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  • Thousands of students and volunteers, officers/officials members of civil society, artists take pledge to keep Jammu Clean, not to use Plastic 
  • Hon’ble Minister for Housing and Urban Development, MLA East flags off Bike Rally, Walk for Tawi march 

JAMMU: Thousands of students, volunteers, officers/officials of civil and police department, members of civil society, doctors, artists and media persons took a pledge this morning to keep Jammu Clean and not to use plastic in their routine on the inaugural function 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) at Parade Ground today.

 

Shri Sat Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Housing and Urban Development Department, J&K was the Chief Guest, Shri Rajesh Gupta, Hon’ble MLA Jammu East and Shri B.B. Vyas, IAS, Chief Secretary, J&K were guests of honour and Director General of Police Dr. S.P. Vaid was the presiding guest on the occasion.  About 3000 students from about 50 government and private schools took part in this mega event.

Addressing a huge gathering Shri Sat Sharma Hon’ble Minister said on the occasion that Chairperson J&K Police Wives Welfare Association Mrs. Bharti Vaid has taken a great initiative to aware people regarding the importance and necessity of cleanliness in our society, surroundings in general and Jammu, river Tawi in particular. He said that river Tawi has a religious significance for the people of Jammu and it is our duty to keep it clean. Shri Rajesh Gupta, Hon’ble MLA Jammu East speaking on the occasion complimented Mrs. Bharti Vaid for this mega initiative involving host of civil departments, police personnel and educational institutions.

 

In her welcome address, Chairperson PWWA Mrs. Bharti Vaid thanked all the supporting departments  participants and sponsors  who were involved in this initiative of Clean Jammu - Clean Tawi. She said that this campaign should not be restricted to only three days but all coming days of our life should be like a campaign. She highlighted the aims and objectives of the campaign and alongwith PWWA member Mrs. Esther William administered the pledge to the participants. The students, volunteers, officers/officials of civil and police department, members of civil society, doctors, artists and media persons pledged not to use plastic in their daily use and to keep city of Jammu and Tawi clean.

Thanking all the participants stake holders and sponsors of intensive awareness initiative #Hero4Tawi campaign, Chairman Organising Committee Shri Shafqat Watali, IGP Armed Kashmir presented vote of thanks. He said that Mrs. Bharti Vaid conceived this noble idea to create awareness at a large scale involving a huge number of participants by planning a host of activities spread over three days.

Later on, Shri Sat Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Housing & Urban Development Department, J&K alongwith Shri Rajesh Gupta, MLA Jammu East, Shri B.B. Vyas, Chief Secretary, J&K, Dr. S.P. Vaid, Director General of Police, Shri Hemant Kumar Sharma, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu and Mrs. Bharti Vaid, Chairperson PWWA flagged off the bike rally from the Parade ground. After flagging off the bike rally, the walk for Tawi started from Parade Ground which concluded at Hari Singh Park. Hundreds of students holding placards, beating drums, chanting slogans alongwith teachers, members of civil society, PWWA and officers/officials of civil and police department took part in the walk.

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BUDGAM: The picturesque Tosamaidan here in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district has been completely disfigured by unscrupulous elements while those who are at the helm of affairs in the Forest Department are allegedly unaware about the loot of green gold that is going on at a massive scale. Kabakoot Forest in the middle of Tosamaidan is presenting a horrific look as almost all the trees have disappeared while their stumps are only visible. This Reporter even saw at a couple of places stumps are on fire to destroy evidence. 

Locals blame Forest officials for the mess. They claim, that top forest officials even lower rung employees of the Department are in connivance with Smugglers loot the green gold. This loot fetch them lot of money. There are still some who hold army responsible for the destruction of Tosamaidan. “It was a firing range that was used by Army. As long as Army was stationed here, nobody dared to visit here. Forest Department didn’t launch any afforestation drive after army left this range,” said a group of locals to news agency CNS.

When one looks around the Tosamaidan Kabakoot forest, he finds thousands of pine trees fallen flat on the ground. “This is so painful. Stringent punishment should be awarded to officials who allowed this loot,” said a teacher. The irony is that Chief Conservator Forests Kashmir and DFO Budgam are feigning ignorance about this green gold loot. “Has it really happened? Have trees been cut and stumps set on fire,” questioned DFO Budgam Muhammad Rafique. Similarly Chief Conservator Forests Kashmir said that he doesn’t know anything about it. “If it has really happened, action will be initiated against the guilty,” he assured. 

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JAMMU: CRPF keeps on organizing Civic Action Programs commensurate with its public friendly image. The objective of these programs on the one hand is helping the general public of the area and on the other is to establish a direct interaction and better environment in its deployment area. In its Civic Action Programs, CRPF often organizes various programs and sports events for the youth of the area with the aim to explore their potential and provide them opportunities.

Last year, Football tournaments were organized by CRPF in various districts of Jammu region in which SMVDU Katra Team-A emerged winner and Katra Football Club team settled Runner up from Reasi district. These participants were sent on a tour to various historical and tourist places in Gujarat viz. Junagarh, Madhavpur, Gir National Park, Girnal Hills, Somnath temple, etc. The entire expenditure on journey, stay and food was sponsored and arranged by CRPF. When these young players returned back from tour on 21.05.18, contentment was clearly visible on their faces.

During a program organized by CRPF in their honour at Dheerti Dharore CRPF camp, Shri Abhay Vir Chauhan IG CRPF Jammu Sector said that CRPF will keep on organizing such tournaments in the future also and will also provide such opportunities of ‘Bharat Darshan’ so that the youth could nourish their cultural and historical awareness. He also reiterated the commitment of CRPF for helping the youth of the country in exploring their potential. While sharing his experience, Mr, Subrat, a player of Katra Football Club, said that they learnt a lot during this ‘Bharat Darshan’ tour and this journey is unforgettable for them.

Shri Rahul Sharma said that by organizing this tour, CRPF has realized our dreams of visiting such historical places, which otherwise wouldn’t have been possible. Mr. Siddhant Sadotra, a player of Katra Football Club, highly appreciated the arrangement made by CRPF during the journey and urged the Force to provide such opportunities to the youth in future also by organizing sports events. Others who were present during the occasion Shri Ashish Kumar Jha Commandant 166 Bn CRPF, Shri Jitendra Kumar Gupta Commandant 06 Bn CRPF, Shri Sandeep, 2-I/C, 06 Bn CRPF, Shri Tilak Raj, 2-I/C, 06 Bn CRPF, Shri Harsh Pal, DC, 06 Bn CRPF, Shri Mohinder Kumar, DC, 06 Bn CRPF, Shri Nazeer Afzal, DC, 06 Bn CRPF other officers and personnel of CRPF. The event was organized by 06 Bn CRPF under the able guidance of Jammu Sector CRPF.