Jammu, Apr 11: Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and former Chief Minister of J&K, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the Congress believed in development and progressive work.
The Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, along with MP candidate from Udhampur-Doda parliamentary constituency Vikramaditya Singh and Vice President JKPCC, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori conducted extensive tour of Chatroo, Bunjwah areas of Inderwal constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman said in a statement.
Azad said Congress believed in development and progressive work and if the Congress comes to power in the state, we will build more schools, hospitals, colleges and the other institutions in the state. He said Gujjar community has an important role to play in the society. “But unfortunately Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) neglected it since 2014,” Azad said. “Congress party’s manifesto will talk about the welfare and progress of the Gujjar community”. He added that in power, Congress shall provide free education up to Class 12 and free medical treatment to those who belong to Gujjar community. He also said that the party “will make new strict laws so that another shocking incident like Kathua rape and murder does not happen again in the state”.
He said that people of Chenab valley hold the key to power and hoped that they will remain steadfast and united in nipping the conspiracies being hatched by outsiders to divide them. Urging the people of Chenab valley to vote wisely and decisively in order to start the momentum to the development process as also maintain their grip on the levers of power in the State, Azad asserted that a united and forceful voice that will rise from this region will earn them respect and dignity in the politico-governance structure of the State. “I am sure people of Chenab valley will display desired unity and strength to march on the journey of politico-economic empowerment and progress”, said Azad and added that this critical juncture it is incumbent upon the people to exercise their vote with sagacity and maturity in order to maintain their relevance and status on the political landscape of the State”.
Urging the people of Chenab valley to vote in favour of Congress party in huge numbers, he said, “it is Congress party alone which has allowed an opportunity to the people of this backward and remote region to carve out space for themselves in the democratic order of the State”, adding “Congress has given a sense of identity to the people of Chenab valley and this is duly acknowledged by the visionary and farsighted people of this region”.
“While we have created new districts and units in Chenab valley for the comfort and convenience of people, in the next tenure my agenda will be creation of a new and creative governance structure matching the developmental needs of the region”, Azad said, adding “I promise empowerment and development to the people of Chenab valley, if they repose trust and confidence in the Congress party”. Claiming credit for setting out Chenab valley on the path of progress and development since 2002 after people of Chenab valley reposed confidence in Congress Party, he said, “I do not say that everything has been achieved but I can say with full conviction that it is Congress party which has demonstrated intentions, will and ability to develop this tough region of the State”.
Unfolding Congress vision for Chenab valley, Azad said that he will strive to make it a modern and progressive region of the State if people repose their faith in favour of Congress candidate, adding “if voted to power, Chenab Valley will be converted into model region with excellent roads, power projects, attractive tourist infrastructure, health facilities, educational institutions, employment opportunities, and above all inter-community faith and harmony which unfortunately has come under threat of late. He appealed to people to vote and support the Congress candidate from the constituency Vikramaditya Singh.
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.