hearing at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell here today and apprised him of their problems.
They sought intervention of the Advisor in ensuring early redressal of their grievances.
Deputations from different areas of the city including Batamaloo, HMT, Bemina, Bhagh-e-Mehtab, Hawal, Lal Bazaar projected various issues related to Housing and Urban Development sector like drainage, sewerage issues and also construction of parks and other civic facilities in their respective areas.
Advisor directed the officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Housing board and UEED to immediately redress the grievances being faced by the people and also ensure that they are provided with quality civic amenities. He directed the officers to undertake extensive on spot visits to these areas and provide the necessary feedback about the issues besides taking steps for their immediate redressal.
A delegation from Zanskar, Ladakh, highlighted various developmental needs of the area related to, rural development, health, PDD, R&B and irrigation and sought their redressal. Maintaining that development of remote areas is the priority of present administration, the Advisor assured them that all their genuine issues will be addressed in a time bound manner. He passed the necessary directions to the concerned departments to ensure their redressal to the satisfaction of the people living in these areas.
The Disaster Management Professionals working in different districts under the aegis of Disaster Management Authority sought their continuation and creation of posts.
A delegation of Ring Road land owners from Budgam sought compensation of their land at par with other districts.
A delegation of teacher aspirants raised the issue of giving separate weight age to the MED qualification in the selection of teacher posts advertised by SSB.
A deputation of Patwar association raised their service related issues with the Advisor and sought their early redressal. The Advisor assured them that all their genuine demands will be addressed.
A delegation IMPA Faculty also sought early redressal of their service issues.
The deputations of accounts assistants deputed from different corporations to various departments demanded absorption of their services in finance department.
A delegation of draftsmen working in PDD also sought redressal of their services issues.
A delegation of employees of Jammu and Kashmir state power Development Corporation raised several issues related to their corporation like posting of Chief Engineer generation and regularization of daily-wagers working there.
A delegation of newly appointed employees working in different departments called for scrapping of clauses 8,9,10 of SRO 202.
The deputation of dislocated families of I G road Haft Chinar called for undertaking necessary measures for their rehabilitation.
Several deputations of employees working on need basis in different wings of PDD, Animal Husbandry, and Municipal committees’ demanded release of their salaries.
Besides, the Advisor also met several deputations and individuals who raised various issues related to Power, Housing and Urban, Finance, and Relief. He passed directions to the concerned to ensure their time-bound redressal.
While interacting with the deputations, the Advisor assured them the necessary instructions already stand passed to the administration to ensure the prompt redressal of grievances of the people, so that they do not suffer for want of quality services and civic amenities.
MLC Vikram Randhawa also called on the Advisor.
FB’s #10 yr challenge: Netizens mock languishing govt projects in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 20: The #10year challenge–the latest rage on Facebook is triggering an unintended consequence in Kashmir.
It has thrown light on the abysmal pace of execution of key developmental projects.
In Kashmir, the government works are conceived and launched with much fanfare, but years, and in some cases decades, pass before they see the light of day.
The #10year challenge, new fad that has taken Facebook by storm and involves a person juxtaposing his or her decade-old photo with the current one, has seen Kashmiri people sharing photos of the incomplete government works here.
Netizens mostly share two similar photos of an incomplete pillar of the Jehangir Chowk-Ram Bagh (JCRB) flyover project, which was announced in 2009 and is still incomplete.
The project has missed multiple deadlines. To shut up the criticism they were receiving for the delay, the authorities opened up one way traffic on the first phase of the project, the overall completion of which is still a distant dream.
Announced in 2009, the construction on the flyover, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) at an estimated cost of Rs 359 crore, began in 2013, with September 2016 set as its first deadline. The then chief minister Omar Abdullah had laid the foundation of the flyover.
Apart from JCRB, the other major projects which were started years ago but are yet to be completed include: Boulevard widening project, construction of tunnel on the Mughal Road, and widening of an arterial passage in the capital city, Syed Meerak Shah-Zakura road.
Government had approved the Boulevard widening project in 2009 and had directed the concerned authorities to complete the project on fast-track basis. However, the project is yet to be completed.
