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Largely Circulated, No. 1 Bilingual Daily of J&K

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Governor Calls for Scientific Innovation to reach grass root level

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New administrative units to provide governance at people’s doorsteps: Wani

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3 injured as avalanches hit Macchil sector

Srinagar, Feb 07: At least three civilians were injured Friday as avalanches struck three different places in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district damaging a house, and two army posts. Official sources told GNS that three civilians were injured when an avalanche struck their residential house near Sarkoli in Machil today morning. The injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment. Their condition is said to be stable. However, the house was completely damaged in the incident. Meanwhile in another avalanche in the same area, two army posts suffered damages. However, there was no loss of life or injury reported. (GNS)

Youth held with a pistol from Srinagar Srinagar, Feb 07: Police on Friday arrested a person along with a pistol from Wanabal area of Srinagar city. Official sources told GNS that acting on a specific information police team Nowgam raided at Wanbal area and arrested a person identified as Adil Ahmad Dar son of Ali Mohammad Dar of Batmalloo.“A sealed Chinese pistol was recovered from his possession”, sources said, adding that police has registered a case and started further investigations in this regard. (GNS)

Health Minister forced to resign Lady Doctor slaps sexual assault charges on him Srinagar, Feb 7: After G. M. Saroori and Peerzada Muhammad Sayed, Minister of State for Health and senior Congress leader Shabir Khan was forced by his party High Command to tender his resignation on Friday after police registered a case of sexual assault against him following a complaint from a lady Block Medical Officer who happens to be the better-half of a senior separatist leader. Deputy Inspector General of Police Central Kashmir, Afhadul Mujtaba told CNS that they have registered a case against the Minister after a woman doctor complained that she was ‘mo-

Azad for thorough probe Srinagar, Feb 07: The Union Health Minister Gh. Nabi Azad said that if the allegations against Shabir Ahmad Khan are proved beyond doubt, there is no place for him in the congress party. He said nobody will be allowed to play honour and dignity of women and for that purpose stringent law has be enacted already by the Parliament. Azad said that instantly his position as a minister has gone and if the charges of molestation are proved he will have to go from the Congress Party for ever.

Srinagar, Feb 7 (KNS): The Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Friday received the resignation tendered by Shabir Khan, minister of state for health following allegations of molestation registered by police against him. Omar had tweeted on a social networking blog: “I have received the resignation of the Minister of State for Health Shabir Khan and am forwarding the same to the Governor for acceptance.” Khan stepped down following an FIR registered by police against him on a See Omar On Page 11..

Jammu, Feb 7, CNS: Demanding strict action against the tainted Minister of State for Health, Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti Friday said that the complaint of sexual assault lodged by a lady doctor depicts the state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir. “It is very unfortunate that a ‘responsible’ Minister acts in a lewd way and has tried to tarnish the modesty of a woman,” Mehbooba told CNS See Mehbooba On Page 11..

lested’ by Minister of State for Health in his office cabin. “Police has started investigating the matter and the accused will be arrested,” he said. Reports said that after the intervention of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar, a case vide FIR number 14 under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with the intention to outrage modesty of a woman) and 509 (act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the RPC was registered against Shabir Khan at Police Station Shaheed Gunj after a lady doctor lodged a complaint against the minister alleging he molested

her in the Secretariat on January 28. Police took the cognizance of the complaint and issued a non-bailable warrant against the accused Congress leader. Sources told CNS that in her complaint, the lady doctor has claimed that she received repeated calls from Health Minister’s staff over a week ago. She was told that the minister wants to know about the announcements made by Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad during his visit to the hospital where she works. Despite her requests that minister should obtain the in-

Dr. Farooq highlights importance of scientific innovations

NCIS being extended to cover Horticulture, to start with Apple, Cherry from this year: Mir

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On Edit Page Old people deserve love and affection and not the ill-treatment The decision to open old homes in the state is the need of the hour as the whole society is going through such an inhuman phase that even the devils are ashamed of what is happening around us. Every religion teaches as to how one should treat his old parents who bring him up and spend their whole life in grooming him and providing every comfort he desires. But as soon as the children grow and start earning, with that they also start to ill-treat their parents and sometimes make the atmosphere of the house so hostile that the parents themselves prefer to leave and wander

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NC terms molestation allegation a conspiracy Srinagar, Feb 7 (KNS): National Conference (NC) on Friday termed the allegation leveled against Shabir Khan multidimensional and can be a ‘conspiracy’ against the present coalition government. “There are so many dimensions to this issue that must not be undermined. There is no dearth of enemies of the present coalition government,” said NC additional general secretary Mustafa Kamal. He told KNS the case See NC On Page 11..

formation from senior officials, the complainant doctor alleged, she was compelled to report at the minister's office on January 28. The woman in her complaint has said that when she reached Health Minister Shabir Khan's office at the Secretariat, 10-15 people were already present there but Mr Khan asked her to go and wait inside a small cabin. The woman said she refused to leave the office but the minister convinced her to sit inside the cabin. When the minister came See Resign On Page 11..

Nation desperately needs Vice president stresses the need for maximum use of science and technology young leaders: Sajad Lone

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Innovations should accrue benefits to ‘Aam Aadami’: Omar

JAMMU, FEBUARY 07:Minister for Agriculture Production, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir today asked the National Insurance Companies to bring the horticulture produce under the ambit of National Crop Insurance Scheme (NCIS) starting with Apple and Cherry from this year.The Minister issued these instructions while chairing a joint meeting of senior government functionaries and representatives of Insurance Companies, Bank authorities, Horticulture and


Jammu, Feb, 07: The Vice President of India M. Hamid Ansari has said that science and technology are indispensable for addressing major contemporary challenges of economic growth and social transformation of societies. The health of a nation now depends, more and more on, among other factors, the health of the state of its science and technology. Delivering valedictory address at the “101st Session of Indian Science Congress” at University of Jammu, Jammu (Jammu & Kashmir) today he said that the founding

Jammu, Feb 7: Stressing on the need of utilizing science, technology and innovations for the benefit of common man, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Friday identified agriculture, horticulture and bio-mass energy generation as the areas in Jammu and Kashmir requiring intervention of science for inclusive and comprehensive growth. “In Jammu and Kashmir about 70% population is rural and agriculture is their mainstay. Horticulture and related activities are also of See Dr. Farooq On Page 11 fathers of our Republic had the wisdom and foresight to realise this at the dawn of freedom. Their knowledge of history made evident to them the connection between technological superiority and political domination.

Cabinet to meet today

Massive reshuffle in civil, police administration on cards Srinagar, Feb 7 (KNS): With the parliamentary elections scheduled to be held in mid April and almost around 30 senior officers (IAS, KAS) due to retire by the end of March this year, a massive reshuffle in civil and police administration is on cards, as the state cabinet is scheduled to meet in Jammu today. A cabinet minister told KNS that the state cabinet is scheduled to meet at 10. 30 am on Saturday in civil secretariat Jammu. Around 30 senior officers few of them already retired last month are due to retire by the end of March, sources in the secretariat told KNS. “First, there are strict guidelines from the Election Commission of India to transfer officers from their home districts and those who have completed two years of a posting at a single place ahead of polls. Besides these directions, a number of posts will be lying vacant due to retirement of the senior (IAS, KAS) officers by the end of March this year. These two important factors have motivated the government to go for a massive reshuffle in both civil and police administration,” the cabinet minister told KNS pleading anonymity. The police department, sources said is also likely to witness a massive reshuffle even upto the level of Inspector General of Police. “The upcoming cabinet meeting may transfers police officers upto the level of IGPs besides some senior police officers may be elevated to higher levels,” sources told KNS. Those officers who are due See CabinetOn Page 11..

