Kathua, Apr 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday slammed the Abdullahs and Muftis, saying two families had “ruined” three generations of Jammu and Kashmir and he will not allow them to “divide” India.
The prime minister was referring to National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s demand for a separate prime minister for Jammu and Kashmir.
The Abdullah and Mufti families have “ruined” three generations in the state. “They laid siege to the state for three generations. For the better future of the state, they need to be voted out,” he told a public rally in Kathua.
The bright future of Jammu and Kashmir can be ensured only after their departure. They can bring their entire clan into the field, can abuse Modi as much as they want, but they won’t be able to divide this nation, the prime minister said.
Campaigning for Minister of State for the PMO Jitendra Singh, who is seeking re-election from the Udhampur Lok Sabha seat, the prime minister said people in Jammu and Kashmir voted in large numbers in the first phase of the polls and “rattled” terrorist leaders, opportunists and demoralised the “mahamilavat” alliance.
Modi said, “You have proven the strength of democracy in India, in the first phase of elections”.
Lashing out at the Congress, the prime minister said, “Congress had been infected with germs. The grand old party’s manifesto promise that AFSPA will be removed from the state if they come to power to demoralise the security forces”.
“Can a patriot speak like this? Shouldn’t our security forces have a safety net,” he asked people at the rally.
Modi accused the Congress of politicising the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary.”The vice president was at Jallianwala Bagh for the government event. He paid tribute to martyrs but the Congress chief minister was not there”, he said, claiming that nationalism was an insult for the Opposition.
The Punjab chief minister, he said, had insulted the Jallianwala Bagh memorial by not attending the government’s memorial on the day of the centenary.
Modi said he can understand the kind of pressure on Amarinder Singh.”I have known Captain Amaridner Singh for a long time. I have never raised a question on his patriotism. I can understand the kind of pressure that must have been put on him for this kind of ‘parivar bhakti”, Modi said.
Referring to doubts raised by the Congress on the 2016 surgical strikes and IAF strikes in Balakot, he claimed that the Congress has never trusted the Indian armed forces.
“For the Congress, the army is only a way of earning money,” Modi said.
The prime minister also referred to the 1984 Sikh riots and said the Congress was betraying the people by promising “nyay” (justice).
Hitting out at the Congress for the migration of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, Modi said the BJP is committed to bring the community back to their land.
Prime Minister Modi questioned the Congress saying “Who would do justice when they did injustice for 60 years? Will Congress ever be able to provide justice to Kashmiri Pandits? Will they be able to provide justice to those massacred in 1984 riots?”
He further assured the Kashmiri Pandits that he was committed to settling the displaced Pandits in their native places in Jammu and Kashmir and added that the work has already started in this regard.
“Congress might avoid taking their name but this chowkidar is committed to letting Kashmiri Pandits live on their land. Work has begun. We’re also making efforts to form a law to provide citizenship to families which have come here helplessly from Pak&believe in’Ma Bharti’,” said PM Modi.
Omar calls it ‘another Jumla’
Srinagar, Apr 14: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Sunday sought to dismiss Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vow to rid J&K of “these two political families” by wondering if it was another ‘jumla’. Prime Minister, in a rally at Kathua, earlier in the day, claimed that the Abdullah family (National Conference) and Mufti family (PDP) destroyed the lives of three generations in the state.
“We have to rid J&K of these two political families” says Modi ji in 2014 and then promptly goes and makes not one but two members of the Mufti family CM of J&K. In 2019 Modi ji says, “we have to rid J&K of these two political families”. Another jumla Modi ji?, asked Abdullah on Twitter.
The NC leader also shared a picture of PM Modi with former PDP chief Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and wrote,”This is how much Modi ji believes what he says. Look how happy he is to seal an alliance with one of the families he wants to rid J&K politics of.”
Modi bashes parties before elections, stitches alliance later: Mehbooba
Srinagar, Apr 14: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming that he bashes political parties before elections and stitches alliances with the very same parties later.
Mufti’s remark comes after the Prime Minister, in a rally at Kathua earlier in the day, claimed that the Abdullah family (National Conference) and Mufti family (PDP) destroyed the lives of three generations in the state.
“Why does PM bash political families pre elections & then sends his envoys to stitch alliances with the very same parties? NC in 99 & PDP in 2015. Why do they choose power over Article 370 then? BJP with its noxious agenda of banishing Muslims & minorities wants to divide India,” Mufti tweeted.
16 dead in Doda road mishap
Srinagar, Nov 12: Sixteen people, including five women and three children, were killed on Tuesday when a passenger vehicle skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, police said.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Doda, Mumtaz Ahmad said one more person was rescued from the accident site near Marmat area of the hilly district in a critical condition and admitted to hospital for treatment.
Twelve people were killed on the spot after the accident and four more succumbed to injuries while undergoing treatment, the SSP told PTI.
Officials said the SUV was headed for Gowa village of Marmat from Kleeni when its driver lost control while negotiating a blind curve and the vehicle fell into the 700-metre-deep gorge around 3.25 pm.
The condition of the only survivor, who was initially treated at a local hospital and later shifted to the Government Medical College Hospital Jammu, is critical, they said.
Meanwhile, a minor boy was crushed to death by a speedy truck near Miran Sahib in the outskirts of Jammu on Tuesday.
