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  • Describes them inseparable part of Kashmiri ethos, says Kashmir incomplete without them

JAMMU: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti today visited several camps of Kashmiri migrants here to extend them greetings on the forthcoming festival of Shivratri. The Chief Minister visited Purkhoo, Muthi, Nagrota and Buta Nagar camps besides Jagti township and extended her greetings to the inhabitants there on the upcoming religious festival. Shivratri is being celebrated on February 24 across the State. Minister for Revenue, Relief, Rehabilitation & Reconstruction and Disaster Management, Abdul Rehman Veeri accompanied the Chief Minister.

Interacting with the inhabitants there, Mehbooba Mufti said Kashmiri Pandits are an inseparable part of Kashmir society and the inclusive ethos for which Kashmir has been known for ages is incomplete without them. She said their Muslim brethren in Kashmir are eagerly awaiting for return back of Kashmiri Pandits to their native places. On the demands raised by the inhabitants at the places, the Chief Minister assured them that the Government would consider positively their demand for participating in panchayat and municipal elections so that they work for the betterment of their localities.

Mehbooba Mufti said already she has directed opening of Fair Price Shops at these camps and easy disbursal of relief periodically so that the inhabitants there don’t face any hardships. She said the other demands of increased accommodation, renovation at these places and sanitation would be looked into by the Government on priority. On the occasion, the Chief Minister took an on the spot appraisal of the facilities being provided to migrants at these places. She said her Government would take all possible steps for the welfare of the community and for betterment of conditions at their places.

Touched by the gesture of the Chief Minister, Pandits living at these places received Mehbooba Mufti warmly in a traditional Kashmiri style. Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Pawan Kotwal; Relief Commissioner and other senior officers of Relief Organisation accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.

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BUDGAM: In connection with the upcoming Mahashivratri festival, Deputy Commissioners of Budgam and Baramulla districts today convened separate meetings to review the arrangements put in place for the devotees. The Deputy Commissioners directed the concerned to make all the necessary arrangements for smooth celebrations of the festival. Necessary instructions were passed on to the officers to ensure availability of Fish, vegetables, especially Lotus Stems (Nadroo), Spinach, Walnut, Cheese and other essential commodities, besides essential supplies including LPG Cylinders, K-oil, rice, sugar, flour, un-interrupted water and electric power supply in all the areas of these districts on festive days, where the Pandit community resides and celebrating the festival.

The Fisheries Department was directed to ensure adequate quantity of trout fish by putting in service special mobile vans on festival days in various areas of these districts for the convenience of Pandit community. The DC Budgam stressed officers to make special arrangements in Sheikhpora Pandit colony. The DCs also directed the officials to form special market checking squads to keep a check on black marketing, profiteering and hoarding of essentials during the festival period.

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JAMMU: Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India has invited applications from male Muslim permanent employees working in Central, State Government, UTs, PSUs, Autonomous bodies for temporary deputation to Consulate General of India (CGI), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to render assistance to Hajj pilgrims as Coordinators, Assistant Hajj Officers and Hajj Assistants for Hajj-2017.

 

Meanwhile, the Ministry has also invited applications for temporary deputation to Consulate General of India, Jeddah Saudi Arabia to render assistance to Hajj pilgrims as Doctors and Paramedics (Allopathic) for Hajj-2017. Employees working on temporary, part-time, seasonal, contractual, adhoc basis are not eligible for deputation. The period of deputation will be approximately 2-3 months.

Applicants are advised to visit the official website: www.haj.nic.in/deputation for necessary details regarding the eligibility criteria and other terms & conditions. Interview for selection of candidates would be conducted by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, New Delhi. Date, time and venue of the interview shall be intimated to the eligible candidates in due course.