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Surge in Covid Cases: Leave of Health staff cancelled in Jammu Division


JS Correspondent


As per an order issued by the Director Health Services Jammu, leave of all Health staff including doctors, paramedics and other officials has been cancelled in view of sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in Jammu division.

As per the order, directions have been issued to all Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents not to grant leave, except for Medical and Emergency conditions, to health care workers with immediate effect.

Unprecedented development has been done in far-flung areas not done in seventy years: Jitendra Singh


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Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Earth Science; MoS of Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh today said that Bhaderwah is the potential destination of Agri-tech StartUps in the country & has become the birthplace of India’s Purple Revolution after Inaugurating the country’s first ‘Lavender Festival’.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the country’s first lavender festival in Bhaderwah has been possible today only by the progressive thinking of Prime Minister Narendra Modi who after taking the oath as PM in 2014 stressed that the regions which have been disconnected from the mainstream India must be connected to the mainstream through development.

Today’s Lavender Festival in the valley of Bhaderwah is the best example of development of present progressive government at the centre which should have been celebrated much earlier, Bhaderwah being the best place for lavender cultivation in terms of land and climate, he added.

Dr. Jitendra Singh also said that the development prospects of PM Modi led government for the far-flung areas like Bhaderwah can also be judged from the fact that the country’s first National Institute of High Altitude Medicine is being built in Bhaderwah which will attract scholars and researchers not only from India but across the globe generating employment opportunities for the region. The establishment of this institute is a proof of developmental initiatives reaching far flung places at an unprecedented rate compared to the last seventy years, Dr. Singh added.

The Minister said that the medical college at Doda and other distant places in J&K was not the priority of previous governments which shows that this government is leaving no stone unturned to take development to the farthest corners of the country.

About the development of roads in Doda and Bhaderwah, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that the connectivity to Doda and Bhaderwah earlier through roads was unsuitable due to the threat of landslides especially during rains. But, the construction of roads and tunnels have made the distance easier now, Dr. Singh maintained.

The Minister said that the Bhaderwah-Bani-Basoli Highway, Chattergala Tunnel under Bharatmala, Khilani-Marmat-Sudhmahadev Road connecting Hambal and Kalota, Bhaderwah-Chamba Highway & tunnel, the all weather roads being constructed will open new vistas of development for this region.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said that this government believes in the principle of ‘Appeasement to none, justice for all’ and doesn’t discriminate on the basis of region, religion or caste and, maintained that the government wants that the benefits of all the government schemes must reach the last man in the last queue.

Dr. Singh emphasized that this government is trying its best to change the erstwhile political culture based on other things that may take some time but will be witnessed by the upcoming generations in India.

Referring to the lavender cultivation in the region, Dr. Singh said that Lavender is an avenue of employment generation and research opening many paradigms of development for the region.

He further said that the agriculturist Sh. Bharat Bhushan called the Brand Ambassador of Purple Revolution in India is an inspiration for youth in J&K towards Start-up culture.

Dr. Jitendra Singh further said that no government, even the government of the developed nations can’t provide employment to every citizen. But, the present government is creating avenues for employment generation under ‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’.

Dr. Jitendra Singh maintained that start-ups under purple revolution in J&K are one of the avenues under ‘Start-up India, Stand-up India’.

Dr. Jitendra Singh also said that under Lavender Cultivation, potential farmers’ income has not only been doubled but quadrupled. The Minister urged Media and opinion leaders to start awareness campaigns so that youth is attracted towards the start-up culture and their mind-set is freed from the thinking of government job.

Dr. Singh also inaugurated six distillation units under CSIR-IIIM for lavender situated at six different places.

Three MoUs were also signed between CSIR-IIIM Jammu with Agro Voltic Power, Mussoorie Uttarakhand, Lyallpur Khalsa College, Jalandhar Punjab and Fine Fragrance Power Limited, Mumbai.

