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SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 22(KMW): According to the Divisional Administration Kashmir there are chances of widespread rains and snowfall in Kashmir Division from February 23 to January 25, 2018.

“There is forecast of heavy rain and snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir and moderate precipitation is expected at widespread places in the Division which may have effect on transportation mainly through National Highway during this period,” a statement of the Divisional Administration said.

The statement said that all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division have been asked to take necessary precautionary measures in their respective districts. People living in these avalanche prone areas have been advised to take precautionary measures.

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JAMMU, FEBRUARY 22(KMW): Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Thursday reviewed the progress of various infrastructural and sanitation projects being undertaken for the development of Katra Town and its adjoining areas.

Financial Commissioner, Housing and Urban Development Department, Principal Secretary to the Governor, Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education Department, Administrative Secretaries of the departments of, Power, Revenue, PW(R&B), Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Forests and PHE, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Deputy Commissioner, Reasi and other senior officers attended the meeting.

Chief Secretary received brief from the concerned officers on the action taken in regard to the decisions taken in the earlier meeting held on 13th October, 2017.

Progress achieved in regard to infrastructural projects including setting up of Solid Waste and Sewage Treatment Plants, augmentation of water supply, modernization of power supply system, improving veterinary facilities, strengthening of Fire Station, ensuring sanitation and cleanliness and development of health and tourist related infrastructure in the shrine area and in Katra Town was reviewed in the meeting.

Chief Secretary emphasized on expediting the implementation of all the works being undertaken in the town.

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JAMMU, FEBRUARY 22(KMW): On the directions of Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, Secretary Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah today convened a High-Level meeting in the winter capital, Jammu to review the functioning of the Education Department in Bhaderwah area of Jammu Division and took stock of the availability of education facilities in far flung areas of Bhaderwah.

During the meeting, a threadbare discussion was held on several vital aspects pertaining to availability of teaching staff, basic infrastructure, and training of teachers, implementation of SSA and RMSA schemes and many more alike.

Secretary Education sought the detailed report about the implementation of RMSA and SSA schemes in Bhaderwah from State Project Director, RMSA, Tufail Mattoo and State Project Director, SSA, Abdul Rashid War and asked them to take positive steps for the effective implementation of the schemes in the area.

Secretary Education directed Director School Education Jammu, Ravinder Singh and concerned Chief Education Officer to take requisite measures to smoothen the functioning of the department and ensure the availability of the teaching staff in the area.

MLA Bhaderwah, DilipParihar, who was also present in the meeting brought some issues pertaining to the Education Sector in Bhaderwah into notice of the Secretary for which Secretary Education issued immediate directions to concerned officers to take necessary steps in this regard.

Farooq Ahmad Shah asked the concerned officers to adopt a pragmatic approach and put in a committed effort to accomplish the objective of providing quality education with especial focus on the far flung and backward areas of the State.

Additional Secretary, School Education, Masrat-ul- Islam, Additional Secretary, Ali Afsar Khan, Joint Director, Education, Jammu, Charandeep Singh, Joint Director Planning, Javaid Iqbal Mattoo and other senior officers of the concerned department attended the meeting.

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SRINAGAR, Feb 22(KMW): People’s Political Party (PPP) Chairman and senior Hurriyat leader Engineer Hilal Ahmad War has expressed deep sorrow and pain on the eve of the 27th anniversary of Kunan-Poshpora mass rape. War said,”It gives me immense pain to state that about 27 years ago, our wounded paradise, the valley of Kashmir, witnessed one of the worst ever human rights violations in the human history committed by the Indian army known as the infamous Kunan-Poshpora mass rape. Scores of women from the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora were gangraped by the Indian army.”

Hilal Ahmad War has asked the State Government to reopen the KunanPoshpora mass rape case so that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are punished. War appealed the people and tradesmen to observe complete shutdown on February 23 in the adjoining areas of Kunan Poshpora, Kupwara as a mark of protest against this inhuman and heinous crime.
On the intervening night of February 23 and 24, 1991, a large contingent of 4 Rajputana Rifles of the Indian army cordoned off the twin villages of Kunan and Poshpora. The men were rounded off and taken to taken to a field for an overnight interrogation and the women were gang-raped in their homes without any consideration for their age which ranged from 13-80 years.
War condemned the Indian State for failing to nail the criminals behind this gravest crime and called for international community’s intervention into this grave matter. “This heinous crime should have been taken up by International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the criminals should have been tried and punished according to the International humanitarian law,” War said.

