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“I salute the courage and determination of every woman of J&K: LG Manoj Sinha

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Launches Super-75 scholarship scheme to support education of meritorious girls belonging to poor families

Financial Assistance Scheme of Rs 5 lakh under Mission Youth to girls between the age group of 18 to 35 years to start their business

(Asian News Hub) – International Women’s Day celebrations held at Government College for Women, MA Road, Srinagar witnessed some major reforms being made by the Government for empowering the girl students and women of J&K, with Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha making major announcements that will facilitate the education and entrepreneurship of female folks of the UT.

Keeping in view of this year’s theme of International Women’s Day i.e “Choose to Challenge” and to celebrate Azaadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav- [email protected], the Lt Governor announced the launch of Super-75 scholarship scheme to support the education of meritorious girls belonging to poor families, so that they can excel in streams like Medicine, Engineering, ITI and Humanity, and contribute to nation building.

Strengthening Women Entrepreneurs Ecosystem in J&K, the Lt Governor also announced a new scheme – Tejaswini under Mission Youth, to provide financial assistance of Rs 5 lakhs to the girls between the age group of 18 to 35 years to start their business.

Mission Youth will provide 10 % of the project cost and will also pay the interest every year, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor called upon the women entrepreneurs to reap maximum benefit out of this zero interest scheme and spread the word so that other women can also avail of the benefits and take a leap towards their economic empowerment.

A new era of change and development is ushering in J&K, a change that will provide women their rightful place, a voice, an identity, and individuality. We are making tireless efforts to ensure women’s safety, modern education, and economic independence, the Lt Governor maintained.

Acknowledging women’s role in economic development of J&K, the Lt Governor stressed on the need to put more focus on some key areas like creating a positive environment; skill development of women entrepreneurs; facilitating financial assistance; providing global market to women entrepreneurs and connecting them with innovative products. We have to work together to break the barriers for the economic development of women, he added.

The Lt Governor observed that J&K has a long history of women glory to bring social change and breaking new grounds as far as gender equality and professional development is concerned.

To lay a strong foundation for the girls, no fee will be charged upto 12th standard from 5,89,000 girl students who took admission in different government run schools, said the Lt Governor.

The Lt Governor observed that 88 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya and 88 Girls Hostels have been made functional in far flung areas and this would help in filling the gender gap and controlling the girl child dropout rate. To assist the higher education of girls, the Government is also providing 13 different scholarship schemes, he added.

Jammu & Kashmir is not just about scenic beauty. There are so many strong historical facts that prove the capabilities of our women, their grace, compassion, courage, knowledge, spirituality and wisdom that made it a beautiful paradise, he added.

“I salute the courage and determination of every woman of Jammu & Kashmir. Today is an opportunity to come together and celebrate women’s contributions in different fields”, said the Lt Governor.

He lauded the young women achievers for making significant contributions to the welfare of society and making J&K proud.

The Lt Governor made special mention of women achievers like Rabia Altaf, Aisha Aziz, Irfana Zargar and asked the others to take inspiration from them who now have become examples of women empowerment.

Speaking on the increasing enrolment of girl students in higher education, the Lt Governor expressed satisfaction on noting that the gross enrolment ratio of girls has been increased to 50 %.

Highlighting various initiatives taken by the government for the promotion of skill development, the Lt Governor said that a few days ago, Mission Youth in collaboration with Bombay Stock Exchange imparted skill development training in banking and financial services in which more than 25 % women participated.

Mission Youth is soon going to start a digital marketing skill development programme and 50 % girls participation is expected in the said program, added the Lt Governor.

I want the ecosystem of women entrepreneurs in J&K to be the best across the country, for that, public participation is a must.

Every individual has to work collectively for safety, security and economic empowerment of women, the Lt Governor maintained.

The Lt Governor also lauded the girls for outnumbering boys in the just declared 12th class results of Kashmir Division. In four streams, girls have bagged gold medals which itself shows the ability and talent that girls of J&K possess, he added.

Later, the Lt Governor interacted with the women achievers present on the occasion and assured full cooperation and support of the government in their future endeavours.

He also sought suggestions from them for the promotion and development of women entrepreneurship in J&K.