Dr. D. S Reddy, Director CSIR-IIIM Jammu, Sh. Dhanenter Singh, DDC Chairperson, Doda, Sangeeta Bhagat, Vice-Chairperson DDC Doda, Shakti Raj Parihar, former Minister and MLA, Dr. Sumit Garola, Nodal Scientist CSIR besides scientists and potential farmers cultivating lavender were present during the festival. Many industrialists, potential farmers were felicitated during the lavender festival.

The Lavender Festival in Bhaderwah is being attended in large numbers by Scientists, Technologists, Progressive Farmers and Agri- entrepreneurs drawn from different parts of the country including Jammu and Kashmir.

CSIR-AROMA Mission, under the Ministry of Science & Technology aims to develop and disseminate the aroma-related science and technology to reach the end user/clients of CSIR: Farmers, industry and society.

Pertinent to mention that Aroma Mission is attracting Start-ups and agriculturists from across the country, and during Phase-I CSIR helped cultivation on 6000 hectares of land and covered 46 Aspirational districts across the country. More than 44,000 persons have been trained and several crores of farmers’ revenue generated. In the second Phase of Aroma Mission, it is proposed to engage over 45,000 skilled human resources with the aim of benefitting more than 75,000 farming families across the country.

CSIR-IIIM introduced lavender to farmers in Doda, Rama, Kishtwar, Kathua, Udhampur, Rajouri, Pulwama, Anantnag, Kupwara and Bandipora districts. It provided free quality planting material and end-to-end technology package on cultivation, processing, value addition and marketing of the Lavender crop to the farmers.

CSIR-IIIM also installed 50 distillation units — 45 fixed and five mobile — at different locations across J&K under CSIR-Aroma Mission.

Lavender cultivation has employed about 5,000 farmers and young entrepreneurs in geographically remote areas of J&K. More than 1,000 farming families are cultivating it on more than 200 acres.

TERROR FUNDING: NIA seeks death penalty for Yasin Malik



The NIA on Wednesday sought the death penalty before a Delhi court for Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who had earlier pleaded guilty to all the charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in a terror funding case, court sources said.

The agency told Special Judge Praveen Singh in an in-chamber proceedings that Malik was responsible for the Kashmiri exodus.

On the point of sentence, sources said that Malik submitted that he would not beg for mercy, and that court could decide at its discretion.

The amicus curiae appointed by the court to assist Malik, sought minimum punishment, i.e., life imprisonment in the matter.

Malik, meanwhile, said that if Indian Intelligence can prove that he had been involved in any terrorist activity or violence in 28 years, then he would retire from politics, and will also accept the hanging.

The judge, however, said that since he has already been convicted, there was no point in arguing on the facts of the case and that he was already given the opportunity.

After hearing the arguments, the court reserved its order and is likely to pronounce it later in the day.

The court had on May 19 convicted Malik and had directed the NIA authorities to assess his financial situation to determine the amount of fine likely to be imposed.

Malik had on May 10 told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him that included sections 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC.

The court had, meanwhile, formally framed the charges against Kashmiri separatist leaders including Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabbir Shah, Masarat Alam, Md Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Khan, Md Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, and Naval Kishore Kapoor.

The charge sheet was also filed against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who have been declared proclaimed offenders (PO) in the case.

J-K SSB registers highest ever recruitment, since inception


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The Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today chaired a meeting to take stock of recruitments being made through the J&K Public Service Commission, J&K Service Selection Board, J&K Police Recruitment Board and J&K Bank.

The Principal Secretary, General Administration Department and concerned officers participated in the meeting.

It was informed that among all recruiting agencies, the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board has recruited the highest number of candidates for various departmental posts through a transparent recruitment process. The figure for the financial year 2021-22 stands at 9,390.

Cumulatively, during 2021-22, a total of 11,434 recruitments were made including 9,390, 561, and 1,483 selections by J&K Service Selection Board, J&K Public Service Commission, and J&K Bank, respectively.

