Facilitate students’ return to their homes for Eid: Guv

‘Help patients, passengers’

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR/JAMMU, Aug 8: Governor Satya Pal Malik today issued directions to officials to facilitate return of outside students to their States who wish to go to their homes for Eid.
Governor has also sanctioned Rs 1 lakh each to designated liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for J&K students who are studying in other States and are unable to come to their homes on the occasion, Raj Bhawan spokesman said.
He passed the directions for setting up telephone lines in Deputy Commissioners’ offices for such students to talk to their families back home.
These directions were issued by the Governor at a high level meeting of officials to review security, and provision of basic services and essential commodities to people in the Union Territory.
Meanwhile, Malik, who is taking daily updates from his Administration about the prevailing scenario in J&K, has issued several directions for facilitating people and reviewed arrangements for Hajis who will be shortly returning home from annual pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
The Governor was informed about the preparations made for welcome of Hajis by the administration and families of the Hajis at Srinagar airport. The Khadim-ul Hujaj accompanying the Hajis from J&K have been informed well in advance about the arrangements for ferrying passengers to their homes. Further all the arrangements made for their facilitation have been given wide publicity through the electronic channels in Saudi Arabia.
Malik has directed the district administration to reach out to people and enquire about any ailing patient in need of urgent medical care. He has asked for making available ambulances to patients who need to be taken to the Hospitals.
The Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir have been directed to make available telephone helplines in their district Headquarters for parents who wish to speak to their children outside J&K. Helpline numbers in Deputy Commissioner Srinagar’s office are 9419028242 and 9419028251.
Taking note of the complaints by the stranded passengers regarding charging of exorbitant rates by the private taxi owners for ferrying people, the Governor has issued directions to the concerned departments to take action against the erring taxi operators and allow them to charge only the Government prescribed rates. He has further asked the Deputy Commissioners to visit Bus Stands and Railway Stations in order to facilitate transportation of stranded passengers to their respective destinations.
Malik directed Deputy Commissioners of respective districts in Valley to depute their staff for visiting different localities and Mohallas and take stock of requirements relating to ration, medicines and other daily needs of people and address them swiftly. They have been asked to visit at least 20 families daily and solve their issues. Further Mobile vans have been pressed into service for selling essential commodities to people and officers have been asked to keep check on profiteering and other unethical trade practices by the traders.