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Rs 600 crore Swachh Bharat funds unspent this fiscal

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Srinagar, Oct 5: The state has failed to spend funds to the tune of Rs 600 crore under Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) this fiscal so far, sources said.

A government of India sponsored-scheme was launched by the Prime Minister (PM), Narinder Modi, on October 2, 2014, and it is to end on the same date in 2019.

In January this year, the data available on Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) dashboard reveals, around 2,02,238 individual household toilets were constructed in rural J&K  since 2014.

 

From 2015 to 2017, the state’s sanitation coverage has improved only to 40.97 per cent from 20.38 per cent in 2014.

Sources said that despite the huge sums made available by New Delhi, “around 2,000 schools across the state still don’t have the toilet facility”.

In addition, they said, “more than 3,000 government schools, primary as well as higher-secondary, are without proper drinking water facilities”.

It is not for the first time the state government’s sanitation department has failed to spend the funds.

Between October 2, 2014, and February 8, 2018, the state left Rs132.81 crore unspent.

The aim of the scheme is to accelerate the efforts to achieve universal sanitation coverage.

Under the scheme, individual household latrines are to be constructed for every household, while facilities of community sanitary complexes are to be provided in the rural areas.

Director Rural Sanitation, J&K, InduKanwalChib, said they have not compiled the utilisation certificate yet.

“I have no information about the issue. We are consolidating the utilization certificate,” she said.

Governor Satya Pal Malik has declared the state as Open Defecation Free.


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All laws in Kashmir should be at par with rest of India: Shiv Sena

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New Delhi, Apr 20: Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has said that all the laws in the State of Jammu and Kashmir should be at par with the rest of the country.
Coming down heavily on the Indian National Congress, the Shiv Sena chief said that Congress does not want to abolish Article 370.
“All laws in Kashmir should be at par with the rest of India. Congress does not want to abolish Article 370. Leaders like Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have said that if Article 370 is abolished there will be no one to respect the tricolor,” the Shiv Sen chief said while addressing a public rally in Aurangabad.
He also that Shiv Sena wanted a Prime Minister who could attack Pakistan and that is why Shiv Sena went into an alliance with the BJP.

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CB registers case: 129 fake appointments in health dept at B’pora

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Crime Branch Kashmir (CBK) has registered a case against various officers, officials for fraudulently making 129 appointments in three medical blocks of Bandipora.
According to CBK official handout, it received a communication from Directorate of Health Services Kashmir regarding 129 persons in Bandipora suspected of holding fictitious GPF numbers and with no record in District Fund Office Bandipora.
“During the course of inquiry by CBK, it came to fore that 129 employees of District Bandipora, 26 from Block Bandipora, 17 from Hajin and 86 from Block Gurez possess fictitious GPF A/C NOs, with allotted computer code 7501,” it stated, adding that the offices of Block Medical Officer Bandipora, Hajin and Gurez have reflected the fictitious GPF Code 7501 on the LPCs issued by them in favour of the fraudulently appointed employees.
The CBK further said that the appointment orders purportedly issued by Chief Medical Officer Baramulla were found fake and fictitious as the persons were appointed in fraudulent manner and then transferred to different Medical Blocks with their service books / LPCs prepared and dispatched.
“In this manner, a huge number of illegally and fraudulently appointed employees have been drawing salary deceitfully since long under a well-knit criminal conspiracy in league with concerned officers/officials. A huge loss has been caused to the state exchequer due to fraudulently appointed employees” the handout stated.

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Transparency in cross-LoC trade: Demands ignored by successive govts,says KCCI

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Srinagar, Apr 20: Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCC&I) on Saturday said that their demands aimed at bringing transparency in cross-LoC trade were ignored by the successive governments in the state.
“Over the years, no effective steps were taken to implement various suggestions given by stakeholders,” a spokesman of KCC&I said in a statement.
He said that the decision of installation of full body scanner was taken several years ago it was caught in procedural delays.
“Demands aimed at bringing transparency to the trade including installation of a full body scanner, close circuit television camera’s (CCTV’s), banking facility, communication infrastructure, re-verification of traders, regular rotation of officials posted at Trade Facilitation Centres etc have been ignored,” he said.
He said that in July 2018, the then Governor N N Vohra had issued deadlines for the implementation of the aforementioned measures but till date no action has been taken resulting in the suspension of the trade itself.
He also said that the allegation that businessman Zahoor Ahmed Wattali was the President of LOC Traders Association is also unsubstantiated as per our knowledge.
“This has allowed the alleged flow of narcotics, fake currency and weapons into the State. In view of the serious nature of the allegations, responsibility needs to be fixed for the glaring lapses,” he said.
He said that the order of suspension has been issued without taking into account the difficulties genuine traders would be facing.
“No opportunity has been given to settle accounts and traders have been left with huge stocks, many of them perishable, which would be of no use. In addition, thousands of persons connected with the trade have been rendered jobless and in debt,” he said.

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