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Jehlum Post News|Srinagar| Feb 5, 2014| Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Wednesday vowed his endeavor to bring administration to the doorsteps of people all across the State particularly living in far-flung, backward and hilly areas. He said creation of New Administrative Units is a step further in this direction. “It will take all steps to expand public reach to

government and transfer of governance from secretariat to grass roots”, he maintained. “My government empowered people through various initiatives brought in historic legislations, conducted Panchayat elections and transfer powers to these democratic institutions so that people are largely involved in the development process. We took measures to bring transparency, make administration accommodate and strengthened institutions to check corruption”, he said and added that the creation of New Administrative Units in the State would strengthen these initiatives especially in translating the development plans into reality on ground successfully so that each area is benefited by the outcomes of gigantic development programme under implementation in the State.
          The Chief Minister was talking to various deputations from different areas of the State who called on him here and conveyed their gratitude top him for creation of New Administrative Units in their areas as also concentrating on the holistic development of Jammu and Kashmir during the last five years. The deputations also raised various development demands pertaining to their areas and sought Chief Minister’s intervention in getting these accommodated in the current financial year’s plan schemes. The deputations led by Legislators Shamima Firdous of Habbakadal, Haji Ashraf of Sopore, Mohammad Yaseen Shah of Sonawar, Mohammad Irfan Shah of Batmalloo, Peer Afaq Ahmad of Zadibal Assembly Constituencies conveyed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for granting New Administrative Units in their constituencies and said that it would give fillip to the development activities in these areas.They also congratulated the Chief Minister for making historic decisions and launching path braking initiatives to make people empowered, check corruption and address youth problems. They also mentioned the successful implementation of thousands of works during the last five year and expressed their confidence that the pace of development will be further accelerated during the current year.
          A deputation from Ramban led by former MLA Chaman Lal extended gratitude and thanks on their behalf and on behalf of the people of Ramban District for creation of New Administrative Blocks in the District. They also appreciated the keenness of Omar Abdullah for the faster development of people living in rural and far-flung areas. A deputation from Kathua led by Qasim-ud-Din in its meeting with the Chief Minister while expressing their thanks to the Chief Minister for creation of New Administrative Units in Kathua District said that the historic initiative of the Chief Minister has expanded the reach of government to the doorsteps of people particularly living in remote pockets and hilly areas of the State. The deputations from Qazigund, Jammu, Mendhar and other areas during their meetings with the Chief Minister expressed the same feelings and prayed for the success and good health of Omar Abdullah. They also presented their memoranda pertaining to the development demands of their areas.  Students, various individuals, senior citizens, Sarpenches and Panches and Youth Leaders while interacting with the Chief Minister during their separate meetings highlighted the issues pertaining to their concern. The Chief Minister while giving patient hearing to the deputations thanked them and the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their continuous support to help in restoration of peace and carrying forward development to all the corners of the State equitably.
          Omar Abdullah said that people in far-flung, remote and inaccessible areas require better deal in the process of socio-economic development started by his government all across the State so that their economic and life conditions are brought up at par with other citizens of the State. He said inclusive development has been underlined as the benchmark in the policy planning of the coalition government and last five years witnessed conspicuous forward movement in this direction.
Ramzan: Govt to install 2 Heavy Weighing Bridges to check over loading Jammu| Feb 5, 2014|The Government has decided to install two Heavy Weighing Bridges at Chenani near Udhampur on Jammu- Srinagar Highway and at Sunderbani on Jammu -Poonch Highway to check overloading by the Goods Carriers and plug pilferage of toll tax. Minister for Transport and Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD), Choudhary Mohammad Ramzan said this at a joint meeting of senior Government functionaries and representatives of Motor Transport Companies Association held Wednesday.
 The Minister said that the Government would identify the land in next two months and complete all formalities for the installation of the System. He said these two permanent weighing bridges would be in addition of three Mobile Weighing Bridges purchased last year. The Transporters Association also extended its full cooperation in meeting the requirements for the installation of Weighing Bridges.
 The Minister said that athree member team of officers from Traffic, Police and Transport Departments would be constituted to identify suitable location for erecting the Weighing System on the two roads. He said that the decision to install Heavy Weighing Bridges has been taken in view of complaints of unauthorized overloading by Big Trucks, particularly Heavy Trailers in absence of such a facility in the state. He said that at many occasions overloaded vehicles breakdown in the middle of the roads and block the traffic movement creating problem for the commuters. Responding to the demand of the Transporter representatives, the Minister said that the issue of renewal   and issuance of computerized Licenses to the drivers of Association would be sympathetically considered. The meeting decided to hold a special trial for the drivers of the Motor Transport Companies Association to facilitate early issuance of the fresh licenses in their favour.
          The Minister further said that a team of officers will inspect the Transport Nagar, Narwal and sort out various issues including the parking problems being faced by the truck drivers. Among others Secretary Transport Shahid Anayatullah, DIG Traffic  Mr. Shafqat Watali, DIG Jammu Mr. Shakeel Beigh, Transport Commissioner, Mr. Saurabh Bhagat, Vice Chairman, JDA Mr. K.L.Khujaria, MD,JKSRTC Mr.J.S.Tondon, RTO Jammu Mr. Arvind Kotwal, Director CA&PD Jammu Mr. G.S.Chib, Chairman, Motor Transport Companies Association S. Sudershan Singh Wazir and other bearers of the Association attended the meeting.

