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Jammu & Kashmir govt retrieves 125 acres of forest land from encroachers: Forest Minister

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Jammu and Kashmir government has retrieved 125 acres of forest land from encroachers in the state and a target has been given to the forest authorities to retrieve the remaining land. “1000 kanal (125 acres) of forest land has been retrieved from the encroachers and target was given to the forest authorities to retrieve the remaining land,” Minister for Forests, Social Welfare Bali Bhagat today. He said the government would leave no stone unturned to take the land grabbers to task and would make every effort to retrieve the land for larger benefit of the society. “The government has fixed a target of retrieving a notable chunk of encroached forest land this year,” the Minister asserted. Bhagat said it is …

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J&K CM meets Minority affairs min Heptullah, discusses schemes like PMSS, USTAAD


Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed today met Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla here and discussed various issues including the hardships faced by students studying under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS). Sayeed met Heptulla here this morning and Member Parliament and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti was also present on the occasion, an official spokesman said. During their meeting, Sayeed discussed various issues, especially those related to better use of Wakf properties so as to make these revenue-generating assets, hardships faced by students pursuing studies outside the state under PMSSS and release of post-matric scholarship to the students of the state. The Union Minister assured the chief minister that she will take up on priority …

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Enrol 10 crore people in social security schemes: Govt to bankers

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The Centre has exhorted bankers to work towards surpassing the target of bringing 10 crore people under the ambit of the three social security schemes launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday, before the end of this month. “The bankers must ensure maximum coverage upto May 31 so that the national target of enrolling 10 crore population in the country is not only achieved but surpassed,” MoS PMO Jitendra Singh said. Singh, who launched the three social security schemes — Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY), Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY), and Atal Pension Yojana (APY) — in Jammu last evening, asked the bankers to enrol their existing and new customers in the schemes. “The bankers must enrol …

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Village education committies to be revived in J&K


Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday said ‘Village Education Committees’ would be revived in the state to make the functioning of the education department more participatory and to institutionalise accountability in schooling. “VECs will play key role in the development of localised education and school improvement plan and also monitor enrolment, retention, education of girl child and other disadvantaged groups, utilisation of grants and constructions to attain the objective of Universal Elementary Education in the state,” Minister for Education, Naeem Akhtar said during a tour of Baramulla district. Akhtar called for speeding up reforms to develop the education sector in the state. “While Jammu and Kashmir has adequate human and monetary resources for the development of the education sector, the …

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Issue of resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits raised in Lok Sabha

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The issue of resettlement of Kashmiri Pandits was raised in the Lok Sabha with BJP Member Nishikant Dubey urging the government to take immediate steps for rehabilitation and welfare of displaced persons from Kashmir who were forced to flee their birth place following a series of violence. In a discussion in a Private Member resolution on ”Immediate steps for rehabilitation and welfare of displaced persons from Kashmir”, Mr Dubey said the government should take steps to ensure that displaced persons from Kashmir return to their birth place. He said the government should provide land housing grants, social security and cultural redevelopment facility to the displaced Kashmiri Pandits. He suggested that housing colonies should be developed in central locations in the …

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Won’t allow separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits: National Conference

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Opposition National Conference on Saturday said they will not let Jammu and Kashmir government to set up separate colonies for Kashmiri Pandits but would strive for return of the minority community to their native places in the Valley. “We are against separate clusters for Kashmiri Pandits. We welcome them (to Kashmir), but we will not let the government to create separate colonies for them,” NC general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar told reporters during a protest rally against the new recruitment policy of the state government. Sagar said National Conference has always supported the return of Kashmiri Pandits to their native places in the Valley. “We have always said that we want them to return to the Valley and settle at …

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Pakistan cannot dictate its agenda, India is capable enough to decide its own terms and agendas: Jitendra Singh

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Rejecting Pakistan’s stand that creation of “dedicated” townships in Kashmir Valley for displaced Kashmiri Pandits would change the demographic makeup of the state, Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said Narendra Modi led-government would not let anybody dictate its agenda. “No, I think India is capable enough to decide on its own terms and agenda. As far as India is concern about how to go on these issues– whether it is the issue of terrorism or issue of displaced people returning to their homes, I do not think the government would let anybody dictate its agenda”, Singh told reporters here today. He was replying to a volley of questions about the Pakistan’s statement opposing “dedicated” townships in the Valley for displaced …

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Omar criticises Mehbooba for defending PSA against Masarat Alam

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National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday criticised ruling PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on the issue of invoking of Public Safety Act (PSA) on Hurriyat Conference leader Masarat Alam. “Where is Mehbooba Mufti? The person I’m watching on a TV news channel is certainly not the person I knew for the last six years,” Omar tweeted “Suddenly there are ‘red lines’ that are being drawn in the sand. How people change in office(!)” Omar said on the microblogging site. The PDP president, in an interview to a private TV news channel aired last night, defended the state government’s decision to arrest Alam and book him under the controversial PSA, saying that actions supporting Lashker-e-Toiba terror group chief Hafeez Saeed would …

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Separate settlements for Kashmiri Pandits not acceptable: Geelani


Separate settlements for Kashmiri Pandits are not acceptable and they should be settled at their native places only, Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Wednesday said. “Their (government’s) plan is to settle them (Pandits) at separate places where they have identified the land. They (Pandits) should be settled at their native places and that would be better for them as well as our society. Except that, we will not accept any other way to settle the Pandit brethren,” Geelani said at his Hyderpora residence. Geelani said no Kashmiri was against the return of the Pandits, but the move to create separate settlements had no legal or moral justification. “Not a single Kashmiri Muslim is against their return, …

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Police officers warned on hobnobbing with land mafia in Jammu

Under criticism for being hand in glove with the land mafia in Jammu and Kashmir police officers were warned of strict action if any complaints against them for hobnobbing with land grabbers in the state come to the fore.  “There should not be any involvement of the police officers in hobnobbing with land grabbers. Any complaint in this regard will be dealt with very strictly,” Inspector General of Police (IGP), Jammu Ranger, Danish Rana said here. These directions were issued at a high-level meeting in view of the criticism that police officers are working hand in glove with the land mafia. Rana also briefed the officers to keep an hawk-eye on embezzlement to prevent corruption in the society. He further …

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