Centre wants new dawn of development, accountability in J&K: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

E-inaugurates Rs. 16.53 cr Malroo bridge, Rs. 6.62 cr FPF office bldng, lays foundation of Dara High School

Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that the Central Government wants a new dawn of development and accountability in the functioning of government machinery in Jammu & Kashmir.

He said this at the Public Outreach Programme and E-inauguration/foundation stone laying ceremony at Harwan block in Srinagar.

Advisor to Lt Governor, Farooq Khan and Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary were also present on the occasion.

The function was also attended by large number of people from different areas of Srinagar.

In his opening remarks, the Union Minister said that the Center’s outreach programme provides an opportunity for people to raise their demands and seek their resolution. He said the huge gathering at today’s event reflects the interest of people in development of their place.

“It is time for people to take benefit of development schemes. J&K should be part of developmental story of India. Our government wants people of J&K as first beneficiaries of any developmental programme,” he told the gathering.

He added that central government is monitoring and ensuring that funds that are meant for developmental schemes reach to the grass root level.

“Central governments were always releasing funds for J&K, but there was no accountability on the spending. They were going into the pockets of few people,” he said.

Regarding the Haj quota this year, Naqvi said they would try to accommodate all the Haj aspirants from Jammu & Kashmir.

“More than 2 lakh Hajis go for Haj every year from India. We ensure all the facilities are available to the Hajis. To ensure transparency India is the first country to digitize details of journey of pilgrims,” he said.

He also said that to encourage youth to take different job-oriented courses, skill development courses are being imparted for minority communities.

Meanwhile, Naqvi in presence of Advisor Khan e-inaugurated the 5×44 meter trussed Girder Bridge over River Jehlum at Malroo which has been constructed at the cost of Rs 16.53 crore. He also e-inaugurated a mega 1223.69 sqm Forest Protection Force(FPF) office complex at Bemina which was constructed at a cost of Rs 6.62 crore.

The Union Minister along with Advisor Khan also laid e-foundation of High School Building at Dara to be constructed at a cost of Rs 97.01 lacs.

On the occasion Advisor Khan said that it is a golden opportunity for the people of J&K to raise their issues with the Union Ministers.

“It will also help the Ministers to know the status of various schemes/programmes on ground,” he said.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary during his welcome address gave historical background of Harwan area.

Later, Union Minister also toured the Dal Lake and interacted with members of boatmen community. He heard their demands and assured them Central Government is working on various fronts to promote tourism in Kashmir.

IN-SANE-ITATION

BENEATH THE SCENES

Shivani Pachori

No one will understand it better than the person himself who goes into a man hole to clean shit of others. How ironical it is to see countries making plans to land on moon but lack in developing machines which could deal with the sewage of the nation. Despite of the laws made in India for Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act 2013 which states that manual scavenging, cleaning of dry latrines and all kind of manual cleaning of excrement as well as cleaning gutters, sewers and septic tank is a prohibited act in India. Yet prevalence of manual scavenging is not at all affected. According to a nationwide survey in 2018, over 42,000 manual scavengers exist in our country (precise numbers – 42,302) with UP excelling the charts (19,712) followed by Maharashtra (7,378) and Uttarakhand (6,033). This is what the survey conveys which is usually a manipulated number which we all are familiar with.
The core purpose of the prohibition of this act was to abolish the caste system or “jaati vaad” which was prevailing amongst the sanitation workers. Since the varna system the “Shudhras” or the “Dalits” were considered the ones accountable for the cleanliness of toilets and sewages in the society. To keep a check on the basic human rights i.e., Article 15 which ensures Social equality and equal access to public areas and Article 17 which states abolition of untouchability, government made laws for abolition of scavenging. But the scenario reveals that government itself is the biggest violator of its own laws. It is seen that the Indian Railways employ scavengers and sanitation workers for manual cleaning of the tracks.
Sanitation is an important issue in India which can just not be ignored so are the problems of the sanitation workers who deal with it. It is the demand to understand the problems at the same level at which they are faced. Assuming the depth of problems will generate no remedies.
As the definition itself says, scavenging refers to the unsafe removal of raw untreated human excreta manually hence; it is an urging demand of the society for the development of machineries which could be used instead of humans for the purpose of sanitation cleaning.
It is often seen that the workers employed for the purpose of sanitation cleaning are not trained and are just enrolled for the job due to the already facing shortage of workers which comes as a major drawback in their working. According to the survey of 2018 only 2,660 got skilled training so far out of 42,302 workers. Skilled development and training of at least a year is must for such works along with proper guidance to use equipments. This will reduce the risks of accidents during the working. Once the training is completed a license shall be allotted to them which could prove that the person is trained and is eligible to work in any circumstance.
Equipments are the companions of sanitation workers which have always been used when there is any inspection or the tenders are being given to the in charge. Seriousness of the body suits, mask, boots and gloves is always overlooked which need to be told to the workers. Present conditions shows how the workers themselves are disgusted by the work they do as they work bare body without any caution and equipments. Therefore they indulge themselves in alcohol and drugs to forget about their social and working status. Nobody on duty pays attention to the state of workers before they are landed into a man hole. Several workers get drunk before going into a man hole to tolerate the disgust they feel in it and after they get out of it. Several deaths are recorded due to the drunken state of the workers.
There are no safety measures provided to these workers. Canister masks are provided with warnings which states that these should not be used in oxygen deficit areas but inside the chambers there are poisonous gases such as methane, hydrogen sulphide, carbon mono-oxide and ammonia which leads to decrease in oxygen level in the chambers and causes Hypoxia which can lead to immediate deaths. Hence, having a compatible suit with oxygen cylinders is must for sanitation workers working inside chambers. This will not only save them with the physical health issues but also the mental stigma they face after they get out of those chambers filled with filth of all kinds.
Average life expectancy of Indians is nearly 69 years but these hazardous works make the life expectancy of these workers below 60 if they do not die of any accident. Unexpected and sudden deaths due to lack of caution are yet to mention. Stats reveal that one manual scavenger die in every 5 days due to accidents and mishaps. There is a strict need of paying attention towards the working conditions of the sanitation workers and these should imply right from the start.
Nobody seems bothered after the task is once done but behind the scenes are often left unseen and beneath the scenes are even beyond one’s imagination.

