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  • Ab Haq urges use of modern tech in farming

 

JAMMU: Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Abdul Haq Khan, Saturday directed officials to accelerate implementation of the on-going schemes under Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) in the state. The Minister was interacting with Watershed Committee members who returned from an exposure tour back yesterday from Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi. The committee members/farmers expressed satisfaction on the activities being conducted under IWMP and shared their experiences gained during the exposure visit. They said they learnt new techniques for raising nursery crops, soil and water conservation methods etc.

 

 The 5 day field-cum-exposure visit was organized by State Level Nodal Agency for IWMP under capacity building programme of IWMP. In the exposure visit, the watershed committee members of District Anantnag visited Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi and gained the experience of new methodologies, tools and techniques. The Minister appreciated the efforts under the  IWMP and asked the concerned to arrange many such programmes in future for the effective capacity building of all stakeholders.  He underscored use of modern scientific methods like remote sensing & GIS for planning, monitoring & evaluation of watershed programmes in State. He highlighted the importance of capacity building to empower and train the farmers to face the vagaries of climate change. 

 

The Minister also highlighted the need for having transparency and accountability so that the benefit of IWMP reaches to the last man in the village. He stressed the importance of villages in development process and all round growth of the state. He called for adopting a holistic approach towards watershed management instead of compartmentalized approach. He directed the department to implement the schemes within the stipulated time frame and to submit utilization certificates for timely release of funds by the Central Government. He underscored the need for community participation for successful implementation of the schemes under IWMP. Chief Executive Officer, State Nodal Agency IWMP, Dr. Ghulam Hassan Shah and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

 


JAMMU: In order to carry out the work for replacement of damaged 33 KV VCB of Transformer bay IInd at R/Stn JDA Complex, the power supply to the Gandhi Nagar, Bahu Plaza, Rail Head Complex and part of Trikuta Nagar fed from 2x10 MVA, 33/11 KV R/Stn JDA Complex will remain affected on March 08 from 8 am to 1 pm. Meanwhile, due to execution of works under R-APDRP in Jammu Town for the improvement of Power Distribution System, there shall be a shut down on LT networks of Mubarak Mandi, Panjtirthi, Pakki Dhakki, Chowk Chabutra, Diwan Badri Nath S/Stations being fed from 11 KV D1 & D2 feeders daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 9, 11, 12 and 13, 2015.

 

 

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JAMMU:  Dr. Khurshid Andrabi, Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, called on Governor, Mr. N.N. Vohra, Chancellor of the University, here at the Raj Bhavan, yesterday. Dr. Andrabi briefed the Governor about the to-date status of staff positioning and infrastructure development and also discussed several important academic and administrative issues which are pending decisions. He also informed the Governor about the forthcoming “Young Scientists Meet” in which Nobel Laureate Prof. Tim Hunt shall be participating and the Special Convocation to be held on 1st April to honour Dr. C.N.R. Rao, recipient of Bharat Ratna. The Governor discussed with Dr. Andrabi issues relating to the Leh, Kargil and Baramulla off-site Campuses and the need for ensuring early functioning of the two Campuses in the Ladakh region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JAMMU: Northern Command Chief, Lt. General. D. S. Hooda, called on the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, here today. During their hour-long meeting, the Lt. General briefed the Chief Minister about the present security situation in all the three regions of the State. The Chief Minister also discussed with the Northern Command Chief several issues related to Army support to civil administration in a time-bound manner in rebuilding infrastructure damaged due to floods, particularly damaged bridges. Lt. Gen Hooda also briefed the Chief Minister about the possibility of accessing for improved connectivity Optical Fibre Cable Network laid by them, especially in Ladakh region, He also assured all support for smooth movement of traffic on the National Highway, which has been severely affected due to difficult weather conditions.

 

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