He said that the influence of science on people’s lives is growing everyday. While recent benefits to humanity from science, technology and innovation are unparalleled See Vice President On Page 11..

Welcomes Iqbal into PC fold Srinagar, Feb 7: Jammu and Kashmir

Peoples Conference (JKPC) chairman Sajad Gani Lone Chairman, has welcomed the joining of Mohammad Iqbal Lone into the party fold at a rousing rally organised by JKPC at Bandipora. According to a statement issued to KNS, Mohammad Iqbal Lone is a young, dynamic and noted social activist who hails from Bandipora and has worked for humanitarian, developmental and rights based programs with local and national and international organizations and also participated in national & international programmes and have raised voices for development of Kashmir region at many national and international forums. Speaking on the occasion, Sajad Lone said, “Politics is science to manage the country or state. Youth is young blood of nation and active worker of nation. So, it is indispensable and demand

Screening of Afzal’s ‘MAQBOOL’ thwarted Srinagar, Feb 7: The screening of a documentary film based on the life of Maqbool Bhat, scheduled to be held on February 8 at a local hotel here, has been thwarted as the hotel authorities have cancelled the booking. The reports received by KNS informed that the screening of the 60 minute duration film titled ‘MAQBOOL’ was scheduled to take place at a government run hotel here on February 8 but due to the objection of the state authorities, the film makers have decided to cancel the screening. “The hotel manager called us and informed that the police authorities have directed to cancel the booking meant

for the film screening on the grounds of law and order,” said Afzal, the maker of ‘MAQBOOL’, adding that “they had booked the conference hall of the hotel two days earlier.” He further told KNS that they have been informed that for the screening of the film, the written permission from the deputy commissioner (DC) is necessary. “The film is based on the personal and political life of Maqbool Bhat and has several interviews of his companions and childhood friends,” said Afzal. The film has tried to cover all major incidents of Maqbool Bhat’s life and also emphasis has been laid See Screening On Page 11..

New administrative units

Protests in Press Enclave

Srinagar, Feb 7: Scores of residents from different parts of Kashmir Valley Friday staged a protest in press enclave Srinagar for the consecutive sixth day in favour of their demand to grant tehsil and block status to their respective areas. Residents of Rawalpora Khansahab alleged that their MLA concerned did not play any role to grant tehsil status to the area. They said that Rawalpora, Khansahab block has 12 Pancha-

yati halkas and yet the area was ignored due to negligence shown by concerned MLA. They appealed to the State Government to grant Tehsil status to Rawalpora Khansahab. Residents of Krimshora Budgam, Soibugh and Khwajagund Qasim Pattan also staged protest on Friday appealing to the government to grant tehsil status to their respective areas. “Krimshora deserves a See Protests On Page 11..

of nation that he must take all the responsibility for managing affairs of the nation. The nation desperately needs some young leaders who personify energy, enthusiasm, morality and diligence. The developmental pace will be completely different when young torchbearers will lead from the front.” He said that while people need the experience and wisdom of seasoned politicians who are now in their twilight years, the exuberance of the youth, their lateral thinking to get things done will offer a whole new perspective to the many problems that the nation faces today. “Unless the youth jump into the dirt of politics and manage to stay clean, how is the system ever going to change? Lone asked. He asserted that we need to develop a critical mass of young, honest and successful politicians so that they can become a motivational role model for others to follow.” Addressing the rally Mohammad Iqbal Lone said,” I decided See Lone On Page 11..

Non-availability of doctors, defunct equipments mars functioning of District Hospital Shopian Shopian, Feb 7: Acute shortage of staff and non-availability of advanced equipment has badly hit the functioning of District Hospital Shopian. Scores of attendants and patients Friday staged protest against Hospital administration alleging that despite repeated protest by people over shortage of doctors and paramedical staff, the state government has failed to upgrade services for better health facilities in the hos-

pital. The protestors told CNS that all the equipments like CT Scan and Ultra Sound machines lie defunct in the hospital as a result the patients suffer badly and they have to do all the necessary test at private laboratories at exuberant rates. “There is no accountability as a result doctors deputed in the hospital prefer private See Shopian On Page 11..

E-passports will be introduced by next year: Official Hyderabad 07 Feb: The new generation electronic passport, which aims to secure the data and curb the menace of fake passports, is likely to be introduced by next year, a senior government official said on Friday. "A Task Force has been set up to look into the e-passport project, which has held deliberations with different stakeholders (departments). We are planning to start issuing e-passports to new applicants by next year," Joint Secretary (Passport Seva Project) and Chief Passport Officer Muktesh K Pardeshi told reporters. The e-passport will replace the existing passport document with a plastic card embedded with an electronic chip containing all the details of the passport holder, including biometric information, besides a digital signature of a passport officer, he explained. "In 2013, the Government of India has issued

close to 85 lakh passports and other related documents globally and recorded a growth of 14-15 per cent over 2012 (wherein 73.6 lakh passports were issued). Going by this trend, we are expecting to cross the one-crore mark in issuance of passports annually by the end of 2014 calendar year or by early 2015," the Chief Passport Officer said. "It's also a great opportunity for the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to extend one crore citizen service every year. With one crore passports being issued in a year, we will be in a group of handful of countries, with only two countries China and US which are issuing over one crore passports every year," Pardeshi said. The e-passport will replace the existing passport document with a plastic card embedded with an electronic chip. See Official On Page 11..



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Resign to meet her at the cabin, she said, he acted like a "sexual predator" and made provocative advances, both verbal and physical. He also offered her many favours despite her resentment, the lady doctor said. The meeting lasted for 10-15 minutes, she said. She also said that Mr Khan asked her to meet him at the Circuit House where he was staying. Police sources told CNS that Shabir Khan will be formally arrested at any time. “There is possibility that he will surrender before the police and if he does not do so, then police will arrest him under rules,” a police official said adding that he can’t reveal the name of woman complainant. Despite repeated attempts, the accused Minister could not be contacted. Meanwhile, Chief Justice of High Court Jammu turned down the plea of accused Minister that a bail application for the accused be allowed to be filed before any court in Jammu as he was not in a position to take legal recourse at Srinagar. Khan has now option except to move a bail application before a trial court or High Court in Srinagar where FIR has been lodged. Meanwhile, Congress party directed Shabir Khan to resign in the interest of the party. JKPCC spokesman Ravinder Sharma told CNS that the party has asked Shabir Khan to tender his resignation and, “any time from now he will submit his resignation,” he said adding that the party stand with respect to the allegations is that law should take its own course and if proven guilty he should face the music. Pertinently, Shabir Ahmad Khan is the third Congress minister to find himself on the wrong side of the law ever since the NC-Congress Coalition came to power in 2009. In 2010, Public Works Department Minister G.M. Saroori, also a Congress man like Khan, was forced to resign from the State cabinet following reports that his daughter had passed a medical college entrance exam by arranging a proxy candidate to write the papers. In 2012 the then Education Minister and Congress leader Chief Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed had to resign as education Minister after the J&K Police Crime Branch indicted him on charges of helping his son to qualify 10th class exam in 2009 through unfair means and impersonation. Earlier too, in 2008, Sayeed quit as Education Minister amid allegations that he had received a Rs.40,000 bribe from the sister of a sitting legislator, Shoaib Lone. The complainant lady doctor refused to comment on the issue when CNS contacted her. “I don’t want to talk to media,” she said. (CNS)

Omar complaint of a lady doctor who has said that the former minister tried to molest her in his office cabin at winter secretariat recently. The police station Shaheed Gunj has registered FIR bearing number 9, of 2014 under section 509, 354. The police said the investigations are on. Khan is likely to be arrested, sources told KNS. (KNS)

