MG-NREGA, IAY benefits not reaching people: Shahnawaz

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 9: Pradesh Youth Congress (PYC) president Shahnawaz Choudhary said today that full benefits of MG-NREGA scheme were not reaching to the people in Jammu and Kashmir. He said the State Government was required to take strict measures to ensure that the scheme was implemented in full and people in the rural areas were benefitted.

Addressing ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ at Dak Bungalow Bhaderwah in Doda district, his first after being elected as the PYC (I) president, Choudhary said the Central Government has given some very good schemes for welfare of rural masses including MG-NREGA and Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) etc.

"The schemes should be implemented properly so that their benefits reached to maximum people in the rural areas’’, the first elected president of the PYC (I) said while addressing Youth Congress workers in Bhaderwah, the home town of Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Shahnawaz Choudhary, who was accompanied by some of the newly elected office bearers and leaders of the Youth Congress, described MG-NREGA and Indira Awas Yojana as some good schemes given by the UPA Government for welfare of the rural people, which, if implemented properly, would change the whole scenario in rural areas.

"The schemes have made some good progress in Jammu and Kashmir but still a lot more was required to be done on them to give benefits to maximum people’’, he said.

Shahnawaz said road connectivity all across the State especially in Doda belt remained a major problem as it was very low in hilly areas compared to the national average.

He called for empowerment of Panchayats to give more powers to the people in rural areas. He said the time has now come to empower the Panchayats and give them full powers at par with other States. He added that the Panchayats can do a lot for welfare of the rural masses.

Shahnawaz Choudhary, who started ‘Jan Chetna Yatra’ from tourist resort of Patnitop addressed public meetings at Batote, Assar, Drudu, Malnai and Bhalla before reaching Bhaderwah town. He interacted with the youths from all walks of life at various places and assured them full support in addressing their problems.

He said the main motive of his yatra was to aware general public about various schemes and policies of the Central Government including MG-NREGA, Rajiv Gandhi Vidhyut Yojana, Indira Awas Yojana, Maa Tuje Salaam and National Rural Health Mission.

In Bhaderwah, the local youth demanded construction of sports stadium. Shahnawaz assured them that he would take up their demand with the concerned authorities.

Shahnawaz was all praise for Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad for taking special care of the people of the State by announcing various welfare schemes. He said Mr Azad has announced strengthening of infrastructure on health front in the State, which would help a lot to the ailing community. He hoped that Mr Azad would help the State in various other Centrally Sponsored Schemes.

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3 militants among 10 return from PoK

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 9: Three militants along with their 10 family members returned from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and surrendered before police in Kupwara district.

Police officials said that Mohammad Maqbool Shah, Ashiq Hussain Khawaja and Dilawar Beig had gone to PoK in early 1990s for arms training and returned via Nepal recently. They said Shah had come with his wife and three kids, while Khawaja was accompanied by his wife and five children. Beig who had gone across the Line of Control for arms training in 1993 also returned through Nepal and surrendered before Trehgam police station.

More than 100 youths, who had gone to PoK for arms training during the last two decades, have returned home following the announcement of rehabilitation policy for them by the State Government.

Dr Saleem’s posting as DHS challenged

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 9: The State High Court has issued notices to the Government in response to a petition filed by a senior doctor challenging the appointment of Dr Saleemur Rehman as the Director Health Services Kashmir.

The court while issuing notices to the Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education and Director Health Services Kashmir, Saleemur Rehman asked them to respond by June 29.

Petitioner, Dr Mohammad Ashraf, has prayed for quashing of Government order No. 409 HME of 2010 dated 05-08-2010 under which Dr Saleem was promoted as In-charge Deputy Director and Government order No. 231-HME of 2011 dated 31-03-2011 under which he was promoted as In-charge Director Health Services Kashmir.

Dr Ashraf has prayed before the court that he should be appointed as Director Health Services Kashmir as per the rules as he claims to have more qualification and expertise in the field than Dr Saleemur Rehman.

Dr Ashraf has worked as senior resident in SKIMS from July 1993 to August 1996, Assistant Surgeon in Hospital Administration in 1997, as B-grade specialist from 1997 to 2002, A-grade specialist from 2005 to 2011. He claims that Dr Saleem has worked as In-charge Assistant Director from 2003 to 2009, confirmed and worked as Assistant Director from 2009.

Dr Ashraf has done MBBS, Post Graduation in General Surgery in 1992 from SKIMS, Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management in 2003, post graduate diploma in Maternal and Child Health and KAS in 1999 while Dr Saleem has done MBBS and MPH. Dr Ashraf claims that Dr Saleem's MPH is a one year certificate course.

The petitioner has challenged the eligibility of Dr Saleem for the post of Deputy Director. The petition says that as per recruitment rules of Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare 2006 notified vide SRO-260 dated August 14 2006 promotion to the post of Deputy Director can be made from class-III category A, B and C having a degree of MBBS and 5 years administrative experience.

Dr Saleemur Rehman as per the petition was not having the requisite experience as he had only one year and four months experience as Assistant Director at the time of his appointment as Deputy Director.

Dr Ashraf while challenging Dr Saleem's appointment as Director Health Services Kashmir claims that Dr Saleem was In-charge Deputy Director when he was appointed as Director Health Services Kashmir.

HC’s directive to IGP

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 9: State High Court has directed the Inspector General of Police to supervise the investigation into the kidnapping of a young girl so that the same was brought to its logical conclusion at the earliest.

The direction was passed in a petition filed by unfortunate father of a young girl seeking directions for expeditious investigation by Bahu-Fort Police. Advocate A M Malik appearing for the petitioner submitted, "the offence under Section 366/109 RPC (kidnapping) is very heinous and as the prosecutrix has not been recovered till date, bail could not have been granted to the kidnapper Tejinder Singh, son of Gurcharan Singh of Ward No 15 Mohalla Sheesh Mahal, Haveli-Poonch".

"Police is not properly functioning and they have not effectively interrogated the alleged kidnapper", the counsel for the petitioner said, adding "because of laxity of police, investigation is moving on a snails pace".

After hearing both the sides, Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar observed, "when a case for commission of non-bailable offence is registered, the investigating agency has statutory right on the basis of the material before it to arrest the suspect".

The Court expressed displeasure that from January 2012 till date investigating agency has failed to bring the investigation to its logical conclusion. Accordingly, the Court directed IGP to supervise the investigation.

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