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  • Sunil Choudhary, Constable Vilas Bishnoi, Dalbir Singh shine in BSF Half Marathon

JAMMU: Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary today called upon the youth to learn from the sacrifices of the martyrs and play their role in nation building. The Minister was addressing the gathering during the concluding ceremony of Half Marathon at Bana Singh Stadium, R S Pura. The ‘Run for BSF Martyrs’ was organized by Border Security Force in memory of BSF personnel who laid down their lives while defending the borders. It was organized in collaboration with Communication and Capacity Development Unit of PHE, I&FC Department, State Bank of India and JK Channel.


The Minister paid tributes to the local BSF martyrs who gave the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty and honoured the NoKs of 16 local BSF personnel. The 21.5 km long Half Marathon was flagged off by DIG, BSF SHQ Indreshwar Nagar Pardeep Katyal in which 517 participants belonging to different age groups and hailing from different villages participated. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said every individual should realize his responsibilities towards his country and contribute towards the development of the nation in whichever way possible. There is a need to educate the children about the sacrifices given by our jawans for keeping us safe at our homes, he added.


He urged the youth to actively take part in these kinds of programmes as sports activities keep the body and mind fit and also helps in achieving the commanding heights in life. Later, the Minister distributed cash prizes among the winners of the Half Marathon. Sunil Choudhary was honoured with a cash prize of Rs. 20,000 for picking up the first spot in the Run. Constable Vilas Bishnoi and Dalbir Singh clinched second and third positions and were given a cash prize of Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. Mukesh Kumar was also given a consolation prize of Rs. 5,000 while as 66-yr-old Om Parkash and a differently-abed Makhan Lal were given special cash prizes of Rs. 2,000 each.



Commandant (OPS) SHQ Harmeet Singh, Commandant 176 Bn BSF Yuvraj Dubey, Commandant 78 Bn BSF V.K Singh, Commandant 192 Bn BSF Amarbir Yadav, SDM RS Pura Naresh Sharma and other officers of the district administration were present in the programme.

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  • Says peace imperative for development

BARAMULLA: Minister for Education, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today laid the foundation of Government Degree College Hadipora, Rafiabad in presence of MLA Rafiabad Yawar Dillawar Mir. The phase I of the institute will come up at the estimated cost of Rs 7.50 crore and will be executed by J&K Police Housing Corporation. Speaking on the occasion, Altaf Bukhari said the establishment of Degree College was the long pending demand of the people of the area.  He reiterated the Govt’s commitment of providing quality education to the students and said various initiatives are afoot to develop basic educational infrastructure in educational institutions.


Bukhari stressed for strong and quality education mechanism and termed it necessary for building a strong nation. Meanwhile, he directed the concerned for early initiation of work on the Degree College so that the project is completed within shortest possible time.  While terming peace imperative for development, the Minister said that present government led by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has taken up the mission of development and is committed for equitable development of all constituencies.


MLA Rafiabad Yawar Dilawar Mir during his address expressed gratitude to the Minister and said that more needs to be done for the socio-economic uplift of Rafiabad area. He highlighted various public demands with respect to education sector in the area and urged for their timely fulfillment. Later the Minister also laid the foundation stone of Government Higher Secondary School Ladoora Rafiabad which will be built at a cost of Rs 4.84 crore. The construction work will be executed by J&K Housing Board within the time frame of 18 months.



Among others former Minister Mohammad Dillawar Mir, District Development Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, Director School Education Kashmir Dr G N Itoo, Project Director RMSA Tufail Matoo, Director Colleges, ADC Sopore Kursheed Ahmad Shah, Chief Education Officer, representatives of housing board and other departments besides a huge gathering of students were present on the occasion.

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  • ‘Govt committed to JK’s holistic development’

KARGIL: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Information, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today launched Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme here at Kargil Auditorium through distribution of gas coupons among Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. The scheme provides free LPG connections to the women from BPL households. Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali, Chief Executive Councillor LAHDC Kargil, Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, Executive Councillor for FCS&CA Tenzin Sonam, Executive Councillor for Education and Power Advocate Mohammad Amir, Director FCS&CA Kashmir, Nissar Ahmad Wani, Deputy Commissioner Kargil Haji Gulzar Hussain, and representatives of oil companies and other concerned officers were present.


Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said after the launch of PMUY in Kargil the entire State has now come under the ambit of the national scheme primarily initiated for the welfare of females, he added. Highlighting the importance of the scheme, the Minister said the initiative is a step to create smoke-less houses even in far off villages. He said the scheme aims to safeguard the health of women by providing them with a clean cooking fuel, adding it would also save them from going out in unsafe areas to collect the firewood.


He informed that from the intended target list of 8040 families who are selected as per the socio-economic survey, 2802 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the district would be provided with LPG connections in the first phase. The Minister directed the oil companies to do a survey so that every deserving family in the district is brought under the ambit of the scheme. He assured that the Government is soon going to launch PMUY plus where all those whose names did not figure in the earlier list would be incorporated so that no deserving person misses the opportunity of availing the rightful benefit from the scheme.


The Minister said considering the remoteness and the geographical location of the area, the scheme assumes greater significance in the areas like Ladakh region. He called for raising awareness regarding the scheme among the masses living in far off villages. There must be many in remote villages who still may be using the primitive form of unclean fuel, and by making them aware of PMUY they could avail benefit from the scheme and replace it with clean one, he said.

Reiterating government’s resolve of holistic development, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali said that present dispensation under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is committed for the overall development of all the three regions of the State. On this occasion, the Minister announced that an LPG bottling plant will be established in the district soon. He informed that the land has been identified for the same and work on the project will soon be started.


The Minister also informed the gathering that 56 new gas agencies have been sanctioned for the State, out of which some would be opened in places like Drass, Zanaskar and Kargil and other areas in this region. Besides, opening up of petrol and diesel depots in the district, the Minister also announced the setting up of six new petrol pumps in here.


He assured people of the region that Government is making sincere efforts so that people in the region would get all the facilities that are being provided to people in other two regions. He said steps are being taken to establish more gas agencies in the State in general, and in this terrain region in particular so that people instead of travelling many kms to fetch a cylinder can get it at their doorsteps.


Later Chairman Legislative Council Haji Anayat Ali and Chief Executive Councilor Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan (CEC) also spoke where they expressed their thanks to the Minister for the launch of the scheme in the district. They hoped similar kind of developmental initiatives would be carried out in the district in future also.