It was further informed that the J&K SSB has registered the highest ever recruitment in 2021-22, since its inception by selecting 9,390 candidates. Previously, the J&K Service Selection Board recruited 8,580 and 8,115 candidates in 2009 and 2015, respectively. Pertinently, during 2019-20 and 2020-21, 3,687 and 1,447 recruitments were made by the Board.

The Chief Secretary impressed upon all recruiting agencies to ensure transparent and accountable recruitment process for selecting eligible candidates for various posts being referred by different departments, which has been the distinguishing feature of recent recruitments, providing equal opportunity to all and merit as sole criteria for selections. They were directed to complete the respective recruitment cycles in a time bound manner to optimally augment the human resource requirement of various government offices.

Terrorism-the gravest threat to peace & prosperity: LG Sinha


JS Correspondent


Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today administered the Anti-Terrorism Pledge to the senior officials, DCs and SSPs here at Raj Bhavan to mark the observance of Anti-Terrorism Day.

 “Terrorism is the gravest threat to peace and prosperity. On Anti Terrorism Day, let us resolve to eliminate terrorism and its ecosystem. I reaffirm our strong commitment to uphold peace & harmony and to defeat the forces of disruption threatening human lives”, observed the Lt Governor.

“No one will be allowed to create disturbances in Jammu Kashmir. We must join our efforts to demolish the terror activities and motivated propaganda being conducted from across the border. Society, especially the youth should work actively to isolate organizations and individuals giving shelter and support to the enemy of humanity,” the Lt Governor added.

The Lt Governor also paid homage to brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives to uphold country’s unity and territorial integrity.

The Day is observed to generate awareness in the country among all sections of people, about the danger of terrorism and violence and its effect on the people, society and the country as a whole.

The text of the pledge reads as under:

We, the people of India, having abiding faith in our country’s tradition of non-violence and tolerance, hereby solemnly affirm to oppose with our strength, all forms of terrorism and violence.

We pledge to uphold and promote peace, social harmony, and understanding among all fellow human beings and fight the forces of disruption threatening human lives and values.

1 Dead, 9 trapped as under-construction tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar highway collapses



One labourer was killed and nine others were feared trapped after a portion of an under-construction tunnel on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district collapsed late on Thursday night .

Three persons have been taken out of the rubble even as rescue operations are underway.

A small portion of the front side of the tunnel at Khoni nallah collapsed during an audit.

Multiple tunnels are being constructed on the Banihal-Ramban section of the road which is the most difficult portion of the ambitious four-laning of the highway.

Union minister Jitendra Singh termed the collapse of a part of the under-construction tunnel on the national highway stretch between Ramban and Ramsu “unfortunate”.

“I’m in constant touch with DC Mussrat Islam. Nearly 10 labour workers were trapped under the debris. Another two were rescued and hospitalised with injuries. Rescue operations going on in full swing. Civil administration and police authorities are monitoring the situation,” he said.

The missing workers have been identified as Jadav Roy (23), Gautam Roy (22), Sudhir Roy (31), Dipak Roy (33), Parimal Roy (38), Shiva Chowhan (26), Nawaraj Chowdhury (26), Kushi Ram (25), Mujaffar (38), Israt (30), Vishnu Gola (33) and Ameen (26).

While five of them are from West Bengal, two are from Nepal, one from Assam, and the remaining two were locals. Those rescued were admitted to the District Hospital in Ramban Ameen. One of them was later referred to GMC Jammu.

The Deputy Commissioner of Ramban, DIG Dr Sunil Gupta, SSP Mohita Sharma and Senior NHAI officers have been supervising the rescue operation since midnight. Divisional Commissioner Jammu Ramesh Kumar and ADGP Jammu Mukesh Singh have also rushed to the spot.

TERROR FUNDING CASE: NIA court convicts JKLF Chief Yasin Malik



A Delhi court on Thursday convicted Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik, who had earlier pleaded guilty to all charges, including those under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), in a terror funding case.

