Srinagar, Jan 22: An IPS officer’s brother was reportedly among three militants killed in a fierce encounter that ensued after security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in south Kashmir district of Shopian on Tuesday.
An Army official told UNI that following specific information about presence of militants in an orchard at Hafshermal in Shopian district, troops of Rashtriya Rifles (RR), Special Operation Group (SGO) of Jammu and Kashmir police and CRPF launched a joint search operation this morning.
However, he said when the security forces were moving towards the area in the orchard, militants hiding inside a hideout, fired at them with automatic weapons.
“Security forces retaliated ensuing in an encounter, he said, adding additional security forces were rushed to further seal the entire area to foil any attempt by militants to escape.
Official sources said that three militants were killed in the exchange of fire. “The operation was still going on when the reports last came in,” they added.
Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today convened a meeting with officers of Tribal Affairs Department to review the functioning of the department.
Vice Chairman State Advisory Board for Development of Gujjars and Bakerwals Chowdhary Gulzar Ahmed Khatana, Commissioner Secretary Tribal Affairs Department, Salma Hamid, Director Tribal Affairs Department, Mohammad Rafi, Special Secretary Tribal Affairs, Mohammad Shareef, Secretary Gujjar Advisory Board Mukhtar Ahmad Choudhary Director Finance, Tribal Affairs and other officers of concerned departments were present in the meeting.
The meeting discussed various issues including action taken report of previous meeting, detail of funds received/utilized during 2017-18 under SCA to TSP, status of work on cluster model villages, establishment of milk villages and construction of shelter sheds, construction of residential schools, e-Classrooms in 17 Cluster Tribal Model villages, starting up of academics’ activities in EMRSs Anantnag and Kulgam, physical status of Capex –budget 2017-18, PMDP besides others.
The Minister was informed that Rs 1150.17 lakh has been expended on SCA to TSP activity/ scheme, Rs. 2836.90 lakh on Article 275 (1), and Rs 1463.38 lakh on Scholarship to ST students till February this year.
Reviewing the physical and financial status of development of Cluster Model villages for tribals in the state, the meeting was informed that Rs 1125.17 lakh has been utilized tilland all works are under progress.
The Minister directed the administrative department to prepare guidelines for establishing ‘Tribal Model Villages’ following a uniform pattern across all the districts of the state after consulting respective Deputy Commissioners and Director, Tribal Affairs.
He asked Commissioner Secretary to seek reports from Deputy Commissioners on action plans catering to needs of tribal areas to be implemented under projects amounting to Rs 1.5 crore in each of their respective districts by 25th March 2018.
He also directed the officers to conduct a joint survey along with the Education Department of annual enrollments and drop outs of both male and female tribal students to assess the drop-out rates over previous five years and analyze the reasons thereof. “Special focus should be laid on education monitoring framework for obtaining real time information relating to different dimensions of student progress”, he added.
Speaking on strengthening of educational infrastructure for tribal students, the Minister asserted that a proposal will be soon moved for opening of five more ‘Eklavya Schools’ in the state.
The Minister further asked the Tribal Department to submit a proposal to Finance Department for extending various scholarships to all the scheduled tribes including Gujjar-Bakarwals, Sippis, Gaddis among others.
The Minister also reviewed the progress made in geo tagging of infrastructure being used by nomads during their seasonal migration so as better services can be provided at these places.
The Minister also reviewed progress under Health, Agriculture and skill development sectors besides construction of Tribal Bhawan/ Museum.
Rajouri, December 20:
The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today pitched for intensive Social Development Monitoring and periodic study of developmental activities by the project participants or targeted beneficiaries.
“They can suggest action for enhanced participation, achieve inclusiveness, articulation of accountability, responsiveness and transparency by implementing agencies with a declared purpose of making an impact on their socio-economic status,” the Minister added.
He was addressing huge public gathering after laying foundation stone of Tribal Cluster Village Keri-Bhella-Gundah-Dhaleri here at Keri. He said the Tribal villages, untouched by development having marginalised sections of the society will be provided with sustained funding amounting to Rs 23 Crore over a period of three years for bridging the infrastructural gaps with focus on education and healthcare and creating sustainable employment avenues for tribal population.
nin news service
JAMMU, apr. 13: Underscoring the need for total commitment and social responsiveness to consumer cause, Minister for CA&PDD and Tribal Affairs, Ch Zulfkar Ali today called for active involvement of stakeholders for effective implementation of Consumer Protection laws.
Jammu, December 7:
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today asked for formulation of a comprehensive plan for relocation and rehabilitation of landless nomads, living below poverty line in hilly and border areas of Jammu region.
The Minister said this while speaking during a meeting with the concerned officers held here to deliberate upon issues related to nomads.
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