Srinagar, Nov 09: A delegation of Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers Cum Dealers Union (KVFG) Friday called on the Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai and appraised him about the damage of orchards due to recent untimely snowfall in the State.
The delegation led by its Chairman Bashir Ahmad Bashir also comprised of representatives from Sopore, Anantnag, Char-e-Sharief and other districts. They demanded adequate compensation for the losses suffered by them due to the recent snowfall.
The Advisor gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that their grievances and demands would be redressed at the earliest. He also assured them that he will bring into the notice of Governor about the concerns of growers and the sector.
The delegation also sought intervention for implementation of long pending demand of introduction of Horticulture Crop Insurance Scheme, exemption of KCC loans and waiver of interest on CC limits.
The delegation appealed Advisor to issue advisory to all financial institutions restricting them for recovery of loan from Valley based Fruit Growers and dealers for the time being.
The Advisor complimented the Horticulturists for their hard work and contribution to the State economy. He said that the sector has contributed heavily to the economic growth of the State and the contribution of its GDP.
He also added that Rs 10,000 crore worth of fruit is exported from the State every year making it most valuable industry of the State. He also complimented that the sector has been successful in providing direct and indirect employment to 25 lakh people in the State.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.