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JAMMU: Rotary Club of Jammu City (RCJC) and Eco-Femme India organised an awareness programmes at Govt. Girls School, Gandhi Nagar, National Institute of Fashion Design and with over 2000 female Safai Karamcharis of Jammu Municipality here today.with an intention of promoting the awareness, particularly amongst girls and women, and society at large in Jammu and suburbs. The Eco-Femme Ambassador Sofia Moradas was the key Speaker at the event. Rotary Club Jammu Elite and Midtown were co-partners. 


Speaking on the occasion, Ms. Sofia said “Eco - Femme produces and promotes washable cloth menstrual pads, an alternative menstrual product, which lasts for approx 75 washes. Cloth menstrual pads are rapidly gaining acceptance around the world for their health, environmental and cost saving benefits. A woman who switches from using disposable to reusable menstrual pads can prevent an average of 600 disposable pads from being thrown away during a 5 year period.   A single disposable sanitary napkin takes an estimated 500 to 800 years to decompose and in a country like India with undeveloped waste disposal mechanisms and a vast population, cloth pad use can have a dramatic impact on waste reduction, she said. 

K.B. Magotra President, RCJC said that “Eco Femme pads are certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) as made  of organic cotton flannel which is not only reusable but when cared for properly, can reduce the risk of infections and irritation. Women in J&K shall be benefitted enormously from its use as it is an environment friendly concept”. 

Anil Swaraj (PP), the Project Director, RCJC said that “Soon a core committee of woman Rotarians shall be appointed to take forward the production of eco-femme pads locally in Jammu. He also said “ We have to sensitize women of J&K to embrace this great cause and support further activities such as a volunteer cooperation,  a production unit to promote women livelihood issues, free distribution and promotion of subsidized pads to disadvantaged communities. 


Rinku Gill, President Civic Safai Karamchari Union appreciated the innovative project of RCJC. She expressed happiness that after the talk, the audience was encouraged to ask questions in a safe and open space that allowed this taboo topic to be discussed at ease and everyone was very enthusiastic and curious and Ms.Sofia and other women Rotarians addressed the queries very patently. He expressed happiness that Pads are offered free of cost to girls, ages 10-19, who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.   

Sandeep Berry, Secretary, RCJC and Kiran Rajput, Principal Govt. Girls School, Gandhi Nagar thanked the Key speaker Sofia. Rtn Adeep Mehta, Rtn Ravinder Kaul, Rtn Robin Mehta, Rtn Sanjiv Vaid, Rtn Sunny Gupta, Rtn Sushma, Rtn Ritika Mahajan, Rtn Deepali Sharma, Rtn Gurvinder Kaur, Rtn Manisha Swaraj, Rtn Anamika, Rtn Ritu Berry and galaxy of other Rotarians graced the occasion. The function was well attended by women from different walks of life.

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SRINAGAR: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK on Wednesday appealed Hon’ble Governor Shri Satya Pal Sharma to personally intervene and full fill all the genuine demands of SSA teachers, who are protesting for the same since a long time.  While calling demands of SSA teachers legal and legitimate DAK president Dr Suhail Naik said that teachers are the future builders of the nation, and are the providers of knowledge and wisdom.

With optimum education, wisdom, exposure, and resources, the teachers are building the nation for tomorrow brick by brick. The pathetic approach of government towards teachers will put them in mental agony and that can, in turn, prove devastating for students, Dr Naik added. While urging the  Governor led State Government to fulfill the demands of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers at the earliest, DAK president today said it is unfortunate that nation builders are being forced to come on roads to demand their dues.

General Secretary DAK, Dr Owais H Dar said that implementation of 7th pay commission to SSA teachers is their fundamental right as there is standing supreme court ruling to pay the equal salary for equal work.  It is very unfortunate that for last few months, the SSA teachers are continuously hitting streets to press for their genuine demands, and nothing concrete has been done so far, Dr Owais added.

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  • For making Trauma Centres fully functional; Conduct timely DPCs


SRINAGAR: To review the functioning of Heath & Medical Education Department, Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar a convened a high-level meeting with the senior officers of the Department, here today. Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Atal Dulloo, Commissioner Food Safety, Abdul Kabir Dar, Director NHM, Dr Mohan Bhatti, Director Finance H&ME Rafiq Mattoo, Principal, Government Medical College Srinagar & Jammu, Principal, Government Dental College Jammu & Srinagar, Controller Drugs, Lotika Khajuria, Additional Secretary H&ME Abdul Sattar and other officers attended the meeting.

Various important issues pertaining to further strengthen the health services and to ensure improved health facilities to the people were discussed in detail. During the meeting, certain instructions were passed on to the concerned officers to look into the issues and take appropriate action for their redressal. The Advisor discussed in detail with Principal Secretary H&ME about rationalization/prioritization of doctors to ensure balanced position of doctor’s in urban and rural areas, detachment of doctor’s, transfer policy, enhancement in wages/honorarium of sanitation workers, outreach programme, ambulance facilities in districts, functioning of Trauma Hospitals and ambulance facilities on National Highways, recruitment rules, conducting of DPC’s and other important issues.

Regarding functioning of Trauma Hospitals on National Highways, The Advisor was briefed about the details of facilities, infrastructure, and manpower available in the existing Trauma Care Centres. The Advisor stressed for making these centres fully functional so as to provide medical treatment to the patient’s required emergency treatment. Taking note of delay in conduct of DPC’s, K Vijay Kumar asked the concerned officers to ensure that the process is conducted at the earliest and all the eligible cases be cleared for promotion.

The Advisor asked the Principal Secretary for having effective internal vigilance in the department on priority. This process helps in reviewing the performance of the staff and to reward the persons doing good job while rendering their services, the Advisor added. He asked Principal Secretary to personally review and monitor the progress on conduct of DPC of the employees who deserves promotion as per the prescribed rules and norms. With regard to 108 Ambulances to be provided on National Highways, K Vijay Kumar asked for expediting the process of procurement of critical care equipments to be installed in the ambulances to make them fully equipped and to deploy them on NHW.