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SRINAGAR: The campaign to help the poor and needy persons launched by Jammu and Kashmir Police in collaboration with UDAY Foundation and NDTV by the orders of Additional Director General of Police Shri Munir Ahmad Khan continues. During the campaign, Anantnag police distributed a large number of footwears and blankets among the attendants and patients in Sherbagh hospital and in an orphanage at Mattan.


Senior Superintendent of Police Anantnag Shri Altaf Ahmed Khan who was accompanied by DySP DAR, DySP Hqrs and SHO Saddar, distributed the blankets and footwear among the attendants and patients at Sherbagh Hospital Anantnag. Superintendent of Police Hqrs Anantnag, Shri Tahir Ashraf who was accompanied by SHO Mattan distributed blankets among the inmates of Orphanage Markazi Falahi Masturaat (MFM) Children’s Home Mattan.


The campaign will continue and will also be held in other districts of the valley to help the needy and poor persons. There is a need for sensitizing the society of its responsibility towards orphans and needy, this was said by DIG SKR Shri S.P Pani. He said that this gesture of Police is to reaffirm the faith in brotherhood and underlined that Police is from the society and has a major role to play apart from professional commitments.

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  • Favours outcome-based approach for development of remote areas

JAMMU: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and Member of Legislative Council (MLC) Firdous Tak has expressed gratitude to the Chief Minister Ms. Mehbooba Mufti and Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu for agreeing to constitute Special Task Force to deal with development deficit of far-off and remote areas of Chenab Valley. He also thanked the Chief Minister for special financial allocation to the three districts of the region during his public outreach. The PDP leader also favoured the outcome-based approach for the development of remote and far-off places of Chenab Valley and said it is high on his agenda to see every nook and corner getting its due share in terms of development and progress.


“The FM has in his budget reply agreed to constitute Special Task Force and earmark special budgetary allocation to overcome the development deficit of the remote and far off areas including erstwhile Doda district. This speaks volumes about the sincerity of the government to mitigate the sufferings of general masses living in this mountainous region”, he said while interacting with various deputations which called him here today.

The deputations were led by Girdhari Lal of Padder, Thakur Bal Krishan from Dachan, Abdul Sattar from Batote, Arshad Hussain from Ramban and Tirath Ram from Nagsena area. They highlighted various issues and demands of the local population. “There was an immediate need to constitute a Special Task Force for Chenab Valley to work out tangible measures to bring this neglected region out of remoteness, backwardness and to improve the living standards of the people. By conceding the demand the government has shown its sincerity and it is expected to be a step towards the better future,” Tak said, adding “The PDP Patron Late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had dream to see this region marching on the path of development, progress and prosperity. We will not leave any stone unturned to achieve the goal”.


He said that the government on the instructions of the Chief Minister, during his public outreach programme, has released funds to the tune of around Rs 10 crore for the three districts in order to address some important issues. These funds have been released to the concerned districts and in most of the cases the execution of work has also been started.

He said that after public darbar at Kishtwar the CM on public demand has released Rs 50 lakh for construction of Dak Bunglow at Soundar, Dachan, Rs 50 lakh for Construction of Auditorium at Kishtwar, Rs 20 lakh for establishment of transformer bank at Kishtwar, Rs 10 lakh for improvement of lanes and drains and installation of street lights at Kishtwar, Rs 70 lakh for land compensation for roads, Rs 15 lakh for solar lights, 40 lakh for electric polls and wires for Kishtwar, Rs 5 lakh for repair of Ziarat Sharief Hazarat Abu Bakar Sadiq (RA) at Marwah, Kishtwar, Rs 5 lakh for construction fo irrigation kul at Sounder, Dachan, Rs 5 lakh for establishment of media centre at Kishtwar, Rs 10 lakh for providing ambulance for sheep husbandry unit Thakraie, Rs 10 lakh for construction mof four forest tracks from Kishtwar to Kaln Satter, Rs 10 lakh for construction fo food bridge at Dangar Nallah, Rs 10 lakh for modernisation of new court complex Kishtwar, Rs 5 lakh for improvement of WS Margi, Gumri and Afti, Warwan, Rs 30 lakh for completion of WSS Gulabgarh, Rs 5 lakh for development of playground at Gulabgarh, Rs 30 lakh for completion of Atho;li-Gulabgarh bridge, Rs 10 lakh for construction of road to Jawala Mata Mandir, Rs 10 lakh for completion of tourist hut at Bimalnag, Rs 10 lakh for land compensation of TRC at Mughal Maidan, Rs 15 lakh for completion of Dak Banggalow at Mughal Maidan, Rs 5 lakh for shifting of 33 KV line at Dadpeth, Rs 5 lakh for construction of link road to Karore, Saroor, Rs 10 lakh for construction of protection wall at sinking portion of Khujgam, Mughalmaidan, Rs 5 lakh for development of Shamshan Ghat at Banderkot, Rs 3 lakh for WSS Kurna, Rs 10 lakh for Construction of Sarai at Gurdwara, Kishtwar, Rs 10 lakh for development of lanes, drains at Goorian, Kishtwar, Rs 7 lakh for repair of WSS Palmar, Rs 10 lakh for construction of additional accommodation at Adarash Balnikaitan, Rs 10 lakh for Mini Bus to Al-Hillal Education Institute Kishtwar.

