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Samoon stresses on reducing state’s import dependency

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SRINAGAR, JULY 11: Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Asghar Hassan Samoon, today held a meeting to discuss various issues related to the functioning of the departments.
On the occasion, the Principal Secretary was informed that the department has started a process to address human resource related issues and in this regard all the vacant posts of veterinary doctors, para-vets and others would be referred to SSB and PSC for selection purposes.
While assuring to look into and to address the genuine demands of employees working in these departments, Samoon said departmental promotion committee (DPC) would also be held in near future to promote the deserving employees at an earliest.
Urging for the need to introduce latest technology in every sector, the Principal Secretary said introduction of latest techniques in sectors including sheep husbandry, animal husbandry and poultry would not only help in increasing the local production, but it would also increase the earnings of people affiliated with these sectors and address unemployment to a certain degree.
Stressing on the need for establishing fish colonies and fish villages across the State, Samoon informed that government is planning to set up two mega fish farms each in Jammu and Kashmir divisions. He added that the trout farming would be promoted in the mega fish farm in Kashmir while the farming of carp fish would be promoted in Jammu division’s mega fish farm. He also called for setting up fish retail and wholesale outlets across the state.
The meeting was informed that presently State is importing 4.5 crore one-day- old chics, along with their feed.
Samoon said with the departmental budget of 117 crore to be used in current fiscal, a roadmap needs to be drawn through which while using the budget judiciously State’s import dependency is also reduced to a large extent.
He said that the introduction of ‘hybrid cows’ would help in making State self-sufficient in terms of milk production.
The meeting was informed that the work is on for establishing of the veterinary university in the State. Besides, to address the employment issues of professionals, the Government would work on to bring two schemes Rehbar-e-Pahsu Palan and Rehaber-Mahigiri.
It was also revealed that Government is also mulling to establish wool industry in the state to promote local products and ensure maximum benefits to rearers.
To ensure that quality vaccines are procured, Samoon directed that before purchasing of vaccines for livestock a committee of doctors should be established which will decide about the procurement of medicines especially vaccines for livestock.
Deliberating about the need to enhance State’s mutton production, the meeting was informed that presently State is importing 290 lakh kgs of mutton, while as local production is 110 lakh kgs only.
The Principal Secretary stressed for taking adequate steps so that the local production is increased, saying the State has a good chance to do that as it is bestowed with excellent natural grazing facilities.
Highlighting the need to hold frequent awareness camps, Samoon explained through these camps the unemployed youth could be made aware with various options including sheep farming, fish farming, poultry farming and other allied sectors they could take up to earn their livelihood.
He added that people also need to be made aware regarding the benefits of centrally-sponsored schemes.


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KCSDS alleges delimitation Sangh Parivar’s agenda

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Srinagar, June 14: Prominent civil society group, Kashmir Center for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) on Thursday alleged that “delimitation of assembly constituencies was the new agenda floated by Sangh Parivar and its drooling blind followers.”
In a statement issued here, KCSDS spokesperson warned government against any such misadventure as it is goaded on to act by them against all principles of justice in a democracy.
“Aggressive TV debates, columns, opinions and views have started appearing in print and social media providing the new government in effect to turn the numerical majority into a political minority in Jammu and Kashmir,” a statement issue here said.
“Imaginary grounds, bizarre justifications, outlandish claims are peddled to transplant brute majoritarianism in Kashmir to further politically disempower the Muslim majority.” “And yet the government intriguingly comes up with the allegation that it is Kashmiri political parties who are raking up the issue to deceive people.”
The KCSDS spokesperson said that the “delimitation of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly seats will end the partisanship that favors Kashmir. “We want to tell this Government that every day new narratives are manufactured in New Delhi through TV debates and social and print media to dislodge, disempower and denigrate Kashmiris to obfuscate their struggle for their rights,” KCSDS spokesperson said, adding “We are not fond of manufacturing false narratives. We have truth on our side for which we are struggling. We are compelled to respond to the falsehoods being perpetrated every day. We want to live in just peace which could dawn only by restoring people’s rights and not by snatching then under one pretext or the other.”

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World Blood Donor Day: Dulloo inaugurates mega blood donation camp at Srinagar

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Srinagar, June 14: To commemorate the ‘World Blood Donor Day’, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department Atal Dulloo inaugurated a mega blood donation camp here F riday.
The camp was organized by Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society at Government Medical College, Srinagar in collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, GMC, Srinagar.
The event was aimed to raise awareness of safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.
While appreciating the organizers of the camp, Dulloo said that such initiatives help in saving thousands of lives when several people suffer due to lack of availability of blood.
He also appealed the youth to generously donate blood for saving the precious lives.
During the camp, students from Medical College, Islamia College and Amar Singh College Srinagar also donated the blood.
Pertinently, Jammu and Kashmir State AIDS Control Society is celebrating the Day as a month-long activity during which seminars, symposiums, poster competitions will be held across all the educational institutions to create awareness among the masses regarding voluntary blood donation.

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PGRP program concludes

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Srinagar, June 14:- 23rd Postgraduate Research Presentation (PGRP) programme, which was inaugurated by the Governor Satya Pal Malik on 12th June, concluded on Friday at SKIMS auditorium.
During the event outgoing, Post-doctoral, Doctoral and Postgraduate students of SKIMS Soura, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, GMC Srinagar presented research papers on varied topics. 114 research papers were presented this year and the best research papers from Medicine and allied, Surgery and allied were awarded.
On the occasion Ex-Medical Superintended SKIMS & Dean Dr. G J Qadri was present as Chief Guest.
Director SKIMS, Dr. Omar Javed Shah appreciated presence of G J Qadri and recalled his contributions to SKIMS. Dr. O.J Shah urged young doctors to strive for honesty and be dedicated to profession.
Dr. G J Qadri in his address said that PGRPP is a platform for young doctors to present their research work, which is essential to find better ways of treatment. Every medical institute should have three focus areas which include patient care, teaching and research, he added.

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