Nowgam Road Traffic Accident: Police registers Case, Driver of the Vehicle arrested

January 07:  A traffic mishap occurred at Nowgam area in the outskirts of District Srinagar today morning resulting in injuries to two persons.

The road traffic accident happened when two vehicles one of which belonged to Armed Police collided and consequently two persons sustained injuries. The injured persons were shifted to hospital for the treatment of injuries however one of the injured persons identified as Tehseen Nazir of Nowgam succumbed while the other injured person continues to receive treatment at the hospital and is stated to be stable.

Police has registered a case FIR No: 03/2019 under relevant sections of law in this regard. Driver of the police vehicle has been arrested.
Further investigation in the matter is in progress.

Envoys from 16 nations, including US, on two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir

starting today; will meet L-G GC Murmu, civil society members

New Delhi: US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster will be among envoys of 16 countries who will undertake a two-day trip to Jammu and Kashmir starting Thursday, officials said.

The Delhi-based envoys will fly to Srinagar on Thursday morning before going to Jammu, the winter capital of the newly created Union Territory, for an overnight stay. They will meet Lt Governor GC Murmu as well as civil society members, they said.

Besides the United States, the delegation will include diplomats from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Norway, Maldives, South Korea, Morocco and Nigeria, among others.

Brazil’s envoy André Aranha Correa do Lago was also scheduled to visit Jammu and Kashmir. However, he backed out because of his preoccupation in Delhi, the officials said on Wednesday.

Envoys from 16 nations, including US, on two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir starting today; will meet L-G GC Murmu, civil society members
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The European Union (EU) countries are understood to have conveyed that they would visit the Union Territory on a different date and are also believed to have stressed on meeting three former chief ministers – Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti – who are under detention.

According to the officials, the envoys travelling on Thursday will meet civil society members and receive a briefing on the security situation from various agencies.

“On the same day, they will be taken to Jammu where they would meet Lt Governor Murmu and other officials before returning to the National Capital on Friday,” they added.

The officials said the envoys of a number of countries had requested the government for a visit to Kashmir to get a first-hand account of the situation prevailing in the Valley following the abrogation of certain provisions of Article 370.

The move is a part of India’s diplomatic outreach to rebut Pakistan’s propaganda against it on the Kashmir issue.

This will be the second visit of a foreign delegation to Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre’s move to revoke the state’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union territories – Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, a delegation of 23 EU MPs was taken on a two-day visit to assess the situation in the Union Territory by the International Institute for Non-Aligned Studies, a Delhi-based think tank.

However, the government had distanced itself from the visit of the delegation. Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy had informed Parliament that the European parliamentarians were on a “private visit”.

Srinagar police arrests 03 drug peddlers, contraband substance seized

January 06: Police in its recent action against drug dealings in Srinagar arrested 03 drug peddlers and seized contraband substance from their possession.

Officers at a checkpoint established near SMHS Hospital Srinagar arrested 03 drug peddlers identified as Salib Parvaiz resident of Maisuma Bund, Aabid Hussain Bhaghadi resident of Khnayar Radhpora and Showket Ahmad Gilkar resident of Shah Mohalla Nawabazar, Srinagar.

Officers have recovered 200 grams of Charas concealed in two polythene bags from their possession. They have been arrested and shifted to Police Station Karan-Nagar where they remain in the custody.  Officers at the check point have also seized Maruti car bearing registration No. DL3CBC/3480 used in the commission of crime.