Mehbooba adding that the present State Government is the mother of scams and scandals. “If you look at the track record of the present record you will find how many scams and scandals surfaced right from the day one when this government came into being in the State. There was Shopian incident which engulfed whole Valley into mourning but justice was not delivered to the family of the victims. More than 100 youth were killed on the streets of Kashmir and yet no action was taken against the accused. There was cricket scandal and besides a National Conference worker was murdered over pay off allegations,” she said. Mehbooba Mufti told CNS that justice is being trampled in the State and till date no accused involved in scams and scandals was brought to book. She demanded stern action against the tainted Minister of State for Health and said that a thorough investigation should be carried out in this regard. “He must be dropped as Minister or resign under rules as he has no moral authority to continue as Minister,” she said. “There is no safety of women in Kashmir. It has been the government full of scandals. The Minister who is supposed to be the protector of a the female doctor community has turned out to be a predator. The accused Minister should be nailed and action should be initiated against him,” she said. (CNS)

Mehbooba being sub judice must be investigated thoroughly. “Once the case is thoroughly examined then only the truth could come to fore and people will know that whether it is true or simply a ploy against the present coalition government.” Kamal said that the incident could have been staged also to defame the very bases of credibility of the state government. “Earlier also the infamous sex scandal was unearthed in the state and several politicians were accused but at the end of the day only two were punished.” Kamal stated that no one is above the law and everyone must wait for the final verdict. (KNS)

Vice President in the history of the human species, there are instances where the impact has been harmful or the long-term effects give cause for serious concerns. Since the dawn of the modern industrial age, science has been used mainly as a potent instrument for expansion of the frontiers of economic growth and the military powers of some segments of humanity, especially in the developed western world. The Vice President opined that the development of sophisticated weapons of mass destruction based on scientific knowledge has threatened the very existence of mankind, at least a few times, in the last century. Weapons created by science have also imposed painful costs on nation-states during the several wars fought since the advent of the 20th century. The destructive powers of these weapons still pose a clear and present danger to humanity. Scientists, who contributed to bringing about this situation, have a responsibility as citizens to help societies make a changeover from an obsession with economic growth at any cost to achievement of a sustainable environment and an ever growing economic system. They also have a responsibility to mitigate, if not eliminate, the threats posed by excessive weaponization of our planet. He said that Gandhiji had listed ‘science without humanity’ as one of seven deadly sins. Scientists, therefore, have an onerous responsibility towards society and their fellow beings. They must distinguish between socially beneficial and socially harmful applications of their research and innovation. Such introspection, by the scientists themselves, would be essential in order to undertake an objective cost-benefit analysis of their scientific output so that the outcome of their work is a balanced, sustainable, ‘win-win’ proposition for society. He said that scientists could perhaps increase communication and get more involved with the public, civil society and the policy-makers to find and implement solutions to issues of public need and interest. They could also take into account important questions such as reconciling the profit motive with the common good; providing for contributions from and benefits to deprived and marginalized segments of society ; justifying current costs to prevent costs or damages to future generations; reconciling social and ethical imperatives to purely scientific pursuits and short term benefits. Scientific advances are never, in themselves, a guarantee of social gain. Science has to be fully integrated with broader needs of society. Science also has to be cognizant of the social and ethical imperatives, which are integral to our being human and the basis of our civilization.

Dr.Farooq pivotal importance in the State’s economy”, he said adding that the intervention of scientific innovations and technological advancement in these fields are imperative for overall development and growth of the State. “I would like that the researches in the labs should smoothly transfer to the people and scientific innovations are utilised for the amelioration of common people”, he said. Addressing the valedictory function of 101st Indian Science Congress in Jammu University here this afternoon chaired by the Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari and attended by J&K Governor, N. N. Vohra, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah and other dignitaries, Omar Abdullah said that Jammu and Kashmir has greater scope of generating energy from the abundantly available biomass in the shape of weeds in Dal and other lakes. “My endeavour is to invite scientific intervention in converting these weeds into the energy for the economic welfare of the State and the people. In this regard I have taken up this issue with various scientists and technological institutions”, he said and asked the Indian Science Congress to venture in this field and provide a feasible mechanism to the State to achieve the cherished goal in this regard. The Chief Minister also sought scientific intervention in the inclusive development and management of agricultural and horticultural practices in high altitudes areas like Leh and Kargil. He said that most of the Kandi areas in the State are rain fed and require technological support to undertake agricultural activities that would enable the farmers to earn remunerative income and help significant increase in productivity and production. He said this avenue is also open to the scientists for research. Omar Abdullah maintained that health sector is yet another area requiring scientific support for its inclusive growth and said that research and its outcomes on reasonable cost will give forward push to the universalisation modern health initiatives in the State. The Chief Minister congratulating the participants and the organizers of the Indian Science Congress and maintained that in the brain storming sessions eminent scientists and experts have dwelt on pertinent themes and issues of great value. He suggested that the recommendations finalised in the Congress for utilization of scientific innovations for inclusive growth should be sent to all the State Governments besides the Government of India. Omar Abdullah said the hallmark of Indian Science Congress has been the collaboration between experts and airing of scientific views and opinions through discussions and debates and the synthesis between theoretical and applied sciences. “All this is aimed at harnessing innovations in Science and Technology for inclusive growth”, he said and elaborated that the deliberations and research papers forming part of the Congress need to be circulated to all the States for guidance in their endeavours to utilise science, technology and innovations for inclusive growth which was the topic of deliberations in the 101st Indian Science Congress. The Chief Minister expressed the hope that the next Indian Science Congress will not take 100 years to travel to Jammu and Kashmir but the organizers would schedule next Congress in the State as soon as possible. He congratulated the organizers and welcomed the Vice President, M. Hamid Ansari for addressing the valedictory session of the Congress. In his speech, Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah described organizing of Indian Science Congress in Jammu and Kashmir as an historic event and said that it has provided great opportunity for creating scientific temper in the State among the students and research scholars. Dr. Farooq Abdullah highlighted the achievements India has registered in the field of science and technology and stressed the need of maintaining the pace of progress in this direction. He congratulated the organizers of the Congress and welcomed the Vice President M. Hamid Ansari. Governor Jammu and Kashmir, N. N. Vohra also delivered his lecture while the General President of Indian Science Congress welcomed the Vice President and other dignitaries in his welcome address. The 101st Indian Science Congress was inaugurated by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh here 3rd February and Vice President of India delivered his valedictory speech on the conclusion of the Congress today on 7th of February. (KNS)

Mehbooba to join Politics and committed to make a change. I want to carve space for youngsters in order to form a vibrant, inclusive politics across J&K. I do not want to regret at the latter part of my life, seeing my nation at peril, just because people of my generation have not done enough and have chosen to stay away rather than being a part of decision making.” (KNS)

Zabarwan Times Regional Passport Officer (RPO) K Srikar Reddy said the trial for hand-held devices (palm-top computers) for police constables, enabling online police verification at citizens' doorstep is presently on in West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh and now it is contemplated to start it on a pilot basis under Cyberabad Police Commissionerate here and later to other parts of the state and country.Hyderabad tops the list of RPOs in terms of the number of applications processed and services rendered at 6.4 lakh and 6.3 lakh, respectively, with 8.9 per cent of total passport services in the country, Reddy said.

