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  • Chairperson PWWA Mrs Bharti Vaid Interacts with students
  • Gifts distributed among students

JAMMU: More than 300 students of different schools of Jammu participated in painting competition held at Bagh-e-Bahu which was the part of the 3-Day Intensive Awareness Initiative for Clean Tawi – Clean Jammu #Hero4Tawi conceived by Mrs. Bharti Vaid Chairperson Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association PWWA (Police Pariwar). The painting competition was held in the lawns overlooking river Tawi, Trikuta hills and parts of Jammu city. 


Mrs. Bharti Vaid, Chairperson Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association-PWWA (Police Pariwar) interacted with the participating students and gave a valuable lecture on the cleanliness and hazards of plastic. The competition was broadcast live on 92.7 Big FM and MJ Juhi of the Big FM anchored the said programme. Gifts in the shape of T-shirts and bags were distributed among the winners of quiz competition by Mrs. Bharti Vaid.

The competition was held in three categories (Nursery to 4th standard), (5th to 8th standard) and (9th to 12th standard) respectively. In first category Vishali Katoch, Manik and Rajvir bagged first, second and third prizes respectively and in this category two consolation prizes were given to Lavanaya and Dheeraj Thakur. In second category Aryan Saproo, Neha Rathore and Vanshika bagged first, second and third prizes respectively, two consolations prizes were given to Chakshu Verma and Ujjwal Sharma. In third category Arushi Abrol, Anjali Devi and Akshita bagged first, second and third prizes respectively, two consolations prizes were given to Vijay Kumar and Ananya Gupta. Shri Deepak Sharma, Fine Arts Expert, Tech. Staff, Jammu University and Shri Sohan Singh Billoria, Popular Basholi Painting & Art Expert, University of Jammu were the judges for the competition.

Mrs. Bharti Vaid, Chairperson PWWA was accompanied by IGP Armed Shri Shafqat Watali, Chairman Organising Committee, and senior PWWA members Dr. Rubinder Kaur, Mrs. Shabnam Mir, Mrs. Asmat Salaria, Mrs. Anita Kumar, Mrs. Sunita Slathia, Mrs. Ravinder Kour and Shri Rajinder Gupta, DIG (Retd.).

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  • Stresses on effective disposal of solid waste  

KATRA: Minister for Housing & Urban Development   Sat Sharma has hailed Civic authorities for achieving major breakthrough in maintaining cleanliness in holy Katra town   after it launched a proactive campaign for door to door collection of waste material.  “During the past two months, focus has been laid on making the holy township polythene free and effectively regulate disposal of waste material,” Minister said while expressing satisfaction at a function organized by Municipal Committee Katra.


The Minister was on a visit to Katra as a part of his acquaintance process about ongoing developmental works in and around surroundings of Jammu city. The Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Finance, Planning, Law & Justice, Relief & Rehabilitation and Labour & Emp, Agriculture, Floriculture and Horticulture Mr. Ajay Nanda, Financial Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development Department Mr. K.B Aggarwal, Director, Urban Local Bodies, Jammu Mrs. Sushma Chauhan , Deputy Commissioner, Reasi, Mr. Prasanna Ramaswamy G , C.E.O’s Katra Development Authority and Municipal Committee, Katra, besides members of Civil Society were present on the occasion.


Addressing the gathering, the Minister   appreciated the initiatives of Municipal Committee, Katra for checking the menace of polythene and door to door collection of household waste adding that such drives be made a regular feature for keeping the Holy Town pollution free.  Sat Sharma asked the officers of Municipal Committee, Katra for achieving the target of construction of Individual Household Latrines(IHHL) by the end of June 2018. He said new machinery would be provided to MC, Katra for keeping drainage network clean.


He appreciated the role of Safai Karamcharis for putting in their sincere efforts during the ongoing polythene free Katra drive and checking the menace of polythene. He also felicitated the Safai Karamcharis of Municipal Committee, Katra who have done commendable job during the drive. To get feedback from the members of Civil Society on the development front, an interactive session was also organized in which the locals projected and gave suggestions   for achieving holistic development of the town. Ajay Nanda, in his address, listed   various initiatives taken for the development of Katra Town. He assured every possible help for the development of Katra Town.


Director Urban Local Bodies Jammu, Sushma Chauhan presented a brief resume of the new initiatives taken under Swachh Bharat Mission for door to door collection of waste and making Katra polythene free. She further apprised that efforts are on to achieve the ODF status within a timeline for most of its Municipal Committees. She informed that DULB was in process of procuring mobile toilets with in-built Digestor which would not only   help to achieve requirements of ODF status, but also support ongoing sanitation activities of MC, Katra. The Minister was shown live demonstration of house to house collection of solid waste through outsourced third-party agency, which was started in this month in Katra. He was also appraised that the same services have also been started in 9 other ULBs of Jammu. Later, the Minister convened a meeting of officers to review the functioning of Municipal Committee, Katra and Katra Development Authority.  

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KATHUA: Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology, Rajiv Jasrotia today called for streamlining collective efforts to preserve the rich biodiversity of the State. The Minister was speaking at a function to mark International Day for Biological Diversity at Govt. Degree College Kathua. The function was organized by J&K State Bio-Diversity Board. The Minister who was the chief guest on the occasion said that the State is gifted with natural beauty and our responsibility is to work collectively for its preservation. He said the first thing is to make people aware of the importance of forests and biodiversity in our life followed by their practical participation in its conservation.         


Highlighting this year`s Biodiversity Celebration theme: ‘Celebrating 25 years of action for Biodiversity ‘, Rajiv Jasrotia said that the day is designed to promote the conservation of biodiversity and to ensure the sustainable use and equitable sharing of genetic resources.   “Our biodiversity is very important for the well-being of our planet. And the celebration of this day seeks to address all threats to biodiversity and ecosystem services with the full and active involvement of relevant stakeholders including scientists, experts, indigenous and local communities, youth, NGOs, women and the business community,” said the Minister.


Terming students as the catalyst of bringing change, Jasrotia said that they can spread the message of environment conservation effectively and it further underlines the responsibility of the Forest department in engaging students in conservation efforts. Underlining the need for expanding the ambit of the activities of State Diversity Board, the Minister asked the Members of the Board to work wholeheartedly so that the purpose for which it was constituted is fulfilled.

He said that role of PCB needs to be redefined and furthermore overall reforms are needed in Forest department to cater the emerging needs of the hour. The Minister further called for sustainable development of forests including strengthening of State Forest Corporation (SFC), Pollution Control Board (PCB), Soil and Water Conservation Department, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), Forest Protection Force (FPF) and Social Forestry to achieve growth and progress of huge natural resources of the state.


DC Kathua, Rohit Khajuria also highlighted the significance of celebrating Biodiversity day and asserted that these celebrations should not become symbolic but a routine affair to create mass awareness among all the stakeholders regarding environment conservation and afforestation. Earlier, the Minister inspected the stalls established by various wings of Forest department highlighting rare Flora-Fauna of J&K. Information broachers/posters highlighting cross-LoC trade of important wild Flora-Fauna and rare species of wild animals in J&K was also unveiled during the celebration.


Later, prizes were also distributed among the students who participated in the symposium and painting competition held by the Forest department to mark the Bio-diversity celebration. The function was attended by PCCF Manoj Pant, Chief Wildlife Warden Ravi Kesar, MD State Forest Corporation Suresh Chug, Chairman PCB, V. Sidharth, Director Soil and Water Conservation PK Singh, Director Social Forestry AK Gupta, Director SFRI BM Sharma along with Conservators, DFOs, senior officers of the department and students in large numbers were present during the celebration.