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Robust mechanism in place for time bound redressal of grievances: Adv Sharma






Srinagar, June 13: Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma Thursday said that a robust mechanism has been put in place to ensure time bound redressal of the grievances being projected by the people and maintaining that majority of them have been redressed within the shortest possible time.

The Advisor was interacting with several deputations from across the State that had come for projecting their grievances during the public redressal camp in Srinagar.

Around 30 delegations and 20 individuals met the Advisor and sought early redressal of their issues and grievances.


Chief Engineers of PHE, PDD and R&B, Commissioner SMC, Director Urban Local Bodies and senior officers of different departments were present.

A Deputation of welfare committee Iqra colony Bemina demanded speeding up of developmental activities in their colony by Srinagar Development Authority.

A delegation of JKPCC employees sought redressal of the service issues.

Another delegation of Qamarwari demanded completion of construction of bund near Cement Bridge in old city.

A delegation of Gantmulla Bandaypayeen, Baramulla sought immediate redressal of issues related to water, roads and electricity. The delegation also urged for the early completion of PMGSY works in their areas.

Fakir Gujri Developmental Forum raised several developmental issues of their areas and sought augmentation of PDD, PHE, and road infrastructure in their area.

A delegation of Assistant Professors of Higher Education Department sought release of an additional increment in view of attaining higher qualification.

A delegation of State Joint Action Committee of Graduate Engineers demanded assured career progression scheme for them.

A deputation of landscape architects demanded absorption in government services. 

A delegation of Welfare Committee Mominabad Batmallo demanded construction of drainage in the area.

Contractor Association Ganderbal sought release of pending payment of the year 2014.

Chattergul Kangan deputation demanded construction of road under PMGSY scheme.

A delegation of goods transport association demanded macadamization and other facilities of Parimpora transport Nagar.

JK Cement Employees Association raised the issue of pending salary, 7th pay commission arrears and also other service related issues. 

JK Electrical Association/Civil Contractor Association demanded the release of their pending dues at an earliest.

Several other deputations from various areas of the Valley also called on the Advisor and apprised him with the issues and the problems faced by them.

The Advisor after giving a patient hearing assured deputation that all their genuine demands would looked into and the concerned officers would be directed to address the projected grievances at an earliest.

Later the Advisor convened a review meeting of various projects being undertaken by the departments of PHE, PDD, Irrigation and Flood Control, Housing and Urban development sector.

The Advisor while reviewing the status of various developmental projects directed for timely completion of the undergoing projects. He said that the departments should coordinate their efforts for ensuring that the works undertaken are completed within stipulated timeframe.

The Advisor also directed for holding regular reviews meetings in order to remove the bottlenecks, if any, and also get the requisite feedback about the status of implementation of these works on ground.

The meeting was attended by Chief Engineers of the respective departments, Director Urban Local Bodies, Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation and other concerned.



Akhtar expresses dismay over lack of dev in B’pora




Srinagar, Jun 17: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar toured various far-flung areas of north Kashmir’s Bandipora in order to get the first-hand appraisal of the grievances being faced by the people in these remote hamlets of the constituency.

Akhtar visited Chandaji area where recently two young were killed due to the windstorm. Expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, he questioned the delay being done by the government in disbursement of ex-gratia in favour of the next kin of the victims.

Also, while meeting several peoples’ delegations in the area,


Akhtar was appraised about the lack of proper road connectivity and how in spite of the approved scheme under PMGSY, no work on the project has been started yet.

Akhtar also spoke to the concerned Chief Engineer over the issue who assured him that the work on the road will begin soon.

The PDP leader, meanwhile, urged the government to ensure that present development season is not lost and take into consideration the hardships being faced by the inhabitants of the area as they have to walk through 7 km long tough terrains to reach the main road.

Akhtar also expressed concern over the non- implementation of the SAUBHAGYA scheme, stating that till date only half of the hamlet has been covered under the said scheme, thus contradicting claim of the Prime Minister that every single hamlet has been electrified. He urged the government to address the issue on priority so that people aren’t made to face further problems on this front.

Akhtar also highlighted the issue pertaining to the lack mobile telephony services in the area. He said that as Gurez and Bandipora are already connected, it is the only place where there is no mobile connectivity. The PDP leader said that it will need just one mobile tower to bring the area on the communication map.

Further, Akhtar also visited several other areas where the recent hailstorm had wrecked havoc. He has urged the government to compensate the victims on priority at an earliest.

The former minister also expressed dismay over the dismal pace of work on main Bandipora road from Ajas to Sonarwani being executed under CRF. He said that keeping in view the snail’s pace of work, it doesn’t look like that it will be completed in December this year which is the target completion date of the road project.

He also questioned government’s non- serious approach as the work on Athwadu Sonarwani road project is yet to begin, adding peoples woes to a large extent.

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CB arrests man impersonating as official from CS’s office




Srinagar, June 17: The crime branch of Jammu on Monday arrested a man from Talab Tillo Jammu for impersonating as an official of Chief Secretary’s office. The fraudster according to the statement issued here, has duped several senior officers of various departments.

The person identified as Ashwani Bhardwaj, son of Shiv Kumar Bhardwaj, a resident of JMC 39, House No 223, Mohalla Jhullka, Darbar Garh Jammu, have ho duped and cheated numerous senior officers of various departments by fraudulent means.

The fraudulent activities of accused Ashwani Bhardwaj came to light after Director Tourism, Kashmir filed a complaint against a person who claimed to be an officer of a personal section of Chief Secretary’s office and asked him to direct the Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to contact on his mobile No 9797578686.


The fraudster was contacted by AAssistant Director Tourism Leh, and he asked Assistant Director Tourism, Leh to deposited Rs 10,000 in A/c No. 36341661376 of SBI on the plea that some of his relatives are presently stuck in Leh and are in severe need of money and have no source of means there.

Subsequently the Assistant Director of Tourism, Leh transferred an amount of Rs 10,000 in the given account. Later on, during the enquiry, it came to fore that there is no such official in the personal section of Chief Secretary etc.

On receipt of this complaint, Crime Branch begun an enquiry based on preliminary information and it was found that the said accused has duped several other senior officers of J&K by impersonation and fraudulent means and cheated them worth lakhs of rupees. Accordingly, a case FIR No 34/2019 U/s 170,420 RPC was registered in Crime Branch Jammu and the investigation was entrusted to SI Hilal Azhar of CBJ. The accused Ashwani Bhardwaj was arrested by a special team led by SI Hilal Azhar after hectic efforts under the supervision of SP Crime Mushtaq Choudhary. The accused is presently on police remand and involvement in other cases is being investigated.

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Mir condemns killing of police officer




Srinagar, Jun 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister Ghulam Hassan Mir on Monday condemned the killing of a police officer who was injured during a militant attack in Anantnag district and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.

Station House officer (SHO) of Saddar Police Station Anantnag, Arshid Khan had sustained injuries in a militant attack on Wednesday evening and was rushed to SKIMS Soura for treatment. The injured police officer was taken to AIIMS New Delhi for specialized treatment but he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday evening.

Mir expressed solidarity with the bereaved and prayed for their courage to bear the loss.


He also termed his killing as unfortunate and said “such killings won’t serve anyone’s cause.” How long the blood of Kashmiris will continue to flow in the Valley, he asked

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