Srinagar, Oct 20: Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Alliance (JKTA) held its 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday here during which an award ceremony honouring veterans of the travel and hospitality sector, its founder members and past presidents besides media persons was also held.
Commissioner Secretary Culture Mohammad Saleem Shishgar, Secretary Tourism Rigzin Samphel, Secretary Information, Youth Service and Sports Sarmad Hafeez, Director Tourism Kashmir Tasaduq Jeelani, Special Secretary School Education Mohammad Hussain Mir, Deputy Directors Masrat Hashim and Sarfarz Mohammad were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, Rigzin Samphel said tourist footfall from South East Asian countries was increasing which is an encouraging sign.
He said the department is organizing Kashmir Autumn Festival from October 25 to October 27 at Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg in which 100 delegates from travel and media industry have been invited to showcase the state’s tourism potential and counter negative perception.
“We will be inviting the leading tourism destination sellers from across the country on a FAM tour here during the festival so that they get the first-hand experience of how beautiful the Valley is and how freely the tourists are enjoying holidays and local hospitality. This will help us counter negative perception to a greater extent,” he said.
While complementing JKTA for holding its AGM, Sarmad Hafeez said tourism industry has always bounced back and is the resilient sector.
He said the local travel fraternity worked very hard for the success of Travel Agents Association of India convention held in Srinagar which helped improve general perception about Kashmir.
“People all over the country want to visit Kashmir. We need to tell them positive stories from J&K. Most of the time media plays up circumstances here but there are hundreds of the other positive stories which are worth sharing and can help build confidence among travellers to visit Kashmir,” he said.
The Special Secretary School Education Department said besides other tourism products, the J&K State has to exploit the potential MICE, golf, wedding and educational tourism.
He said if school and college tours are organized here, the students will definitely motivate their parents to visit Kashmir for holidaying.
Earlier, Chairman JKTA Manzoor Pakhtoon delivered the welcome address while as its secretary general Tanveer Dar read out the AGM report.
JK’s maiden poultry estate to come up at Tral: Dr Samoon
Srinagar, July 10: The Department of Animal Husbandry is going to establish its first poultry estate in Jammu and Kashmir in Tral area of south Kashmir.
The innovative initiative to set up the estate conceptualized by Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon will give a boost to the poultry sector in the state which is importing poultry worth Rs 1000 crore every year.
In this regard, Dr Samoon today chaired a meeting with the officers of Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, Industries and Commerce department, Revenue and Planning department.
The officers who attended the meeting included Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir Purnima Mittal, MD SIDCO Ravinder Kumar, Director Industries and Commerce Mehmood Shah, ADC Pulwama Yasin Chowdhary, CAHO Dr Muneer Ahmed Qureshi, XEN SIDCO Abdul Rashid Bhat and other officials.
It was given out that the objective of the scheme will be to establish poultry units, lair and broiler depending on the demand, to encourage small & marginal farmers, educated & unemployed youth, women, socially & economically backward section of the society to take up activities of poultry sector in a compact area by providing required infrastructure and related facilities.
Saying that the objective of the Poultry estate is to achieve economies of scale by adopting cluster approach, better resource sharing etc, Dr Samoon directed conducting join inspection of site by Revenue, SIDCO and Animal Husbandry Department for starting work at the earliest.
Highlighting the importance of Poultry estate, Dr Samoon said that these model poultry estates should have a snowball effect and propel private sector to pay attention to bio-security issues, hygienic, pollution-free production and welfare of primary farmer community, etc.
He reiterated the vision of the department to make J&K state self-sufficient in poultry products which is currently estimated at 1000 crore bill.
He urged the private players to join the government in the mega initiative which is a win-win situation for both farmer and private players.
Dr Samoon also asked the officials to explore the possibility of fodder development in a sufficient patch of land which can cater to the livestock of adjacent villages of poultry estate.
PDP flays Vikramaditya Singh for using foul language against July 13 martyrs
Srinagar, July 18: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday held a meeting of its north Kashmir leadership to take stock of the overall functioning of the party affairs and measures needed to strengthen it further.
The party also flayed Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh over his statement on July 13, 1931 martyrs, terming it derogatory, mischievous and reflection of a communal mindset.
Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri held a detailed meet with the party ’s top leadership over the present political situation and measures needed to be taken to defend the core interests of Jammu and Kashmir state.
According to the party spokesman, Veeri presided over the meeting that was held at the party’s head office here and was attended by the party’s top leadership from north Kashmir. The meeting, as per the spokesman, discussed in detail the current political situation in the state and the need to safeguard the state’s unique position and core interests.
The meeting also highlighted how the PDP while being part of the coalition took drastic and vital measures for the defence of the Article 35-A and the government had engaged the top lawyers of the country for the purpose
Veeri during the meeting emphasised that the need of the hour is to strengthen the party not to go adrift at such a crucial movement of history.
Taking part in the meeting, party General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura in his address flayed the statement made by Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh about the July 13, 1931 martyrs, terming his remarks derogatory, mischievous and blasphemous in nature. While castigating Singh over the use of such foul language, Hanjura asked the Congress leader to read the history correctly to get an idea about the supreme sacrifice made by the 22 Kashmiris on July 13, 1931.
Hanjura said that the statement has reflected Singh’s vindictive and communal mindset and has exposed how some people in the state love to remain in their feudal fantasies and seek pleasure in witnessing peoples’ rights being trampled with impunity.
The PDP General Secretary also asked Congress party to come clear on its policy vis-a-vis the historic event of July 13, 1931, as according to Hanjura, on one side Congress leaders play theatrics by offering Fateha on martyrs’ graveyard and on the other hand, the leaders of the party ridicule the same martyrs publicly. This is the high time, said Hanjura, that the Congress party must make its stand clear.
Other senior leaders who attended the meeting include Javaid Beigh, Noor Mohammad, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Raja Manzoor, Mohammad Khurshid Alam, Ghulam Nabi Panditpuri, Irfan Sofi, Shabir Ahmad Mir, District Secretary Kupwara Mohammad Afzal, Adv Khurshid Shah, besides all-district and Zonal Presidents of north Kashmir.
Comm SMC reviews progress of works executed under AMRUT, JTPRF
Srinagar, July 18: Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), Khurshid Ahmad Sanai chaired meeting to review the progress of various projects being executed under AMRUT and JTPRF here at Municipal central office Karan Nagar.
During the course of meeting various components of AMRUT including storm water drainage at different places in Srinagar, sewerage and septage, Urban Transportation, Development of Multi level parking and Green spaces were reviewed at length.
It was informed in the meeting that total number of thirty projects have been identified under AMRUT.
Commissioner SMC was also apprised that five projects have got completed including storm water drainage Mallbagh, storm water drainage Gangbugh, Extension of Tulip Garden, Development of Park/ Green space (Bemina Park) Idle Park at Pantha Chowk.
Sanai further reviewed status of reforms under AMRUT and status of NOC’s to be sought from other departments.
He has passed on instructions to speed up with the ongoing projects and ensure timely completion of pending works.
Among others meeting was attended by Joint Commissioner Adm Syed Abul Qasim, Joint Commissioner Works SMC, S.E Drainage circle, Deputy Director P&M SMC, Exn Right River Works, Exn left River Works, Exn CDC SMC, Exn S&D II, Exn MCD, Exn Mechanical SMC, Nodal officers/representatives of SDA, LAWDA, Floriculture Kashmir, UEED and others.