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DODA: International day against drug abuse and illicit trafficking was observed at Government Higher Secondary School Mohalla. While addressing the gathering, Principal S. Daljeet Singh, threw light on the various issue pertaining to drug abuse and illicit trafficking. A painting competition was held on the occasion in which Paryog Kumari of 12th, Asmat Bashir of 12th and Reepa Sharma of 10th clinched 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. All the students and staff members participated in the programme. 




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  • Reviews arrangements for Shri Amarnath Yatra
JAMMU: Minister for Health and Medical Education, ARI and Trainings Choudhary Lal Singh today ordered eviction of encroachers from the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC&H) land near Resham Garh Colony. The Minister, during a visit to the site, directed the authorities to ask the encroachers to vacate the land voluntarily, or be ready to face stern action.

Secretary Health and Medical Education Dr. Mandeep K Bhandari, District Development Commissioner Simrandeep Singh, Commissioner Jammu Municipal Corporation Mr. Soujanya Sharma, Principal GMC Dr. Ghanshyam Dev Gupta, Incharge SSP Mr. Rajiv Pandey and Administrator GMC Mrs. Babila Rakhwal accompanied the Minister.  

During the visit to Resham Colony behind Girls Hostel, the Minister found that some of the residents of the area have encroached around 4 kanals of GMC land and constructed concrete houses over it. He asked the District Development Commissioner to demarcate the land as per revenue records and take stern action against the land grabbers. He also asked SSP Jammu to extend full cooperation to the JMC, GMC and Revenue authorities for eviction of encroachers.   

Later, the Minister also visited Shri Amarnath Yatri Niwas at Bhagwati Nagar and reviewed the arrangements made by the administration for comfortable stay of pilgrims. Choudhary Lal Singh instructed all the line departments to work in tandem to ensure that the visiting Amarnath Yatris get all basic facilities. He also asked the PHE Department to make available drinking water facilities in sufficient quantity at Yatri Niwas. He directed them to install water supply posts from Canal head to Yatri Niwas for the convenience of the Yatris.

The Minister asked for regular market inspections to keep a check on overcharging by traders, transporters, besides quality of food and eatables at hotels, restaurants and roadside vendors. He issued instructions to the Power Development Department (PDD) to gear up men and machinery for providing regular power supply at Yatri Niwas.

The Minister stressed for adequate arrangements for medicare facilities, sanitation at Yatri Niwas. He informed that this year, Government has set up medical aid centers within 10 KMs distance from Lakhanpur to Cave Shrine with sufficient stocks of medicines.  

Later, the Minister also inspected arrangements at Lakhanpur ahead of the arrival of first batch of Pilgrims to the state tomorrow.  The Minister also inspected the Langar, medicare, water and sanitation facilities at Lakhanpur. Choudhray Lal Singh is also scheduled to receive the first batch of pilgrims tomorrow at Lakhanpur- the first station of Jammu and Kashmir State.

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  • Calls for strengthening healthcare facilities in desert district

LEH: Minister for Health & Medical Education and ARI & Trainings, Ch. Lal Singh reviewed the functioning of health institutions in Ladakh at a meeting convened at the Conference Hall Leh today. Chief Medical Officer, Leh, all Block Medical Officers of Leh district, Medical Superintendent of SNM Hospital and other senior doctors attended the meeting.

The meeting deliberated on how to further improve healthcare facilities in the desert district. The Minister asked the local health authorities to take full advantage of the flagship healthcare schemes like NRHM and NHM. He assured adequate funds for upgradation of medical facilities in Ladakh region.

Ch. Lal Singh impressed upon the doctors to provide better medical facilities to the people of far- flung areas of the district and ensure procurement of quality medicines for the hospitals. He said that all the centrally sponsored programmes and schemes should be implemented and people should be made aware about the schemes like Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY) and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karikaram (JSSK) so that the best medical facilities reach to the needy people through Govt sponsored schemes.

The Minister also released “Swachhta Guidelines for public Health facilities” in the meeting and distributed the copies to the BMOs of Leh district. CMO, Leh Dr. P Angchok, Medical Superintendent SNM Hospital Dr Yangchan Dolma and other senior doctors also shared their views for further improvement of health services in the district. BMOs of Leh district also expressed their views and highlighted their problems in the meeting.

Project Director J&K AIDS Control Society Dr. Mohan Singh; Mission Director NRHM Dr. Yashpal Sharma; Director Family Welfare Dr. Baldev Raj Sharma; Controller Drugs Dr. Nazir Ahmed Wani; Deputy Director Health Kashmir Dr. Ab. Karim were also present in the meeting.