Special Judge Praveen Singh directed the NIA authorities to assess Malik’s financial situation to determine the amount of fine to be imposed and posted the matter for arguments on the quantum of sentence on May 25.

Malik had told the court that he was not contesting the charges levelled against him including section 16 (terrorist act), 17 (raising funds for the terrorist act), 18 (conspiracy to commit terrorist act), and 20 (being a member of terrorist gang or organisation) of the UAPA and sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 124-A (sedition) of the IPC.

The court had earlier also formally framed the charges against Kashmiri separatist leaders including Farooq Ahmed Dar alias Bitta Karate, Shabbir Shah, Masarat Alam, Md Yusuf Shah, Aftab Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Khan, Md Akbar Khanday, Raja Mehrajuddin Kalwal, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Shah Watali, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rashid Sheikh, and Naval Kishore Kapoor.

The charge sheet was also filed against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) founder Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who have been declared proclaimed offenders (PO) in the case.

The case pertains to the alleged conspiracy by Hafiz Saeed and separatist leaders, including the members of the Hurriyat Conference, who had acted in connivance with active members of proscribed terrorist organizations – Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM), Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) – and others to raise, receive and collect funds domestically and from abroad through various illegal channels, including hawala.

The funds were for the purpose of separatist and terrorist activities in J&K to cause disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on security forces, systematically burning schools, damaging public property, and waging war against India.

According to the NIA, the investigation established that Yasin Malik was the head Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), and was involved in terror activities in J&K.

In 2016, he along with other Hurriyat leaders formed a self-styled group called ‘Joint Resistance Leadership’, whereby they started issuing directions to the masses to hold protests, demonstrations, hartaals, shutdowns, road-blocks and such other disruptive activities which would push the entire society into chaos and lawlessness, the NIA said.

He was also involved in raising funds from LOC traders, various entities based abroad and distributing those funds among militants and stone-pelters for funding stone-pelting and demonstrations, the agency said.

The further trial against the remaining accused persons in the case continues.

Professor, Police constable among 3 Govt employees sacked for terror links



Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday sacked three government employees, including a professor and a policeman, for their alleged links with terror groups, officials said.

The trio was terminated from services based on the recommendation of a designated committee constituted under Article 311 (2) (c) of the Constitution that allows dismissal from service without an inquiry in the interest of the State’s security.

Those sacked are Altaf Hussain Pandit, chemistry professor at Kashmir University, Mohammed Maqbool Hajam, teacher in the school education department, and Ghulam Rasool, a constable with the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

Hussain Pandit is actively associated with the proscribed Jamaat-e-Islam (JeI). He had crossed over to Pakistan for terror training and remained an active terrorist of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front for three years before his arrest by the security forces, sometime in 1993.

He continued to be an active cadre of JeI and worked as a terror recruiter. Pandit was instrumental in organising stone pelting and violent protests over the killing of terrorists in 2011 and 2014, the officials said.

In 2015, Hussain Pandit became an executive member of the Kashmir University Teachers Association and used his position to propagate secessionism among students. He was instrumental in motivating three students of the Kashmir University to join terror ranks, they added.

Hajam, a teacher of the school education department, was also a terror over ground worker (OGW) and he used to radicalise people, they said.

He was part of a mob which attacked a police station in Sogam and other government buildings, officials said, adding that despite being a government teacher, he was always found to be involved in terror activities.

Rasool, a constable with the Jammu and Kashmir Police, was working as an underground supporter of terrorists.

He also acted as an informer to terrorists and used to tip-off terrorists and OGWs about anti-terror operations. He used to leak the names of police personnel involved in anti-terror operations, the officials said.

Rasool was also in touch with Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Mushtaq Ahmad alias Aurangzeb, who has crossed over to Pakistan, they added.

 “The recent crackdown is part of the government efforts to detect and mitigate terror elements within the system who somehow managed to sneak in during the previous regimes”, a senior official said.

