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Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department and CEO Mission Youth J&K Shahid Choudhary Gets “Gold” In National Award For E-Gov

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Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department and CEO Mission Youth J&K Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary received the National Award 2020-21 conferred by Department of Administer Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Government of India, for outstanding efforts in Covid-19 management as Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar. He won Gold registering 1st position among 231 finalist districts and organisations in the category of Covid-19 management with effective use of technology.

The National Award carries a Gold Medal, Citation and Rs 2.00 Lakh cash. The award recognises the use of Information and Communication Technology in efforts aimed at Covid-19 management and containment.

Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, as Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, undertook a number of innovative and effective initiatives with inter-sectoral coordination and community participation. These included Covid Call Centre and Management System, Mobile and Web Apps for contact tracing and symptom tracking, Real-Time Integrated Covid-19 Management System, Quarantine management, House to House survey, Public outreach through social media communication and Audio-Visual messaging, Home delivery of ration, essentials and medicines, Helpline for women and children, special arrangements for pregnant women, diabetics, cancer patients and other non-covid emergencies, and various other efforts. In addition, NGOs, Volunteers and Civil Society organisations roped in for the Covid-19 response system played a key role.

Dr Jitendra Singh presented the award, MoS PMO and Ministry of Personnel in the presence of KT Rama Rao, Minister for Urban Development, Industries & IT, Ajay Praskash, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT, Govt of India, Somesh Prakash, Chief Secretary, Telangana and V Srinivas, Secretary DARPG, Govt of India, at the 24th National Conference on e-Governance inaugurated at Hyderabad today.

The year-long multi-stage selection process included nominations, screening, field verifications, data scrutiny, inspections, independent public feedback, audit, interactions and third-party evaluation. A total of 231 nominations finalised from across the country were shortlisted for presentation by the selected models. District Administration, Srinagar, led by Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, was declared as Number 1 performer after presentation before the high-level Jury Committee of the Government of India constituted for prestigious National Awards.

Pertinently, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary is also the recipient of the country’s highest civil services award, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration 2014, National Award 2014 by ECI, National Award for e-Governance 2015 by Ministry of Personnel, Govt of India, National Award for Women Empowerment in 2017-18, National Award for Girl Child Education in 2019, Excellence in Governance Award 2019, Election Award 2016, Red Cross Awards 2015, 2017, Governance Award 2015 and several other accolades for his outstanding contribution as Deputy Commissioner of various districts including Reasi, Udhampur, Kathua, Rajouri, Bandipora and Srinagar. He was also deputed to Singapore, Kingdom of Lesotho, South Africa and Republic of Georgia by the Govt of India and Election Commission of India.

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Militancy incidents on decline in Pulwama, but local militant recruitment still up: GoC D P Pandey

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General officer Commanding (GoC) of Srinagar-based army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General D P Pandey Wednesday said that the southern district of Pulwama has indeed shown a decline in militancy-related incidents but the district continues to see local militant recruitment on the rise. He said that in the ensuing year, the army believes that Pulwama will see a further dip in local militant recruitment.
As per the news agency, the GoC was on a visit to the southern districts of Shopian and Pulwama on the eve of 73rd Republic Day. He met senior citizens and traders in these twin districts of South Kashmir.
Talking to media persons at Shopian, the GoC said that the people of Kashmir want peace and not militancy. “Militancy related incidents are declining and we believe they will further go down in the ongoing year,” he said.
The army officer said that if the number of militants and militancy-related incidents decline, it will provide more opportunities to local youth to make their future.
“Time has come when people have to choose the path of peace and stability,” he said, adding that the people of South Kashmir like those of north Kashmir have realized the effects of militancy.
The GoC said that the wrong narrative is being taught to children and wherever it happens, youth are bound to choose the wrong path “as it is the easy way out and just a glamour.”
“Youth are picking guns because of unemployment but the wrong path is being shown to them,” Pandey said. He said that the situation was getting better as people, especially youth have understood that taking the path of militancy was wrong.
He said that militancy-related incidents have declined in Pulwama but “local militant recruitment continues to be on the rise.” “We believe this (local militant recruitment) will also go down in the ongoing area,” the GoC said and sought people’s cooperating in bringing peace and development in southern districts of Kashmir
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Driver dead, another injured as lorry rolls down into gorge

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A trucker was killed and another person injured after a truck rolled down into a deep gorge near Tulbagh, one kilometre from Banihal town of J&K’s Ramban district on Wednesday.

An official that a truck, bearing registration number JK05A 8209, which was on its way from Jammu towards Srinagar fell into a deep gorge near Tulbagh around 7 pm, resulting in on spot death of the driver.

Soon after the accident, Banihal police and local volunteers launched a rescue operation and retrieved the body of the trucker, who was identified as Nazir Ahmad Sheikh (58), son of Abdul Gani Sheikh, a resident of Bandipora in north Kashmir.

The injured, identified as Naveed Ahmad son of Nazir Ahmad, also a resident of Bandipora, was shifted to Emergency Hospital Banihal.

An official said that the body is being shifted to Bandipora and that the relatives of the victims were on their way to Banihal.

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3 Soldiers Injured In Shopian Gunfight

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On Wednesday, three soldiers were injured, two of them critically, in an ongoing gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, reports quoted officials said.

They said that two soldiers suffered bullet injuries as soon as the gunfight started between militants and a joint team of Police and army in the Nowgam area of the district. Later, another soldier was injured in the firefight.

Quoting official sources, a news agency reported that the injured were shifted to the army’s 92 base hospital, where two remain in “critical condition.”

The encounter had ensued after Police and army launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of the militants.

As the joint team approached towards the suspected spot, the officials said, the hiding militants fired upon the forces, triggering off a gunfight, they said.

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