Former MLC Surinder Choudhary had an exclusive interview with Jammu Parivartan executive. He talked about the illegal mining in Rajouri district and how Administration is lacking the efficiency to stop it.
Q. Sir illegal mining is in practice these days. What are your thoughts about it?
The issue of illegal mining has been raised several times by media and by our side too but it feels sad to say that the Administration has totally failed on it’s part in this case especially District Commissioner Rajouri who proudly says that he is an honest officer. Is it true? No!
Everyone’s watching with open eyes that the river from Rajouri till Nowshera is full of Tippers, JCBs and Tractors.
Illegal mining not only is affecting general public financially but they are facing shortage of water too. If you notice, the level of water bodies has lowered and the tube-wells have come up. Why isn’t the PHE (Jal Shakti) Department registering an FIR against people involved in this be it DC Rajouri or DMO Rajouri.
I believe some Police officers are supporting this illegal process and according to me if someone plays the biggest role in stopping this, then that is DC Rajouri. Before this illegal mining started, the rate of sand and stones was quite less and now one Tipper costs around Rs. 24,000 whereas gravel which costed Rs. 15-16,000 now is for Rs. 32,000.
DC Rajouri had to decide the rates but he’s taking political support of some newly elected people. Some media persons and politicians have become his voice and are appreciating him. I don’t have any personal grudges with DC Rajouri but it’s his duty to stop any illegal work in the district. Isn’t he aware of it when we all know it!
I’ve heard some people saying that no one can stop their illegal business because they have personal connections with the DC. So, I request DC Sahab to look into the matter because these mafias will not let one Tipper or Tractor owners to enter the river and do their business.
The mafias are growing while the poor miners are going down. LG Sir must intervene the matter and a committee should be formed on Secretariat level to check DC Rajouri and DMO’s role in controlling illegal mining. If this doesn’t happen, one day Nowshera will have scarcity of water.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
We Want Jobs Not Loan: Protesting Dental Surgeons
Last week J&K LG Manoj Sinha announced that the government would provide financial assistance to dental surgeons. “Govt to provide financial aid to dental surgeons to start their clinic. In the first phase, 400 dental surgeons and 800 paramedics will be selected for a specially tailored self-employment scheme”, the statement of LG reads.
The protesting dental surgeons have not agreed to accept financial assistance from the government and have continued their protest to demand government jobs. The protestors said that if the government doesn’t have funds for us, the government should shut down the dental college as they increase unemployment.
While talking to JK Media, a surgeon said, “it’s unfortunate why the LG is not listening to us. We have staged a peaceful protest so that our demands could reach the LG. The LG has announced financial assistance for us, but we don’t accept his decision as if we need a loan, we have applied for it at any bank. We are not demanding something illegal. All we want is that the government should conduct an exam, and if we fail in the exam, then we can’t blame the government”.
“If the government is giving jobs to all other branches, then why not to our fraternity? The government is releasing one statement only that there are no funds for us, but they are releasing funds for other branches, then there must be some corruption in government that’s why they are not releasing funds for us. The government is also saying that the medical department is getting privatized, then the government should shut down the government colleges and also privatize the MBBS surgeons”, a female surgeon said.
Uncontrolled Car Hits Several Other Parked Vehicles at Pir Mitha, Shopkeepers Sets an Example
The shopkeepers of Pir Mitha have set an example for everyone with their gesture. In a CCTV Footage accessed by JK Media, a black-coloured car was seen hitting the other parked vehicles. When someone hits their car with ours, we usually get engaged in a fight, but the shopkeepers of Pir Mitha, instead of getting involved in a row, brought the car driver and his family inside their shop and offered them water.
While talking to the media, a shopkeeper said, “in the morning, within a few minutes of opening the shop, we heard a noise, and when we came out, we saw that the car hit an auto-rickshaw and other parked vehicles. As the car stopped, we rushed towards the car. Inside the car, there was a female and child, and they were going to get their son treatment as his one eye got burnt. Then we brought the family to our shop, made them sit and offered water as they panicked out”.
“We are happy that there was no loss of life. The damaged cars could be repaired, but if someone would have died, then we couldn’t have brought him back. We want to request that everyone shouldn’t get engaged in a fight with people if a similar incident happens with them; instead, they should lend a helping hand”, another shopkeeper said.
One dead, Two injured in road accident
A local ailing elderly woman died while her son and daughter-in-law were injured after the ambulance they were on board skidded off the road and fell into Chakwah stream near Batote on Kishtwar-Batote highway in Jammu’s Doda district on Saturday, officials said.
As per a police spokesperson, the accident took place at about 1645 hrs this afternoon at chakwa nullah near Batote when the ambulence bearing registration number JK06/ 8241 on way from GMC Doda to SKIMS Srinagar skidded off the road and plunged into the deep nullah.
While confirming the incident, SHO Batote, Ranjeet Singh told Greater Kashmir that soon after receiving the information, a rescue operation was launched but the ill woman, Haseena Begum, 73, wife of Late Bhadar Malik, a resident of Tantna in tehsil Gondan of Doda district, had died on the spot.
Two of her attendents-her son Mohammad Amin Malik, 35 and his wife Farida Begum, 32- received injuries in the accident, Singh said.
The couple has been shifted to CHC Batote for treatment, he added.
Reports said that the driver of the ambulance, who received minor injuries in the accident, escaped from the spot while police has taken cognizance of the incident.
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