Sumit Kumar, a Class 7 student, was crossing the road outside his house when he was hit by the truck, a police official said, adding that the erring driver was arrested and the vehicle seized.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma expressed grief and shock over loss of lives in Doda road mishap.
The Divisional Commissioner said that the accident is heart-wrenching. “We mourn all those who lost their lives and express deep condolences to the bereaved families” he said. He prayed for fast recovery of the survivor.
The administration has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the reasons for the tragic mishap.
LG reviews situation post snowfall: ‘Provide relief for damaged structures, death and injuries’
Jammu, Nov 12: Lt. Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu reviewed the situation arising due to heavy snowfall in Kashmir and issued directions to the concerned officers for prompt action to alleviate miseries of people due to heavy snowfall in the Valley.
BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary; Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Lt. Governor; Hirdesh Kumar, Secretary PDD; Sanjeev Verma, Divisional Commissioner Jammu; Ajeet Kumar Sahu, Secretary PHE; Khurshid Ahmad Shah, Secretary PWD; Sh. Pandurang Pole, Secretary Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Alok Kumar, IGP Traffic, J&K participated in the meeting.
Through video conferencing, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, briefed Lt. Governor about the status of the restoration of power supply, clearance of snow from the roads, adequacy of food items, fuel, water supply, availability of medicines and other basic amenities in areas of heavy snowfall in Kashmir.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed that machines have been put in place for snow clearance, Centres for relief facilities have been set up in 3 places on the National Highway with sufficient stocking of essential commodities including dry ration, heaters, blankets, and provision of water and toilet facilities. He added that these Centres have the capacity to accommodate 1500 people at a time.
It was informed that 602 winter dumping stations have been established in inaccessible areas of Kashmir with all the basic necessities stocked for 6 months, these areas are mostly situated in the districts of Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag and a few areas in Budgam district.
The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir informed that winter control rooms have been established at district and sub divisional level and their telephone numbers have been widely publicized. All officers/officials have been asked not to leave stations without proper permission. Besides officers are touring extensively in areas of their jurisdiction to oversee public facilities.
Khan informed that snow clearance from roads and restoration of electricity supply has been done in record time and train services in the Valley have again started working from today. It was informed that 100 % major roads and more than 95 % internal roads in every district of Kashmir have been cleared for traffic movement. 95 % of the electricity supply in Srinagar district, 78% in Pulwama, 73 % in Kulgam and 70% each in Shopian and Ganderbal has been restored. Provision of alternate electricity supply for Baramulla and Kupwara districts has been made from Lower Jhelum, Kishenganga and Dilena sub-station. This interim arrangement has been made till electric lines are restored in these districts.
As regarding water supply, Divisional Commissioner informed that 680 out of 859 water schemes are fully functional with 100 % water supply restoration in Srinagar, Anantnag, Bandipora, Kulgam and Ganderbal and more than 90 % in other districts. He informed that 80 stationary and 105 vehicle mounted pumps have been pre-positioned at vulnerable places to avoid inundation of low lying areas.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir further informed that 64,700 candidates appeared for 10th class examination today and adequate heating and lighting facilities were available at all the examination centres. He said that teams have also been constituted to check overcharging and hoarding of essential items by the traders.
Chief Secretary informed that Rs. 20 crore for Kashmir and Rs. 10 crore for Jammu have been provided and asked both the Divisional Commissioners to utilize the funds sanctioned under the SDRF.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir told that the SDRF teams have also been kept ready for carrying out rescue operations in upper reaches in case of landslides.
While reviewing the traffic management, Lt. Governor suggested for setting up kiosks wherever the space for traffic boy is not available. He directed deployment of adequate traffic personnel with provision of uninterrupted communication channels for smooth flow of traffic particularly along the Jammu-Srinagar Highway. He advised the PDD to ensure well designed towers for future including laying out of underground cables to protect the supply and directed the PHE Department for providing more vehicle mounted pumps.
Lt. Governor directed Divisional Commissioner Jammu to identify land for facilitating passengers who get stranded due to landslides on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway and create facilities for provision of food, water, toilets, tents and medicines.
Lt. Governor directed the administration to put in added efforts in mitigating the difficulties of the people and meeting their requirements. He advised constant monitoring and all out efforts for ensuring public convenience. He directed for providing immediate relief for damaged structures and in cases of death and those injured.
JK still a state for different govt depts
Srinagar, Nov 12: For different government departments, Jammu and Kashmir is still a state with its own flag.
Sample this: Satya Pal Malik is still shown as Governor on the official website of Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir.
Malik was recently appointed as Governor of Goa while Girish Chandra Murmu took over as Lieutenant Governor of J&K on October 31.
On August 5, Centre abrogated Article 370 and from November 1, the state was officially bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
A picture displayed on the General Administration Department website shows erstwhile J&K’s state flag on the civil secretariat Srinagar. The state that was governed through its own constitution has lost legal status and the state flag.
The websites of the Jammu Kashmir Power Development Department and State Electricity Regularly Commission have neither been updated and nor its old information has been removed.
In fact websites of most of the departments are either not updated or defunct.
Take for instance the website of Legal Metrology Department has not been updated for months. Similarly, departments like Social Welfare Department, Forest, Health, Medical Education, Industries and Commerce have not been updated for months neither the outdated information has been removed from the websites.
Jammu and Kashmir Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said he will take up the issue with concerned departments for updating official websites.