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NEW DELHI: Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA ) will reimburse all the funds spent by the Jammu & Kashmir State Government to pay compensation for damages and losses to the victims of cross-border firing. Disclosing this here today,  Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh  that  the decision was taken following a request made to the MHA.

The Minister said that State Government should expedite the mechanism and seek prompt reimbursement of funds from the Centre. This will curb the delay and resolve the demand of the State Government about non-payment or inadequate payment of compensation to the border victims. Dr Jitendra Singh thanked Prime Minister Shri  Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Shri  Rajnath Singh for being extremely sensitive in promptly responding to demands from the border areas.


As per the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the fund paid as compensation by the J&K State Government will be reimbursed to the State Government from the Centre through SRE (Security Related Expenditure). The order further says that the State Government may consider to pay relief and compensation for housing damages / losses, crop losses or livestock losses, relief for stay at relief camps, displacement, etc. to those affected by cross-border firing, at the rates equal to NDRF recommendations fixed from time to time. The communique also advises the State Government that item-wise claims and compensations paid by the State Government to the victims of cross-border firing may be submitted along with details, from time to time, in order to seek timely reimbursement from the Centre. 

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  • Hoteliers announce 30% rebate for spring-summer season

KOLKATA: The department of tourism Kashmir today organized a Travel Show at Kolkata which saw participation from over 150 travel agents from West Bengal, here. Travel Show was organized in collaboration with Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Owners Federation to further strengthen the state’s relationship in tourism with West Bengal. On the occasion Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood, A Shah, spoke at length about state’s landscape besides its heritage, culture, art and craft and food. He said that J&K receives good tourist footfall from West Bengal especially Kolkata and we need to strengthen that bond between two states.


Shah informed that visitors from Kolkata favor the month of October for visiting the state but J&K’s appeal extends to all seasons, with snow in winter, flower blossoms in spring, endless meadows in summer and crimson chinars leaves in autumn. He extended invite to the people of Kolkatta to experience J&K year-round. He also appealed corporate sector to make Kashmir as their MICE destination. “We are probably the best place for MICE tourism. We have the world class conferencing facilities where corporate houses can host their business meetings while also enjoying the natural wonders of the state,” he said.


He further said that hospitality is state’s USP which attracts tourists to Kashmir besides offering safety to tourists, especially women travelers. J&K is the only state in India which has zero crime record against tourists he added. Regional Director East Region JP Shaw said he would promote Kashmir under incredible India campaign. President KHAROF Abdul Wahid Malik announced 30 percent discounted offer for the spring and summer season from the hotels in Kashmir associated with the Federation in order to attract tourists.


He said KHAROF members have finest properties with state of the art infrastructure in place for comfort and convenience of our valued guests. KHAROF is one of the largest hotel organizations in Kashmir having over 600 members who have been providing exemplary services to the guests. Tourism department also held a separate press conference at Kolkata Press Club with leading media houses of Kolkata. Director tourism Kashmir, President KHAROF, Past President KHAROF Javed Burza, Secretary General KHAROF Maqsood A Misri addressed the media and apprised them about the tourism products and the measures put in place for the safe and comfortable journey of the tourists. The department also participated in the Indian International Travel Mart in Kolkata.

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  • Stresses on eco-sustainable livelihood opportunities

MAHARASHTRA: The Minister for Tourism and Culture Tassaduq Hussain Mufti participated in UN Environment-Sanctuary Nature Foundation meet in Maharashtra. The meet held in Tadoba wildlife Tiger Sanctuary from February 20th to 22nd February 2018 was aimed to understand and explore ways of fashioning tourism into a livelihood generator. Mufti said that over the past decades, Jammu And Kashmir State has witnessed the destruction of its environmentally fragile areas, lakes, rivers and meadows to its booming tourism industry.


He said that most of these areas have become concrete jungles without proper sewerage and waste management setup. Tourism Minister also said that J&K Government needs to take immediate steps in turning its exquisite forests, rivers, mountains, wetlands and lakes of the state to the advantage of local communities, and to the advantage of the incredible biodiversity of the state through best practices in tourism.


The Minister said that Jammu and Kashmir has immense potential for sustainable tourism with eco-sustainable livelihood opportunities for local communities in a manner that preserves the health, scenic and natural attributes of the tourism sites with the involvement of local communities as its integral part. Mufti also visited Gothangaon in Maharashtra next to the Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary to understand the Community Owned Community Operated Conservancy (COCOON Conservancy)


The Minister said that the initiative holds out hope for replicable community sustainability, biodiversity enhancement and climate action which are essential elements for creating a model of accountable and sustainable eco-tourism in the state of Jammu and Kashmir which won’t expropriate land, water and natural resources. The meet was born of a sense of wonder for India’s natural heritage, and the drive to affect positive change and envisioned a world with abundant biodiversity, a sustainable climate and an equitable future for one and all through policy changes, advocacy, science, on-ground support and habitat management. 


Legendary conservationist and founder of Sanctuary Asia, India’s leading nature and conservation portal Bittu Sehgal and Global Head of the United Nations Environment and an eminent Environmental Champion Eric Solheim also participated in the meet. Besides, Additional Chief Secretary Government of Maharashtra Praveen Pardesi, Director, Tourism Kashmir Mehmood shah, Regional Wildlife warden, Kashmir Rashid Y. Naqash and Representative from Wildlife institute of India Bilal Habib were also present in the meeting.