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Secy PHE takes stock of drinking water supply position

Calls for strengthening Grievances Redress Mechanism

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SRINAGAR, JULY 05: Secretary PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Farooq Ahmad Shah, took a detailed review of the drinking water supply position in the State at a meeting with the Chief Engineers of PHE and other concerned officers.
The Secretary PHE also took a detailed review of the status of various water supply schemes under execution in the State.
While stressing on ensuring regular potable water supply, the Secretary PHE at the same time called for maintaining the quality of the drinking water as per the set standards. “We have to ensure that every household gets adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic basic needs on a sustainable basis,” he told the officers present at the meeting.
Mr Shah said safe drinking water is to be readily and conveniently accessible at all times and in all situations as it is a basic need. He said in case of shortfall in piped drinking waterin any area, the tanker service should be immediately pressed into service so that the people are not put to any inconvenience. He said the Department should synergize its efforts to ensure that the people don’t face any problems for want of drinking water.
He said the leakages of the supply pipes, which are also contributing to the water loss, have to be plugged immediately and no laxity can be tolerated on this count. “The Department would reactivate the Helpline numbers both at the divisional and the district level so that the people, having any complaint with regard to drinking water supply can immediately bring it into the notice of the concerned,” he said and added that the concerned officers shall have to redress such complaints in a time-bound manner.
Shah also called for strengthening the grievances redress mechanism in the Department. He also directed for constituting special teams for keeping a check on potablewater distribution so as to fix responsibilities of the field staff for any kind of negligence.
Shah directed the concerned PHE division heads to ensure proper upkeep of equipment at all water installations including filtration plants to avoid breakdown of supply. He also asked the department to take up repairs and replacement of worn out pipes where ever necessary.
The Secretary warned that any dereliction of duty or laxity on part of the concerned officers will be viewed seriously and will invite strong action against the officer/official concerned.
He also called for conservation of natural sources of water including springs and streams.
The Chief Engineer PHE Kashmir who was present at the meeting and Chief Engineer PHE Jammu, who attended the meeting through video-conferencing gave a detailed presentation to the Secretary about the status of the drinking water supply in both the divisions and progress of various water supply schemes.


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Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi

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Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.

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Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam

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Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.

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DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS

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Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.

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