PPP Chief also urged upon the world human rights defenders to wake up from their slumber and highlight such tragic episodes. “We can show our solidarity and sympathy towards the victims of Kunan-Poshpora in the form of unified voice by forging unity among all the Human Rights Organizations of South-Asia in particular in order to punish the culprits of Kunan-Poshpora Mass Rape,” he said.

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REASI, FEBRUARY 21(KMW): Taking her public outreach programme further to so far uncovered areas, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti visited Reasi and convened a grievances redressal camp here today. During the camp the Chief Minister listened to scores of deputations and hundreds of people from difficult and hilly areas who apprised her of their developmental needs and sought their redressal.

Minister of State for Finance & Planning, Ajay Nanda and legislators, Ajaz Ahmad Khan and Mumtaz Ahmad Khan were present on the occasion.

The deputations in general thanked the Chief Minister for reaching out to people and taking the developmental process to the far flung, hilly and difficult areas.

The demands put forth by the deputations during the day long public outreach programme included operationalization of Maternity Hospital at Reasi, bringing the area on the tourist map, upgradation of several roads and pacing up of developmental works in the district and other demands.

A deputation of residents of Reasi town demanded immediate operationalization of Maternity Hospital, bringing the town on tourist map and formulation of a cable car project between Sullah Park and Bhimgarh fort, construction of Sarsote-Shopian and Gulabgarh-Nadimarg roads, augmentation of power infrastructure, pacing up of work on the grid station and development of a children’s park in the town.

The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 30 lacs for operationalization of Maternity Hospital, Rs. 20 lacs for development of Sulla Park and Rs. 10 lacs for developing childrens Park in the town.

Several deputations from Gulabgarh area demanded construction of Gulabgarh-Nadimarg road to provide alternate connectivity between the two regions. The deputations also sought opening of ITI centres at Mahore, Chassana and Gulabgarh, reservation in admissions at SMVDU for the students of the district, nursing college at Mahore and developing Dagan Top and Akhsi as tourist destinations.

Another deputation from the area sought opening of bank branches at Deval, Bhader, Tuli and Shergari, development of sports grounds at Sungdi and Akhsi besides urgent completion of water supply schemes in the region. They also sought establishment of fruit mandies at Chassana, Mahore and Sungdi besides establishment of college at Pouni and upgradation of local health centre.

The Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 30 lacs for developing playfields at Sungdi and Akhsi, directed prioritisation of some water supply schemes in the area for early completion and assured to look into the demand of opening of more bank branches in the region.

A deputation of Gujjar & Bakerwals sought reestablishment of mobile schools and dispensaries in their habitations, enhancement in the ration quota, realignment of Shikari-Ballard road, upgradation of some schools in the area and construction of Sonchal-Ballard bridge.

Several deputations from Thakrakote sough construction of receiving station in the area, development of sports in the area, release of payments under PMGSY and establishment of bank branches at Jij and Thakrakote.

The Chief Minister directed release of Rs. 50 lacs for the receiving station at Thakrakote and directed immediate start of work. She also directed development of water sports at Chinkra, given its potential there.

A deputation of District Bar Association sought decongestion of the court complex and identification of alternate place for its functioning.

The Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioner, Reasi to look into the issue while announcing release of Rs. 10 lacs for upgrading various facilities in the court complex.

A deputation from Salal complained of scarcity of drinking water in the area, development of sports field and upgradation of school at Salal Kotli.

Mehbooba Mufti directed complete operationalization of Salal water supply scheme within a week’s time and development of a sports field by Sports Council in convergence mode with Rural Development Department.

A deputation from Thuru village also demanded upgradation of grid station, pacing up of work on Revenue complex, Dharmari and Reasi-Mahore-Dharmari under construction road, establishment of Hostel at Dharmari college and introduction of Science streams and sports there.

Mehbooba Mufti announced release of Rs. 36 lacs for Grid upgradation in the area and Rs. 10 lacs for developing sports field at Dharmari. She also asked for pacing up work on the Revenue complex and directed the Deputy Commissioner, Reasi to sort out issues coming in the way of early completion of Reasi-Mahore-Dharmari road.

