Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti friday directed the PHE Department to take due cognizance of the reports of drinking water shortage coming from various parts of the State and overcome the problem by early commissioning of water supply schemes.
Chairing a review meeting of drinking water and irrigation schemes in the State, the Chief Minister asked the concerned Department to work out the drinking water needs in areas of Aloochi Bagh, Nowgam, Panzinara, Pantha Chowk, Natipora, Batamaloo, Parimpora and other places in Srinagar and Janipur, Akhnoor, Talab Tilloo, Paloura, Parade, Roop Nagar, Exhibition grounds etc in Jammu and other rural areas in the State from where the demands generally come.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Shyam Choudhary was present in the meeting.
Terming the tanker service as a temporary solution to the problem, Mehbooba Mufti directed pacing up of hand pump installation in these water scarce areas which will give relief to people by a considerable measure. She also directed closure of under execution schemes at the earliest so that the drinking water demand of these areas is addressed on a long term basis.
The Chief Minister reviewed the completion status of some ambitious water supply projects in the State like Tangnar Water Supply Scheme, Greater Jammu Water Supply Scheme and Water Supply Schemes of Greater Baramulla, Leh, Bamzoo, Kehribal and other important schemes and sought the prioritised completion of these schemes. She directed upgradation of filtration plants of the existing schemes in a phased manner in view of their age and efficiency. Besides, she also directed cleaning of discharge sources and timely testing of water samples for quality assurance. She also directed dove tailing water supply distribution to schools with Swach Bharat campaign for more funding.
Mehbooba Mufti also reviewed the status of many major irrigation schemes like Ravi canal, Rajpora canal, Parka Chak canal in Kargil, Lar Canal besides other projects like Chenab protection works, Tawi barrage, Tulbul project, inland waterway in Jhelum and other schemes. Besides, she also reviewed the status of irrigation projects under PMKSY. She also directed clearing of all encroachments in irrigation canals.
The Chief Minister was informed that a monitoring mechanism for working out and arresting distribution losses is being developed by the Department besides pooling all major schemes in the two cities for equal water distribution across.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the pace of dredging on river Jhelum and Flood Spill Channel. She directed completion of the works at the earliest.
Mehbooba Mufti was informed that more than 50 % of dredging has been completed on Jhelum river and the dry earth cutting on the Flood Spill Channel has also been achieved progressively. 2.50 kilometre long bunds have been constructed on the channel besides plugging other breaches, she was informed.
Chief Secretary, B. B. Vyas; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Secretary, PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Saurabh Bhagat; senior officers; Chief Engineers of several wings and other officers were also present in the meeting.
Coming up of new parties, alliances dangerous for Kashmir: Experts
Srinagar, Jun 19: The coming up of new political parties and alliances ahead of assembly polls can be dangerous for Kashmir as it will lead to the fractured mandate, thereby favouring BJP, experts claim.
On Tuesday former bureaucrat Shah Faesal and independent legislator from Langate Er Abdul Rasheed announced “Peoples United Front” for upcoming assembly polls.
Political pundits, however, believe that the fractured mandate led by such alliances in the upcoming assembly polls was aimed to divide Kashmiris.
“It is a very dangerous approach and Kashmiris should not allow the fractured mandate. Those who care about Kashmir should support one party of unit instead of paving way for fractured mandate due to these alliances,” said noted academician and an expert in politics, Sidiq Wahid.
The formation of new political alliances, he said, was a “policy of Government of India for a decade to divide Kashmiris.”
“I really feel that this new so-called alliance that has been formed is mudding the waters,” Wahid said.
Another expert in politics, Prof Gul Mohammad Wani, said the suspicions and doubts among people will intensify when centres rule is extends its rule to the state.
“Even after holding Panchayat, Municipal election or parliamentary polls either, the government doesn’t seem to be in a mood to hold assembly election in the state as of now,” he said.
Wani however said the emergence of new alliances could be due to failures by the political parties “to allow internal democracy in the state.”
“Mostly leaders or new groups emerge or come out of the existing political parties under such circumstances,” he said.
Wani said that the existing political parties including NC, PDP and Congress require increasing ideological and political space to build credible leadership.
Soon after the formation of new PUF, former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the alliance was aimed to divide voters in Kashmir.
He questioned about lack of such alliances in Jammu or Ladakh regions of the state.
Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to floods: Study
Srinagar, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed abrupt changes in climate over the years. According to a disaster management report, 13 districts in J&K, out of 100 districts in India, have been identified as ‘multi-hazard districts’.
“Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to floods.
While the recent study says that out of the 12 states, Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir are extremely vulnerable to global warming.
“Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index is found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (0.51 both), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42,” the study says.
It says that, “Several drivers of vulnerability are evident for the state of J&K. These include, in the order of significance, least road density, no area under crop insurance, low area under forests per 1,000 rural households, high percentage of marginal farmers, low percentage area under horticulture crops, low livestock to human ratio and low percentage of women in the overall workforce.”
The study says that climate change is already occurring and impacting natural ecosystems and human societies.
It says, “To reduce these uncertainties and plan towards sustainable development it is essential to adopt evidence based adaptation planning in IHR. This requires an in-depth understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities derived from scientific assessments.”
The study has been authored by IIT Guwahati Anamika Barua Associate Professor Deptt. of Humanities and Social Science Principal Investigator Rupam Bhaduri Research Scholar Centre for the Environment Vishaka Gulati Research Scholar Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences IIT Mandi Shyamasree Dasgupta Assistant Professor School of Humanities and Social Sciences Co – Principal Investigator Kritishnu Sanyal Project Associate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mir Khursheed Alam Research Scholar School of Humanities and Social Sciences IISc Bangalore N.H. Ravindranath Professor Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) Key Resource Person Indu K Murthy Consultant Scientist Centre for Sustainable Technologies Tashina Esteves Research Associate Jagmohan Sharma Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Conservation) Government of Karnataka.
Massive reshuffle in police, civil admin likely after June 27
Srinagar, Jun 19: A massive reshuffle in civil and police administration is likely to be ordered anytime after June 27 when the ongoing “Back to village” program launched by Governor’s administration across Jammu and Kashmir will come to an end.
Authoritative sources said that exercise for a massive reshuffle in civil and police administration has been set into motion with the proposals being processed for transfer of senior IAS and IPS officers holding key positions in the state administration. The proposals for deputation of several senior IAS and IPS officers and return of some others from central deputation to Jammu and Kashmir government have been set into motion.
In the likely reshuffle in civil and police administration several administrative secretaries are likely to be relieved of the additional charge of some key departments which they are overseeing presently in addition to their own duties.
The reshuffle could be ordered phase wise to dispel the impression about the working of some non-performing officers presently holding key positions as directors of some key departments and deputy commissioners of districts in all the three regions Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.