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  • Reviews preparedness for de-silting of Ranbir canal

JAMMU: Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control and DMRRR, Farooq Ahmad Shah, today visited Jal Bhawan construction site here at Narwal and inspected various ongoing works. The Jal Bhawan is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 7.48 crore and would be completed by October this year. With the completion of Jal Bhawan, the facility will cater to accommodation of the offices of Chief Engineer PHE Jammu, I&FC Jammu, RTIC and its allied departments. The offices will function under one roof for the convenience of the people.

On the occasion, the Secretary directed the concerned officers to speed up the pace of ongoing works and complete them within the set timeframe. He also inspected the departmental preparedness for the upcoming Republic Day.  Later, Shah also visited various sites along the Ranbir canal to take stock of preparations for de-silting works which would be started soon. He visited Domana, Paloura and Bakshi Nagar and other areas and directed the concerned to start the work without any delay.

The Secretary was informed that the canal, with total length of 28 kilometres from Aknoor to Jammu, irrigates 39000 hectares of agriculture land during summer months. He asked the concerned authorities to take all necessary steps to clear existing bottlenecks in this regard, besides ensuring proper de-silting and cleanliness of main heads of the canal so that task to provide timely irrigation water to all irrigation land could be achieved.

He directed the concerned agency to ensure that garbage retrieved from the canal be dumped at the identified locations only. Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control, Vinod Gupta, Chief Engineer PHE, Ashok Gandotra, and other senior officers of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department accompanied the Secretary during the tour.

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  • Justice Masoodi inaugurates capacity building workshop on Juvenile Justice

RAJOURI: Rajouri will soon become the first district in the State to be fully complying with all the laid down provisions of Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) and having all the structures and institutions provided under the Act. This was stated in a meeting chaired by Chairperson Selection Committee, Justice (Retd)  Hasnain Masoodi which was also attended by District Development Commissioner Rajouri,  Aijaz Asad.

The Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Board, District Child Protection Unit and the Special Juvenile Police Unit are already in place in the district. The district is in process of setting up Village Level Child Protection Committees (VLCPCs) and Block Level Child Protection Committees (BLCPCs) in accordance with rules/guidelines by  February 15, 2019. 

The setting up of VLCPCs and BLCPCs will give the necessary impetus to full implementation of Juvenile Justice Act in the district. It has been already announced that an effort would be made to have VLCPCs and BLCPCs in place in the State by March 31, 2019.

MD ICPS G A Sofi, SMD and Member Secretary ICPS would coordinate with District Administration and oversee the creation of proposed structures. Meanwhile, Justice Masoodi accompanied by Members SCOC-- Rajiv Khajuria, Dr. Rouf -- and ICPS officers on a day-long visit to Rajouri, inaugurated two-day capacity building workshop   for the Juvenile Justice stakeholders in collaboration with ‘Save the Children’.

Earlier, the meeting decided to explore the possibility of shifting CCI (Girls)/Nariniketan from the present rented building to any other suitable place. The meeting was informed that the District administration has already identified a plot of land measuring 15 kanal at Rajouri for construction of CCI for Girls which will be replete with all modern facilities. Chairperson CWC Mohammad Iqbal Shawl was asked to coordinate with District Administration for prompt possession of identified land for CCI construction.

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JAMMU: With preparations for the upcoming Republic Day-2019 celebrations in full swing, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam Monday chaired a high level meeting of officers at Udyog Bhavan here to finalize the arrangements for a colourful function. Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, Principal Secretary, Health & Medical Education, Principal Secretary, Home, Principal Secretary, Hospitality & Protocol, ADGP CID, J&K, ADGP Security, Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioner Jammu, IGP Jammu zone, senior officers from Air Force and State administration attending the meeting. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and IGP Kashmir Zone participated via video conferencing.

Divisional Commissioner, Jammu gave a detailed briefing about the preparations being made and sequence of programmes for the main Republic Day function to be organized at Sports Ground Jammu University, where Governor will preside over the function. The main function at Sports Ground, Jammu University will commence with unfurling of the National Flag, inspection of the Parade by the Governor, address by the Governor, march past by contingents and bands in all their finery and official decoration, display of theme based tableau, colourful cultural items, weapon display, acrobatics by dare devil teams and playing of the National Anthem.

Detailed deliberations were held regarding security arrangements, seating, transportation/parking facilities besides ensuring proper sanitation in and around main venue, adequate drinking water dispensers, refreshments for guests, contingents and school children, uninterrupted power supply at the venue, availability of medicare/ambulance services, facilities for media persons and various other issues.

Chief Secretary stressed on the civil and police administration to work in close coordination to ensure that all preparations related to the event are complete by 21stJanuary and a full dress rehearsal organized on 24th January, 2019 in Jammu, Srinagar and across district and sub divisional headquarters. Chief Secretary observed that Republic Day function across the state should be celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety with all important government buildings and landmark places illuminated to add to the grandeur of the occasion. He directed establishing a well equipped control room with a dedicated landline at the Jammu University campus besides keeping the University medical dispensary open on that day. He asked the Traffic Police Department to issue a traffic advisory for 26th January and install route and parking signages at appropriate locations for convenience of the public.

At Srinagar, the meeting was informed the function will be organized at Sher-i-Kashmir Cricket Stadium and presided over by Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir gave a detailed briefing about the preparations being made for the function at Srinagar. He informed that weather predictions for the day are good; however, two dedicated snow clearance machines will be kept ready in the eventuality of any snowfall.

Functions at Leh and Kargil will be presided over by the Chief Executive Councillors (CECs). Preparations for celebrating Republic Day at district and sub divisional headquarters are also in full swing, it was informed. General Administration Department (GAD) was asked to appoint liaison officers for the Republic Day Celebrations-2019 and place their services at the disposal of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu/ Kashmir. GAD will also be issuing a circular to all State Government officers/officials to attend the Republic Day function as a part of their official duties.

Divisional Commissioner, Jammu/ Kashmir were asked to constitute committees for recommending awards to the best contingent, band, tableau and cultural item on Republic Day. Preparations with regard to ‘At Home’ function to be hosted by the Governor on 26th January and ‘Beating Retreat’ ceremony on 29th January were also reviewed in the meeting.