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‘People’s grievances are our priority and soon Samba will be up on development map’: DC Samba

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Newly appointed DC Samba Anuradha Gupta had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Rishi Khajuria. She talked about the current situations about COVID-19 in the city and the steps being taken to control it.

Q. Congratulations on your achievement. What all challenges do you see for the development of Samba and how will you face them?

Since I’ve joined, the biggest challenge has been vaccinating the public and following the SOPs by the Government. We are achieving our daily vaccination target and in fact try to achieve more. Also, we’ve put a ban on fairs and exhibitions to avoid gatherings.
Rest all the issues like water, electricity and poor roads are same in every district. Our main motive would be to hear people’s grievances. For that we have organised Block Divas and kept 3 days for public hearing. We’ll discuss about public problems and try to solve them as quick as possible.

Q. Last year during peak covid many people entered the city without informing the Administration. Are some special precautions being taken this year?

Lakhanpur is the entry point of Jammu and Kashmir. All the outsiders’ details are registered at the counters there. Then they are circulated across other cities. People at DC offices are assigned their work of contacting the travellers and encouraging them for Covid-19 tests. If the situation gets worse, we’ll either start collecting datas at one place or testing them at the same places.

Q. Anything you want to tell about testing rates. These days RTPCR tests are given more importance than Rapid test these days. Your take on this.

A minimum target of 200 rapid tests and 300 RTPCR tests has been kept. On daily basis we are exceeding our targets which is a plus point for us. The hotspot areas like Railway Stations and Bus Stands are taken special care. Also, a surveillance team has been formed to keep check on people following the SOPs directed by the Administration.

Q. Night curfew has been imposed in many cities. Any such precaution for Samba?

For the time being no such decision has been taken. Every evening the positivity (positive cases) data is collected, assessed and then passed to the higher authorities in the Administrative Department. We are keeping the record of Covid-19 cases in the District but for now no night curfew will be imposed.

Q. Mining problem cases have increased in Samba. Any steps by you to prevent general public’s problems?

We were facing some issues in the starting due to mining but now many sale points have been opened up by the District Mining Officer (DMO). Some points are still closed due to legal action. Soon, every future step will be cleared by us as basic needs of the public are being fulfilled for now.
Also, it’s not about how good approach you have. Legal work doesn’t require an approach. If you are correct you are and if wrong then you have to face the punishment by the law. The decisions are taken by the geology mining department, we just give recommendations. We are currently assessing the case and soon will come out with the results.

Q. Samba faces a lot of water shortage problems. Also, a scheme has come forward to provide taps in every house till 2022. Any views on this.

Bad news is that 50% of our households don’t have proper water supply connections. Our district is really water stressed. But the good news is that Jal Jeevan Mission which is a centrally sponsored scheme is under process and the tenders are at different levels. Once it’s completed, every household will have a good amount of water.
I also want to clear that Samba has less water. Water pipeline will not be sufficient for us. We need to focus on water conservation sources too. Jal Shakti Abhiyan by our Honourable PM is a worldwide program related to water conservation. We all need to join our hands, do rainwater harvesting, use water only when required. Let’s make Samba a good district in terms of water conservation.

Q. Many BPL families complain about extra electricity bills and don’t get justice when they approach the Department. Is any step being taken to solve such problems?

We have got many such complaints during Block Divas. Many people are facing such cases. I have recently issued a notice that every Saturday a meeting would be conducted in which cases from every Department will be taken in consideration and discussed. An app called ‘Samadhan’ was launched few days back. It will now be used to put forward the grievances of the local residents and solving them by the Department officials.

Q. Far flung area residents often complain that Pradhanmantri Awaaz Yojna isn’t enjoyed by them. They don’t get the benefits. What is exactly happening?

The Awaaz Yojna provides money in instalments once a person’s house is completely ready. I’ve noticed 1-2 old cases who didn’t get their money after 2-3 instalments. When their processes stopped, new schemes came up. The concerned authorities have taken up the matters and very soon they will get their justice.
In many cases, beneficiaries wait for some amount to continue with the construction but actually the money is provided level wise. They also need to take care and no worries, we’ll solve everything case by case.

Q. You were Director of School Education and we have seen reformation during your period. Samba still lacks in education system in some ways.

