Jammu, Dec 02: To have an effective role in ensuring a healthy, hygienic and eco-friendly environment and to boost Sericulture activities in the municipal areas of the State, Sericulture Development Department is planning to launch an extensive Urban Mulberry plantation drive in the coming plantation season with free delivery of Improved Mulberry plants to the households at their doorsteps.
This was stated by Director Sericulture, Gulzar Ahmad here today while reviewing the mulberry plantation programme of Jammu Division. He said that the Department of Sericulture shall focus on the Urban mulberry plantation across the State, for which action plans have been formulated and anticipatory measures are afoot for successful launch in the twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar and all other major towns of the State to cover the vacant nazool, State lands, roadsides, Govt. Offices and the households. Institutional mulberry plantation in the urban areas shall form an important aspect of the drive.
Under 1st Phase the ensuing season as many as fifty thousand improved varieties of mulberry plants shall be planted in the municipal limits of cities and major towns with active support of concerned Municipal Corporations, Development Authorities, Municipalities and other departments. The planting of such improved varieties with high oxygen releasing capacity in urban areas will have multiple role in arresting pollution, conserving environment, beautifying the areas and the households as well. These plants shall prove green reservoirs with provision of foliage for silkworm rearing.
The Director Sericulture further elaborated that for successful launch of the programmes special teams are being constituted, who shall also ensure proper upkeep, maintenance and nourishment of the plants in coordination with concerned departments and agencies.
For facilitating the household owners who shall be provided highly improved mulberry plants free of cost by the Sericulture Department at their door step. Helpline Desks have been established at Directorate as well as Additional Directorate level offices in Jammu and Srinagar. The interested persons of Municipal areas in all the districts of the State can contact for advance booking and seeking other information on telephone numbers 0191-2542408, 546318 (J), 0194-2311171 (K), Mob: 9419518139.
These helpdesks can also be contacted by those who intend to venture into Silkworm Rearing activities for availing the facilities including highly subsidized silkworm seed, mulberry plant leaves/saplings, Rearing kits, disinfectants, technical knowhow and the marketing facilities.
The Sericulture Development Department is making all out efforts to reach out to the desired target groups for rejuvenating and expanding the silkworm rearing activities being highly profitable with least investments & quick returns, Gulzar Ahmad said, and added that the field functionaries have been geared up for identifying and exploring new potential areas for overall development of Sericulture in the State.
Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi
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.
Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam
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.
DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS
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.