Screening upon the political situation of that time when Maqbool joined the militant ranks. Afzal said that the group of some young film makers have joined heads together and have started a production house called ‘footsteps’. “We had the footage of more than 15 hours and the film has been thoroughly edited on final cut pro.” (KNS)

Shopian practice. The Medical Superintendent is fully aware of the issue but nothing is being done to give relief to the patients,” Tahir Ahmed a protestor said. When contacted both the Minister of State for Health and Director Health assured that strict action will be initiated against those doctors and Para medical staff who remain absent from the duty. “We will find out why patients are suffering and why they don’t receive the proper treatment,” they said. (CNS)

Protests block status but it was ignored due to reasons known to Cabinet Sub Committee,” the protestors told CNS. Meanwhile, Awantipora observed a complete shutdown for the sixth consecutive day in favour of their demand to grant district status to Awantipora tehsil. (CNS)

Official Stating that it would be a great responsibility and opportunity as well as challenge for the passport officials, he said, "We have to scale up and expand our services and have to bring in more efficiency within our passport officials and we always have to be innovative."

to join Politics and committed to make a change. I want to carve space for youngsters in order to form a vibrant, inclusive politics across J&K. I do not want to regret at the latter part of my life, seeing my nation at peril, just because people of my generation have not done enough and have chosen to stay away rather than being a part of decision making.” (KNS)

Governor Calls for Scientific Innovation to reach grass root level JAMMU, FEBRUARY 7: Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor of J&K has called for sustained efforts to make scientific innovation reach grass root level helping various sections of society addressing their multiple day to day problems. Innovations is the foremost objectives of scientific experiments and unless they are able to solve the problems faced by different segments of the society, it has no meaning. The Governor was addressing the valedictory function of 101st Indian Science Congress at Jammu University today. The Governor observed that 101st session of Indian Science Congress has rightly chosen the theme of “Innovations in Science and Technology for Inclusive Development” and hoped that

the large number of seminars, lectures delivered and deliberations held during this Congress will further strengthen the momentum of the scientific innovations, which will go a long way in contributing to socio economic development of the country. Referring to the various scientific exhibitions held during the Congress, the Governor hoped that it will motivate thousands of students who visited these exhibitions to embrace scientific learning and its profitable use for the various sectors of the economy in future. He also hoped that this Congress would contribute a great deal in promoting scientific learning and its use in a big way in the State of Jammu and Kashmir. The Governor complemented Prof.

R.C. Sobti, Indian Science Congress, General president, Prof. M.P.S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University and all his colleagues for the successful hosting of 101st Indian Science Congress in the Campus of Jammu University. The Governor, in particular lauded the Chief Minister in particular and the entire administration for extending general support in making this event successful. The Governor lauded the organizers for choosing meaningful themes for various events like Children Congress, Women Congress, Innovation Congress etc. and advised the organizers to carefully compile the deliberations and make all efforts for its widespread dissemination.

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Exemplary measures initiated to further cause of education in state: Tara Chand JAMMU, FEBRUARY 7: Reaffirmingcommitment of government to give fillip to education in the state, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, today said exemplary initiatives have been taken up in the recent past to ensure better education in the state. He said futuristic education policy, right to education, promotions at different levels, ReT pattern recruitment for backward areas besides filling up of vacant posts are among those steps which have been initiated to further the cause of education in the state. “After taking charge of the department I took decision to fast track the process of filling up of large number of va-

cant positions by promotions and recruitment besides ensuring that the state gets its own education policy,” he added. Tara Chand was addressing a mammoth gathering of students, teachers, educationists, parents and public representatives gathered at the daylong education conference held at Khour today. Director, School Education Jammu T.K. Sharma, Director, SSA S.C. Sawhney, Director RMSA S.A. Leharwal, SDM, Akhnoor, CEO, ZEOs, and other senior officers from police, revenue, civil administration and education department attended the conference.

Advocating provisions to provide free education to children, Deputy Chief Minister said work on draft for Right to Education is near completion which will enable every child in the age of four to fourteen years to have a right to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education. He said the act is in final stages of framing and encompasses provisions contained in Right to Education Act 2009 besides taking into account state specific recommendations as suggested by state level consultation forums. Tara Chand said over 20,000 promotions at different levels have been made in the

department and over 6000 education volunteers have been regularized in the state during the present government. “The government has taken special steps for addressing education needs of backward areas while general line teacher posts will also be filled on the ReT pattern so as to meet dual purpose of providing jobs to educated youth as well as ensuring teachers in the schools,” he maintained. He said progress of the department has been recognized at national level and the state education department has been honored by the President of India.

UNIVERSITY OF KASHMIR Office of the Dean Academic Affairs ADMISSION NOTIFICATION No. 2 (Session 2014)

On-line Applications are invited from the eligible candidates for admission to the below mentioned Programmes for the academic session 2014.The candidates are advised to peruse the Prospectus-2014 thoroughly and check eligibility/other details before submitting their On-line Application Forms:I) Masters Programme in Arabic, English, Hindi, Kashmiri, Library and Information Science, Linguistics, Persian, Sanskrit, Urdu, Commerce, Education, M. Ed., M.P.Ed., Economics, History, Islamic Studies, Kashmir and South Asian Studies, Mass Communication & Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Botany, Bioresources, Clinical Biochemistry, Zoology, Computer Applications, Electronics & Instrumentation Technology, Home Science (Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition, Food Science & Nutrition, Extension & Communication, Human Development), Food Science & Technology, Information Technology, Chemistry, Disaster Management, Environmental Science, Geography, Applied Geology, Geo-Informatics, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, Bachelors Programme in Law (LLB 3 years) II) Important dates:

Cabinet to retire by the end of March include Bashir Ahmad Runiyal (IAS), Farooq Ahmad Pir (IAS), Farooq Ahmad Facktoo (IAS), Ghulam Hassan Tantray (IAS), Tariq Ahmad Mir (IAS), Hafizullah Qadri (KAS), Jaipal Singh (KAS), Farooq Ahmad Khan (KAS), Mohammad Yousuf Zargar (KAS), Attaurehman Natnu (KAS), Ghulam Hussian Bati (KAS), Shugufta Bagat (KAS), Sheikh Mukhteyar (KAS), Reyaz Choudhry (KAS), Shaihda Khanum (KAS), Syed Altaf Andrabi (KAS) and Gulzar Ahmad Qureshi (KAS). Those IAS, KAS officers who retired in January last, include Sudanshu Sharma, Mohammad Abbas Dar, Mushtaq Ahmad Mir and Shahid Rashid, sources told KNS. Interestingly, both the coalition partners--Congress and National Conference have started hectic parleys to adjust officers of their liking at suitable posts, sources said. Similarly, many officers in the civil and police administration have also been reportedly busy in lobbying to get their favorite postings. (KNS)


Issuance of Prospectus/Submission of On-line Forms

From February 06, 2014

Last date of submission of On-line/Hard Copy of Application Forms

February 20, 2014

Conduct of Entrance Examinations

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NCIS being extended to cover Horticulture, to start with Apple, Cherry from this year: Mir JAMMU, FEBUARY 07: Minister for Agriculture Production, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir today asked the National Insurance Companies to bring the horticulture produce under the ambit of National Crop Insurance Scheme (NCIS) starting with Apple and Cherry from this year.The Minister issued these instructions while chairing a joint meeting of senior government functionaries and representatives of Insurance Companies, Bank authorities, Horticulture and Agriculture Departments at a meeting convened to discuss the measures for economic stability of the farmers of the State through a sound system of Crop Insurance cover. Mr. Mir directed the authorities of the Horticulture Department to compile yearly data of horticulture within 48 hours of any eventuality. produce, identify the areas prone action. The Minister asked the Banks He further instructed the Insurance to unforeseen natural calamities Companies to work out the preand suitable locations for installa- implementing the Insurance policy mium amount easily affordable by tion of Automated Weather Stations to open Nodal Centres at Block, Tehsil andKangan district levels to enable the farmers.Mr said that with Khanthe News Agency Mir Ganderbal (AWS) and submit the Lone reportNews to the Agency farmers to report about the damage revision of NCIS guidelines, it is concerned departments for further Gulzar News Agency Soura Zahidthe Book Depot Chadoora

