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SRINAGAR, AUGUST 13: Taking a strong cognizance illegal and unscientific mining practices, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners to stop the illegal extraction of minerals like Sand and Bajri from rivers, tributaries and streams immediately and take strict legal action against the violators.
The Divisional Commissioner issued these directions while reviewing the status of mining activities in rivers, tributaries and streams across the valley including Leh and Kargil districts.  
 He also directed all DCs to constitute committees to intimate action against illegal miners and immediately seize the equipment used in illegal mining. All DCs should monitor mining activities, mining plan, NOCs and permission checking in their respective districts and send the complete report to the Divisional Commissioners office within ten days.
It was informed that Illegal and unscientific mining practices have led to large-scale damage to river bodies and its embankments.
The Div Com asked the Geology and Mining department to properly demarcate the auction beds. He further directed for taking action against illegal stone crushers. He further stressed to expedite the formulation of a comprehensive strategy, in coordination with the Deputy Commissioners, Geology & Mining and Irrigation & Flood Control departments to curb the illegal activity on rivers, tributaries and streams across the valley.
Div Com made it clear that non-compliance or further delay in this regard would not be tolerated.  
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rashid Shah, Director Geology & Mining, Superintending Engineers of Irrigation & Flood Control, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whereas all Deputy Commissioners of the valley including Leh & Kargil participated the meeting through video conferencing.

PULWAMA, AUGUST 13: Secretary PHE, Irrigation & Flood Control, Farooq Ahmad Shah, today said that the Government is committed to providing safe drinking water to each household and is working on measures to augment the existing resources to meet the gaps between demand and supply.
The Secretary stated this during a meeting here, to review the progress on ongoing schemes of PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control in Pulwama and Shopian district.
During the meeting, the Secretary was briefed about the progress with regard to various ongoing schemes being executed in Pulwama and Shopian under State plan, District plan and centrally-sponsored schemes like AIBP and PMKSY.
The meeting was told that Lift Irrigation Scheme (LIS) Tral which has been sanctioned many years ago is lingering on because of the paucity of funds. The Secretary said that the LIS Tral scheme will be commissioned shortly and funds will be made available very soon so that the public may get due benefits from the said scheme. 
It was given out that tapping of the source from Drubjan Water Supply scheme in district Shopian, which will cater 103 villages consisting of 1.5 lakh population, will be commissioned shortly.
It was also given out that nine Water Supply Schemes in division Shopian have become non-functional. The Secretary directed the concerned executive engineer to submit a detailed report so that work on making these functional is started at an earliest.
Farooq Shah directed the concerned officials to submit a detail report regarding the replacement of old and aged filter plants with modern and scientific filter plants. He also directed them that wherever iron is present in the groundwater, the same should be filtered using iron filter plants for which DPR needs to be submitted.
Shah asked the concerned authorities to complete ongoing works within the stipulated time frame. He emphasized upon all the officers and engineers of the department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all ongoing projects. He said that no lapse of any kind shall be tolerated in such vital projects of public importance.
He laid stress on strict implementation of the sustainability programme which is aimed to conserve the existing PHE schemes for a longer period. He directed the engineers to take all possible steps to improve the efficiency of schemes so that they serve their purpose. He also stressed the need for improving the work culture at the grass root level to provide better services to the people.
He also stressed on regular repair and maintenance of machinery and other infrastructure at the water stations to avoid sudden breakdowns.
The Secretary directed all the engineers to submit a daily report regarding ongoing works and asked DDC Pulwama to monitor their performance.
In order to achieve the fixed targets of the department, he stressed upon all the concerned to put in extra efforts and work with proper coordination.
Shah directed the engineers to keep vigil on the banks of river Jhelum and its flood channel to keep a check on illegal constructions and to curb unauthorized extraction of sand and minerals.
District Development Commissioner, Chief Engineer I&FC, Executive Engineer and other officers of the department were present in the meeting. 

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 13: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan today directed all Deputy Commissioners of the valley including Leh and Kargil to seal all illegal and unauthorized clinics and testing laboratories immediately so that poor patients do not fall prey to fake medicos.
The Divisional Commissioner made these directions while reviewing the medical services across the valley including Leh and Kargil.
It was informed that 44 illegal and unauthorized clinics were already sealed in different areas which were operated by incompetent persons.
Divisional Commissioner directed all DCs to crack down on illegal, unauthorized clinics and testing laboratories and seal those immediately and arrest the culprits and take strict legal action against them.
He also directed them to start regular drive with the coordination of Police in their respective districts to identify illegal clinics, fake doctors and unauthorized testing laboratories for immediate action. He also directed for sending the report to the Divisional Commissioner’s office on daily basis.
Div Com reiterated that government is committed to providing better health care facilities to the people across the valley including Leh and Kargil.  
Deputy Director of Health Services, Chief Medical Officers, Block Medical Officers, Assistant Commissioner and other concerned officers were present in the meeting whereas Deputy Commissioners  participated  in the meeting through video conferencing.

55 vehicles to be purchased under replacement programme
SRINAGAR, AUGUST-13:  Principal Secretary, Transport and Animal & Sheep Husbandry Departments, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today convened a meeting of senior officers of State Motor Garages (SMG) and Transport Department to review their overall functioning.
Director, SMG Zakir Hussain Choudhary and Managing Director,  State Road Transport Corporation, Manmohan Singh briefed the Principal Secretary about the working of the departments, physical and financial achievements and steps needed to be taken to further streamline their working.
The Principal Secretary was briefed about the maintenance and purchase of vehicles, survey of vehicles intended to be condemned for SMG, auction of condemned vehicles and unserviceable automobile stores of SMG.
The meeting was informed about the present status of the land/complex of  SMG in different districts, fleet position of SMG, Staff position and vacant post of SMG department. It was also informed that there are 575 vehicles plying in the SMG department.
The meeting was informed about new initiatives for the year of 2018-19 regarding 55 vehicles to be purchased under replacement programme, computerization of left over areas like Regional Stores, Regional Workshops, District Garages Depots and procurement of more automobile equipment for Regional Workshops and district workshops to bring more efficiency.
The concerned authorities of the department also highlighted their demands including creation of departmental posts in newly created districts, replacement of old vehicles, augmentation of fleet, installation of CCTV cameras, modernization of workshop and construction of new Administrative Block.
The Principal Secretary emphasized the concerned authorities to expedite the process of recruitment for vacant posts in various wings, including Drivers of SMG Department so that the working of the department could not face inconvenience in this regard.
Later, the Principal Secretary also participated in a function held by Employees of State Motor Garages Union in respect of their retiree employees who retired during last few months.
President, SMG Union, Firdous Ahmed they also highlighted their demands before the Principal Secretary including up-gradation of posts of Chauffer as head Chauffer, providing of two cranes one each in Jammu and Srinagar for lifting of non functional vehicles during perform their duties and other issues and providing two and half day pay to the employees of SMG.
The President of the Union appreciated the steps taken by the Principal Secretary for the welfare of the employees of the department including holding of DPC and redressal of other issues.
On the occasion, the Principal Secretary presented shawls and mementoes to the retiree employees of SMG and  assured the employees of the SMG that their genuine demands would be redressed at an earliest.
Among others, Director Finance, Transport Department, Azad Hussain, Deputy Director, SMG Kashmir, Malik Tahir Gani, Deputy Director, SMG Jammu, Muarif Andrabi, besides senior officers, officials and drivers of Transport and SMG department were present on the occasion.