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  • Team KVIC praised PM Modi for growth in Khadi sector

SRINAGAR: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) North Zone Chairperson Dr. Hina Shafi Bhat today said that it was the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that this untapped sector witnessed a rocketing growth. Dr. Hina Said that Chairman KVIC Vinai Kumar Saxena and Members of KVIC including me met Prime Minister.  Appraised Him about the progress made by KVIC in Khadi, PMEGP and in the Honey Mission. It was an inspiring meeting for all us.

Dr. Hina said that PM has specially emphasized to provide special focus on the growth of village Industries and welfare of the Khadi Artisans. "And, the results speak the impact of his appeal. We have set a bigger sales target of achieving Rs 5,000 crore in Khadi alone by 2018-19, with annual turnover of Rs 65,000 crore for Khadi and village industries products,” said Hina. KVIC hit a big growth trajectory after Modi became Prime Minister and started promoting khadi at various platforms including his Radio Broadcast Mann Ki Baat. PM Modi's promotion of Khadi has translated into solid numbers.

Dr. Hina Said that Prime Minister emphasized on “Sweet Kranti”, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and providing employment to the downtrodden people around the country. PM emphasized on the ideology of Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi who had once said that  “Khadi is the sun of the village solar system. The planets are the various industries which can support khadi in return for the heat and the sustenance they derive from it. Without it other industries cannot grow. But during my last tour I discovered that, without the revival of other industries, Khadi could not make further progress. For villagers to be able to occupy their spare time profitably, the village must be touched at all points.”

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  • Minister represents JK in International Consumers’ Day

NEW DELHI: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has represented Jammu & Kashmir State in International Consumer Day celebrations at New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister demanded banning online sellers, who are duping the consumers. The function was chaired by the Union Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan wherein dignitaries from all over India participated. Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali represented Jammu & Kashmir and presented his talks on the topic “Making digital market places fairer”.


The Minister said that this year world is focusing on issues related to access to internet, online scams and better online protection. He said that Government of Jammu & Kashmir has already working on the lines to have complete checks on frauds with Consumers. About issue of access to Internet, the Minister said that access to e-commerce is important as half of the world’s population is offline and biggest thing that prevents consumer engagement in digital markets is lack of access to the internet. He said that broadband adoption in many areas remains particularly low due to poor telecommunication infrastructure and lack of electricity so there is a need to strengthen the broadband services even in the rural areas.


Zulfkar said that many areas of Jammu & Kashmir are still having problem in communication through internet and mobile and since the control on telecommunication lies with Government of India, the cellular and broadband services in Jammu & Kashmir must be strengthened.  “Particular attention should be given to ensuring access for marginalized or disadvantaged groups of consumers and those in remote areas”, he added.


Appealing people to beware of online frauds, the Minister said that half of the people who never shops online, blame lack of trust and major contributor to this lack of consumer trust is fear of being scammed. He said shopping online can incur unexpected and unwelcome costs for consumers and these can arise from illegal and fraudulent scams, or from unfair, unclear and confusing business practices.

Quoting Australia for registration of online frauds, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali said that in March 2017, the Austrian Government-run Scamwatch website received 531 reports accounting for 95,407 US Dolar lost by consumers. He said that such practices are also being reported in India on the name of Lotteries etc and there is need to curb and keep check on such practices. He further said that there are various fake shops which are involved in diverting payments by pretending to be legitimate online sellers either with a fake website or by advertising on a genuine retailer site.  He said that consumers also fall prey to scams where they never receive an item they have paid for or receive something different from what they ordered.


“I demand Government of India to ban these agencies who are fraudulently looting consumers through online services”, the Minister said appreciating US for taking action against a company. He said that in 2016, Alibaba was placed on the US government’s blacklist of “notorious markets” known for peddling counterfeit goods and similar practice need to be adopted in India.

The Minister has also called upon Union Government for online protection of consumers. He said that fear of being cheated sometimes arises from the scams, sometimes from unfair, unclear and confusing business practices. Expressing satisfaction over consumer focus in J&K, the Minister said that when he took over as Minister in 2015, all Consumer Courts and bodies were defunct but now they have constituted State Consumer Redressal Commission, District Forums, State Consumer Protection Council and District Consumer Protection Council in every district of the state.


He also highlighted issues related to consumer affairs of J&K. He said that J&K Government is not receiving any funding for awareness campaigns besides they have no infrastructure for District Forums. He also sought GoI help to start online grievance redressal mechanism and digitization of Legal Metrology data.

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MALE: In a clear snub to India’s efforts to get the Abdulla Yameen government to lift emergency and restore democratic functioning, Maldives on Tuesday asked New Delhi to stay away from its “internal matter” just as the island nation will not preach on the Kashmir issue. The political crisis in the Maldives, like the “Kashmir issue”, is an “internal” matter and India should trust the local government to solve the problem on its own, a senior minister of the island nation said Tuesday.


“Why haven’t we gone into the Kashmir issue… and asked to be an intermediary in the issue? Because they are internal matters,” said Mohamed Shainee, a senior minister and chairman of all-party talks to resolve the impasse. Shainee said that India should trust the Maldives, which “may be a small country”, but is “independent and patriotic”. Asked about the role the Maldives government expected India to play at this juncture, Shainee said that “a third party” has started negotiations to resolve the crisis. He refused to reveal the identity of the third party, but said it was neither India nor China.


Pertinently, the political crisis in the Maldives reached a flashpoint on February 5, when President Yameen declared a 15-day state of Emergency, which was extended by 30 days on February 20. Emergency was imposed after the Maldives Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of high-profile prisoners, including former presidents Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. It also reinstated 12 Members of Parliament who had earlier been stripped of their seats.