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Strong measures needed to prohibit conversion of agriculture land: Director Agri

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SRINAGAR, JUNE 22: Director Agriculture Kashmir Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi today highlighted the need for concerted efforts to prevent the conversion of agriculture land for non-agricultural practices.
The Director made these remarks at a meeting he convened here to discuss the agriculture scenario of the valley.
“Various laws and regulation are in place in the State, which prohibits or restrict conversion of Agriculture land for non-agriculture purposes, however, lack of coordination among the stakeholders including different Law enforcement agencies is needed to completely halt the ill practice,” he added.
He said if necessary steps are not taken to contain the menace it will have the devastating impact on generations to come.
“Unplanned constructions like raising of colonies, factories, brick kilns, shopping complexes and other commercial establishments is severely affecting agriculture sector of the state,” the Director said.
Andrabi highlighted the role of Agriculture department as an important stakeholder and directed the Chief Agriculture Officers, officers of the Law Enforcement Agency and other senior officers of the department to play their role with utmost commitment to check the conversion of Agriculture land.
He called upon the officers to ensure necessary steps to increase awareness among the farmers regarding the long-term impact of farmland conversion. He advised that for increasing production and productivity, the need of the hour is to achieve high-efficiency levels in the preservation, utilization of land and water resources, altogether prohibiting a conversion of productive agriculture lands for non-agriculture purposes.
The meeting was attended by Joint Director Agriculture Extension/ Inputs, Project Coordinator Mushroom, Deputy Director Law Enforcement, Deputy Director Agriculture Central, Plant Protection Officer Kashmir, Chief Agriculture Officers and other senior officers of the department.


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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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