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Secy PHE reviews status of languishing projects

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Jammu, Dec 03: Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control and DMRRR, Farooq Ahmad Shah Monday directed for time-line completion of the languishing and new water supply and Irrigation projects in Poonch, Rajouri, and Reasi districts of Jammu Division.

The Secretary gave the direction at a high-level meeting convened to review the status of languishing, new water supply and Irrigation projects being executed in the three districts.

Shah was informed that in Poonch Rs 36.37 crore has been provided for 32 languishing projects of PHE, of which 13 will be completed by March 2019 and the remaining in next financial year. He was informed that 77 hand pumps are also functional in the district.

 

The meeting was informed that in Rajouri, 36 languishing projects of PHE have been approved at a cost of Rs 35.41 crore of which 20 will be completed by March 2019 and the remaining by next year.

Similarly, 13 irrigation projects have been approved at a cost of Rs.9.48 crore out of which 9 will be completed by March 2019 and remaining in next financial year.

Shah directed the engineers to complete and make functional all tube wells by end of this month in Rajouri district and prepare DPRs for new water supply scheme for Rajouri town to provide regular drinking water supply to the residents.

He was informed that in Reasi Rs 51.35 crore was approved for 28 languishing projects of PHE, of which 17   will be completed by March 2019 and remaining by next year. Likewise, 9 irrigation projects were approved for the district at a cost of Rs 9.02 crore of which 7   will be completed by March 2019 and remaining in next year.

He was   informed that out of 73 hand pumps 32 are functional in the district.

Meanwhile, the Secretary stressed upon officials to gear up men and machinery to provide clean drinking water and better irrigation facilities to the people through these projects at an earliest.

Shah directed to complete all the languishing projects   strictly within the stipulated time frame. He also asked them to meet the set targets well in time and ensure that transparency is maintained in the execution of the projects.

He emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the PHE and I&FC Departments to work with added zeal and zest.

“It is our responsibility to provide potable drinking water to every household especially in remote and hilly areas” he said and asked the officials to provide tanker supply to water stressed areas.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Engineer, PHE, Jammu, Ashok Gandotra, Chief Engineer I&FC Vinod Gupta Superintending Engineers, Executive Engineers and other officers of the allied departments.


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Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.

 

Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.

 

According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.

 

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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

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Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.

 

The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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