Sh. Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, CEO Mission Youth; and Sh. G M Dar, Director JKEDI, also spoke on the occasion and extended their greetings on International Women’s Day.

Women entrepreneurs sponsored by JKEDI from different parts of Kashmir were felicitated on International Women’s day.

Principal Government Women’s College, MA Road Srinagar, besides staff members and students were also present on the occasion.

The awardees are Anam Siraj, a fashion designer and owner of Closet Cloud; Tamana Imran, proprietor of Dress Code; Sumaira Durrani, owner of a beauty salon and Farhana Zargar, proprietor of Ocean Holidays. All the awardees said that the mantra to success was hard work, dedication, passion and the will to succeed. They advised the young generation to follow their dreams with single-minded devotion and not lose focus halfway through. In total, the government felicitated 23 women achievers on this occasion.

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Ganderbal residents raise concern over rise in stray dogs

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(Asian News Hub) – The increasing numbers of stray dogs in Ganderbal district have become a cause of grave concern for the inhabitants of the district who are not able to move around freely.

Locals of several villages in Ganderbal told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the situation has turned into a serious problem with concerned authorities turning a deaf ear to the public outcry.

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Locals said that herds of dogs can be seen on the prowl at various areas of the district and sub district.

“The increasing number of stray dogs are posing a grave threat to the life of people and the movement of people, especially children, elders and women has become difficult during morning and evening hours,” locals said.

People have alleged that the steep rise in dog population was due to their transportation from urban areas during night hours and have appealed to the concerned authorities to tackle the menace at an earliest so that people heave a sigh of relief.

Inhabitants alleged that the authorities are doing nothing to control the menace.

“Scores of dogs are seen on the prowl at various areas of the district including busy markets of Kangan, Ganderbal and other places,” they said.

Locals said it has become difficult during morning and evening hours to move at ease.

“We are living under threat due to the dog menace. We cannot move freely on roads and go to mosques during wee hours,” said Wani Bilal, a local resident of Ganderbal.

He said that our school going children are vulnerable to attacks by stray dogs which forced us to stop them from attending school.

Locals said that municipal authorities have failed to look into the matter despite repeated requests to them.

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Manpower shortage mars SMC: Against requirement of 7000 sweepers, corporation has only 2700

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Corporation mulls to outsource sanitation, approval sent for necessary action: Dy Mayor

(Asian News Hub) – The Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is facing an acute shortage of manpower with officials stating it has sent an approval to the concerned authorities to outsource the sanitation in Srinagar.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the officials said that SMC requires a total of 7000 sweepers, but it unfortunately has only 2700, which means the corporation is facing shortage of over 60 percent shortage.

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They said that with the shortage of the manpower, the sanitation has finally got affected, besides pushing the existing manpower to the wall.

“The amount of garbage being lifted per day has also increased as against a total of 300 tons per day, the SMC is lifting 650 tons of garbage every day from Srinagar including its outskirts,” the officials said.

They said that there is a need to increase the manpower to ensure that the sanitation is not affected and the safayi karamcharis are not overburdened.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor SMC, Parvaiz Qadri, when contacted admitted the shortage of manpower, saying that such is the situation that the representatives from every wards is suggesting to go for outsourcing of sanitation process here in Srinagar as the fewer number of sweepers are not able to cater all the areas with corporation’s jurisdiction.

He also informed that the corporation has sent an approval to the Executive Committee with regard to the outsourcing of sanitation in Srinagar.

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Plastic Factory gutted in midnight blaze at SIDCO Pulwama

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(Asian News Hub) – A plastic factory was reduced to ashes in industrial area of SIDCO Lassipora in Pulwama district in a massive fire that broke out on Monday late night.

Reports reaching the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that the fire broke out at the factory namely ‘Stalwart plastics’ on Monday at around 10 PM and engulfed the whole factory.

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Officials said that 44 RR headquarter, which is near the factory rushed to the spot to douse the fire, adding that the fire tenders from defence forces were also roped in to douse the flames.

They said that on priority, the civilians were evacuated and then team of Army, police and fire and emergency started operation to control the fire.

They said that the fire was doused after almost two-hour-long operation, adding that no loss of life has been reported while the industry was reduced to ashes while the cause of fire is being ascertained.

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