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State produces 70 lakh litres milk daily: Principal Secy AH

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Jammu, Nov 10: Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Departments, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon Saturday informed that the State produces around 70 lakh litres of milk per day, out of which less than 5 percent is routed through organized sector, while the rest is marketed through unorganized sector.

The Principal Secretary said this at an awareness camp organized at Government Veterinary Hospital Domana during his tour to Akhnoor and Sunderbani areas.
The Principal Secretary was accompanied by Director Fisheries R.N Pandita, Director Animal Husbandry Jammu Sanjeev Kumar, Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu Victor Koul and other senior officers of the concerned department.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Samoon said that the State produces around 70 Lac litres of milk per day but less than 5 % of total milk produced is routed and marketed through organized sector (milk processing companies) and rest of the milk is marketed through unorganized sector which compromises its quality.
The camp was organized by Animal Husbandry Department to encourage the farmers especially related to dairy farms. He also distributed animal feed supplements and medicine kits among milk producers and also listened to their grievances and demands including selling of milk at proper rates.
He stressed on the need to formulate a policy for the benefit of the farmers especially for establishing cooperatives for them and providing them suitable space at main city areas for selling of their milk products.
Dr Samoon said that farmers need to develop and upgrade their farms to produce milk in sufficient quantity without compromising the quality. He said that sector can open job avenues for thousands of unemployed youth.
Dr. Samoon also paid a visit to the Sheep Husbandry Centre at Domana. He stressed on the need for making breeding policy for livestock. He directed concerned officers for better health facilities and vaccination for the livestock so that farmers related to this sector don’t face any kind of problem.
Later, he visited Ornamental Breeding Centre at Doomi and inspects the fish catching demastration. He said that there are ample avenues of employment in these sectors related to fish farming, animal and sheep husbandry and poultry farm sector.
He said that the people need to be made aware about departmental and welfare schemes launched by government so that farmers could avail maximum benefits from it.


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Train stakeholders to deal with any kind of disaster: Vyas

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Srinagar, Nov 13: A four-day State Level Consultation on Child Centered Emergency Preparedness for Response got underway Tuesday in Srinagar.

Organized by Jammu and Kashmir State Disaster Management Authority (JKSDMA) in collaboration with Divisional Disaster Management Authority Kashmir and UNICEF, the conference witnessed the participation of dozens of officials from the administration of various districts and the resource persons from UNICEF.

The consultation was formally inaugurated by the Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas, who was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The inaugural session was also attended by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah.

Besides, the conference was also attended by Director JKSDMA, Aamir Ali, Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr G.N Itoo, Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmad, Dr Muzaffar Ahmad from UNICEF, Xavier Thomas from UNICEF and other senior officials from administration and representatives from UNICEF.

Congratulating the UNICEF and the State organizers for organizing such type of conference, Advisor Vyas said that the Kashmir has witnessed many disasters in the past and there is a need to educate people about the disaster management.

“It should be our collective resolve that whatever we learn from this conference, we should implement it on ground level and should not be limited to the documentation,” Vyas said.

He said that during any disaster, it is women and children who bear the major brunt and it is our responsibility to create a platform where all the stake holders can work together for the betterment of society as a whole in the times of disaster.

Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir said that this conference is a great opportunity to learn how to manage disaster and directed the departments to implement in their respective departments what they learn from this conference.

While giving the detail about the conference, Director JKSDMA, Aamir Ali informed that the state Disaster management professionals with the help from MR Xavier Thomas of UNICEF have prepared a draft on rapid child-Centered risk analysis and it will be further refined during the group activities and we hope to come out with a detailed risk analysis which will be shared with the government.

He said, the plans that will be prepared as an outcome of the workshop will be followed up by the Disaster Management professionals with the line departments to institutionalize child centered disaster risk reduction in their regular programmes.

On the occasion Director School Education Kashmir, Dr G N Itoo informed the gathering the Education department has formulated the State Action Plan for the school safety and disaster management, in collaboration with JKSDMA. The aim of this plan, Itoo said, is to strengthen the institutional commitment to safe learning environment and to ensure skill development in students with regards to the disaster.

He further said, as part of disaster management, the Education Department has constituted School Safety Clubs in every High school and Higher Secondary Schools in Kashmir Division. We have also constituted Road Safety Clubs in all Higher Secondary Schools, he said adding many other programs with regards to disaster management are in pipeline. The program for the capacity building of the teachers in collaboration with JKSDMA will also be started in near future.

The first day of conference was divided in five sessions in which various officials and resource persons from UNICEF shared their knowledge and experiences with regards to what they have learnt about disaster management. The Panel Discussion and question answer session was also held in which the need for the child centered preparedness in Kashmir perspective was discussed threadbare.

The presentation on the risk profile of the State and how children are particularly vulnerable to shocks and stress was also given. The session on the process of development of appropriate risk-specific contingency plan was also held.

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Principal Secy Fin reviews status of court cases under Special Provisions Act

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Jammu, Nov13: Principal Secretary Finance, Navin K Choudhary Tuesday chaired a meeting to review the status of court cases under Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Special Provisions) Act-2010. The Act provides for regularization of employees appointed on Adhoc, contractual and consolidated basis.

Secretary Rural Development & Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Majid Bhat, Director General Accounts & Treasuries, M Y Pandith, Director General Finance (Codes), Mohammad Rafiq Andrabi, Additional Secretary, General Administration Department, Subash C Chhibber and other concerned officers were present at the meeting.

Navin Choudhary, who is also the Chairman of the Empowered Committee on regularization under Special Provisions Act, called for regular follow-up of the court cases to ensure speedy disposal.

He called for promptly responding to all litigations and ensuring that the prolonged pendency of such cases does not result in delaying the regularization of the deserving.

The meeting was informed that the prerequisites which are to be ensured as per the Act for regularization include; appointment against clear vacancy and post in a government department, the employee must be continuing to work without any break, employee must possess all requisite qualification and eligibility for the post on the date of his initial appointment on adhoc or contractual or consolidated basis as prescribed under the relevant recruitment rules governing the service of post and that no disciplinary or criminal proceedings should be pending against the appointee.

The Empowered Committee constituted by virtue of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Special provisions) Act has the mandate to scrutinize the cases of contractual, Adhoc and Consolidated employees and make appropriate recommendation for their regularization on case-to-case basis.

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Work on 417 PHE, 76 I&FC languishing projects to start soon: Farooq Shah

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Jammu, Nov 13: As many as 417 languishing PHE projects shall be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 683 crore, while as work on 76 languishing projects in Irrigation & Flood Control sector costing Rs 189 crore would also commence soon.

The information was given at a meeting chaired by the Secretary, Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation & Flood Control (I&FC) and Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR), Farooq Ahmad Shah convened to review the status of languishing projects.

The meeting was attended by the Chief Engineer, PHE, Jammu, Superintending Engineers, Director Finance besides other concerned.

Shah was informed that 223 projects of PHE would be completed by March 2019, while as 50 I&FC projects would also be completed during the same period.

On the occasion, the Secretary stressed upon officials to gear up their men and machinery and speed up work at grass root level so that people get clean drinking water and better irrigation facilities through these projects at an earliest.

Shah said that all the languishing projects should be strictly completed within the stipulated time frame. He also asked them to complete the fixed targets well in time and also stressed for judicious and transparency 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 in order to ensure timely completion of all the languishing projects.

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