Srinagar:Stating that to vote was important to defend the identity and special status of people of Jammu and Kashmir in terms of Article 370 and Article 35A, CPI (M) State Secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik on Monday in a statement urged the voters to contribute in the process of evicting disastrous, authoritarian and communal government led by Narendra Modi.
“It is foremost duty of all citizens of Jammu and Kashmir to vote to defeat the mischief-monger BJP on the floor of the Parliament. For that people should come out and vote in favour of those who are trusted and capable of defending the interests of Jammu and Kashmir. The ongoing Lok Sabha election is very important in the prevailing situation,” said CPI (M) State Secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik in a statement.
“In today’s circumstances, CPI (M) believes that National Conference candidates from Srinagar and Anantnag Lok Sabha constituencies deserve to be supported,” he said.
“Jammu and Kashmir is under huge crisis as except death and destruction nothing happened in the state for the last five years. Like the rest of the country, the BJP polarized J&K also for its petty electoral gains. Violence has increased manifold while the social fabric of the state is in tatters,” said CPI (M) leader in a statement.
He said the prevailing unprecedented crisis is the result of erroneous and faulty policies of Modi government and an unprincipled alliance of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with the BJP in 2015. Despite the use of all measures of force, the alienation has only increased on the ground. In 2014, we witnessed massive voter participation in both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The real issue is that on the political and governance fronts, the PDP-BJP alliance failed to deliver on its promises, and the much-hyped “Agenda of Alliance” proved to be a mere hoax.
“The anger and alienation in Kashmiri people has got exacerbated, the security situation has deteriorated, and a stark communal polarisation has been created not only between the Jammu and Kashmir regions but also between the two large communities in the State,” he added.
“The economy is in shambles, as the prices of essential commodities and fuel have gone through the roof. The Rupee is at an all-time low, manufacturing and exports have declined, corruption is at its peak, jobs are harder to get and criticism of the PM even on social media is enough to land one in jail. BJP has been exposed and unmasked,” said the CPI (M) State Secretary.
“Demonetization and implementation of GST resulted in devastating the livelihood of millions of people across the country. Implementation of GST in J&K virtually eroded the fiscal flexibility of our state. It was a big blow to whatever little autonomy was left for the state,” he said.
CPI (M) stands for a political solution to Kashmir problem based on maximum autonomy for the state based on the full scope of Article 370 of the Constitution; autonomous set-up to be created with the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh being given regional autonomy; oppose all the attempts to remove or review Article 35 (A) of the Constitution.
“Strong steps to be taken to prevent excesses by security forces against innocent people; ban the use of pellet guns and other lethal weapons on protesters,” he added.
“Initiating Confidence Building Measures in Kashmir, by talking to all sections of the society and acting upon their genuine grievances,” he said.
“Ensure economic development of the state, focusing particularly on generating employment for the youth and reconstructing the damaged infrastructure,” CPI (M) State Secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik said.
Rs. 22.64 crore proposed for sanction by State Level Sanctioning Committee
Srinagar, July 21: Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone today chaired a meeting to review Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) 2019-20. The meeting reviewed department-wise allocation and expenditure during 2018-2019 and discussed the proposed projects and plants to be taken for the year 2019-20 by all departments.
The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture Jammu, P.S. Rathore , MD Agro Industries Development. R.K. Rakwal, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, Director Command Area Development, Jammu and Managing Director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing and other concerned officers.
The meeting discussed the projects and activities to be under-taken under RKVY RAFTAR by agriculture and allied departments for which an amount of Rs. 22.64 crore has been proposed to be submitted for sanction by the State Level Sanctioning Committee.
Secretary Agriculture has called upon the officers to devise a strategy for making agriculture a remunerative and a profitable venture. Lone said that agriculture should be made a glamorous enterprise by turning farmers into agricultural entrepreneurs. He stressed for organising awareness programmes and emphasized upon the need of intervention so that there is a significant impact of the agriculture department at ground level.
He emphasized upon taking initiatives for increasing production of agriculture crops, post harvest management and marketing, increasing the green house structures, creation of irrigation facilities, introduction of new high yielding hybrid varieties and promotion of heirloom varieties. He stressed for wormy-composting and popularization of organic farming for producing healthy foods for healthy life.
Earlier, Director Agriculture Kashmir informed that agriculture department is making efforts for higher profits by way of increasing production, better marketing and linking it to National market in shape of a brand like Kashmir Fresh, Jammu Fresh, Meetha Rice, Summer Mist Honey and other products. He said that adopting of green house technology and reducing the harshness of winters through raising vegetable nursery in controlled conditions is being undertaken by the department on priority basis.
Director apprised the meeting about the production status of various crops, seeds, physical and financial achievements and other important projects taken under RKVY.
The meeting was also informed about bringing more areas under irrigation and also use of high yielding varieties as per the standard seed replacement rate is on the priority list of the department. He also informed about the organic clusters and villages taken-up in all the districts of Kashmir Valley.
The projects undertaken by Horticulture Department J&K were also discussed in detail and the emphasis was laid upon covering more areas under high density planting and development of public sector nurseries, mother plants , seedlings, post harvest handling and marketing.
The projects and activities taken by allied departments like Sheep Husbandry, Floriculture, Forest Department, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Development and SKUAST-J and SKUAST-K were also discussed.
DC Budgam reviews preparations for Panchayat-level games
BUDGAM, JULY 21: DDC Budgam, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar today reviewed the status of various sports activities being organized at different places in the district under the age group of 25 years for boys & girls at a meeting held here today.
Among others, ADC Budgam, District Panchayat Officer, Block Development Officers and officers of concerned Department attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam said that it is important to channelize the energy of youth in right direction, for which the sports play a pivotal role. Sports not only inculcate the sense of responsibility, discipline among the youth but also keep them mentally as well as physically fit, therefore, it’s very important to engage the youth in the sports activities along with their education.
She informed that various sports competitions shall be conducted by District Youth Services & Sports Department in collaboration with Rural Development Department Budgam at the panchayat level to nurture the talent of rural youth. She called for identification of venues at the earliest with focus on involvement of both students as well as non-students. Around 280 Registered Youth Clubs in District can provide vital information in identification of talented youth aspiring to take part in these games.
She lauded the role of RDD in recently concluded ‘Back to Village’ programme & urged it to actively involve the Panchayat functionaries in the process of organizing the forthcoming games. She instructed for proper arrangements like transport, refreshment, drinking water etc for the participating players. Several other issues related to the forthcoming games were discussed and the DDC issued necessary instructions to the concerned.
PDP holds workers convention in Tangmarg
Tangmarg, July 21: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Shabir Mir held a workers convention in Tangmarg and urged the workers to strengthen the party’s base in Gulmarg assembly segment.
While addressing over 2000 workers, Mir, who will be contesting assembly elections, said that previous legislators made hollow promises only and didn’t develop the constituency.
He urged the workers to spread the PDP’s agenda of peace and development for the state.
He said that the condition of healthcare, education and development sectors has not improved in the last decades as the representatives of the constituency failed to deliver.