Assuring the famers and growers of Kashmir that Central Government is with them in every respect, Union Minister for Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday said coming days will see a new and dynamic J&K.
J&K important region in country’s progress and development, Mr Tomar said.
An official spokesman said this evening that as part of the Government of India’s (GoI) public outreach programme for Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Tomar and two Minister of State (MoS) Kailash Choudhary and Smt Sushri Shobha Karandlaje held interactions with farmers, horticulturists, agriculture scientists and other stakeholders to get first hand appraisals of numerous welfare schemes and polices being taken in the region.
Mr Tomar termed the region as an important part of the country in its progress while calling J & K as the crown of India. He said this region is shoulder-to-shoulder in the country’s progress and development towards self-reliance.
He made these remarks while interacting with farmers, apple growers and horticulturists at the Center of Excellence at Zawoora Srinagar.
The Minister was responding to farmers and growers who raised several issues during their interaction with the visiting Union Ministers team. The issues the horticulturists flagged included absence of lending from other banks, start-up policy, Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for C-grade apple produce, Fasal Bima Yojan for apples etc.
Counting the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi since coming to power, Mr Tomar said that numerous schemes have been implemented for farmers and growers welfare throughout the country and there is visible change on the ground also.
While complimenting the J&K administration and Lt Governor, Manoj Sinha, the Minister said that due to certain problems the region had suffered on development front but with the untiring efforts of PM Modi, J&K is progressing and playing its part in the country’s progress.
“J&K team is doing well especially under LG Sinha’s leadership. Mr Sinha is a visionary leader and J&K people are fortunate to have such a leader for guidance,” he remarked.
Minister assured the farmers and growers from Kashmir that the Central Government is with them in every respect and the coming days will see a new and dynamic J&K.
On the occasion, the Minister also assured that the credit lending would be extended from other banks also.
While highlighting the government’s commitment towards marginal farmers, the Minister said the government has taken many revolutionary steps for these farmers also where they can use all facilities, avail benefits of schemes and other farm mechanizations in doubling their income.
He said that the government will ensure that the farmers would be connected with hi-density infrastructure through Agri-Infrastructure funds.
Racket involved in issuing fake income certificates busted, four arrested in Srinagar
Authorities on Tuesday claimed to have busted a racket by arresting four persons who were allegedly involved in issuing fake income certificates by using forged signatures and seal of Tehsildars.
Official sources told the news agency that Tehsildar Eidgah Srinagar with the assistance of SDPO Hazratbal and SHO Zadibal police station laid a successful raid on a computer center at Alamgiri Bazar Chowk and busted a racket of accused who were involved in forging fake documents.
The documents include income certificates under the fake signatures and seals of Tehsildar Eidgah, Khanyar and Srinagar central, they said.
During the raid, seals of CMO and other offices and dozens of fake income certificates were recovered, they said, adding that laptops and cash around Rs 40 thousands were also confiscated.
The main accused identified as Zeeshan Ahmad along with three others were arrested on the spot, they said, adding that a case has also been registered in police station Zadibal.
Srinagar district admin inspects market to ensure implementation of COVID-19 protocols
In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in Srinagar, a district administration team on Tuesday inspected the markets of the city to ensure proper implementation of the protocols.
Srinagar Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Hanief Balkhi said that the team was inspecting the markets to ensure that the shopkeepers and people follow all the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the health department.
“We just want them to wear masks, take all the precautions and protect themselves. We do not want to impose fines, seal shops or register FIRs. And we are happy that 99 per cent of the shopkeepers are wearing masks,” he stated.
“It is usually the buyers who do not wear masks. So, we have distributed the masks as well. By and large, things have improved and people are following protocols,” he added.
The ADC also informed that a few shops have been sealed for the violation of Covid-19 protocols. “A few shops have been sealed. But that is not our intention. We just want people to be careful,” he said.
Meanwhile, the schools reopened in Srinagar for classes 10th and 12th on Monday and things are slowly returning back to normal in the city.
Man killed, woman injured in lightning
A man was killed and a woman injured in lightning in central Kashmir district of Badgam, official sources said on Tuesday.
They said a group of farmers were working in their fields when lightning strike at Panchas in Badgam Monday evening.
A 30-year-old Gulzar Ahmad Khan and Shakeela Banu were injured.
Both the injured were rushed to hospital where Gulzar was declared brought dead, they said.
Majority areas in the Kashmir valley, including parts of Srinagar, witnessed heavy snowfall and lightning for several hours on Monday evening.
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