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Public Outreach-II testimony to Modi Govt’s seriousness towards J&K: Sham Langar

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Senior BJP leader and Convenor BJP Trade & Industries Cell, J&K, Sham Lal Langar on Wednesday said that PM Narendra Modi led government is eager to resolve the issues of people on priority and for this second phase of public outreach programme has been envisaged.
In a statement issued to media persons, Sham Langar said that 36 ministers including 12 cabinet rank are about to visit J&K to have first hand information of ground situation and take initiatives to mitigate the problems faced by the people. He said that under the aforesaid programme already many ministers have visited the UT and held interactions with common people to give feedback to Union Home Ministry to take up the matters on priority and chalk-out strategy to make life of people of J&K convenient and trouble-free.
The senior BJP leader informed that over 70 Union Ministers are expected to visit J&K to have complete picture of condition of the people and to know the status of centrally sponsored schemes’ in the UT. He said that Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) are taking keen interest in this endeavour which is first of its kind in the country as no other dispensation at the centre did such an exercise where horde of central ministers visited J&K under the obligation and held interactions with the people to resolve the burning issues and shape future policies in accordance with the requirement and demands.
Sham Langar said that the way BJP Government is focusing on J&K the days are not far when this region will outpace many advanced states in the country as already new industrial policy, new film policy and new excise policy have changed the scenario in the UT and it is likely that more such changes are going to take place for creating vistas of opportunities for the people living in this part of the country facing sluggishness since last many decades due to turmoil and tumult and successive government’s indifference.

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Over 80.13 cr COVID-19 vaccine doses provided to states, UTs: Centre

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More than 80.13 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been provided to states and union territories, out of which, more than 4.52 crore balance and unutilised doses are still available with them, informed the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.
As per the information shared by the ministry, the Centre has provided 80,13,26,335 vaccine doses to the states and union territories so far (free of cost channel) through the direct state procurement category and 48 lakh doses are in the pipeline.

“4,52,07,660 balance and unutilised vaccine doses are still available with the states and union territories to be administered,” it stated.
“In the new phase of the universalisation of the Covid-19 vaccination drive, the Central government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to states and union territories,” it added.
The new phase of universalisation of COVID-19 vaccination commenced on June 21, 2021, to ramp up the speed of vaccination in the country.
Meanwhile, 82.65 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered so far in the country under a nationwide vaccination drive.

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‘Not just Reliance, Jammu has lots of other issues like Bars and wine traders’: Arun Gupta on Jammu bandh

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Arun Gupta

The call of ‘Jammu Bandh’ has been given for Wednesday, 22nd September. Arun Gupta, Chamber of Commerce President, had an exclusive interview with JK Media executive Ashish Kohli.

Talking about the call, he said that the holiday strike isn’t only subjected to the opening of Reliance Marts in Jammu, but it includes other matters like Wine traders issues, Bar traders issues, Banquet Hall gatherings and Mining issues in the city.

Q. After your Press Conference about Jammu Bandh last week, did the Government communicate with you?

First of all, I would like to thank each and everyone supporting us for the call. Traders from all over the region, be it Jammu, Poonch, Rajouri, Samba, Kathua, R.S Pura, and other surrounding areas, have shown great enthusiasm and support for this decision. Not to mention, Political Parties like BJP and Congress and members of the Civil Society has also demonstrated interest in the matters.

I feel happy that the people of Jammu think the issues raised by the Chamber of Commerce are accurate and the actual troubles for the traders.

Q. Sir, many people, support the opening of Reliance stores, saying it will generate employment and profits for customers. Your take on this?

See, our issues have been increasing day by day for the past seven months. Let’s take sand mining, Rs 1000 per trolley, which is now Rs. 4,000. Then came the matter of Wine Traders. I talked to LG Sir and requested to give the traders an extension of 2 years to stabilise themselves and start a new trade like every other trader in the neighbouring States. Right now, almost 10,000 families are suffering due to this decision.

Another issue is about the Bar traders who now have to apply for NOC every year, unlike before when they had to get it done just once for a lifetime. You see, sudden changes in rules can affect your businesses, financial conditions and many other things. A person invests his life savings in constructing infrastructure and is then forced to shut it down! How would he feel? Totally broken!

Talking about Banquet Halls, the gathering of 25 people has been extended to 50, which I suppose is still less. However, when Political functions happen, 500-1000 guests attend them. Does covid vanish at that time? No! I don’t understand why such discrimination?

Then comes the Reliance Stores issue. The government’s work is to settle down the people. Giving employment to 100-200 people while destroying 10,000 shopkeepers’ lives isn’t something I appreciate. I got calls from many small business people fearing financial losses.

I had a meeting with Divisional Commissioner yesterday. He said that the Government is thinking about the case and will take action. But when? They say don’t interfere in J&K UT’s problems. Why? 300 Parliament members visit Kashmir and none in Jammu. So this is a matter of concern.

Today I miss Wazir, Sir. He was like an umbrella holding everyone together. He was always ready to fight for Jammu. All I know is that these are Jammu based issues, and I guarantee no one will be against us for raising them.

Q. Mehbooba Mufti, in a press conference, said that this is a gift of the abolition of Article 370! What do you think?

Before abolition of articles 370 and 35A, more stress was given on issues of Kashmir. The domination was on the next level. Jammu was always ignored. We, the people of Jammu, thought this would get solved after these articles were abolished, but unfortunately, this didn’t happen.

The local Administration thinks Kashmir should be well taken care of to prove everything’s fine here on an international level. Jammu has sacrificed its status for the last 72 years. It has raised Tiranga and always stood for the Nation but isn’t getting what it deserves, and I think our honourable PM is unaware of these issues.

In 1988 Chamber fought for the Darbar move, and today again, it’s become an issue for many people. If the Government doesn’t find a quick solution, many problems will be created in the coming time.

Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media

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Div Com reviews arrangements for Navratra festival

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Navratra festival

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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22 Sep 2021, 11:34 AM (GMT)

Coronavirus Stats

33,531,498 Total Cases
445,801 Death Cases
32,783,741 Recovered Cases

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