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expected that maximum number of farmers would be able to manage risk in agriculture and horticulture products in a better way. He stressed upon the need to take measures necessary for effective implementa-

Tariq News Agency Hawal Bashir News Agency Nowhatta Muzaffar Ali News Agency Alamgari Bazar Budshah News Agency Lal Chowk Abdullah News Agency Lal Chowk Sikendar News Agency Lal Chowk Gupkari News Agency Lal Chowk Raina News Agency Gund Kangan Khan News Agency Regal Chowk Rashid News Agency Dalgate Sheikh News Agency Hyderpora Hilal News Agency Budgam Lone News Agency Tangmarg Bhat News Agency Chadoora JAMMU, FEBRUARY 07: MinBhat News Agency Magam Zargar News Agency Kunzar ister for Roads & Buildings Dar News Agency Beerwah Bashir News Agency Sumbal Mr. Abdul Majid Wani today said that the creation of new Reshi News Agency Safapora Saleem News Agency Pattan administrative units in the JAMMU, FEBRUARY interacting withBandipora the officers the meeting.Bhalla said Gov-Pampore Basharat News Agency Reyaz News Agency 07-Minister for Housing, of Tourism, Culture, R&B and ernment has approved revised State is a step towards emAltaf News Agency Pulwama Javaid News Agency Qazigund Horticulture and Culture, RaJKPCCat a high level meeting cost worth Rs.6.83 crore for powering people of far flung areas by providing them easy Jeelani G.M News Agency Sopore man Bhalla, has asked the News Agency Baramulla restoration work of roof top, accessibility to the adplasterSultan work News on walls, whiteHandwara Shah News Agency Kupwara Agency ministration. wash Sheikh inside and outside the Islamabad Younis News Agency Langate News Agency theatre including sub-office, The Minister was interReshi News Agency Islamabad Three Way News Agencyacting Tral with a deputapainting of all wooden, steel tion of Panches and SarTurray News Agency Tral News Agency work,Badru new modern lightingBijbehara panches of Doda district Rahi News Agency Kulgam Malik News system inside andAgency outsideArwani led by MLC Mr. Sham with Shaheen power saver Rah News Agency Byepass NewselectrifiAgency Kargil Lal Bhagat, who called

tion of scheme and its applicability to all insured producers in a fair and consistent manner. The Minister said that there are 5 lakh Kissan Card holders in the State, who are being directly benefited by various schemes launched by the government adding that it is mandatory for the bankers to remain associated with the Insurance Companies to provide all time assistance to the needy farmers. Mir said that the Agriculture and Horticulture is the backbone of rural economy adding that 80 percent population of the State is directly or indirectly associated with this sector.Commissioner/Secretary Agriculture Production Dr. Asgar Samoon, Director Horticulture Jammu, Director Agriculture Jammu, Administrative Officer, Agricultural Insurance Company, Chandigarh, representatives of ICICI Bank, Jammu and Kashmir Bank, NABARD, Cooperative Bank, other nationalized banks besides senior officers of Agriculture and Horticulture departments attended the meeting.

New administrative units to provide Bhalla asks officers to complete renovation work on Abhinav governance at people’s doorsteps: Wani Theatre, Tagore Hall in double

Roads and Buildings (R&B) department and Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC) to work in double shifts for speedy completion of renovation work on Abhinav Theatre in Jammu and Tagore Hall and SPS Museum in Srinagar. The Minister was

convened here this afternoon. Secretary Tourism and Culture, Zaffar Ahmed, Secretary Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art Culture and Languages, Khalid Bashir, Managing Director, JKPCC, T R Bhagat, Chief Engineer R&B, Sheikh Hamid besides other senior officers were present in

Vikar convenes officers meet in winter sect Reviews stock, supply position of essentials, power scenario SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 07: Minister of State for Technical Education, Information, Hospitality and Protocol and Rural Development, Mr. Vikar Rasool convened an officers meeting in winter secretariat Srinagar today to review the stock and supply position of essentials and power scenario in the valley. The meeting was attended by the District Development Commissioner, Srinagar, Chief Engineers of Power and PHE, Joint Commissioner SMC, Joint Director CA&PD and other line officers. The Minister asked the officers to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the consumers and strictly adhere to the curtailment schedule and asked the concerned to ensure timely repair and replacement of the damaged electricity transformers. He asked the CA&PD authorities to make essentials including LPG available to the consumers and expedite the home delivery process of the LPG cylinders to the people. The District Development Commissioner informed the meeting that the district administration has geared up his men and machinery to restore all the basic facilities to the people post snowfall. He further informed the meeting that all the roads, link roads have been cleared off snow in the city.The Minister was further informed that during the current month 280700 quintal of rice, 208427 quintal atta, 400776 KL of K-Oil and adequate number of LPG cylinders have been distributed among the consumers while adequate quantity of essentials have been dumped in 373 sale counters of the areas which remain cut off during winter months. Mr. Vikar later met many a public delegations who presented their problems regarding power, water supply and road connectivity. The Minister assured them that their grievances would be resolved on priority.

cation, modern lighting for stage, wiring system of audio system, stage with teak wood, central office building, old water tank, air condition, green rooms, wash rooms besides repair of K L Saigal hall and installation of firefighting equipment.Regarding renovation of Tagore Hall in Srinagar, the Minister informed that Government has released Rs. 12.46 crore, of which, works worth Rs. 9 crore have been completed.

on him here today to express their gratitude for strongly pursing the cause of granting new administrative units, including Sub Divisions, Tehsils, CD Blocks and Niabats to various areas of the District. The deputationists urged the Minister to take the local people and public representatives in confidence while carrying out the demarcation of the new administrative

blocks to ensure that maximum areas are brought in the ambit of nearest unit. They also stressed on the need of covering all unconnected areas of the district through road network for expediting the socio- eco-

nomic development of these pockets. The Minister termed the approval of the Cabinet to the recommendations of Cabinet Sub Committee (CSC) on creation of new administrative units in the State as a histori-

cal decision and said that the decision would be written in golden words in the history of State. He said that the creation of new administrative unit would go a long way in mitigating the problems of the people at the grass-root level, besides accelerating tempo of development in these areas. Mr. Wani said that the CSC adopted a rational approach while creating new administrative units to ensure that justice is done to the people of all the three regions. The people in every nook and corner of the State would get governance at their door steps by virtue of this decision, he maintained. The deputation members also conveyed their special thanks to central leadership including UPA Chairperson Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Union Minister for Health and Family Wel-

SLSC recommends five new UIDPs worth Rs. 600 Cr. under JnNURM New Municipal Solid Waste Management Projects for Jammu, Sgr soon: Jora JAMMU, FEBRUARY 07: The State Level Steering Committee (SLSC) today decided to submit five mega projects costing about Rs. 600 Cr. to the Union Ministry of Urban Development for funding in order to improve solid waste management in twin capital cities of the state. The projects also include Preservation and Development of River Jehlum from Dobji Ghat Gowkadal to Chattabal (Cement Bridge) and Decongestion/ Redevelopment of inner old city areas.The decision to this effect was taken at a high level meeting chaired by the Minister of Urban Development & Urban Local Bodies Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora convened here today.It was informed that the Srinagar

Tarigami meets Speaker, discusses issues regarding upcoming session JAMMU, FEBRUARY 07: Secretary CPI (M) and Member Legislative Assembly Kulgam Mr. M. Y. Tarigami who is also Chairman of Committee on Environment of Legislative Assembly today called on the Speaker, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Mr. Mubarak Gul here in his office chamber and discussed matters related to the upcoming budget session commencing from February 10.Threadbare discussion was held on the report of the Committee on the Environment. The Speaker asked the Chairman of the Committee to complete the exercise and submit the Committee report in upcoming session.The Speaker also sought the cooperation of the CPI (M) leader in the smooth conduct of the proceedings of the House.Mr. Tarigami assured the Speaker of his full cooperation in making the business of the House result oriented.

