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RAJOURI, JULY 17: District administration Rajouri today decided to act sternly against illegal extraction of minor mineral from river beds.
Stern action under the rules will be initiated against the individuals and tractor owners found involved in illegal extraction of river bed, the District Development Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad said while chairing a meeting of concerned officers convened to discuss the measures to prevent the practice.
Earlier, meeting suggested various remedial measures to safeguard the aquatic life besides protection of bunds of river. The DDC constituted a team officers to look into the kind of illegalities in and around the embankments of river.
The meeting also discussed the welfare measures for the persons earning their livelihood by way of extraction of material from river bed.
The meeting was attended by District Mineral Officer Rajouri, Executive Engineer I&FC Division Rajouri/Nowshera along with AEEs and JEES.

RAJOURI, JULY 17: A team of Motor Vehicle Department today suspended permits of two vehicles in Budhal area after these were found violating the norms.
The team intercepted two vehicles which were found plying without valid documents.
Permits of both these vehicles bearing registration numbers JK11A 6687 (Canter) and JK11C 0347 (Magic Auto) were suspended.
Several other vehicles were also challaned by MVD team.

Orders mapping of water deficient areas, removal of illegal connections
RAJOURI, JULY 17: District Development Commissioner Mohammad Aijaz Asad today chaired a meeting of PHE Department to take stock of the water supply situation in the district.
Detailed discussions were held to explore more sources of water. Confluence of Darhali and Thananallah was suggested as source of water which can meet the requirement of 22 Lakh gallons for Rajouri town.
The meeting decided  to dig up a bore well to meet the shortage of water in the town.
The DC directed to start tanker service   in the areas facing shortage and asked the department to mobilise all available resources to provide relief to the general public. 
The DC asked the department to come up with a short term plan for meeting the shortage.
He also directed the department to activate its enforcement wing to keep check on misuse of drinking water for any other purpose. 
The DDC fixed deadline of one week for plugging of leakages in supply lines to prevent wastage. He also directed the concerned to initiate drive for removal of illegal connections from the feeders.
To devise an effective strategy, the DDC directed for mapping of water stressed areas so that water harvesting tanks and hand pumps can be provided to meet out the shortage.
He also directed for constituting a helpline to register the water scarcity complaints. JEEs were asked to create whatsapp groups of employees to check their presence at the place of their posting. 
The DC further directed for creating mass awareness about the judicious use of potable drinking water.
The meeting was attended by CPO AH Chowdhary, Superintending Engineer Hydraulic Circle Rajouri, Rafiq Khan, Executive Engineer PHE Division Rajouri/Nowshera, Executive Engineer(mech) Ground water and Drilling Division Jammu, Executive Engineer PHE Mechanical Division Rajouri  along with AEEs and JEEs.

KISHTWAR, JULY 17: A delegation of Chenab Hydro Power Project Workers Union today met Deputy Commissioner  Angrez Singh Rana and projected their demands.
The delegation comprising of around 300 workers led by union president Abdul Subhan  hold detailed discussion with the DC in presence of  ADDC  Imam Din, ACR Inderjeet Singh Parihar, DySP Nihar Ranjan, ALC   Muneeb Umar and General Manager AFCONS   Manmeet Singh. 
The DC asked the Union to present their burning issues to the AFCONS enabling it to take cogent action in the light of their genuine demands.
The Union representatives sought    transparency in recruitment process, preference and relaxation in qualification to local unemployed skilled youth in recruitment.   They further demanded all legal monetary as well as risk insurance benefits to the workers including those working at hazardous places i.e TBM etc.
They further sought preference to workers retrenched after completion of Dul Hasti Power Project  given preference.
The DC asked the executing agency   to   look into the issues raised by the   Union members in an amicable way and concede their genuine demands on priority and in accordance with the provisions of labour laws.  
The General Manager AFCONS assured the DC that the company will give due consideration   to the genuine issues raised by the members of the Union.
The Deputy Commissioner asked Assistant Labour Commissioner to ensure that workers may get all monetary benefits in accordance with the labour laws.
Meanwhile, the workers assured full support and favourable environment for early completion of Pakal Dul Power Project.