Tara Chand: New admn units to bring governance to door step of people

Jehlum Post News|Jammu| Feb 5, 2014 Deputations from various parts of Jammu division particularly from hilly and border areas Wednesday called on Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand at his residence and expressed gratitude on the historic decision of creating new administrative units all across the state. While addressing the gathering, Tara Chand said Cabinet Sub-Committee (CSC) for administrative units examined in detail all the demands presented by different people from all across the state and a detailed report was submitted. The report was accepted by the cabinet thus paving way for taking the government further closer to the people, he added. Minister for R&B and Mechanical Engineering, Abdul Majid Wani was also present on the occasion.The deputations from Khara, Pargwal, Mallah, Khour and adjoining areas felicitated the Deputy Chief Minister and appreciated creation of 13 new administrative units in the area. The demands which were put forth for consideration inter alia included, expediting development projects, un-interrupted power supply, potable water, irrigation requirements, opening of new schools in uncovered areas and staff requirements for particular subjects in existing schools.
          Tara Chand said committee for framing Education Policy has been set up by the government and very senior educationists are working on the policy document, adding that the policy would go a long way in improving education scenario in the state. He said strict instructions have been given to the concerned authorities to address the staff requirements in rural and far-off areas of the state.
          Demands with regard to improved infrastructure in shape of better roads and buildings for the area were also projected. Abdul Majid Wani reiterated that the government has launched mega-infrastructural projects in different parts of the state and due consideration would be given to the demands projected by the people of the area. While giving patient hearing to the deputations the Deputy Chief Minister assured that all genuine demands of the people would be addressed at the earliest and also issued on spot instructions to the concerned for taking up the issues on priority.

Geelani returning to Valley on Feb 8

Jehlum Post News|Srinagar| Feb 5, 2014| Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani is returning to Valley on February 8 after going through a treatment at New Delhi. Geelani who left for Delhi in the recent past underwent several tests in the capital including Liver and Kidney functioning tests. “He is returning by February 8 and is expected to chair the seminar on February 12 about Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru,” said Hurriyat conference (G) chief spokesman Ayaz Akbar Wednesday.

Div Com reviews arrangement at Sgr Airport

Jehlum Post News|Srinagar| Feb 5, 2014|To ensure hassle free air travel for passengers at Srinagar international Airport, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Wednesday visited the Airport to review the arrangements put in place for convenient and comfortable journey of the passengers. Later, a meeting of concerned officers was convened at Airport which was attended by AOC, Air Force, IGP, Kashmir, Director Airport Authority of India, District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, representatives of SMC Municipal Committee, Budgam Municipal and officers of other line departments. It was decided in the meeting that five X-Ray machines would be installed at drop gate for scrutiny of passenger baggage for the convenience of passengers. It was also decided that transportation facility for passengers from drop gate to terminal would be arranged by Director Airport Authority of India and concerned airlines. Reviewing the power and water supply facilities at the Airport, the Divisional Commissioner asked the concerned to formulate a detailed project report to augment the power and water supply at Airport. Meanwhile the authorities were asked to arrange four lakh gallons of water as a short term measure. The authorities were asked to ensure adequate heating arrangements inside airport in view of cold weather conditions. Besides, the concerned were asked to ensure adequate washroom facility at the airport to cater the huge influx of passengers particularly in view of ensuing tourist season. It was also decided that entry gates at airport terminal would be increased from two to four to avoid the long queues of passengers awaiting their turn to board the aircraft. The concerned authority was asked to improve the Public Address System at the Airport which communicate flight schedules and remove snag, if any, to make communication audible to the passengers. Installation of flight display status board at drop-gate for passengers was also discussed in the meeting.The meeting also discussed the possibility of operating the early morning and late night flights for the convenience of passengers. He was also asked to ensure simplification of foreigner’s registration process at airport.  Discussing the bird and dog menace at Srinagar airport, the Divisional Commissioner asked the SMC and MC Budgam to tackle the bird menace by removing garbage dumps and by covering the open garbage dumps at Echgam, Budgam. The authorities were asked to repair and strengthen the boundary walls of the airport to keep stray dogs away.

