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Lt Governor launches Mission ‘One Gram Panchayat-One DIGI-Pay Sakhi’ in J&K

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In order to promote door to door digital banking and financial services in remote areas of the UT, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today launched Mission ‘One Gram Panchayat-One DIGI-Pay Sakhi’ in the UT, here at Jammu & Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Pampore.

Initially, the DIGI-Pay facility will be provided in 2000 remote villages of the UT and in the first phase, 80 women from Self Help Groups from across the Jammu and Kashmir Division have been selected as DIGI-Pay Sakhis.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor distributed 80 Aadhaar Enabled Payment Systems (AEPs) among the DIGI-Pay Sakhis under JKRLM. He also inaugurated a week-long training program for Krishi Sakhis and Pashu Sakhis on sustainable agriculture and livestock management.

Terming Nari Shakti’s social and economic independence as the bedrock of any nation’s progress, the Lt Governor said that the J&K government has started a mass movement for the socio-economic upliftment of women across the UT.

“These three new initiatives of Digi-Pay, Krishi, and Pashu Sakhi, besides several other programs of women empowerment such as Hausla, Tejaswini, UMEED, Rise Together will further accelerate efforts of J&K government in Empowering Women and making them key partner in UT’s development journey”, he added.

The Lt Governor outlined that DIGI-Pay Sakhi has introduced financial inclusion within the UT’s Self Help Group (SHG) ecosystem, creating much needed financial access points with greater transparency even in the remotest of the areas.

Apart from depositing money, the village population can also avail the benefits of the additional banking and financial services such as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Maandhan Yojana, registration of Kisan Credit Card etc, the Lt Governor added.

The Lt Governor underscored that it was due to the visionary efforts of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi Ji that the vast marginalized section of our country’s population got connected to the formal financial system through the Trinity of JAM- Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile.

We are following the ideals of the Hon’ble Prime Minister and creating new mediums to take the banking services to the doorsteps of the people. Sustained efforts to achieve financial inclusion have empowered the deprived sections by giving financial assistance, benefits of PM-Kisan, increased wages under MNREGA during the Corona pandemic, the Lt Governor observed.

While highlighting the contribution of women in the rural informal sector, the Lt Governor said the initiatives like Krishi Sakhi and Pashu Sakhi will go a long way in empowering our women in agriculture and the allied sector.

Asserting that the development of a family, society, region, country, world and humanity is incomplete without women empowerment, the Lt Governor said that the UT the administration is taking several ground-breaking steps to transform the lives of women of Jammu and Kashmir, especially those living in rural areas by engaging them into gainful livelihood interventions.

The Lt Governor also announced that a first of its kind, Women Industrial Estate will come up at Udhampur Industrial Estate, further strengthening the Women Entrepreneurs Ecosystem in J&K.

With increasing female literacy rate; providing access to quality education; encouraging more and more women to become entrepreneurs, and providing financial support for the upliftment of women, J&K is leading by an example in terms of women empowerment, he added.

The Lt Governor also made a special mention of women folks from across the UT who are inspiring others and lauded their contribution for building a developed and prosperous Jammu Kashmir.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor directed the Rural Livelihoods Mission, J&K to train DIGI-Pay Sakhis in 360° financial services training courses run by BSE in J&K.

On August 15, the country celebrated its 75th Independence Day with great festivity. Now, the golden opportunity of the next 25 years is before us for the centenary celebrations of Independence and we must strengthen our resolve to establish an egalitarian society without gender discrimination; giving women their due rights in the society, asserted the Lt Governor.

The way the new consciousness has come in the society, the goal of socio-economic independence of women can be achieved, he added.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, while speaking on occasion highlighted the Government’s vision for women empowerment in J&K. He listed out various initiatives taken and efforts afoot by the UT administration in that direction.

He urged the DIGI-Pay Sakhis to spread awareness among rural women to avail maximum benefits of various central and UT schemes. He said that the Digi-Pay Sakhis will have a key role in giving wings to the dreams of rural women in becoming independent and progressive women.

Earlier, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar, Mission Director, JKRLM gave a detailed presentation on the targets and plan for empowering Krishi Sakhis, Pashu Sakhis, and DIGI-Pay Sakhis. She said that under UMEED scheme, rural women are being empowered and are becoming entrepreneurs, showing the path to many other women.

Sh Reyaz Ahmad Beigh, Additional Mission Director, JKRLM delivered the vote of thanks.

Sh. Bipul Pathak, Principal Secretary to Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj; Sh. Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to Lt Governor; Sh. Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Sh. Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama, besides a large number of members of SHGs were present on the occasion.

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Div Com reviews arrangements for Navratra festival

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Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer, today reviewed the arrangements for smooth conduct of the annual Navratra festival at a meeting of concerned officers.

