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Was not consulted on my ouster from Cabinet, says Haq Khan

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Srinagar, Jun 10: Senior PDP leader and former Minister Abdul Haq Khan on Sunday broke his silence on sacking after more than one and a half month and vowed to work more as an MLA than he used to work as a Minister.
Haq Khan said “though I was not consulted on my ouster from the cabinet but the decision of the Chief Minister is final and acceptable to all of us. Satisfying for me is the appreciation of the chief minister and PDP Vice President for the work I did as a Minister for three years.”
Saying that he has nothing to say against the decision chief minister took on his ouster, Haq Khan said “I have worked in the party for the more than fifteen years and how come drooping from the cabinet can make a difference to me. I will work for my home district Kupwara including my constituency Lolab more than I used to work as a minister.”
Claiming that connectivity of roads and construction of assets in the Rural Development sector has changed the face of Rural areas in the state, Haq Khan said “districts like Bhaderwah, Doda and Ramban where fatal road accident deaths continued to be an issue of serious concern are now connected by roads. I have worked to the utter satisfaction of the chief minister as a Rural Development Minister and my work as Rural Development Minister has been appreciated by even the Government of India.”
Ruling out the speculations that he was sacked on charges of corruption in the Rural Development Department, Khan said “the works have been executed in Rural Development Department in Jammu and Kashmir more transparently than in any other part of the country.”
Saying that he has personally met chief minister even after his sacking, Haq Khan said “after sacking people from the opposition and the ruling combine came to me as one of my relations had passed away the same day. When any leader in any party is relinquished of any important responsibility it is all but natural that people from both the opposition and the ruling combine come with offers but it hardly matters for a committed party man. It is for the party to think about the advantages and disadvantages of the decision the chief minister has taken. I will continue to work for district Kupwara and home constituency.” (KNS)


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JK’s maiden poultry estate to come up at Tral: Dr Samoon

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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.

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PDP flays Vikramaditya Singh for using foul language against July 13 martyrs

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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.

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Comm SMC reviews progress of works executed under AMRUT, JTPRF

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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.

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