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JAMMU:  Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Suresh Chugh today reviewed the performance of Forest Divisions of Jammu here at a meeting of concerned officers. The meeting reviewed division wise physical/financial achievements made under Capex Budget, District Plan and Centrally Sponsored Schemes NAP, FDA etc for the year 2018-19.  Chief Conservator of Forests, Jammu, Sameer Bharti briefed the meeting about the physical/financial targets/achievements upto ending December 2018 through a PowerPoint Presentation.

The Pr. Chief Conservator observed that the expenditure was low although physical achievements were made. He instructed the DFOs to book the expenditure to the maximum extent as per the budgetary provisions in order to achieve 100% targets on the ground. Besides the DFOs were advised to make field visits during the course of plantation and furnish the tour dairies to the higher authorities for scrutiny. The DFOs were impressed upon to keep close check on new encroachment on forest land and take steps for the retrieval of the old encroachments, systemically and in a time bound manner. Besides, PCCF advised CCF Jammu to constitute Monitoring Committees to check the deviations, if any, made by User Agencies like PWD, PMGSY, National Highway and Railways in Forest Conservation cases. Any deviation should be taken seriously and action taken under Forest Conservation Rules, he stressed.

The PCCF also reviewed the progress on afforestation works specially in winter zones. All preparations have been made for winter plantation and around 50% of the targets have been achieved he was informed. The meeting among others was attended by Sarvesh Rai Addl. Pr. Chief Conservator of Forests CAMPA, Abdul Ghani, Chief Conservator of Forests Central, K. Ramesh Kumar, Chief Conservator of Forests Planning & Projects, S.T.B. Singh, Conservator of Forests Chenab Circle Doda, B. Mohan Das, Conservator of Forest East Circle Jammu, Dr. Jitender Kumar, Conservator of Forests West Circle Rajouri.

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BARAMULLA: Illegal and indiscriminate sand mining and extraction from Nallah Viji at Batpora Rafiabad is posing a threat to fertile agricultural land and residential areas of the locality as without caring about the rules and safety sand mafia is unabatedly mining and extracting Sand,Gravel and Boulders from the Batpora and Dachinpaara Rafiabad. Locals who are from sikh community told KNB that “several times we tried to prevent and stop illegal sand extraction and excavation by the sand mafia but they came to beat us and threatened us with dire consequences as being in minority we fear about our lives and personal liberty that’s why we are now highlighting this issue through media”.

While expressing resentment and concern over illegal sand mining and extraction head of sikh community Mr Manjeet Singh while talking to Kashmir News Bureau told that the sand mafia has destroyed our agricultural land as the land is slowly turning barren and there is now also a threat of flood due to this weakening of the embankments of the Nallah.

Locals and sarpanch also while talking alleged that unchecked and unabated sand and Boulder extraction at Batpora and Dachinpaara Rafiabad has endangered many agricultural fields in the area.Sand mafia with over 30 tractors strip the Nallah beds for sand and boulders on daily basis from the sites close to several residential areas hinting that there is an unholy nexus between mafia and some officials.

It is pertinent to mention that the illegal mining and extraction has left many fertile agricultural land barren causing resentment among the residents and farmers and the mafia also threatens the sikh community of dire consequences if they tried to stop them but according to members of sikh community after they protested the illegal mining and extraction has stopped in day time and resumes in night.

Some other villagers while talking to Kashmir News Bureau told that “the mining and extraction is not an isolated incident but the mafia has been rampantly taking away sand,Gravel,boulders from the Nallah Viji.we often complained to authorities who prefer to turn a blind eye to the racket and play deaf”. When Contacted Executive engineer Irrigation and flood control Baramulla Mr GM Ganaie told Kashmir News Bureau that by tommorrw I will depute my men and AEE to the village and they will lodge an FIR against all thise who will be found involved in the illegal mining and extraction.

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  • DC Ramban reviews snow clearance operations, progress on ongoing schemes
  • Stresses on providing uninterrupted essential services
  • DC tours Bandipora villages to inspect snow clearance operations
  • Directs clearance of inner links roads; augmentation of water supply schemes
  • Post Snowfall: Essential services restored within hours in Noorabad 

JAMMU: Advisor to the Governor,. Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today asked the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, to check stock and supply position of essential commodities in consultation with the Deputy Commissioners and Director Food & Civil Supplies, in the wake of recent snowfall in Kashmir valley. He also issued similar instructions to the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, for review of supplies' position in the areas of Jammu Division which have experienced fresh snowfall. 

In a statement, Ganai, who is also in-charge of the Food & Civil Supplies Department, said the Deputy Commissioners must ensure that sufficient stock of essential commodities like rice and LPG is available in their respective districts so that people do not face any inconvenience. He also issued instructions to Directors of Food & Civil Supplies of both Kashmir and Jammu Divisions for gearing up their field functionaries so that no shortfall of essential supplies is reported from anywhere due to prevailing weather situation.

  • DC tours Bandipora villages to inspect snow clearance operations
  • Directs clearance of inner links roads; augmentation of water supply schemes 

BANDIPORA:  Deputy Commissioner, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary Sunday toured Bandipora district to take the first-hand appraisal of response mechanism put in place to deal with challenges following snowfall on Friday. He was accompanied by Superintendent of Police Bandipora Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, Tehsildar (headquarters) Mubashir Saleem Nazki, officials of R&B, PHE, PDD and other senior officials of the district.

