Srinagar, Oct 8: Describing the lifting of an advisory which had dissuaded tourists from visiting Kashmir valley as “half-hearted initiative”, the National Conference on Tuesday asked how can holiday makers venture into the Valley, reeling under a communication blockade and breakdown of economic activity.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday directed lifting of an over two-month-old advisory which had asked tourists to leave the Valley due to “terror threat”.
The governor directed withdrawal of the advisory with effect from October 10.
The advisory was issued on August 2, days before the issuance of the presidential order revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, negating the Article 370 of the Constitution.
“How can tourists venture out to the Valley where they will remain cut off from their families and the rest of the world in absence of mobile telephony and internet — the basic modes of modern day communication?” asked an NC spokesperson in a statement.
He said the deprivation of telecommunication facilities has caused enormous difficulties to the Valley residents, who feel like having been pushed to the “stone age”.
“The closure of business establishments and breakdown of economic activity in Kashmir will come in the way of restoration of normalcy, as the people are feeling insecure,” he said.
“The sense of insecurity has hugely jeopardised the academics from primary to higher education level,” he added.
The spokesperson urged the state administration to “take earnest measures to instil a sense of confidence and security among people”, which could have encouraged parents to send their wards to educational institutions and those connected with trade and commerce resume their economic activities.
“Apart from providing some sort of respite to the locals, such initiatives would go a long way in restoration of tourism, the mainstay of people directly and indirectly,” he said.
The spokesman also lashed out at the PDP for its “uncalled for and mischievous observations” about the meeting of a Jammu delegation with party president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah, saying they cannot hoodwink public opinion.
Reacting to the NC leaders meeting with their detained party chief, some PDP leaders had reportedly insinuated that the meeting was a trap by the government.
“Apart from caring about the welfare of the Valley people as a whole and the detained leadership in general, the Jammu based National Conference leaders will remain with the people of Kashmir solidly and firmly,” he said.
He said the Jammu leadership has firmly expressed solidarity with the high command at this crucial juncture of history and will work to promote the party”s political philosophy of strengthening brotherhood, amity and inclusiveness.
Meanwhile, differences within the PDP camp over the issue of meeting their detained leader Mehbooba Mufti surfaced on Tuesday.
The party had announced on Sunday that a delegation would be visiting the detained party president, but they later deferred the visit without citing any reason.
Some PDP leaders in Jammu raised their objection over the proposed visit and said it is a trap by the government to portray that everything is normal and people are meeting Abdullah and Mehbooba.
“There will be nothing except a photo session when Farooq Abdullah waived hands during a visit by his party”s delegation from Jammu (on Sunday),” a PDP leader had said.
Three militants killed in Pulwama gunfight
Pulwama:Three militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. According to the Kashmir Zone Police, arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site.
Identities and affiliations of the militants are being ascertained and search in the area is underway. The encounter began in the outskirts of Pulwama today evening. The security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Pulwama following inputs about the presence of militants
Govt employees of J&K, Ladakh to get salaries as per 7th pay commission
The government employees of the new Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will get salaries and other benefits as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from October 31, officials said on Tuesday.
The Union Home Ministry has issued the necessary orders in this regard.
Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the proposal of payment of all 7th CPC allowances to the government employees of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, which shall come into existence from October 31.
The central government had on August 5 announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its bifurcation into two UTs.
FC Finance discusses budget proposals for J&K, Ladakh with Admin Secretaries
Srinagar, Oct 21: Financial Commissioner Finance Department, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today held extensive discussions with the Administrative Secretaries of various departments regarding budget proposals for the financial year 2020–2021 for Union Territory (UT) of Jammu & Kashmir and UT of Ladakh, which will take the formal shape on October 31.
The budget was discussed with around a dozen departments including Finance, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries, PDD, Horticulture, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Home, Health & Medical Education and other departments.
While chairing separate meetings with various departments, Dr Mehta was informed about the strategies conceived by these departments for the financial year 2020-2021 and the major projects that will be under taken by the concerned departments. Threadbare discussions were held on the functioning of these departments and their future requirements.
The Administrative Secretaries put forth the budget proposals along with their view points on the future action plans with regard to their targets and improving infrastructure for better delivery of services. They also briefed the Financial Commissioner about the status of various on-going projects in their respective departments.
Dr Mehta advised all the departments to ensure proper projection of their requirements and focus on outcomes.
Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education; Principal Secretary Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department; Principal Secretary Home; Commissioner Secretary PHE; Secretary Horticulture; Secretary PDD; Secretary State Water Regulatory Authority; Director Health Services (Kashmir); DG Prisons; DG Budget; Chairman J&K Bank; heads of various departments; officials of Finance department and other concerned attended the meetings.
Besides, various departments from Jammu attended the meeting through video conferencing.