Malhotra chairs LC Business Advisory Committee meet JAMMU, FEBRUARY 07: The meeting of Business Advisory Committee of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council was held here today under the chairmanship of LC chairman, Mr. Amrit Malhotra.Threadbare discussion was held on the schedule of the house Business as listed in the provisional calendar already issued by the Council Secretariat, besides smooth functioning and conduct of the House proceedings.The meeting was attended by the Minister for Planning, Labour and Employment, Mr. Ajay Sadhotra, MLCs, Mr. Bashir Ahmed Magray, Mr. Khalid Najeeb Suharwordy, Mr. Vijay Bakaya, Mr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma and Mr. Nayeem Akhtar Andrabi.It was decided in the meeting that the General Discussion on Budget would be held for two days on Feb 17 and Feb 18 while the reply by the government would be on Feb 19, instead of Feb 18. Similarly, the meeting also decided to reschedule the Government Business by continuing the Discussion on the working of Ministries for two days on Feb 25 and Feb 26 instead of one day as listed in the provisional Calendar.Secretary.

Municipal Committee & Jammu Municipal Committee would be the project executing agencies for solid waste management at a cost of Rs. 116.86 Cr. and Rs. 70.58 Cr. respectively whereas the Urban Environment Engineering Department (UEED) shall be the project executing agency for construction of Sewerage Project in missing link areas of Srinagar city at a cost of Rs. 55.83 Cr. The Preservation & Development of River Jehlum

will be undertaken by Flood Control Division, Srinagar at an estimated cost of Rs. 79.37 Cr. whereas the Circular Roads Projects, Srinagar shall be project executing agency for Decongestion and Redevelopment of inner old city areas at an estimated cost of RS. 278.50 Cr.Speaking

on the occasion, the Minister said that these urban development projects shall be undertaken under the Urban Infrastructure & Governance (UIG) scheme Submission of Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) adding that the main focus shall be on introducing latest scientific innovations for upgrading the existing urban infrastructure in the state. He asked the concerned engineers and concerned officers of the Urban Development Department to take advanced measures for implementation of these projects till required funds are sanctioned by the Union Ministry of Urban Development. He underscored the need for a mission mode for execution of such mega projects aiming at improving the basic civic amenities for the people. He also called for transparency and accountability in execution for various urban infrastructure development projects by urging for judicious use of funds and standard building material. “There should be no compromise in this regard”, Mr. Jora asserted.

Shri Amarnathji Yatra, 2014:

Insurance Cover for Service Providers

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 7: As per decision taken in Review Meeting chaired by Mr. N.N. Vohra, Governor of J&K, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, the CEO of the Board, Shri Navin K. Choudhary, has finalized arrangements to procure Accidental Insurance Cover for the various categories of service providers including Dandiwallas, Pithoos and Ponywallas and their Ponies for Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014. CEO has concluded this task in collaboration with the State Government Animal Husbandry and Labour Departments.Giving further details, the CEO of the Board informed that all service pro-

viders including Dandiwallas, Poniwallas and Pithoos who are registered with the State Labour Department prior to the commencement of the Yatra would be provided Accidental Insurance Cover of Rs. 1.00 lakh. This will be applicable for the entire Yatra duration after they get registered and move into the Yatra areas. To be covered by this benefit, all categories of local service providers shall need to register with the State Labour Department.Similarly, all Ponies which get registered with the State Animal Husbandry Department prior to the commencement of the Yatra shall be covered with an in-

surance of Rs. 30,000/- per Pony. All Ponywallas have been advised to register their Ponies with the State Animal Husbandry Department after getting their animals medically checked. The dates for the commencement of registration for various categories of service providers shall be announced shortly by the respective State Government Departments.The Governor has also reiterated his earlier directions for ensuring speedy settlement of all insurance claims to ensure that those who have suffered losses are quickly compensated so that they can continue to earn their livelihoods.



March 21-April 19

Your emotions may feel restricted today, but this could be for the best. Try to take a lighthearted approach to the situation, and don’t get too serious about anything. The more flexible your attitude, the better off you’ll be. Keep your feelings under control by not reading too deeply into the subtleties of things.

Taurus April 20-May 20

This is a great day for you. You should find that your general mood is excellent. You’ll have the perfect thing to say in every situation. Your adaptable nature will come in handy, as people around you will be quite rigid and unyielding. The more disciplined you are when it comes to emotions, the better off you’ll be. Feel free to be the social butterfly.

Gemini May 21-June 21

It may be hard to come to grips with your emotions today. You may be flightier than usual. Realize that this is to your advantage. Come out of the quicksand and take a breath of fresh air. An upbeat attitude is critical to making progress in anything you undertake. Find the answers you seek in conversations with others.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Your words may get you into trouble today, so be careful of what you say. Try to keep a lid on hasty comments fueled by intense emotions. These comments may come out the wrong way and be used against you later. Bring your cheerful disposition to the group and leave your stubborn attitude at home. Goals and discipline may be major themes today.


July 23-August 22 You may be a bit confused today. Other people’s actions may send you into a whirlwind of conflicting emotions. You may be sensitive regarding your goals. Discipline is a key aspect of today. Stay true to the principles you hold most dear and you won’t go wrong. Friends are waiting in the wings to help you with whatever bothers you. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance.


August 23-September 22

Communication is key today. Make your intentions known right away to avoid unnecessary confusion. The more you can settle now, the better off you’ll be down the road. You’re the missing piece of the puzzle, so step up to the podium in order to fill your very important role. The bridge you provide fills in a critical gap that will be of great aid to others.


September 23-October 23 Channel your energy into constructive tasks. Look to where you can make important connections. There’s a fine line between helpful suggestions and manipulation. Try to avoid the latter. There’s something holding you back. This restriction is probably for the best. You could get burned out by constantly going to extremes in every action. Trust your energy and follow your instincts.


October 24-November 21 Restrictive forces may come into conflict with you today. The good news is that you should be able to find a space of peace within your emotions. Seek a mediator who can help you sort out stalemates that may exist between you and others. Opportunities for freedom and autonomy are out there waiting for you to grab. Seek the bizarre and unconventional ways of doing things.

Sagittarius November 22-December 21

A planned, disciplined approach works best today. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s important to connect with others now. Trying to do things alone may seem like the right thing to do, but you’re much more efficient when you enlist the help of others. Don’t be shy about approaching people you don’t know very well.

Capricorn December 22-January 19

This is a terrific day for you. Your emotional state of mind is wonderfully upbeat. Things should be flowing your way, and there’s an instinctual knowing that will help you navigate through whatever rough spots may come your way, if any. Take this opportunity to secure commitments from others and nail down plans that you intend to complete.

Aquarius January 20-February 18

Things may be mentally focused today, which could conflict with your emotional nature. Strong opinions may crop up, and you should take the time to listen. Don’t force things to come out if they aren’t ready. If the apple isn’t ready to fall from the tree, don’t wrench it off. Wait until the apple is ripe and the fruit will fall to you effortlessly.


February 19-March 20 Communication is a big theme of the day for you. Every time you speak, a large audience is listening to every word. The stronger you are at expressing your opinions, the better. You’re flighty today, jumping from one thing to the next, but this is fine. You may get quite a bit done when you act in this fashion.


