Srinagar, July 14: The Department of Tourism Kashmir resumed its Valley Weekend programme here at Zabarwan Parkon Sunday with a mesmerizing performance by local singers.
The Valley Weekend programme is aimed at entertaining tourists, engaging locals in music, cultural and sports activities besides providing a platform to the local artists and athletes to showcase their talent.
The Department in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages will organize these programmes every weekend as part of its tourism promotional programmes.
Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said the Department started ‘Valley Weekend’ program to entertain tourists and engage locals with a host of activities every weekend.
“Tourists come here and enjoy the beauty but they miss entertainment. Such programs will entertain them and will also attract locals who can come along with families and keep their weekends busy,” said Director Tourism Kashmir.
The entry to the events is free and open to all.
Director Tourism Kashmir said that there are lot of misconceptions among travelers regarding Kashmir and such activities will counter such misconceptions.
On Sunday, the Department would also organize first ever ‘Srinagar Adventure Race’ which would include swimming, cycling, hiking and running.
Scores of local athletes have already registered with adventure race which would be flagged off at Nigeen Sports Center at5:30am where participants would swim 200 meters in Nigeen Waters before mounting on Mountain Bikes who will ride to Zabarwan Park via Foreshore road and Nishat and then finally climb to Shankaracharya Hill from where they would run back to Zabarwan Park to finish the 27 km adventure race.
Director tourism said they have kept Sundays for sports activities to provide a platform for the Valley youth to showcase their talent in sports and improve their performances.
“We organized swimming classes, mountain biking events in the past and many of youth were trained in these sports activities. Most of them are also participating in this adventure race. We have provided them with every facility to learn these adventure sports activities,” said Shah.
Notably, the Department of tourism has established a cycle hire shop at Zabarwan Park, where both tourists and locals alike take bikes on rent at nominal charges and enjoy the local beauty.
“During competitions, we don’t charge any rent from the participants for using mountain bikes. We have also organized free swimming classes at Nigeen Club where the facilities and equipment are available for locals to use,” he said.
In 3 yrs, GoI paid Rs 12 lakh rent for over 30K kanals under ‘defence’ in Srinagar
MoS Defence says ‘only 47 kanals’ held by defence establishments in Shopian
New Delhi, Jul 17: The Defence Ministry Wednesday made an interesting disclosure while giving out the figures about the total acres of land held by various defence establishments in J&K.
In a written reply to the question posed in the Lok Sabha by National Conference’s MP Hasnain Masoodi, MoS Defence Shripad Naik said that 56,615.54 acres (4.53 lakh kanals) of land was with different defence wings and organisations operational in J&K.
Giving a district-wise breakup, the reply stated that 3757.8 acres (over 30,000 kanals) of land was held by defence establishments in Srinagar.
Interestingly, for the huge area occupied in the summer capital, only Rs 12.17 lakh has been paid in rent during the last three years while Rs 2.02 lakh is shown outstanding.
The Defence Ministry figures show the district getting a rent of Rs 4.05 lakh per year from 2016-17 to 2018-19.
More shocking is the case of Shopian, one of the most heavily guarded districts in south of Kashmir with a huge security buildup.
In the district, the Defence Ministry reply claims only 5.94 acres (47 kanals) of land is under defence establishments for which Rs 79,203 of rent has been paid for the last three years while as Rs 13,200 is outstanding.
In districts Leh and Kargil, 5788 acres of land (46,000 kanal), as per the reply, is under defence establishments and the rent paid and outstanding is Rs 5.66 crore and Rs 77.42 lakh respectively.
The most land held by defence establishments is in Jammu district. As per the reply, 18935.4 acres of land is under defence in the district for which Rs 42.13 crore has been paid in rent for years 2016-17 to 2018-19, while Rs 7.65 crore is still outstanding.
Overall in the state, Rs 134.45 crore had been paid in rent to land owners and the state government in the last three years. Rs 24.48 crore is shown as outstanding rent during the period.