The decisions about the School Education are taken by the Department. During my time, many steps were initiated during my presence too. The rationalisation of the teachers will be done. Wherever teachers aren’t available, online education will be provided to students through Saral app which in fact, are still being provided.
As DC Samba, I’ll do whatever is possible. The Directorate had made many changes in the System and we just have to improve them. We’ll work out on the directions of the Directorate and provide quality education, good infrastructure and try to get the students on National on International level.

Q. People in the International border area have demanded bunkers. What do you want to tell them?

I have got deputations about the requirement of bunkers by the border residents. We are consolidating with the concerned Department and soon by funding and sanctions we’ll provide the bunkers at required places.

Q. Any developmental projects started in Samba or already completed.

Some mega projects are already under construction like ring road stretch. The work is going on with a good speed and monitoring over it is quite well. Then, we’ll know that construction of AIMS is under process and we are constantly looking at the requirements. The expressway will soon come in Samba. Land deposition and other works are on different levels right now.
The upcoming other projects are also in consideration and hopefully Samba will be up in the development map very soon.

Q. Any message you want to give to the Samba residents.

My message to all the people would be that they come to us about their problems. 3 days in a week are kept for their grievances, there’s Block Divas then there is e-samadhan app through which people can directly connect to us. We review these problems once a week and try our best to solve them as quick as possible. I request every resident to understand their rights and roles so that there’s a balance between them and the Administration.

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17 women among 56 fresh deaths in J&K – Covid

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For the first time since past two weeks, the Jammu and Kashmir Union territory on Monday witnessed a slight dip in the Covid positive cases as 3,614 were recorded while 56 fresh deaths were also reported in the UT.

The total number of total active cases in J&K has risen to 49,551 while with 56 fresh death, the death toll has reached 3614. The total positive case tally has reached 220,546. Sources said that this was for the first time that that J&K has seen a slight dip in the positive cases in the past two weeks as only 3614 positive cases only. On May 9, the J&K UT recorded over 5190 cases, highest ever since the outbreak of pandemic in J&K.

 

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Interestingly, Srinagar, the summer capital, that even saw record spike over 1100 positive cases, today recorded an all time low 701 positive cases, in the past two weeks. Srinagar is witnessing complete Corona curfew since past 10 days. Officials are hopeful that the district witnesses decline in positivity rate in the weeks ahead.

Of the exact number of 220,546 cases, 136,018 are from Kashmir division and 84,528 from Jammu division. Officials told that among 3,614 new cases, 2,118 belong to Kashmir division while as 1,496 are from Jammu division, adding that the total number of positive cases in Kashmir division have reached to 136,018 including 102,144 recoveries and 1,572 deaths while as total number of positive cases in Jammu division have reached to 84,669 including 65,669 recoveries and 1,210 deaths.

The officials said that the total number of active cases in Jammu and Kashmir are 49,951 including 32,302 from Kashmir division and 17,649 from Jammu division.

With 2,855 more recoveries, the tally of total recoveries in Jammu and Kashmir has reached 167,813 which is 76.08 percent of the total cases.

“Cases tested positive in J&K include 1,496 from Jammu division viz. 658 from Jammu, 137 from Udhampur, 170 from Rajouri, 34 from Doda, 146 from Kathua, 158 from Samba, 11 from Kishtwar, 57 from Poonch, 50 from Ramban and 75 from Reasi while as 701 from Srinagar, 163 from Baramulla, 343 from Budgam, 135 from Pulwama, 187 from Kupwara, 134 from Anantnag, 65 from Bandipora, 76 from Ganderbal, 254 from Kulgam and 60 from Shopian in Kashmir division,” officials disclosed.

Out of 56 deaths reported today, 23 died in GMC Jammu. 01 in MCH Wing (GMC), 02 in GMC Rajouri, 02 in GMC Kathua, 03 in SSH Jmu, 02 in DH Udhampur, 01 in MH Satwari, 01 in CHC Katra, 05 in Home/ Brought Dead, 03 in SKIMS Soura. 05 in SMHS Sgr, 01 in CD Hosp Sgr. 03 in SKIMS JVC Bemina. 01 in DH Pulwama, 01 in GMC Anantnag, 01 in CHC Kupwara. & 01 in TH Bijbehara.