Case FIR No. 01/2020 under relevant sections of law has been registered in PS Karan-Nagar and initiated investigation into the matter.
Community members are requested to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood. Persons found indulging in drug peddling will be dealt as per law.

Our consistent actions against drug peddlers should reassure the community members that we are making efforts to keep our society free from the scourge of drug menace.

Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Nisar Dar arrested by J&K Police & Security Forces.

Dreaded terrorist caught alive by Jammu and Kashmir Police. Identified as Nissar Ahmed Dar, terrorist was planning an attack on some Security Force establishment. An ops was launched last night by Srinagar police in which the terrorist was caught alive.


He had escaped from an encounter in Kullan Ganderbal in which one Pakistani terrorist of proscribed terror outfit was killed. This dreaded terrorist was wanted in many terror crimes.

Nissar Ahmad Dar, (23) was active for the past some years and a Categorised Terrorist .
He is involved in 8 FIRs ( 7 in 2016 and 1 in 2019). He is detained TWICE in PSA( 1 in 2016 and 1 in 2017). He is associate of Salim parray who is top terrorist of Lashkar e Toiba.

Corrupt Leaders In J&K Would Be “In Jail Or On Bail”: JP Nadda

People of Kashmir were happy with the scrapping of the state’s special status as they became part of mainstream India, JP Nadda said.

Even a law like the POCSO Act was not applicable in Kashmir earlier, JP Nadda said

Panaji: BJP working president J P Nadda said on Friday that with the scrapping of Article 370, corruption in Jammu and Kashmir would now be probed, and those found guilty would be “either in jail or out on bail”.

He was in Panaji to address a rally in support of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA.

People of Kashmir were happy with the scrapping of the state’s special status as they became part of mainstream India, the BJP leader said.

Before the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019, several laws passed by Parliament were not implemented in the Himalayan state, he said.

“The law such as the Prevention of Corruption Act was not implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, so the leaders there could have their way out (of scams) despite being involved in corruption,” Mr Nadda claimed.

“The Indian government was giving them money and they kept on siphoning it off, there was no audit or inquiry… Now article 370 has been abrogated. Now there will be inquiry, either the leaders would be in jail or would be out on bail,” the BJP leader said.

Even a law like the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act was not applicable in Kashmir earlier, he said.

“Now the law would be enforced. Not only people from across the country, but also people of Jammu and Kashmir are happy as they are part of the mainstream,” Mr Nadda said, praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for taking the step of scrapping Article 370. (GNS)

Pledge wall signature campaign organised for constitutional safeguards for UT Ladakh

Locals participating in the pledge wall signature campaign organized by Students Organization of Unified Ladakh in Leh on Friday

Mansoor Hosain beigh

LEH: In order to support for constitutional safeguards for UT Ladakh, Student Associations under the banner of Students Organization of Unified Ladakh (SOUL) organised a pledge wall signature campaign at hunger strike point near Leh main gate. The campaign was inaugurated by founder SECMOL Sonam Wangchuk along with ex-CEC LAHDC Leh, Rigzin Spalbar, students and general public.


During the signature campaign, speakers including founder SECMOL Sonam Wangchuk, ex-CEC LAHDC Leh, Rigzin Spalbar and LSEF Chief Coordinator, Jigmet Pajor highlighted the importance of 6th Schedule for Ladakh regarding its safeguard in different fields.

Konchok takes stock of functioning of education system in Leh

EC Education, LAHDC Leh, Konchok Stanzin chairing a meeting in Leh on Friday

Mansoor Hosain Beigh

LEH: EC Education, LAHDC Leh, Konchok Stanzin convened a meeting to review the functioning and progress of education system in Leh district today.
Addressing the meeting, EC Konchok urged upon the government schools to share their initiatives that will help to provide a platform of strong ideas in the new education policies. Threadbare discussion took place on the grievances and demands put forth by the Principal/Headmaster of each school and the past and present education scenario of Leh was also discussed.
EC Konchok assured to fill the vacant posts of teaching and non-teaching staff in all schools in Leh district. He also informed about the transfer committee that had been set up to look into transfer cases and filling up of pots on priority basis.
A number of issues were also raised by the area Councillors and Principals regarding basic infrastructure, installation of central heating system, compound wall, setting up of solar power plant, fully equipped computer lab, 27×7 electricity supply and other basic facilities. In response, EC Konchok assured to consider their demands in a given time frame.

The meeting was attended by the Councillors, AD Education, officials of Education department and Principals/Headmasters of Higher/High Schools of Leh district.

Pak propaganda busted : Pakistan PM Imran deletes all tweets after being callout out on fake videos posted by him.

Pakistan PM Imran Khan tweets FAKE NEWS from his official twitter handle.

He tweets video of Bangladesh as proof of India’s ‘pogrom’. The video was a 7-year-old video.