EDITORIAL / OPINION Editorial/Opinion

Daily Zabarwan ZABARWANTimes TIMES

Srinagar, Saturday 08 February 2014

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Old people deserve love and affection and Zabarwan Times Sunday, 29 December 2013 not the ill-treatment


he decision Worrying pacetoofopen old homes in the state developmental is the need ofprojects the hour

as the whole society he slow pace of developis going through such m e nphase t a l p rthat o j e ceven ts in an inhuman and ofKashmir the devils Jammu are ashamed what particularly the Kashmir is happening around us. Every valley has not only religion teaches as to resulted how onein increased cost of should treat histhese oldprojects parentsbut who and spend also bring dilutedhim theirupbenefits which their life in the grooming could whole have changed economy him and providing every comof the state to a great extent. The fort he desires. But as soon as valley has only a few months of the grow and start workchildren season due to the winter and earning, with that they also it becomes almost impossible to start to ill-treat their parents continue the construction work in and sometimes make the atmochilly days of house December, January sphere of the so hostile and the February. Thethemselves months of that parents Marchtoand April arewander rainy soonthe prefer leave and work again Byon allacalculathe roads tillsuffers. they die road tionsin there are not more five side, a mosque or in than a hospital. There arethe several cases months when construction when haveon to to give work the canpolice be carried theadbest vertisements in the media for satisfaction of the concerned agenthe identification of theimperative bodies cies. Hence it becomes ofto these parents lift the unfortunate pace of the work during who die helplessly. The social, these months so that maximum is ethical and moral degradation accomplished andcaste takenustovery some in our society has point where the for threads can darely so hasfrom the lust matebe picked up next done. season. In foraddirialistic fortunes We tionthat to thethe lessholy working months get Quran oncethe red-tapism bureaucratic hurand again and preaches that the service the parents particudles alsoofcome in the way of comlarly in of their old age is one of pletion developmental projects the acts which thethe God anddearest the result is that despite fact Almighty and the Prophet Mothat people pay through their hammad (pbuh) wants every noose, these projects are not comhuman to do. There are some pleted on time and their construcsocial problems also which retionin cost goes upwards manifold. sult throwing of the old parDuring 2006-2008 the work culents out of their houses in utter ture improved in the state andofthe disregard to the teachings construction work of different our religion. Though there are projects was going who on involundouble some organizations shift and places in triple tarily takeatcare of some oldshift. peo- It ple but thatof is not the is because thatenough several as projects cases thisbeen are completed increasingfor whichlike had not day day. Within thecompleted house overby two decades were also thesome children indulge in every the within months only as harassment of was their parents officer involved made answerand even if they don’t leave able at every level. Not onlythe this house, they live a life which is some than new hell. projects which were worse No law or austarted can during this period were thority enforce the love, completed track and respect andon thefast spirit ofbasis taking people of the were only care of the old state people. It isnot once satisfied with the ongoing conscience which should work be sensitive enough tothe know but were comparing statethe with duties and the But other towards states of parents the country. respect and love deserve unfortunately thethey work culture from everybody in the society again deteriorated and reached the including same level their whereown it waschildren during the for whom they sacrifice their last twenty-five years of turmoil. own comforts and luxuries. The present government should Our religion says that the heavrealize to very whatfeet is going wrong en lies inasthe of a mothandsowhy this inconsistency has er, we should not miss any developed and then they opportunity to serve her should and take some corrective measures give her the love and affectionso thatdeserves the pace of she sodevelopment that God willgets be a merciful Philip. on us on the doom’s day.

Sunday, 29 December 2013


RGUMY - Providing Handholding Support to First Generation Entrepreneurs


ntrepreneurship development and training is one of the key elements for development and promotion of micro and small enterprises, particularly, the first generation entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) of various durations are being organized on regular basis by a number of organizations e.g. national and state level Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs), Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSMEDIs), national and state level Industrial Development Corporations, Banks and other training institutions and agencies in private and public sector etc., to create new entrepreneurs by cultivating their latent qualities of entrepreneurship and enlightening them on various aspects necessary for setting up micro and small enterprises. Besides, various Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs), other private training institutions are also organizing vocational training (VT) programmes, skill development programmes (SDPs) and entrepreneurship cum-skill development programmes (ESDPs). However, there are still wide spread variations in the success rate, in terms of actual setting up and successful running of enterprises, by the EDP/ SDP/ ESDP trained entrepreneurs. It has been observed that entrepreneurs particularly new entrepreneurs, generally face difficulties in availing full benefits under available schemes of the Governments/ financial institutions, completing and complying with various formalities and legal requirements under various laws/ regulations, in selection of appropriate technology, tie-up with buyers and sellers etc. In order to bridge the gap between the aspirations of the potential entrepreneurs and the ground realties, there is a need to

support and nurture the potential first generation as well as existing entrepreneurs by giving them handholding support, particularly during the initial stages of setting up and managing their enterprises. To achieve this objective, Rajiv Gandhi Udyami Mitra Yojana (RGUMY) has been launched. Selected lead agencies i.e. 'Udyami Mitras' aim to help these entities in the establishment and management of the new enterprise, in dealing with various procedural and legal hurdles and in completion of various formalities required for setting up and running of the enterprise. The Yojana also helps in providing information, support, guidance and assistance to first generation entrepreneurs as well as other existing entrepreneurs through an ‘Udyami Helpline’ (a Call Centre for MSMEs), to guide them regarding various promotional schemes of the Government, procedural formalities required for setting up and running of the enterprise and help them in accessing Bank credit etc. Under RGUMY, financial assistance would be provided to the selected lead agencies i.e. Udyami Mitras for rendering assistance and handholding support to the potential first generation entrepreneurs. Following agencies/organizations can be appointed as the lead agency i.e. Udyami Mitra: · Existing national level Entrepreneurship Development Institutions (EDIs); · Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Institutes (MSMEDIs)/ Branch MSMEDIs; · Central/ State Government public sector enterprises (PSEs) involved in promotion and development of MSEs e.g. National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) and State Industrial Development

Corporations etc.; · Selected State level EDIs and Entrepreneurship Development Centers (EDCs) in public or private sectors; · Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC); · Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) set up for cluster development involved in entrepreneurship development; · Capable associations of MSEs/SSIs; · Other organizations/training institutions/NGOs etc. involved in entrepreneurship development/ skill development. The Scheme does not help existing entrepreneurs. It only helps beneficiaries who would like to become prospective entrepreneurs. Beneficiaries, who have not undergone such training, but are willing for getting handholding support, should be advised to undergo such training for at least two weeks. The selected lead agencies i.e. Udyami Mitras render assistance and handholding support for following services: Networking, coordinating and follow up with various Government departments/ agencies/ organizations and regulatory agencies on the one hand and with support agencies like Banks and financial institutions, District Industries Centers (DICs), technology providers, infrastructure providers on the other hand, to help the first generation entrepreneurs in setting up their enterprise. Udyami Mitras are expected to help the first generation entrepreneurs in: I d e n t i f i c a t i o n o f s u i t a b l e p r oject/product/enterprise and preparation of bankable project report · Creation of the proprietorship firm/ partnership firm/ Company/Society/ Self Help Group (SHG) etc.; • Filing of Memorandum (as prescribed under MSMED Act 2006); • Accessing bank loans, admissible capital

subsidy/ assistance under various schemes of the Central /State Government and other agencies/organizations/financial institutions/ Banks etc. by networking with respective agencies; • Assistance and support in establishment of work shed/office; • Sanction of Power load/connection; • Selection of appropriate technology and installation of plant and machinery/office equipment etc.; • obtaining various registrations/ licenses/ clearances / No Objection Certificates (NOCs) etc. from the concerned regulatory agencies/ Government departments/ local bodies/Municipal authorities etc.; • Allotment of Income Tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) and Service Tax/ Sales Tax/ VAT registration etc; • Sanction of working capital loan from the banks; • Arranging tie up with raw material suppliers; • Preparation and implementation of marketing strategy for the product/ service and market development; and •Establishing linkage with a mentor for providing guidance in future; •Creation of web page and email identity; Once the enterprise has been successfully set up, the Udyami Mitras would also monitor and follow up on the functioning of the enterprise for a further period of minimum 6 months and provide help in overcoming various managerial, financial and operational problems. The beneficiaries i.e., Udyamis are required to pay Rs. 1000/- to Udyami Mitras, as their initial contribution at the time of registration.However, the initial contribution is also waived off for the beneficiaries belonging to SC, ST, Physically Handicapped, Women and all beneficiaries belonging to North-Eastern Region.

