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  • Reviews Disaster Preparedness at district level


SRINAGAR: Secretary Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR), Farooq Ahmad Shah, on Monday directed the officials to work on war-footing basis for establishing dedicated Emergency Operation Centres (EOC) in every district of the State to coup with any kind of natural calamities. He passed these directions while reviewing the level of disaster preparedness in the State. The meeting was attended by all the Deputy Commissioners and ADCs of the state through video conferencing. Director Disaster Management, Director Finance Disaster Management and other senior Officers were also present in the meeting.


He asked the Deputy Commissioners to identify the land and submit the DPRs at the earliest so that funds can be arranged for the establishment of EOCs at district level. It was informed that many of the districts have already identify the land and have initiated the process of preparation of DPRs for the same. Addressing the officers, Shah said that these EOCs need to be equipped with latest gadgets and equipment including boats, De-watering pumps, JCBs, Life Jackets, First Aid kits etc. He also called for ensuring a proper communication system to carry rescue operations in case of emergencies and asked to provide satellite phones at these EOCs to establish contact with all field functionaries.


He directed the officials to be vigilant 24X7 to deal with any kind of exigencies whenever they arise.  He also asked officials to train the local volunteers, college and university students so that they can provide their help during any emergency situation as First responders. It was informed that State Executive Committee (SEC) of SDMA has already released Rs 5.50 Cr each to be kept at the disposal of Deputy Commissioners to meet expenses on account of any emergent situation arising in the district as per SDRF norms.


He also asked DC’s to submit the District Action Plan of SDRF and also asked them to carry out the activities as per the plan. During the meeting, it was informed that road, electricity and water supply has been restored in Tanghdar which was disrupted owing to flash floods last week. He directed the officers to access the level of damage in the area so that relief can be provided to the affected families preferably before Eid.


Shah urged the officials to work in a coordinated manner with different departments and field functionaries so that the department can be better prepared to deal with any disasters. He also asked the Deputy Commissioners to regularly assess the level of disaster preparedness in their respective districts and submit the same report on monthly basis. He emphasized on conducting mock drills to check the level of preparation, coordination and response in handling flood threats.

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SRINAGAR: Appealing government to resolve the long pending genuine demands of SSA Teachers, AIP President Er. Rasheed has said that successive governments have miserably failed to discharge their duties in getting the genuine issues of SSA teachers resolved.

While addressing teachers who were at sit-in protest in the premises of Director School education Er. Rasheed said “On one hand central government and even security agencies want to take credit for their contributions in education sector of J&K but on the other hand facts reveal that government is keen to destroy the educational system of the state and is playing with the future of children of the state. Let current Governor Regime not forget that things run in continuity and whatsoever the teachers genuinely deserve, its denial may force the community to take to streets.

It is painful that the teachers having service period of over thirty years are being denied seventh pay commission benefits by citing stupid and illogical reasons. Even if the central government winds up SSA Scheme for one reason or the other, it is mandatory for the state government to give the SSA teachers all those benefits which other state Govt. employees are entitled and enjoying. While teachers deserve respect than any other elite class of the society, it is disgusting that our teachers whom we call as nation builders are being dragged on roads and thus we seem to be heading for a disastrous in the education sector”.

Er. Rasheed added that those accusing militants and pro-resistance leadership of destroying future of new generation through constant strikes stand exposed as it are not the pro-resistance leadership or the militants but the state government itself is compelling teachers to face humiliation on the streets. Er. Rasheed appealed governor to avoid time buying tactics and resolve the long pending issues without humiliating the community further.  

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SRINAGAR:  Asking all the political groups in the state of Jammu and Kashmir to rise above the party lines and set the ego clashes aside, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday pitched for the rigorous and unanimous defense of Article 35-A so that the state could be saved from turning into a veritable inferno. Senior PDP leader and former Minister Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura while chairing a vital meeting of the party functionaries at central Kashmir’s Budgam, hailed the decision taken recently by the PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti over assigning the responsibility to veteran lawyer and politician Muzaffar Husain Beigh to defend 35-A at country’s top court.


Hanjura said that the PDP has been in the forefront all the time to safeguard state’s special position and remained vocal in its support since inception.   PDP leader further stated that Beigh known for his acumen and astuteness will prove as the strongest force behind the defense of state’s special position.

The meeting also welcomed the decision taken by the Governor administration over the conduction of Municipal and Panchayat polls in the state. However, it asked the administration to ensure the safety of the common masses that are expected to exercise their franchise during these polls. “The Government has to ensure that proper security arrangements are put in place ahead and during the polls for the safety of the common masses and successful conduction of polls,” Hanjura who presided over the meet said.

The PDP leader also asked the administration that during the Urs of the revered saint Hazrat Ali Aali Balkhi at Pakhripora Budgam, scheduled on August 23, all arrangements like water, electricity and transport must be put in place for the devotees. Besides, Hanjoora, those who participated in the party meeting include PDP district President Muntazir Mohi-ud-din, PDP leaders Dr Shafi Ahmad Wani, Tariq Mohi-ud-din, Nazir  Ahmad Yatoo, Abdul Rahman Nengroo, Showkat Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Bhat and several others.