A deputation of people from Arnas demanded upgradation of health facilities in the area, completion of water supply schemes in the area and establishment of Munsiff court and Railway Collector for the area.

The Chief Minister directed release of Rs. 20 lacs for completing the water supply scheme Bidda while assuring the deputation to look into their other issues.

A deputation of people from Shikari and Dugri villages sought establishment of V-Sats at Mahore and Chassana for easy connectivity of the area. They also demanded upgradation of approach road to Arnas hospital and upgradation of Thakrakote High school.

Mehbooba Mufti announced release of Rs. 20 lacs for upgradation of approach road to Arnas Hospital. She also directed formulation of DPR for Gobian-Garda road and announced release of Rs. 20 lacs for constructing community hall at Sukhal.

A deputation from Shergarhi, Gulabgarh sought construction of Sarsole-Shopian road for alternate connectivity between Jammu and Kashmir regions. They also demanded upgradation of power infrastructure in areas of Chungra, Sarsote, Manjikote, Malikote and Shiblas for which the Chief Minister announced release of Rs. 20 lacs.

A deputation of Talwara migrants sought their proper rehabilitation.

Another deputation of people demanded extension of Railway line from Arnas to Rajouri via Budhal and filling up of vacant posts of ZEOs at Chassana and Mahore.

The Chief Minister assured the deputation to look into their demands.

Many other deputations from other areas of the district also met the Chief Minister and apprised her of their problems.

Mehbooba Mufti listened to the demands of the deputations throughout the day and it continued till late in the night. In many cases the Chief Minister gave on spot directions for the redressal of the grievances which was hailed by the deputationists.

Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Rohit Kansal; Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Hemant Sharma; IGP Jammu zone, Dr. SDS Jamwal; senior officers from the Chief Minister’s Secretariat and Planning Department; heads of several Departments; Chiefs of many Engineering wings and Heads of several Departments; Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, R. Prassanna; SSP, Tahir Sajad Bhat; and officers of divisional and District administration were present on the occasion.

This is the seventh public outreach programme of the Chief Minister in the Jammu province. Earlier, she conducted a similar public outreach programmes at Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri, Kathua and Samba. She has already conducted such programmes at Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam, Bandipore, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Budgam and Baramulla in Kashmir Valley during which hundreds of people apprised her about their problems and difficulties.

The public outreach programmes launched by the Chief Minister have evoked an interesting response from the public who come up with their problems for an on the spot redressal.

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Srinagar, February 21(KMW): Director General Prisons, J&K, Dilbag Singh visited the sensitive Central Jail Srinagar today to assess the security situation. He was accompanied by DIG Prisons, Dr. Mohd Sultan Lone, SSP Srinagar Imtiaz Ismail Parray, SP Hazratbal Amod Nagpure, Commandant 82 Bn. CRPF R. Balakrishna, Staff Officer to DG Prisons S.A Beig and Superintendent Central Jail Mukesh Kumar Kakkar, SDPO Khanyar Raja Zuhaib and SHO Rainawari Police Station Inspector J.P. Singh and others.

Singh inspected the infrastructure as well open area available inside and outside boundary wall to ensure better security arrangements and appropriate security precautions in view of the location of the Jail which is situated in the densely populated Rainawari on one side and Badamwari on the other. A high level meeting among the officers present was held in the office chamber of Superintendent Jail wherein basic infrastructure and gadgetry requirements were discussed and immediate security measures for long term improvement were identified and discussed. The DGP directed the oficers to be extra vigilant and alert in view of the sensitivity of the Institution and present security scenario in the valley. This was the first visit of Dilbag Singh to Central Jail Srinagar after taking over as Head of the Prison Department. With today’s visit, he has completed security review of all the Jails located in Kashmir valley for the last three days camping in Srinagar.

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Jammu, FEB 21(KMW): J&K Bank today convened 107th meeting of J&K State Level Bankers’ Committee (SLBC) here at the conference centre of Hotel Radisson Blu, Jammu. The meeting was presided over by Mr. B. B. Vyas, Chief Secretary J&K Government. Other prominent dignitaries who attended the meeting included Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development Department Mr. K. B. Aggarwal, Financial Commissioner Revenue Mr. Lokesh Dutt Jha, Principal Secretary Finance Mr. Navin Kumar Chaudhary, Regional Director, Reserve Bank of India Mr. Thomas Mathew, Chief General Manager NABARD Mr.Vijay Kumar, Deputy Secretary, DFS, MoF, GoI Mr. A. K. Dogra, other senior functionaries of the State Government, banks, Insurance Companies, BSNL etc.

Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, representative of Divisional Commissioner Jammu and the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts also joined the meeting, few in person and remaining through Vedio conferencing.

Chairman, J&K Bank (Convenor, J&K SLBC) Mr. Parvez Ahmed expressed his gratitude to the Chief Secretary for his well formed efforts to resolve various outstanding issues like allotment of land to RSETIs & FTCs, grant of exemption on stamp duty upto Rs.3.00 lakh on loans to SHGs/JLGs promoted by NABARD, etc.He Thanked the Chief Secretary for resolving large number of long pending issues of the forum and intiating well founded programmes to accelerate the resolutions.”The practice of integration of various stakeholders through vedio conferencing and other innovative initiatives by Chief Secretary are praiseworthy”, he said.

Briefing the House about the performance highlights, J&K Bank Chairman cum CEO and Convenor J&K SLBC, Parvez Ahmed said, “Banks operating in the State have extended a total credit of Rs.17,188.19 Crore in favour of 5,66,424 beneficiaries during the first three quarters of CFY ended 31st December, 2017 against annual target of Rs.28,841.64 Crore for 9,66,047 beneficiaries under Annual Credit Plan 2017-18, thereby registering achievement of 60% in financial terms and 59% in physical terms.

This includes Priority Sector credit of Rs.9,224.79 Crore disbursed in favour of 3,46,456 beneficiaries against the annual target of Rs.19,933.02 Crore for 7,40,847 beneficiaries (constituting 46% achievement in financial terms) and Non-priority sector credit of Rs.7,963.40 Crore disbursed in favour of 2,19,968 beneficiaries against annual target of Rs.8,908.62 Crore for 2,25,200 beneficiaries (constituting achievement of 89% in financial terms).

Notably, J&K Bank alone has disbursed Rs.12,319.61 Crore during the period under review, which makes for 72 pc of the total credit extended by the 43 banks and financial institutions operating in the State.

Commenting on the performance of banks in Government Sponsored Schemes (GSS) in the State, Mr. Parvez Ahmed said that against the Annual Action Plan 2017-18 target of Rs.539.40 Crore for 21,951 beneficiaries for all banks operating in the State, the achievement of banks under four major sponsored schemes viz. NRLM, PMEGP NULM and SC/ST/OBC stood at Rs.178.07 Crore for 8,035 beneficiaries in all the three regions of the State thereby achieving 33 pc of the target in financial terms and 37 pc in physical terms.

Performance under some major sub-sectors of Priority Sector:

Under Agriculture Sector the banks have provided credit aggregating Rs.4,295.52 Crore in favour of 2,25,552 beneficiaries upto 31st December 2017 thus registering an achievement of 56% in financial terms.

Under Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises Sector, banks have disbursed total amount of Rs.3,816.77 Crore in favour of 93,039 beneficiaries thereby registering an achievement of 51% in financial terms.

Under Education Sector banks have disbursed an amount of Rs.107.85 Crore in favour of 5,375 beneficiaries registering an achievement of 24% in financial terms.

Under Housing Sector, banks have disbursed credit amounting to Rs.763.34 Crore in favour of 11,915 beneficiaries thereby registering an achievement of 29% in financial terms.

In order to facilitate dispensation of credit through mortgage loans and boost credit deployment to Housing and Education sectors, Chief Secretary directed all the Deputy Commissioners to complete the process of digitization of land records in a time bound manner.

Taking note of aggregate Credit Deposit Ratio of 49% of the State, the Chief Secretary directed all the stakeholders to work in a coordinated manner to ensure that Credit Deposit Ratio of 60% as prescribed by Governor, Reserve Bank of India, is achieved by the end of March, 2018. He also directed the Deputy Commissioners of the districts having CD Ratio less than 40%, to formulate necessary strategies so that the CD Ratio of these districts is substantially improved.

