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SHOPIAN: On the direction of District Administration Shopian, snow clearance operations commenced on 84 km long Mughal Road today. The work was started by mechanical division in presence of ADDC Shopian, Saleem Malik. It was said that the work to clear snow from the road would take around 20 days depending on the amount of snowfall in higher reaches and landslides which usually hinder the operations.

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BARAMULLA: Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr G N Itoo today launched two-day cleanliness drive on the bank of river Jhelum as part of nationwide campaign “Swachh Bharat Mission”, which aims at achieving the ODF status throughout the country. The drive was organized by Municipal Council Baramulla in which the officers/officials of various departments including Education, Youth Services and Sports, RED Cross Volunteers, NYK and others participated.

Speaking on the occasion, DC highlighted the importance of the drive and said that such a drive was launched with an aim to maintain hygiene at places of public importance. He said that such an ambitious mission conveys a pious message which should be followed in letter and spirit. Meanwhile he stressed for active participation of all stakeholders in achieving the desired goals of the programme.

While terming the public cooperation necessary in achieving the goal of hygienic environment, DC emphasized upon awareness dissemination about the ill hazards of garbage. He also warned traders, shopkeepers and other sections of the society not to use polythene failing which shall render legal action against the violators.

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  • District coordination committee to monitor implementation to be formed; awareness camps about the mission to be held across the district

SRINAGAR: Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Saturday convened a meeting to discuss the implementation of the national nutrition mission Poshan Abhiyaan in the district. The meeting discussed the mechanism required to be put in place to ensure complete coverage of target groups and thorough implementation of the nutrition mission in the district.

The DC said the education department has an important role in the mission with schools hosting a major percentage of the target population. He instructed the concerned departments to hold awareness camps about the programme for the information of the target population and also asked the Social Welfare department to organise nutrition mission weeks.

He said the data required for it is dynamic and instructed for undertaking fresh surveys of target population under the mission. The meeting was informed that a district coordination committee comprising members from all concerned departments will be formed to ensure proper monitoring of implementation of the nutrition mission.

Dr Shahid also directed for preparing a calendar of screening programmes needed to be held as part of the mission. Poshan Abhiyaan launched last year aims to reduce malnourishment in the country in a phased manner by way of adoption of a synergised and result-oriented approach.

The goals of the mission are to achieve improvement in nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, pregnant and lactating mothers in a time boundmanner during the next three years beginning 2017-18. It also aims to ensure convergence of all nutrition-related schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) on target population. ADC KK Sidha who is also the Project Officer ICDS Srinagar, JD Planning, CMO Srinagar, CEO Srinagar and District Social Welfare Officer Srinagar attended the meeting.