The meeting informed that the nine-day festival would commence on October 7, 2021, culminating on October 15, 2021.
The inaugural function of the festival would be held at Asia Chowk Katra, followed by Shobha Yatra and a grand event showcasing the culture and heritage of Jammu and Kashmir and India as a whole.

The Assistant Director Tourism presented a detailed report on the scheduled programmes, the activities to be held during the festival, and the preparations being put in place for the same. Threadbare discussions were held on each activity/ event while seeking suggestions from the stakeholders. The Div Com stressed adhering to the covid protocols while holding the festival events. He also suggested excluding activities involving large gatherings.

Representatives of the Hoteliers Association assured to extend full cooperation towards facilitating tourists and guests during the festival. They also confirmed to maintain cleanliness besides following covid related guidelines while serving the guests.

The Divisional Commissioner also had a detailed review of beautification of the town, provision for sanitation, essential services, traffic management and emergency services.
While reviewing arrangements for congregational programmes like ‘Prabhat Pheris’, ‘Mata ki Kahani’ recitation, Devotional Song Competition, Dangal and other cultural items, the Div Com instructed that the committee headed by DC Reasi shall inspect the venues for taking the final decision.

The Div Com directed the concerned officers to put in place all necessary arrangements and work well-coordinated to make preparations well in advance. He stressed proper regulation of traffic, foolproof security, maintenance of roads and streets, beautification of shops/ market, sanitation of Katra town etc.

Chief Executive Officer SMVD Shrine Board, DC Reasi, Director Tourism, SSP Reasi, Assistant Director Tourism Katra, Director Urban Local Bodies, Chief Engineer, PWD, Joint Director Information besides elected members of Katra Municipal Committee, Presidents of Market associations and other eminent citizens among others were also present at the meeting.

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J&K Youths Taking To Drugs Due To Unemployment, Frustration: Farooq Abdullah

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National Conference president Farooq Abdullah accused the Jammu and Kashmir administration of being indifferent to the plight of the youths of the Union Territory, who, he claimed, were turning to drugs out of joblessness and ensuing frustration.
The NC president, who is also the Srinagar MP, made the allegation while interacting with party workers who had called on him at his residence here.

The visiting delegation apprised the party president of various issues concerning the people, particularly youths.

“The J&K youths are sinking under the weight of the incumbent administration’s indifference,” said Mr Abdullah.

He also told the visiting delegation that the August 5, 2019 decision of revoking J&K’s special status has adversely affected the local educated and skilled youths.

“The mounting evidence is in the form of widespread and scathing unemployment and job losses resulting in their continuing alienation and frustration,” he said.

The NC president said the incumbent administration’s “lack of interest” in the needs of youths has also incurred a cost in terms of their physical and mental health.

“Youths are a major part of our demographics but regrettably this promising chunk of the J&K population is living in frustration, unemployment, and insecurity. Despite having the best of capabilities, our youths from Kashmir, Chenab, and Pirpanjal and Jammu regions are uniformly caught in a vortex.

“Mired by hopelessness and anxiety, our youths are taking to drug addiction and substance abuse. The situation is very grim and our youths are living the grimmest nightmare, one which brings new government diktats seeking to deprive them of their land rights, natural resources, livelihood and freedom. There has been no respite,” he said.

Mr Abdullah said there is a great need to come up with a “youth project that seeks to relocate and rejuvenate the disenfranchised energies of our youths”.

Terming unemployment as the most alarming issue faced by youths, he said, “The much-touted promises of local and central governments on extravaganza, investment and fast-tracking of recruitment has fallen flat.”

“On the contrary, unemployment in all J&K regions has seen a manifold increase which also had a cascading effect on other social and health issues particularly of our youths,” he said.

He said the NC remains committed to the revision and revival of the youth policy that will create a situation wherein the J&K youths will get education and employment and remain free from drug abuse, sectarianism and communalism.

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Patwari arrested for taking bribe

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The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) trapped and arrested a Patwari in Halqa Dab Wakura in Ganderbal district for accepting bribe for issuance of revenue extracts of land.

The ACB said that it received a written complaint alleging therein that Patwari Halqa Dab Wakura, Ganderbal namely Ajaz Ahmad Bhat is demanding Rs. 20,000 as a bribe to issue the revenue extracts of land situated at Dab Wakura, Batpora Rab Rakhtar in favour of the complainant “and thereafter negotiation between the complainant and patwari concerned, the matter was settled at Rs 15000.”

On receipt of the complaint, the Bureau said that a case FIR No.28 of 2021, under Section 7 Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was registered in Police Station ACB Srinagar and investigation was taken up.

“During the investigation, a trap team was constituted. The team laid a successful trap and caught red-handed Aijaz Ahmad, Patwari, Halqa Dab Wakura while demanding and accepting a bribe amount of Rs. 15000 from the complainant. The amount of bribe was recovered on the spot in presence of an independent witness. He was arrested and taken into custody by ACB,” it said, adding, further investigation is going on.

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