IIM Jammu launches online Summer School for students of 10th, 11th, and 12th


JS Correspondent


Based on the overwhelming response to the Summer School programme for students of 10th, 11th, and 12th classes held at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Jammu in the last year 2021, the Institute is pleased to announce its next session, to be held from 27th June -01st July 2022. The idea of Summer School was initiated by Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director IIM Jammu to engage young students positively during the pandemic with an aim to expand students’ knowledge across various disciplines and help them explore new career options. The unique element of this Summer School programme is that it includes week-long interactive sessions with interesting programme modules from the faculty of IIM Jammu. Being an IIM Jammu-sponsored program, the Institute is not charging any fees from the students.

The program structure has been carefully developed after rigorous research and post consultation with senior faculties of IIM keeping in mind the young audience and focusing on the five main modules. The first module aims to focus on college readiness, an overview of the future career opportunities after the completion of 12th standard, the importance of professionalism in their respective career journey, and on making the students future-ready. The second module focuses on the global business environment, entrepreneurship where students will be able to learn about business strategies needed for marketing in the meta world and thereby honing new skillsets. The third module emphasizes the role of being a responsible citizen where the session moderator will highlight the importance of caring for the planet. The fourth module stresses the importance of new trends with a focus on data being an essential component along with the creation and consumption of responsible social media content. The fifth module is all about believing in yourself with an emphasis on making an impact, holistic self-care, and building self-confidence. The overall program will help the students in their holistic development and help them realize their true potential.

According to Prof. B.S. Sahay, Director, IIM Jammu says, “IIM Jammu being an Institute of national importance has always been at the forefront in serving humanity, society, and the nation. The Institute is taking special initiatives for the development of the youth of the country and working towards shaping the future of Indian education. The Summer School at IIM Jammu would benefit thousands of students across India and will provide them an excellent opportunity to learn new skills, explore new interests, and find new ways for self-development. IIM Jammu is committed to working for the economic growth and prosperity of the Union territory of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) region and thereby contribute to the nation-building exercise.”

The Summer School programme involves a preparatory-based approach keeping in view the new trends making the sessions more impactful. The core objective of the programme is to create awareness among students through new learning methods by inculcating critical and creative thinking by providing a proper understanding of the business environment and upcoming trends. The programme directors are Dr. Archana Sharma, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Parvathy B, Assistant Professor, IIM Jammu who played a major role in developing the program modules through extensive research and are working hard to make this program a great success. The pedagogy would include participatory learning through student-faculty interactions, videos, experiential learning, and storytelling. The innovative teaching pedagogies used by IIM Jammu faculty members and subject experts are sure to create a positive learning environment by engaging the students in the best possible way.

India’s collaboration with USA in agriculture & technology goes back to several decades: LG Sinha


JS Correspondent


Lieutenant Governor today flagged off a batch of 12 undergraduate students from SKUAST-Kashmir on a study tour to Kansas State University, USA.

The 12 undergraduate students are from the faculties of Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry. They will be visiting USA under the Student Overseas Fellowship Programme of National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) funded by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) & World Bank.

The 2-months long capacity-building fellowship will expose the undergraduate students to global learning ecosystem, farmer communities and industry establishment.

Under the programme, the students will spend minimum two months in USA, primarily in ‘Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab’.

The students based on their areas of interest will be attached to relevant faculty and student groups to expose them to the global learning ecosystem and to imbibe new ideas, educational and research system of USA, and explore opportunities for higher studies in USA.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor observed that India’s collaboration with USA in agriculture & technology goes back to several decades. “As the world moves towards a knowledge economy, students from SKUAST will benefit from experience of Kansas University in agriculture extension, farm-to-market linkages, weather & crop forecasting”, he said.

The Lt Governor while interacting with the group of UG students extended his good wishes for the success of two month overseas learning program.

