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Secretary RDD cautions officers to avoid cost escalation of ongoing project

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Leh, Jul 7: Secretary, Rural Development Department and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda on Sunday took stock of various issues and work status at a marathon meeting in Leh.

The DC/Chief Executive Officer, LAHDC, Leh Avny Lavasa, Director RDD, Kashmir Qazi Sarwar, Under Secretary, RDD, Rakesh Badiyal and all concerned officers and officials attended the meeting.

Nanda reviewed several ongoing centrally sponsored schemes in the region, including, MGNREGA, PMAY-G, Swachh Bharat Mission and 14th Finance Commission and took a detail overview of physical andfinancial progress, status of implementation, uploading of data on Rurban soft, release of convergence funds, creation of economic activities in the cluster, status of incomplete works, status of timely payment of wages, position of billing of works executed, status of Geo tagging on different phases, status of action plan of Financial Year 2019-20 and status of submission of Utilization Certificates to obtain 2nd instalment of funds etc.

 

Nanda sought a plan proposal of Rs: 1.00 crore under Rural Connectivity scheme which shall be spent for connecting those villages or hamlets which are not so far linked with main road. She urged the officers to strictly verify the bank accounts of job card holders and ensure that the benefits are reached to the actual beneficiaries.

Taking serious note on spending extra money on toilets without approving the revised estimate, Secretary RDD cautioned Engineering Wing to avoid cost escalation on all type of projects. Seeing delay in completion of some projects, she asked DC Leh to set deadline for completion of these works.  Nanda desired to upload the completed works with photographs on Departmental website saying that such monitoring mechanism will ensure timely completion of works in a more transparent way. She further urged to carry out all the GoI schemes as per the guidelines and said that prompt progress of work and timely submission of UCs are essential to receive further funds. Moreover, Sheetal Nanda issued instruction to the engineering wings to devise estimation of projects mentioning the previous works in an incremental way so that it should indicate the actual status of projects.

Later, the Secretary RDD also took a meeting with the Implementing officers, BDOs, GRS, MPWs and VLWs about timely payment of wages.

RDD officials highlighted the Standard Operating Procedures of clearing the payments, maintenances of master sheets and role, recording of work progress, utilization of job cards, use of mobile monitoring system, holding of citizen information board, planning process during pre-execution, during execution and after execution, generation of person days etc.

The Secretary RDD cautioned the officers, GRS, MPW and VLWs to work hard in achieving the targets within the time frame by uploading the work status on website on regular bases and said that no one shall be spared for any kind of delay or lapses.


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DGP calls Armed Police as backbone of J&K Police

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Srinagar, July 23: Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, Dilbag Singh Tuesday said that Armed Police is the backbone of the J&K Police.

The DGP said this during his visit to Armed Police Headquarters (APHQ), Karan Nagar, Srinagar, where he was received by the ADGP (Armed) J&K S.J.M. Gillani and other officers of the Armed Police Headquarters.

The DGP in his address said that Armed Police is the backbone of the J&K Police with having highest number of personnel on its roll who are doing their duties at multiple places and are entrusted with multiple tasks.

 

Dilbag Singh complimented Armed Police for handling law & order, security and other multifarious jobs in the State and currently having huge deployment in Amarnath Yatra including the Mountain Rescue Teams (MRTs), and also praised the role of Armed Police in counter insurgency grid.

The DGP while complementing the role of MRTs in rescuing hundreds of the yatries said that Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisors of the Governor have hailed the role of these MRTs. Their role has been highlighted by the national media and Yatris, he added

The DGP also expressed his satisfaction for safe and smooth conduct of Yatra from both sides for which Armed Police is deployed along with district police of South Kashmir and Central Kashmir. The DGP also underlined the Armed Police for making significant contribution during the Panchayat, Urban Local Bodies and Parliamentary elections. During his address the DGP advised the officers to focus on skill development of the police personnel to further improve their efficiency. The DGP also impressed upon regular welfare measures for the officers/jawans.

While congratulating the Armed Police personnel SgCt. Nazir Ahmad and SgCt. Falil Singh for scaling the Mount Everest and also other personnel who have brought laurels to the Police by winning medals, the DGP impressed that more and more attention must be given to the Central Sports teams.

Earlier, on his arrival the DGP was given a ceremonial guard of honour. Thereafter DGP chaired a meeting which was attended by senior police officers and reviewed the functioning of the Armed Police wing. The meeting which was attended by ADGP CID, J&K Dr. B. Srinivas, ADGP (Armed) S.J.M. Gillani, ADGP Law & Order/Security Munir Ahmad Khan, IGP Armed Kashmir Vijay Kumar, IGP (Pers.) PHQ J.P. Singh and IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani.

ADGP (Armed) J&K S.J.M Gillani briefed the DGP regarding functioning and deployment of the different battalions of the Armed Police. He projected the requirements and plans with regard to the Armed battalions to which the DGP said that they would be sympathetically looked into. ADGP (Armed) J&K during his briefing highlighted that the training, welfare and equipment needs of the force will be taken care of. The ADGP also put forth certain requirements with regard to the body gears of the law and order personnel for their day to day duties.

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License to kill corrupt ‘ridiculous’: Geelani

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Srinagar July 23: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said that the license to kill corrupt people is a “ridiculous” option to weed out the menace.

In a press statement issued here, Geelani said that the ‘arrogance of power, whether individually or collectively, makes one to lose his wits and cross every moral, human, ethical, democratic and constitutional limits.’

He was commenting on the recent statement made by the governor where the latter had suggested militants that instead of killing SPOs and PSOs, they should kill corrupt politicians who have looted the State from so many decades.

 

 “License to kill corrupt people is a unique and ridiculous option to weed out this menace. This is unfortunate that a country, claiming to believe in ‘non-violence’ and proudly labeling itself world’s largest democracy, its official representatives openly encouraging violence only unmasks the real face of proud killers of Gandhi,” Geelani said.

“Although it is a fact that our political vultures/brokers have time and again mortgaged their conscience and honor for their petty personal perks and privileges, but if one goes down the lane in history, they have been encouraged to loot the national assets, in the form of vandalization, political arrogance, executive highhandedness and electrical malpractices,” he alleged.

He said that only and best way to check and root out corruption is to respect the sentiments of the people and ensure their basic and fundamental rights, “otherwise force and might help in thriving these social evils without any accountability.”

The Hurriyat (G) chairman strongly condemned the “venomous and immoral statement of Dogra progeny about 13 July martyrs and said that killer of lakhs of Muslims of Kashmir can’t have a better heir than his own grandson.”

Blaming noble souls, who sacrificed their lives to uphold their faith, Geelani said that it is nothing but outburst of that genetic hatred that his ancestors were proudly symbolic of.

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CB probe against Akhtar: Mehboob Beg distances himself from party statement

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Srinagar, July 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehboob Beg on Tuesday distanced himself from the recent statement sent from the party headquarters over the probe by Crime Branch against Naeem Akhtar.

Earlier, Beg was quoted in a statement issued by PDP, in which the party defended its senior leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar Andrabi, saying the probe initiated against him by the Crime Branch was baseless and motivated.

“I have no idea about the statement. I wasn’t even consulted before issuing this statement in press,” Beg however said while talking to media.

 

He added that he has also talked to party leaders in this regard and asked why a statement has been issued without taking him into the consideration

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