Creating Skilled Manpower Scheme for Online Reporting Assistance to Training Institutions System of Mineral Transaction T

he Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector has emerged as a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy over the last five decades. MSMEs not only play crucial role in providing large employment opportunities at comparatively lower capital cost than large industries but also help in industrialization of rural & backward areas, thereby, reducing regional imbalances, assuring more equitable distribution of national income and wealth. MSMEs are complementary to large industries as ancillary units and contribute enormously to the socio-economic development of the country. The Ministry promotes the development of micro and small enterprises in the country with the objective of creating self-employment opportunities and upgrading the relevant skills of existing and potential entrepreneurs. In order to promote establishment of new enterprises and creation of new entrepreneurs the Ministry has been implementing various schemes and programmes. Entrepreneurship development is one of the key elements for promotion of micro and small enterprises, particularly, the first generation entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship, and resultant creation of employment and wealth, is a major means for inclusive development. Hence, entrepreneurship development has been one of the priorities in countries the world over. In order to ensure that young entrepreneurs are encouraged and suitably equipped to go into new ventures, the Ministry has been providing assistance for establishment of Training Institutions/ Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs) for imparting entrepreneurship and skill development training. These EDIs have been providing entrepreneurship and skill development training to the first generation entrepreneurs and helping and supporting them in the establishment of their enterprises. The Government makes consistent and concerted efforts to accelerate and promote entrepreneurship by providing support for strengthening of training infrastructure as well as programme support. The Ministry has set up three National level Entrepreneurship

Development Institutes namely National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NIMSME), Hyderabad; National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Noida and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati to undertake the task of entrepreneurship and skill development on a regular basis. The Ministry has also been supporting the efforts of State Governments/ Union Territories, Industry Associations, Financial Institutions, Technical/ Management Institutions, other Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), etc. for establishment of new training institutions as well as strengthening of the infrastructure of existing training institutions. The Scheme for Assistance to Training Institutions envisages financial assistance for establishment of new institutions (EDIs), strengthening the infrastructure of the existing EDIs and for supporting entrepreneurship and skill development activities. The main objectives of the scheme are development of indigenous entrepreneurship from all walks of life for developing new micro and small enterprises, enlarging the entrepreneurial base and encouraging self-employment in rural as well as urban areas, by providing training to first generation entrepreneurs and assisting them in setting up of enterprises. The assistance is provided to these training institutions in the form of capital grant for creation/strengthening of infrastructure and programme support for conducting entrepreneurship development and skill development programmes. Assistance to National level EDIs is provided under the scheme for creation or strengthening/ expansion of infrastructure, including opening of new branches/ centres and meeting revenue deficit, if any, to national level EDIs [presently 3 namely - National Institute for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (NiMSME), Hyderabad; National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Noida and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati]. Assistance to Other EDIs (other than

National level EDIs) is provided under the scheme to proposed new EDIs or existing EDIs for creation or strengthening/expansion of their infrastructure. The central assistance under this scheme would be only catalytic and supplementary to the contributions and efforts of the other stakeholders e.g. the concerned Institute, States/UT Governments and other developmental agencies/NGOs/Institutions etc. Here, the applicant Institution should possess clear title on the land required for setting up of the proposed/existing institute. In case the land is obtained on lease hold, the tenure of the lease deed should be for at least 30 years. The financial assistance is for specific needs of each case for construction of bui lding, purchase of training aids/equipments, office equipments, computers and for providing other support services e.g. libraries/data bases etc. Assistance for Training Programmes is provided under the scheme to Training Institutions, for conducting Entrepreneurship Development Programmes (EDPs) and Entrepreneurship cum Skill Development Programmes (ESDPs) and Training of Trainers (ToTs) programmes in the areas of Entrepreneurship and/or Skill Development. · National level EDIs (including branches), · Training Institutions established by Partner Institutions (PIs) of national level EDIs, · Training/Incubation centres of NSIC, · Training cum Incubation Centres (TICs) set up by Franchisees of NSIC and · Other Training institutions with proven professional competency, capacity and experience, approved under the scheme. Assistance is normally provided for short term courses/ training programmes (non residential) only, i.e. ESDPs for 1 to 3 months (100 to 300 hours of training inputs), EDPs for 2 weeks (72 hours of training inputs) and ToT programmes (300 hours of training inputs). The progress of the scheme is regularly monitored by the Screening Committee/Secretary (MSME) from time to time to ensure the highest quality.

In its continues effort to bring more transparency the Mines Ministry has developed an On-Line Registration and Reporting System under rule 45 of MCDR, 1988 of mineral transaction to facilitate the submission of monthly returns of iron ore. The Minister of State Independent Charge Shri Dinsha J. Patel launched the first phase of the Online Reporting System of mineral transaction. The focus will be on submission of monthly returns for iron and manganese ore mines throughout the country. Other minerals would be covered by September 2012. In the present system of mineral administration, the onus of the mineral is with the State Governments. The Ministry has a limited authority except the administration of Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988 (MCDR) through Indian Bureau of Mines. Now the reporting system has been developed to facilitate in submitting the returns on-line. Indian Bureau of Mines will allot and record registration numbers, which will be used for all reporting and correspondence connected to mining, trading, stocking, end use or export of mineral. All the State Government will be able to access the system to check the data reported in the returns and can initiate action in case of wrong reporting of data, evasion of royalty, etc. Over a period of time, it has come to the knowledge of the Ministry that malpractices in mining sector have increased due to poor governance at State level leading to number of illegal mining cases. The mineral thus produced, come into the mineral market through trading, stocking, procurement by endusers or export. This situation has necessitated the Government to take stringent measures for monitoring the mining and mineral transaction in order to control malpractices in this sector. In future the system will be linked to Railways and Ports Authorities to check the correctness of the reporting made under the Rule. The on-line reporting system is linked to on-line registration system. Broadly the reporting system is divided into two parts. Part-I covers the general information in addition to the employment details. Part-II of the monthly reporting system deals with the grade wise production, dispatches, stock and justification for increase/decrease of production and sale price of minerals. The Part-II of reporting system requires the registration number of the consignee and purpose of sale whether for domestic consumption or export and in case of domestic consumption whether it is made for captive consumption or sale or transfer. The on-line registration system has already commenced in Indian Bureau of Mines and so far 4898 lease holders (covering 9390 mines), 2345 traders, 476 exporters, 1033 stockist and 1653 end-users have registered their details. The amended Rule 45 of MCDR, 1988 specifies penal action against defaulting mine owners and empowers the Government to order for suspension of all mining operations and may revoke the order of suspension after ensuring proper compliance, take action to initiate prosecution and recommend for termination of mining lease. The reporting system is designed to generate violation letters automatically and issue the same to the defaulters who fail to submit the returns by the stipulated date of 10th of every month. In order to ensure tighter implementation, State Governments would be partnered for compliance of traders, stockiest, exporters and end-users.

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