The Lt Governor said the National Education Policy-2020 empowers young students to engage not only in advanced research but also in various other fields which facilitate development of new and innovative technologies and their commercial development. “The international outreach initiative of SKUAST-K is in line with NEP-2020”, he added.

The Lt Governor stressed upon students and faculties to focus on necessary experimental skills and familiarity with the requirement of modern agriculture and allied sectors.

Enquiring about the tie-ups of the University with the other Universities and technical institutions, the Lt Governor impressed upon the Vice-Chancellor of SKUAST-K to explore every opportunity of students and faculty exchange programmes.

Noting that under the New Industrial Development Scheme, special provisions are kept for agri startups and entrepreneurship, the Lt Governor impressed upon the faculty members for dedicated focus towards the development of ecosystem of startups and enterprise in agri-technologies by sensitizing students of agriculture universities. He also called for establishment of a research Center for seed development.

Dr. Parvez Sofi, Associate Professor will accompany the students on the study tour as a faculty facilitator. The batch comprises of 10 female and two male students, including two from the UT of Ladakh, which is also a reflection of empowerment of women in the UT.

Kansas State University is the first ‘Land Grant University in Agriculture Education, Research and Extension with globally acclaimed academic and research programme.

During the programme the students, in addition to Kansas State University, will also visit various other US Universities including Oklahoma State University, Iowa University, Nebraska University as well as Kansas University.

Moreover, they will be exposed to farmer communities, industry establishments as well as cultural houses of USA for overall development in a truly global environment.

The programme is being supervised by Prof PV Vara Prasad, University distinguished Professor and Director, Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab, Kansas University.

Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST Kashmir; Dr M N Khan, Director Education; Dr Rehana Kant, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, and Dr Parvez Ahmad Sofi, Associate Professor were present on the occasion.

Road to Jammu-Kashmir’s Prosperity has to pass through its Villages: LG Sinha


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Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today emphasized that the policies and development plans for districts and concerned departments must accord higher priority to rural development as road to prosperity of Union Territory of Jammu Kashmir has to pass through its villages.

Highlighting the role of rural infrastructure, self-employment, and agrarian society, the Lt Governor observed that the concerned department’s policies should be based on pragmatism in order to harness the tremendous potential of our villages.

 “Around 70% of J&K’s population is dependent on agriculture and allied activities. Today, the development in rural areas is not just about self-sufficiency in food production but also about increasing yields and income and making the people more empowered. It is also about making the villages self-sufficient because the road to J&K’s prosperity has to pass through its villages,” Lt Governor said.

The Lt Governor directed the concerned officers to adopt rural development policies which are based on pragmatism and strengthen the planning and implementation at Panchayat level.

 “Each and every policy must improve the lives of people living in villages. Today, more than 56,000 self-help groups are acting as facilitators of development. Our aim should be to enhance the capacity and scale of these groups with financial support, market linkage, special knowledge and skills that can be used to change the face of rural J&K,” Lt Governor observed.

The Lt Governor highlighted the mega projects related to rural development, which have been completed in the previous financial year. These projects are in agriculture, animal sheep husbandry, horticulture, skill development, cooperatives, road, Power development, and Jal Shakti sector.

While highlighting the achievements, the Lt Governor asked the officers to continuously focus on strengthening economic relationship between farm & market to benefit the farmers and rural population. He further said that making benefits of innovation, technologies available to rural population and agrarian society should be highest priority.

The Lt Governor observed that the steps taken by the government will integrate our rural areas into modern economic units and increased business opportunities in agro and rural industry can transform the rural economy.

“There is a scope for rural reforms at various levels. Products of rural areas must be commercialized for sustaining growth. Adequate attention should be paid to public-private partnership to increase the income of rural population and both farm and non-farm economy should be incentivized to create well-equipped and self-sufficient villages. Concerned officers and institutions must ensure access to affordable credit and huge investment being made in rural areas must translate into enhanced productivity,” the Lt Governor further added.