The next project following suit is the construction of the tunnel on the Mughal Road.
Fourteen years since the Government of India approved its construction, the project is yet to see the light of the day. The project was approved in 2004, when the PDP shared power with Congress in the state. The proposal was for seven-kilometre long tunnel between Zaznar and Chathapani at 3,000 meters altitude on the 230-year-old Mughal road.
However, the work on the project is yet to be started as a result the road remains closed for nearly six months each year.
Similarly, in 2009 authorities started expansion of the Syed Meerak Shah Road from Dalgate to Zakura, primarily for facilitating smooth flow of vehicular movement through congested areas of old city Srinagar.
The widening project for the 10.33 kilometre road estimated at Rs 336.24 crore was aimed to serve as key surface link to old city Srinagar, Hazratbal shrine and the University of Kashmir. However, ten years have gone by but the project is still lingering.
257 militants killed in 2018 is highest in 4 years
New Delhi, Jan 20: Jammu and Kashmir witnessed the killing of 257 militants in 2018 – the highest in four years – by government forces, official figures show.
A total of 213 militants were killed in 2017, 150 in 2016 and 108 in 2015.
While 142 militants were eliminated in anti-militancy operations till August 31, the rest were killed in the remaining four months.
An official told IANS that August witnessed the killing of 25 militants – the highest in a single month in 2018.
Also, 105 militants were arrested and 11 surrendered in 2018. The number arrested in 2017 was 97, 79 in 2016 and 67 in 2015.
Government forces also secured surrendering a higher surrender of militants in 2018, which was almost six times more compared to 2017. Only two militants surrendered in 2017 against one in 2016. No militant surrendered in 2015.
The data further revealed that the number of violent incidents were also at a peak during 2018 – almost one-and-half times more than 279 incidents in 2017. A total of 223 violent incidents were registered in 2016 and 143 in 2015.
The security forces also seized 153 AK rifles in 2018 — a dip from 213 in 2017, data accessed by IANS revealed. The number was 178 in 2016 and 177 in 2015.
An official deployed in internal security in Jammu and Kashmir said AK-47 assault rifles were the preferred weapon of militants.
The official, who did not want to be named, said that over 300 militants, including foreigners, were still active in the Kashmir Valley, especially in south Kashmir, which is the epicentre of militancy for over three years now.
“And these militants have been continuously attempting to radicalize youngsters in the Valley to take up arms and to shed fear of getting killed,” said the official.
“Militants were known to monitor activities of youngsters on social media – Facebook and Twitter — who are inclined to militant activities and hardcore religious activities,” the official added.
Mehbooba among ‘strongest’ CMs of JK: Beg
Srinagar, Jan 20: Senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehboob Beg on Sunday hailed party president Mehbooba Mufti as one of the most consistent and strongest chief ministers of Jammu and Kashmir.
Beg, in a statement, said no matter if she is in the government or in the opposition she remained “steadfast”.
“Her politics and conviction finds basis in her ‘pro-people belief’, how she handled the Kathua rape case is a case in-point,” the statement said.
He said that the PDP president resisted the “sinister attempt to disturb and dislodge the tribal community and ensured no politics was played on this issue.”
Beg said: “Mehbooba’s stand was made crystal clear to the all-powerful central government as well, the Home Minister offered unconditional talks, the cases against protestors were withdrawn, the unilateral ceasefire was announced, how can we not appreciate her persisting with pro-people policies and made the BJP agree to matters that were politically inconvenient to them.”
“She took stands very well realizing that she did not have the numbers to dictate terms to the BJP, yet she persisted and since the BJP did not have the intentions to fulfill the terms agreed upon, they had to pull-out,” he said.
He claimed in the statement that the BJP had entered into this coalition by signing on dotted lines, the Agenda of Alliance was a carefully drafted ‘pro-people’ document.
Beg said “it appears that the BJP had no intention to fulfill what they had committed to do, one cannot do much about if somebody intends to cheat and deceive you.”
“We have had people waste historical opportunities. 1996 was a historic opportunity, the government of the day had overwhelming numbers, but did that government dare to take ‘pro-people’ stands? Let history be the judge on that,” he added.