Protests continue over new admin units

Jehlum Post News|Srinagar| Feb 5, 2014| Protests continued across the valley against government decision of creating new administrative units in the State and in support of these units for their respective areas. Besides protest demonstrations, complete shutdown was observed in different places all across the valley on Wednesday. Protesters on Srinagar Jammu Highway near Awantipora who demanded District status disrupted traffic. Amid shutdown, residents of Awantipora and its adjoining areas came on roads and blocked traffic for hours. Protestors alleged that government ignored the demands of the people of the area deprived Awantipora from District status.Scores of hamlets from Kulgam town including Muhammadpora, Khee, Jogipora, Bon Khandipora, Peth Khandipora, Ganosergam, VB Pora, Batpora, Souch, Chancer, Hadigam, Bumbrath, Kachohallan, Arreh, Padderpora, Nillow, Awhatoo, Odura, Akipora, Sehpora, Dederkoot, Nowpora, Shoganpora, Gundbal and Kotibrari observed complete shutdown and alleged that government intentionally neglected Muhammadpora and deprived it from block status. The residents of these village staged a massive protest in Press Enclave Srinagar and said that their village has at least 16,000 population while adjoining areas comprise of all but 30,000 people.

Difficult to get passport in Kashmir

Jehlum Post News|Srinagar| Feb 5,2014| Even though there are proper directions from the government that the kiths and kins of former militants should not be deprived from getting passports, yet there are countless examples in Kashmir where men, women and youth are facing enormous difficulties to get the passport. CID department of the State are citing the reason that their relatives are involved in militancy related cases and thus can’t be issued passport in their favour. “I applied for the passport (file number A-020905) in 2011 and it is 2014 yet I have not received the passport. I was told that my brother is involved in a militancy related case. The irony is that the verification done by CID makes it clear that nothing adverse has been found against me,” a Srinagar resident told local news agency. He said that after consultation with a CID official, he was asked to submit an application wherein he should admit that his brother was involved in a militancy case and request the top brass to issue passport in his favour. “I did the same but when I approached CID office in Srinagar, I was asked to visit Jammu as the office has shifted their with Darbar,” he said adding that it is surprising how many people will afford to go to Jammu for such purpose. He said that he was forced to send his father to Jammu for this purpose where he submitted the application.    He alleged that not a single CID official approached him for verification for all these years, instead he visited their offices and pleaded to expedite the verification. “It is a hectic job to get passport .

Police solves blind murder case

Jehlum Post News|Anantnag| Feb 5, 2014|Police has arrested the killer allegedly involved in the killing of 18 years old girl in South Kashmir’s Anantnag town. Addressing a press conference Wednesday, Superintendent of Police Anantnag Shiekh Junaid said that police had found the body of a teenager namely Iqra Nisar daughter of Nisar Ahmed Khan resident of Ladibal Bijbehara three days ago. “The ill-fated girl had been strangulated to death in Chee Darpora area of Bijbehara and police soon after the murder formed an investigating team led by Dy SP Headquarters Anantnag,” he said. He said that during thorough questioning of the suspects, Nasir Bashir Sheikh resident of Joyibal Veeri area of Bijbehara who happens to be the relative of the victim confessed his crime and it surfaced that jealously was the main motive behind the murder. “The accused was persuading the victim to develop relationship with him which she had refused. By coaxing and cajoling, the accused took her to an isolated spot and strangulated her to death,” he said. “A case vide FIR number 8/2014 under section 302 has been registered against the accused and further investigation is going on,” he said.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 08 February 2014 11:01