All concerned banks/ Government agencies were advised to operationalize all their designated branches/ centers for Aadhaar enrolment-cum-updation facility immediately. Banks were also directed to expedite the process of seeding of Aadhaar in bank accounts well before 31st March, 2018, so that people are not put to any inconvenience on this account.

House noted that 100% coverage of farmers under KCC Scheme has already been completed in Kashmir Division, but in Jammu division there is a pendency of 49000 cases. Chief Secretary emphasized that all the stakeholders should put in strenuous efforts to ensure that the process of 100% coverage is completed immediately in Jammu Division also.

Expressing concern that EBT Scheme has so far been implemented in only 16 districts of the State for IGNOAPS, all the stakeholders were directed to ensure that the process of validation of accounts in the remaining six districts of Budgam, Anantnag, Kulgam, Poonch, Reasi and Kathua is completed expeditiously, so that the entire State is brought under the ambit of EBT Scheme.

Principal Secretary Finance Mr. Navin Kumar Chowdhary emphasized that the targets set under the Annual Credit Plan should be in synchronization with the available potential. In this regard a Sub-Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief General Manager NABARD was constituted to finalize and approve the Annual Credit Plan for J&K State for FY 2018-19 so that the same is launched for implementation across the State w.e.f. April, 2018.

Chief Secretary impressed upon the banks and other agencies to work in tandem for economic upliftment of the J&K State, so that people of the State in general and the underprivileged sections of the society in particular are benefitted. He emphasized that while pursuing the targets allocated under the Annual Credit Plan, banks should focus more on achievement of targets under Priority Sector.

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JAMMU, FEBRUARY 21(KMW): The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) headed by J&K Chief Secretary, B B Vyas Wednesday in its 104th meeting cleared several proposals of urgent developmental and public importance, on the specified terms and conditions.

Financial Commissioner Revenue, Mr Lokesh Dutt Jha, Administrative Secretaries of the Departments of Forest, Ecology & Environment and PHE and I&FC, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HoFF), J&K, Chief Wild Life Warden J&K, Environmentalists, Dr S P Singh Dutta and Dr G A Bhat and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

The proposals cleared included the use of forest land for construction of PMGSY roads in various forest divisions of the state, construction of service reservoirs for providing drinking water facility at Ban and Khanpur Nagrota, construction of various works of Pakal Dul HEP in Marwah forest division, construction works of 220 KV Multi-circuit Kishanganga to Amargarh Transmission Line at Doabagh Sopore etc.

While reiterating the directions for ensuring minimum felling of trees and undertaking compensatory afforestation over alternate land in lieu of diversion of forest land, Chief Secretary stressed upon strict supervision and monitoring of approved works in the forest areas.

Chief Secretary emphasised that during the conceptualization stage itself, the road alignments be worked out in a manner so as to ensure minimum felling of tress. He said cutting of trees/saplings, which constitute a precious forest resource be avoided as far as possible and afforestation plans drawn up to fill up the gaps besides protection works be undertaken to prevent soil erosion.

The earlier direction of the FAC regarding conduct of an evaluation study of all PMGSY road projects was reiterated with directions to Commissioner/Secretary PW (R&B) Department to ensure the PMGSY roads under construction in phases be given priority for 3rd party evaluation and new phases should be allowed only after successful evaluation of the earlier PMGSY phase.

As part of the post approval monitoring mechanism, a detailed presentation on the progress of earlier cleared FAC projects was made by the Member Secretary; also highlighting therein, the observations recorded by the inspection/monitoring team.

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SHOPIAN, FEBRUARY 21(KMW): Chairman District Legal Services Authority Shopian today informed that a Lok Adalat is being to be held in the district on February 26.

Matters Relating to the criminal compoundable offence, family disputes MACT cases, compensation cases, cases underpayment of wages Act, property disputes, labour disputes and NI Act shall be taken up in the Lok Adalat.

Interested litigants who want to get their cases settled through the Lok Adalat have been asked to approach court authorities before the fixed date of the Lok Adalat.

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SRINAGAR, February 21(KMW): Government forces on Wednesday launched a cordon and search operation at Mochow area of Nowgam in outskirts of Srinagar city.

Official sources told News agency that a joint team of SOG and CRPF launched the operation following intelligence inputs about the movement of some militants in the area.

Additional reinforcement has been rushed to the spot amid reports of minor stone pelting clashes in the area. When reports last came in the searches were going on.

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