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  • Says vision of the Coalition Govt. is to make J&K a prosperous state

SRINAGAR: Minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Sukhnanadan Kumar Choudhary today dedicated two Water Supply Schemes (WSS) to people of Kumar Mohallah Doublepora and Manzimpora of Wachi constituency of south Kashmir today. He laid foundation of two other schemes at Kareewa Safnagri and Kongnoo-Chitragam also.

MLA Wachi Aijaz Ahmad Mir was also presents on the occasions. The construction of WSS Kumar Mohallah Doublepora and Manzimpora has been completed at a cumulative cost of Rs 2.75 crore and these schemes will benefit 6875 souls of six villages.  While as the construction work of WSS Kareewa Safnagri and Kongnoo-Chitragam would be completed at a total estimated cost of Rs 5.63 crore and after their completion 13348 souls of eight villages would be provided drinking water facilities by these schemes.

Addressing public meetings after inaugurating these schemes, the PHE Minister said that government has formulated a comprehensive plan for augmentation of drinking water facility in the state especially in border and hilly areas. He said engineers of the department have already been instructed to take cognizance of scarcity of drinking water in the uncovered areas of the State.

Mr. Sukhnandan said that concerted efforts be made to upgrade the drinking water and irrigation facilities in the Wachi constituency adding that an amount of Rs 3.20 crore is being expended for augmentation of WSS and tapping of water from local sources during current fiscal year under district plan. He said concerned engineers have also been directed to formulate DPRs for creating new WSS and irrigation projects for timely funding from the centre.

The Minister said that government endeavors to transform the economic lot of rural people adding that in this regard several people-friendly and reformative steps are under way in core sectors across the State. He said vision of the present coalition government is making Jammu and Kashmir a prosperous state and in this regard cooperation of people is must. He appealed the people to cooperate with the government for achieving the developmental goal and peace and prosperity in the State. He also called upon the people not to give heed to false propaganda of vested interests whose only motive is to use innocent people for their personal interests.

Responding to the demands of the inhabitants of village Parimpora, the Minister ordered the concerned engineers for installing a hand pump in the village to cater to the scarcity of water crises. During the day long tour to Wachi constituency, the Minister inspected Lift Irrigation Pump at Wachi on Nallah Rambiara. Taking serious note of public complaints, the Ministers directed the concerned engineers to arrange a Drought Pump for making the Pump Station functional. He was informed that this pump station is only source of irrigation for their fields and orchards.

The Minister inspected newly constructed Water Supply Scheme Rebbon-Khajopora completed at a cost of Rs 1.81 crore. The scheme was dedicated to the people in July. The Minister gave on the spot directions to the Chief Engineer, I&FC for construction of bund on the banks of Nallah Tongri which breached during last year’s floods. He inspected vulnerable spots. He instructed the engineers to arrange alternative irrigation facility to the farmers; orchardists of Rebbon-Khojapora from the same nallah via Guffan village till permanent restorations of the bunds are made.

Chief Engineer, Irrigation and Flood Control Mir Javid Jaffar, Chief Engineer PHE Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, a team of SEs, Exens, SDM Shopian and senior officers of various engineering wings accompanied the Minister during the tour.

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SRINAGAR: Emphasizing on the rich tradition of the state to celebrate different festivals with amity, Minister for Horticulture, Haj and Auqaf, Mr. Abdul Rehman Veeri has called for strengthening the diverse culture of Jammu and Kashmir. Interacting with Kashmiri Migrant pandits on the occasion of celebration of annual Kapal Mochan Shradh festival at Nagbal, Shopian, the Minister expressed the hope that the Yatra will restore the trust between the Kashmiri majority and Kashmiri minority and called the ”festival  a step in the right direction”. He said that celebrating festivals together with amity is the hallmark of our glorious cultural ethos.

The Minister went around the shrine complex and took stock of the arrangements being made by the administration for the pilgrims on the occasion of festival. He directed the officers to ensure that devotees do not face any inconvenience. MLA, Shopian, Mr. Mohammad Yousaf Bhat, DC Shopian and other senior officers accompanied the Minister.

Mr Veeri while interacting with yatris assured them that government has taken all necessary initiatives for up -gradation of various facilities to the visiting devotees at the various pilgrimage sites of the state. He said reformative initiatives are under way to upgrade the boarding and lodging facilities at pilgrimage sites for the convenience of the devotees.

He said the festival has over the years become a source of reunion for Kashmiri Pandits following their mass migration from the Valley in the wake of their migration in early 1990s. He said it also serves as a reminder of communal harmony between Muslims and Kashmiri Pandits as the former make almost all the arrangements for the latter's stay at the place of their worship.

The Minister said people of Kashmir believe in secular ethos and mutual brotherhood, which has been the cornerstone of the world-renowned Kashmiryat. “Time is not far off, when both Muslims and Pandits would be living together as they had­ been living earlier for centuries”, he said.

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  • Directs functionaries to be proactive, bring in transparency
  • Urges rural youth to take advantage of Govt. schemes

SRINAGAR: Minister for Animal and Sheep husbandry Mr. Sajjad Gani LoneThursday gave clear directions to the field functionaries for being proactive and bringing efficiency and transparency in the whole system of Animal and sheep Husbandry at gross root level. The Minister was addressing a series of review meetings of Poultry, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Departments here today.

The Directors of the concerned departments besides concerned senior officers including district heads were present in the meeting. The Minister directed officers to make calendar for work schedule including immunization programme. He said concerted efforts are being made to revive the Animal and Sheep Husbandry department including poultry in the state, adding that this sector has closeness with the rural economy of the state even in the modern scientific age.

Mr. Lone emphasised upon the officers to take innovative steps for making the husbandries economically viable for youth of the state. He called upon youth, especially living in rural and hilly areas to adopt this profitable business by using modern scientific methodology. The Minister took a detailed review of each sector and was informed that the cattle population has reached upto 13 lakh heads in valley while as Boiler production has gone to 635 Lakh kgs annually. Likewise, it was informed that milk production has reached to 13060 lakh litres annually.

The Mutton production has touched 260 lakh kgs annually in J&K while as Sheep and Goat population has gone upto 54 lakh heads. The meeting was informed that 1000 Sheep extension centres are functioning in the state for providing Medicare facilities to the Sheep populace. Referring to the vaccination program the meeting was informed that 13 Lakh vaccines are being administered annually which are produced in the State’s local Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products, Zakora.

The Minister was informed that under Centrally sponsored program Establishment and strengthening of Existing Veterinary hospitals and dispensaries program (ESVHD), 44 veterinary hospital and dispensary buildings have been taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 5.63 Crore rupees out of which Rs 4.50 Crore have been expended on the execution of these works of which 20 buildings are near completion while as others at different stage of execution.

The meetings also discussed health care facilities being providing to the Livestock and the Minister directed concerned officers to check and ensure cent percent control over foot and mouth disease so that farmers in rural areas do not feel any inconvenience.