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Back to Village-III to commence from Oct 2: Ppl Secy Power reviews arrangements

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Srinagar, Sept 24: Principal Secretary Power Development & Information, departments, Rohit Kansal Friday reviewed the arrangements regarding the flagship “Back to Village-3 (B2V3) programme starting from October 2 at Civil Secretariat here.

Commissioner Secretary GAD, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda, Secretary Planning, Development, Monitoring and Disaster Management Departments, Simrandeep Singh, Director Information and Public Relations, Syed Sehrish Asgar was also present during the meeting while all the Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir, Jammu Divisions, Chief Engineers of PDD, Jal Shakti of both divisions participated in the meeting through video conferencing.

While chairing the meeting, the Principal Secretary stressed upon the DCs that the fundamental objective of B2V3 programme should be action-oriented approach on all the works that have been allotted or started during the previous two Back to Villages programmes.

He impressed upon the Deputy Commissioners that the plan for works to be carried out in this phase of B2V should be prepared well in advance besides arrangements for holding Gram Sabhas, Ward Sabhas, Bal Sabhas and Mahila Sabhas should be done earliest and the public should be made aware about these programmes beforehand.

Kansal instructed the DCs that proper mechanism should be developed regarding segregation of grievances received during the B2V3. He added that the public should also be intimated about the status of these grievances in a proper time frame.

Highlighting the need for departmental coordination during the programme, the Principal Secretary maintained that B2V is entirely an interdepartmental effort. He directed the DCs to ensure that all departments are represented during the B2V3 programme besides specified counters of all departments should be established in each visiting block highlighting different beneficiary schemes and other programmes for the general public.

Terming this phase of B2V village has unique affair, Rohit Kansal informed the meeting that during B2V3 Safai Abhiyan in all Panchayats should be carried out with other activities like mega Gram Sabha and sports programmes. He asked the DCs that people should be encouraged about using dustbins and biodegradable materials so as to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings. He directed them to hold awareness camps in each panchayat for the same besides other mediums should also be used to maximize the reach of the information disseminated.

Kansal impressed upon the DCs that they should establish Control Rooms for B2V3 programme in their respective districts and directed them that they should hold a meet with visiting officers of Panchayats before and after B2V3 programme.

The Principal Secretary, impressed upon the DCs that all the arrangements regarding B2V3 should be made on priority and directed them that all the visiting officers should be given a list of activities to be carried out in their respective visiting blocks.

He further instructed the DCs that the visiting officers should be provided with information regarding languishing projects, major developmental plans and schemes carried in the district, besides action taken report on all the works carried out during B2V1 and B2V2 should also be given to each visiting officer. He directed them that a detailed meeting with all the line officers in their districts should be held before the actual start of B2V3.

Speaking during the meeting, Commissioner Secretary GAD, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi stressed upon the officers that they should develop an appropriate training schedule for all the visiting officers of the Panchayats as this phase of B2V is much larger than the earlier phases.

Secretary Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Sheetal Nanda informed the meeting that the preparations for training have been finalized and master training programme for master trainers will start from tomorrow who in turn will impart turn to visit officers in their respective districts.

She further informed the meeting that the material regarding B2V3 is ready and directed the DCs that they should collect the same material from offices of Directorates of Rural Development of their respective divisions.

Meanwhile, during the course of the meeting, Rohit Kansal also reviewed the progress of ongoing Jan Abhiyan and maintained that this unique programme has been received well on the ground by the public and has transformed the developmental scenario of entire Jammu and Kashmir.

Highlighting on the successful implementation of Jan Abhiyan and previous two phases of B2V, Rohit Kansal informed the meeting that these unique missions of reaching out to the public at their doorsteps will be institutionalized and are going to be regular affairs as they will help in the formulation of district plans according to Panchayats.

The Principal Secretary impressed upon the Deputy Commissioners that the upcoming Block Diwas on 30th September will be the main activity before the actual start of B2V3. He directed them to ensure that reports on all the developmental works going on in their respective districts is submitted before the final Block Diwas day.

Complimenting the Deputy Commissioners for successful implementation of Jan Abhiyan, Rohit Kansal maintained that this revolutionary programme of equitable development has brought governance to the doorsteps of the general public.

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Darakhshan Andrabi granted MoS status

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Srinagar: J&K Waqf Board Chairperson Dr Darakhshan Andrabi has been granted the status of Minister of State (MoS) by the J&K Government.

Andrabi was last month appointed as a member of J&K Waqf Board and later elected chairperson.

“Sanction is hereby accorded to the grant of status equivalent to Minister of State (MoS) in favour of Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Chairperson, J&K Waqaf Board,” an order issued on Friday by the Principal Secretary, GAD, Manoj Dwivedi reads.

“The Hospitality & Protocol Department shall make necessary insertion in the J&K Warrant of Precedence with the approval of Competent Authority,” it added.

Andrabi recently facilitated a successful meeting between Kashmiri business leaders with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Andrabi is a national executive member of Bhartiya Janta Party and BJP state spokesperson for J&K.

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Kashmiri researcher to speak at UNGA Science Summit

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Srinagar, Sept 21: Dr Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, a Kashmir-born Innovation Researcher, has been invited to speak at UNGA76’s second Science Summit (United Nations General Assembly UNGA76).

The UNGA Science Summit’s goal is to “increase awareness of science’s significance and contribution to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.” It will showcase efforts that will serve as examples for global science systems and activities supporting the SDGs, notably in the areas of science infrastructure and capacity building.”

Dr Sheikh Fayaz, a Kupwara resident, has been asked to speak at a session on ‘South-South/North Science Capacity Building and Research Collaboration for Advancing the SDGs,’ which will take place on September 22, 2021.

UNGA76 is seen as a unique and prestigious forum for science and development scholars to demonstrate “how policy and political leadership can benefit from innovation”. The second edition of UNGA76, Science Summit, is organized by ISC around the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) in New York in September 2021.

Dr Sheikh Fayaz is working as a full-time innovation researcher with the School of Management, Zhejiang University, one of the top public universities in China. He works on ‘secondary innovations’ and regional development. Sheikh Fayaz holds his M.Phil and PhD from the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-India.

Prior to joining Zhejiang University, Dr Fayaz was a Visiting Scholar at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal, under European Commission’s Crossing Boundaries Project funded by Marie Curie Actions, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (2014), School of Management, University of Bradford, England (Oct- Nov 2014) and University of Sussex, London and Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, England, (2017). He is also a member of the Globelics community and is an alumnus of various Globelics innovation academies held in Finland, Kenya and Brazil.

The other speakers for the science summit include some of the world’s leading development practitioners, researchers, scientists, and politicians from different parts of the world. Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, President, International Science Council, George Church from Harvard University Wyss Institute, Dr Magdalena Skipper, Editor in Chief, Nature, UK, Prof. Intisar Soghayroun Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sudan and Dr Marcia McNutt President, National Academy of Sciences, USA, joined the opening plenary session held on September 14, 2021.

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Sufi poetry collection ‘Ganji Asrar’ released

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Sufi poetry ‘Ganji Asrar’

Srinagar: A collection of Sufi poetry, ‘Ganji Asrar’, authored by Musadiq Alam, was released on Tuesday at a cultural event in Tagore Hall here.
The event was organised by Angel’s Cultural Academy in association with the J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages.
The book is a poetry collection of the legendry Sufi poet, Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Dar Shutloohi. Dar has served for more than 40 years at Darbari Kashani Shalimar.


‘Ganji Asrar’ has been published by Sultania Book Depot Maisuma and will be available at all leading book shops of J&K.

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