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SRINAGAR: On the initiative of Governor N N Vohra, the state’s Social Welfare Department, in a significant decision today, announced hike in the Honorarium of Anganwari Workers and Anganwari Helpers. According to Secretary Social Welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, the honorarium of the Anganwari Workers has been raised to Rs 4100 from the existing Rs 3600 and for Anganwari Helpers to Rs 2200 from the existing Rs 1800.

 

He said the hike in honorarium of the Anganwari Workers and Helpers would go a long way in fulfilling their long-pending demand. Dr Lone said the Governor’s Administration has, meanwhile, decided to take a holistic re-look at the existing Anganwari Centres in light of the Government of India norms. He said the review would take into consideration the factors like functioning of the existing system, number of children in each Anganwari Centre, location of the village/hamlet, distance between nearest Anganwari Centres, future demand and other related issues.

 

Dr Lone said the review shall be anchored by the Finance Department in coordination with the Social Welfare Department. He said till the time the review is completed there will be no fresh engagement in the Anganwari Centres. There are presently, 32960 Anganwari Centres in the State, out of which 29599 are functional, he said.

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SRINAGAR: Director School Education Kashmir, Dr. G.N. Itoo has expressed shock over the sudden death of an 11th class student of GHSS Soura namely Sehar Saleem Sofi who passed away today after she fainted in the ground during morning assembly as per the report from GHSS Soura. She was taken to the SKIMS Soura where after the strenuous efforts of doctors she could not recover and doctors declared her dead. DSEK has said that the whole Department stands with the bereaved family in this hour of grief. 

Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer Srinagar, Mudasir Kaleem Fazili and whole Education fraternity has expressed shock over the sudden death of the student and prayed for the eternal peace for the departed soul. 

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UDHAMPUR: The District Development Commissioner, (DDC) Udhampur Ravinder Kumar today convened a meeting of district officers and field functionaries of different departments to review the status of centrally sponsored schemes i.e Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), MPLAD, CDF, etc   at Conference Hall DC Office Complex Udhampur.

Threadbare  discussion was held on various  issues like   Expedition of execution works under  MPLAD, CDF, District Plan, PMDP and submission of MPRs and utilization certificate in time, information on format IV -AEBAS, Expedition of Expenditure on BEAMS, Damage report of different sectors  caused  by natural calamities, Detail of projects ready for inauguration, Detail of newly approved projects ready for laying foundation stones, Repartition of attached employees to their original place of postings, Verification of damages by the inter disciplinary committee, Status of ODF till date and preparedness for Swachh  Sarvekshan Gramin, Status of plantation drive, Kerala floods voluntary donation by all, besides other urgent issues.

At the start of meeting officers/participants paid rich tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, by observing two minutes silence. While reviewing the Panchayat wise performance of all blocks under Swachh Bharat Mission, the DDC suspended five employees of RDD for poor performance in SBM in their respective Panchayats and served show cause notice to 80 employees including ACD, BDOs and VLWs whose performance in SBM and Geo-Tagging was poor.

 

He directed the officers/ field staff of concerned departments to set the timelines for completion of all pending works of IHHL in the current financial year.  DDC directed all the designated Nodal Officers of different Departments to work hard and speed up the progress of left out individual Households latrine (IHHL) in all blocks of the district. DDC also directed all the concerned to stay in their respective Panchayats and mobilize the community to speed up the whole process.

The DDC also asked the Tehsildar to cover all left out people who are not having Aadhaar card and the whole process be completed before 30th September 2018. He directed the revenue authorities to remove the encroachment on state land and start anti encroachment drive in the district immediately.

Among other, Additional District Development Commissioner, Arvind Sharma, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Krishan Lal, PO ICDS, Rimpy Ohri,  GM DIC Suram Chand Sharma Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Subash Dogra, SDM Dudu Abdul  Sattar, SDM Basantgarh, Attar Chand, SDM Ramnagar, Farrukh Qazi ,Chief Planning Officer, Rajeev Bhushan, CHO, Brij Vallabh Gupta, Executive Engineers, REW, PHE, PDD, R&B and district officers of various departments  besides all  BDOs, JEs, Technical Assistants, and GRS of RDD departments were present in the meeting.

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