As per officials figures, 53,835 positive cases including 622 deaths and 42,065 recoveries are from Srinagar, 16,567 including 212 deaths and 12,467 recoveries are from Baramulla, 14,262 including 10,468 recoveries and 144 deaths are from Budgam, 9,137 including 6,767 recoveries and 122 deaths are from Pulwama, 8,536 including 110 deaths and 6,713 recoveries are from Kupwara, 10,328 including 6,436 recoveries and 121 deaths are from Anantnag, 6,306 cases including 5,474 and 69 deaths are from Bandipora, 6,355 including 5,323 recoveries and 56 deaths are from Ganderbal, 6,666 including 3,576 recoveries and 72 deaths are from Kulgam and 4,026 including 2,855 recoveries and 44 deaths are from Shopian.

In Jammu division, 40,595 including 32,279 recoveries and 686 deaths are from Jammu district, 7,679 including 6,192 recoveries and 77 deaths are from Udhampur, 6,786 including 4,051 recoveries and 99 deaths are from Rajouri, 4,166 including 3,623 recoveries and 71 deaths are from Doda, 6,169 including 4,699 recoveries and 77 deaths are from Kathua, 4,890 including 3,117 recoveries and 69 deaths are from Samba, 3,198 including 2,942 recoveries and 26 deaths are from Kishtwar, 3,691 including 2,785 recoveries and 49 deaths are from Poonch, 3,273 including 2,555 recoveries and 35 deaths are from Ramban and 4,081 including 3,426 recoveries and 21 deaths are from Reasi.

As per the daily information bulletin 1,918,562 persons in Jammu and Kashmir are under observation while 87,062 persons have been kept under home quarantine besides that 49,951 persons are in isolation.

According to the bulletin, 1,645,533 persons have completed surveillance period and 133,234 persons are under home surveillance besides that so far results of 7,689,823 samples are available. Out of 7,689,823 the number of samples tested negative stands at 7,469,277 while as 220,546 have tested positive, among them 49,951 persons are active, 167,813 persons have recovered and 2,782 persons have died.

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Virtual hearing in Courts extended till May 31

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The virtual hearing of cases in both wings of High Court and all District Courts and Subordinate Courts as well as Tribunals has been extended till May 31.

Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal has extended by May 31 order regarding the virtual hearing of the cases in both wings of the High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in J&K and Ladakh in view of rise in COVID cases.

“Taking note of the daily rising number COVID-19 infection cases and the prevailing situation due to the rapid spread of (the) infection, the High Order No. 259 of 2021/RG dated 26.04.2021 is extended up to May 31, 2021,” read an order
It is further added that daily some Judicial Officer and officials of the District and Subordinate Judiciary are reported to have tested COVID-19 positive. Therefore, the Judicial Officers of the Subordinate Judiciary have been given liberty to work through virtual mode from their respective official residences.

However, for remand purposes or for meeting any judicial exigency, the District Judge shall prepare a sitting roster for District Judges and Magistrates, the Chief Justice added.

On April 26, the Chief Justice had ordered that filing as well as hearing of cases in both wings High Court as well as in the District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals shall be conducted through Virtual Mode till May 15 which now has been extended till the end of this month.

In order to decongest the sections/offices/Courts, the Chief Justice had said the officials shall be permitted to function in batches with 50 percent reduction on rotation basis.

Regarding District and Subordinate Courts and Tribunals in Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, the Chief Justice ordered that entry of litigants, public and clerks of the Advocates into the Court premises from the very outer gate shall be strictly prohibited.

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Complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K, doorstep testing, vaccination demanded

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J&K Unit of Shiv Sena Balasaheb Thackeray has urged upon the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to clamp a complete lockdown for 14 days in J&K along with doorstep testing, vaccination and tracking to break the transmission chain of COVID-19 pandemic.

In a press conference here today, Shiv Sena J&K president, Manish Sahni said that despite the welcome steps like 24/7 control room, availability of medical kit, medicines, oxygen and beds and increasing lockdown, the pandemic is still wreaking havoc.

 

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He said, main reason for COVID spread is ignoring of some basic precautions and there are reports that COVID positive people are moving out for testing and in this way they come in contact with others thereby spreading the pandemic.

“We should not forget that COVID positive people act as super-spreaders,” Sahni said adding that people and the government will have to give more importance to ‘Jaan Hai Toh Jahan Hai’ in letter and spirit.

Shiv Sena Women Wing president, Meenakshi Chhibber; general secretary, Vikas Bakshi and others were also present in the press conference.

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Covid-19 Stats

11 May 2021, 5:03 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

22,992,517 Total Cases
250,025 Death Cases
19,027,304 Recovered Cases

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