Anganwadi workers, helpers continue protests against SAC decision
Srinagar, Jul 17 : The Anganwadi workers and helpers working under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme continued their protests against the State Administrative Council’s (SAC) decision to disburse their honorariums through Gram Panchayats.
Hundreds of workers under the banner of All Jammu and Kashmir Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Association, raising slogans against the SAC decision demanded its immediate roll-back. They said disbursing honorarium through Gram Panchayats can pave way for corruption and harassment of the workers and helpers.
“We not only demand roll back of this arbitrary decision but also making the ICDS permanent and increase in budgetary allocation for the ICDS. The government must also pay minimum wages, social security and pension to us as recommended by 45th ILC,” the protesting workers demanded.
They said that they will fight against the government move to privatize the ICDS in any form and involvement of corporate companies or NGOs in the ICDS. “We also demand strengthening of ICDS, converting Anganwadis into Anganwadi-cum-crèches, increase in allocation for nutrition and strengthening and retaining the pre-schoold education in ICDS,” the workers demanded.
The protesters said the supervision of Anganwari centers are done by the ICDS department and they don’t object the Coordination with Panchayati Raj Institutions in running the Anganwari centers.
“But the panchayats must provide resources to the Anganwari centre like it is being done in Kerala, where they provide additional food, milk, eggs toys, uniforms etc for children. But here, instead of following that model, only monitoring part has been given to panchayats. The salary to the Anganwari staff will be released only after the certification of the panchayats which can lead to corruption and harassment of the workers and helpers. This was tried in many states and the decision was taken back there after it failed,” they said.
The protesting workers said, “If the panchayats have to monitor why don’t they monitor all services and link the salary of all government employees to panchayat certification? We have been handed over to Panchs and Sarpanchs which is unacceptable to us. We are working with the ICDS for the last 40- years with honor and dignity. We want our department to take care of our salaries. The decision was aimed to humiliate us.” “We have worked for the State, but it is unfortunate that we are being neglected by the government now.” The protest rally was addressed by Haneefa, Lateefa, Misra, Mubeena, Hajira, Zona, Haleema, Daisy and Meema, Aganwadi leaders.
PDP holds crucial meeting of its south Kashmir leadership
Srinagar, Jul 17: A high level meeting of the People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) leadership from south Kashmir was held at the party head office here in which various crucial issues confronting the state at present was discussed in detail.
Chaired by Party Vice President Abdul Rahman Veeri, the meeting deliberated over various measures that the party has taken in the recent past to widen its reach and make masses aware about its agenda and mission.
Veeri in his address stressed upon the leadership to hold constant contact with the general public and highlight the issues they face on day to day basis and seek their resolution on priority from the concerned quarters.
Veeri expressed full confidence that the PDP will bounce back in a revitalised form on the state’s political scene and that the party will continue to push for peace with dignity which is the focal point of its agenda. He said that the workers are committed to the agenda of the party and the vision provided by its founder Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who founded the party in the very trying circumstances.
PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura while addressing the meeting stated that the party will continue to pursue it till durable peace is restored and that will never barter interests of the state against petty political gains.
Veteran PDP leader, Mohammad Sartaj Madni in his address stated that the need of the hour is that the party leadership, functionaries, activists and supporters must work in close coordination and make sustainable efforts in party’s overall growth and impressive performance in the coming time.
The participants of the meeting expressed full confidence in the leadership of the PDP President Mehbooba Mufti, resolving in unison to support her each and every endeavour aimed at getting the people out of the cycle of uncertainty and lead the state towards a prosperous future.
Other senior PDP leaders who attended the meet include Dr Mehboob Beg, PDP’s Srinagar District President Mohammad Khurshid Alam, former legislator and state secretary Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Abdul Ghaffar Sofi, Abdul Rahim Rather, Zahoor Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Yousuf Bhat, Abdul Majeed Padder, Aijaz Ahmad Mir, Zaffar A Manhas, Mushtaq Ahmad Shah, Syed Farooq Andrabi, Syed Javaid Advocate, Gulzar Ahmad, Abdul Razaq and Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Sheikh.
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