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Skyrocketing prices of essentials has put extra burden on people: NC

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Srinagar, May 15: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday asserted that the incumbent governor administration has abjectly failed to deliver on the daunting issues that the state is facing, saying that the skyrocketing prices of basic commodities has put extra burden on the shoulders of people.

While expressing dismay over the paucity of various essential amenities and the skyrocketing prices of house hold commodities, party’s north zone president Muhammad Akbar lone, central zone president Ali Muhammad Dar and south zone president Dr. Bashir Veeri in a joint statement said “People have been left to fend for themselves. There is no accountability on ground. The incumbent governor administration has miserably failed to curb black marketing and other price irregularities in the market. People are also aggravated due to the inadequate supply of electricity and water supply. The scarcity of essential including mutton and other Ramazaan specific items have dampened the festivities of Ramazaan,” they said.

Party’s Zonal presidents while censuring the administration for its ineptitude said, “Unfortunately the administration has left the people to fend for themselves. It was expected of the state administration to rise up to the demands of the people by ensuring them all basic and effective amenities. But the administration seems to have no compassion for people who continue to hanker for basic and effective amenities,” they said adding, “The implementation of NFSA has adversely affected lakhs of APL and BPL consumers in the state. The ambiguous categorization of consumer enrollment undertaken by the former BJP-PDP government has made it difficult for the people to run their households. During the holy month of Ramazaan, there is an exponential increase in the demand of basic necessities especially Sugar. It was expected of the incumbent governor administration to rise up to the occasion and increase quota of ration especially Sugar during the month of Ramazaan, but to our dismay nothing was done in that direction as well.”

 

They further added, “The ineptitude that has beset the administration is a gift of former BJP-PDP government. People are ambiguous as to where they should turn to for help. People have come to understand the slyness of PDP and the proxies of BJP in the state. The former BJP-PDP government has punched the stomachs of people and has been anti poor throughout its stint in power.”

While expressing dismay over the inefficiency of the administration in ensuring smooth movement of traffic on Srinagar –Jammu highway they said, “Even a sprinkle of rain detaches the valley with the rest of the country. The GOI and the incumbent administration with all their men and machinery have miserably failed to upkeep the small stretch of road connecting Jammu to Srinagar. It seems that the government has given up before the vagaries of weather. At a time when world has embarked on the mission of easier intercontinental connectivity, our people in this part of the world still hanker of basic edibles during intermittent highway blockages.”

Zonal presidents said that there was no headway on other road projects connecting Jammu to Srinagar since 2014. “The need of the hour was to upgrade Mughal road so that it could act as parallel link to Kashmir, but to our dismay nothing was done in this direction also. The incumbent governor administration and the former BJP-PDP government miserably failed to develop Mughal road as a viable alternative. The idea of having a tunnel on Mughal road was also brushed under the carpet,” they said.

“Due to frequent suspension of traffic on Jammu –Srinagar highway, vehicles had taken the route of Mughal road to reach Kashmir but there also the government has failed to ensure a steady movement of traffic. Government has established only one checking point on Mughal road, which obviously is not enough to deal with the scope of work. There also one sees a beeline of trucks and other light vehicles waiting for their turn to cross the check point,” they added.

They further added that the incumbent governor administration was slumbering and had shut its eyes and ears to the mounting woes of people in the wake of intermittent highway closures. “We take this opportunity and urge both GOI and the incumbent state administration to ensure steady vehicular movement on the sole highway connecting Srinagar to Jammu. It is expected of the government to upkeep the highways, and initiate time bound work on other routes connecting Kashmir to other parts of the country. The incumbent administration must established sufficient checking points on Mughal road in order to avoid unnecessary stranding of vehicles,” they said.


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Swachh Bharat summer internship workshop kick-starts at ICSC Srinagar

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Srinagar, July 15: The week-long Swachh Bharat Summer Internship-2019 commenced Monday at the Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

The inaugural session was inaugurated by the Principal ICSC Srinagar, Professor (Dr) Sheikh Aijaz Bashir, who was the chief guest on the occasion.

In his inaugural address, Prof. Bashir stated that such type of awareness programmes help in educating the youth for the proper use and re-use of bio-degradable and non-biodegradable solid waste in society.

 

“Nothing would change unless we as a community don’t change our attitude towards Waste Management,” he said. He also stressed on segregation of waste at source.

Other speakers gave a detailed presentation on the conceptual framework of Solid Waste Management and Sustainable Solid Waste Management on the occasion.

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Advisor Sharma on whirlwind tour to Leh

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Leh, July 14: Advisor to Governor, K K Sharma—who is on his four-day tour to Ladakh division on Sunday took stock of 45MW Alchi Hydel project besides meeting several delegations in Leh district.

The Advisor took detailed review of the power supply scenario of under this project.  He inquired in detail about the capacity and feeding area of this project and urged to work for further improvement of the project efficiency.

During the inspection at the project site, the General Manager, NHPC has briefed to the Advisor in detail about the power network, saying that currently this project is generating 20 to 21 MW against the requirement of 15 MW peak load of the feeding area. He apprised the Advisor that around 10MW of power is being fed to the Grid during day time at present.

 

Later, Sharma also inspected the 220/66 KV GIS Station at Phyang and interacted with the engineers of Power Development Corporation and Power Development Department about the functioning of this power station and the working of transmission line. Advisor also enquired about the potentiality of future expansion plan under Alchi Hydel project.

The Chief Engineer, Generation/ M&RE Ladakh Wing, Ajaz Ahmad Dar briefed the Advisor that Nubra valley is all set to bring under the ambit of Alchi project  and the tendering process of the work is under active progress.

The DC, Leh Avny Lavasa also briefed the Advisor that few power projects of the capacity upto 5MW are also coming up shortly through LREDA in Nubra valley and this will capably cater to the power need of the valley.

Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas has received the Advisor at Leh in the afternoon.

Later Member Parliament (MP) from Leh, Ladakh, Jamyang Tsering Namgyal also called on Advisor to Governor, K.K Sharma.

Namgyal discussed various issues pertaining to the Ladakh region of the State—urging Advisor Sharma to give patient hearing to the people and address their issues on priority.

The MP hailed government of Jammu and Kashmir for creating separate divisions of Ladakh region. He urged Advisor to focus on development on all fronts. He said that Ladakh has been neglected and remained backward, urged Advisor Sharma to shift focus on for its overall development.

He also sought that more posts should be created in Agriculture and other allied departments. He said that PDD should initiative augment infra and other developmental activities. He said that issues of Dah, Hanu, hydroelectricity power projects—run by JKSPDC, should be addressed on priority. The MP also raised issues of manpower in government-run departments at Khalsi and Drass tehsils.

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Three drug peddlers arrested in Srinagar: Police

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Srinagar, July 14: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar have arrested three drug peddlers at a checkpoint and recovered contraband substance from their possession.

Officers at a checkpoint established near Eidgah, arrested three drug peddlers. They have been shifted to Police Station Safakadal where they remain in custody.  Contraband substance including 50 grams of charas and 01 gram of heroin has been seized by the officers.

Case FIR No. 106/2019 under relevant sections of law has been registered and initiated investigations in the matter.

 

Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.

Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.

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