Dr Choudhary visited various villages including Kaloosa, Watapora, Mangnipora, Tarkpora, Kema, Aloosa, Malangam, Quil, Ashtingo, Onagam, and other adjoining villages. He took stock of snow clearance operations, restoration of electricity and availability of essential commodities. He interacted with the public at various places and heard their grievances besides passing on spot directions for its redressal.

At Aloosa, the deputy Commissioner visited inner link roads and directed the officials to clear snow from inner roads at earliest. Officials said the field staff is on job to clear the snow from inner links manually. At Quil-Muqam he directed to restore the water supply at earliest that was damaged during road clearance. He also announced to grant of Rs 10 lakh to restore disabled water supply scheme at Malangam. While interacting with the youth of the Sheikhpora village, he directed to construct a playground and sports kits for them.

He also visited upper Malangam and Ziarat Sharief Nanga Baji and passed on spot directions for augmentation of water supply in the area. Dr Choudhary said all the men and machinery have been put on high alert in the district since Friday afternoon and the snow clearance operations were started during the Friday night only to ensure all major link roads are cleared on war footing basis to make them through for the general public across the district. He said all the main roads have cleared on Saturday night besides restoration now power and water supply.

He lauded the efforts of the field staff in clearing the roads quickly besides restoring water supply and electricity. She said that the restoration of electricity supply to the district hospital, sub-district hospitals, PHCs and other health institutions was made on priority. Dr Choudhary said in Snowbound Gurez area Sub-Divisional Magistrate is monitoring the snow clearance operations and all major roads in Tulail, Dawar and adjoining areas were cleared on priority so that people don’t suffer. He said the administration has set up a control room in the Mini Secretariat Bandipora and urged the people to contact on phone numbers 01957-225322, 01957-225276, 7006526985, 9797151356.

  • Post Snowfall: Essential services restored within hours in Noorabad

KULGAM: Sub District Magistrate Noorabad today said that the essential services disrupted at some places due to the snowfall across sub-district D H Pora were restored within hours as the administration worked round the clock.  Giving details about the restoration of essential services SDM said that snow clearance on all main and link roads was completed in the area and roads were through in the morning of January  5.

Electricity, water supply was restored at an earliest in all villages of Noorabad and buffer stock of essential commodities, like rice, atta, and LPG is available in the area and there is no shortage of essential commodities in Noorabad he added. While giving details of the snow clearance of roads AEE mechanical subdivision D. H. Pora said that P1 roads of the area were cleared before 6 am which includes D. H. Pora Kulgam road main road, Aharbal Kulgam road,   Batpora to Tsimer road D. H. Pora to nandimarg road and all other P2 roads were also cleared before 10 am on 5 January and 5 snow-clearing machines were pressed on job of snow clearance in the area and a smooth movement of traffic was seen throughout the day.  

SDM also rebutted the news report posted by a local online news portal and said that a baseless report has been posted by the portal which is far from ground reality he added. He also urged the people of the area to contact him whenever they have any problem in their area and assured that swift action will be initiated to mitigate the issues of the people and at earliest.

  • DC Ramban reviews snow clearance operations, progress on ongoing schemes
  • Stresses on providing uninterrupted essential services

RAMBAN:  Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat Sunday convened a high level meeting of senior officers of various  departments to review Physical and Financial achievements under district capex budget and state and centrally sponsored  schemes besides  taking  a firsthand appraisal of efforts being made by the departments on the ground for restoration of essential  services in the district during winter especially snowfall.

SSP, Anita Sharma, ADDC Ramban Nawab Din, ADC, Dr. Basharat Hussain, ACR, Harbans Lal, CPO, Uttam Singh, CMO, XEN of PDD, PWD, PHE and PMGSY besides other District and sectoral officers attended the meeting. Bhat reviewed the performance of PWD, PHE, PDD, Horticulture, Sheep, Animal, Agriculture, CAPD, PMGSY, JKPCC, Police Housing Corporation , Housing board and Municipal committees and directed to all ongoing developmental works including Degree college Banihal PHC  Ukhral, Gujjar Hostel Ramban, Road Projects, Water Supply Schemes , PDD works under SAUBHAGYA and other schemes within prescribed time for the convenience of general public.

He also reviewed the stock position of Food Grains, Timber, Fire Wood , LPG and Kerosene besides the implementation of various flagship and other schemes of horticulture, agriculture, social welfare, education and sports department. DC said that prompt action by the field staff following heavy snowfall has resulted in quick restoration of services in the affected areas of the district. He said snow has been cleared from all major roads and lanes while power supply has been restored and water supply to in all affected areas of the district have been restored, He said special reinforcements have been deployed on roads of far flung areas  especially leading to hospitals and  local headquarters.

He directed the officers of all essential departments to be proactive and ensure that there were no interruptions in essential services due to the inclement weather situation in the district and directed the officers for continued efforts and close coordination between all the line departments till the inclement weather prevails. Bhat said the administration is well-prepared to deal with challenges of the prevailing weather situation in the district and said the general public can report their problems to concern department, SDM, Tehsildars, as well as district administration.