Similarly for Doda the Chief Minister has directed for release of Rs 15 lakh for revampting of WSS Khilani-Pul Doda, Rs 5 lakh for construction of Ghati-Gorkha road, Rs 5 lakh for Patta Village road, Rs 5 lakh for power supply to Patta, Assar, Rs 35 lakh for lanes and drains and solar lights in MC Doda and Bhaderwah, Rs 30 lakh for WSS Itwas to Johpur, Rs 10 lakh for establishment of new KV at Jodhpur, Rs 30 lakh for Bisran to Sherakhi road, Rs 5 lakh for link road from Dharout to Kastigarh, Rs 5 lakh for construction of road from Khatri to Kantoie, Rs 10 lakh for HSS Gal Dessa, Rs 50 lakh for receiving station Kilhotran, Rs 6 lakh for WSS Bhagwah, Rs 10 lakh for Sultangarh to Suranga road, Rs 10 lakh for Halaran to Khatasoo road, Rs 2. 50 lakh for land compensation of Panjrain road, Rs 5 lakh for Roachiter boot bridge, Rs 20 lakh for receiving station Premnagar, Rs 5 lakh for WSS Bug Barshalla, Rs 5 lakh for WSS Mandrala, Rs 10 lakh for public sarai Batyas, Rs 5 lakh for rescue equipments to Chenab Rescuers, Rs 5 lakh for irrigation canal Bhagwah, Rs 20 lakh for foot bridge Lamhote, Rs 20 lakh for sports stadium Doda, Rs 10 lakh for community hall, Peryote, Rs 5 lakh for Hanch to Draman road, Rs 5 lakh for WSS Malan Dessa, Rs 20 lakh for Digital X-Ray at DH Doda, Rs 30 lakh for Doda PD & MD, Rs 90 lakh for improvement of HT/LT line, Rs 50 lakh for land compensation, Rs 25 lakh for Dak Bungalow Jakyas. Besides this, he said, the CM office was also following all other commitments and necessary instructions have been issued to all the concerned officers with regard to the other commitments made by Ms. Mehbooba Mufti during the public darbars.

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SRINAGAR: The 5th Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting of J&K Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA) on the preservation of lakes in J&K was held today at SKICC. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of SAC chairman, Dr A.R Yousuf and was attended by members of SAC which includes VC LAWDA, Dr A.H Masoodi, Mohammad Shafi Bacha, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone and Dr Manzoor Ahmad Shah. Besides, the meeting was also attended by officials of LAWDA, Scientists and experts from LAWDA, officers of Forest Department and other concerned officials.

During the meeting, a review of the decisions taken during the 4th SAC meeting held in October 2017 was taken and the agenda for the 5th SAC was also discussed. On the occasion, Dr A.H Masoodi highlighted the ongoing conservation works in and around the Dal and Nigeen lakes. He said that a special drive for removal of lily pads, both manually and mechanically, has been started from August 2017 and so far 3 sq km has been cleared of the lily infestation. This process has also resulted in providing livelihood to around 1300 persons.

He further said that the department is working on strengthening of the research and monitoring division, procurement of latest equipments, removal of Azolla and other pesticides in the lake waters and other preventive measures are being taken to save native fish species in the lake that are being carved out in a result-oriented manner. On the occasion, the threadbare discussion was held on various aspects on the conservation of lakes and it was observed that there is a need to carry out few short time study and research to carry out the result oriented tasks.

The chairman SAC while emphasized the need of cross-checking of different research and stressed that before making any experimentation at the larger scale, the impact of any such intervention on the aquatic life and lake ecosystem should be taken into account since there is inalienable social and cultural sensitiveness associated with this world-famous water body. Later, the presentation on the geotagging of structures that fall in 200 meters around Dal and Nigeen lakes was presented by the group of junior engineers deployed for the work. It was informed that around ten thousand structures need to brought under geotagging process out of which around 2500 structures have already covered for geotagging.