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Sand, stone quarrying, mining contract to outsiders’ totally one-sided agreement, a biased order: Hot Mix Plant Association Kashmir

Prices of Sand, Bajri, stones have gone sky-rocketing; material shortage has hit construction works in Kashmir, says Prez Bashir Ahmed Khan

(Asian News Hub) – Hot Mix Plant Association Kashmir President Bashir Ahmed Khan Wednesday urged the government to roll back the controversial sand extraction, stone quarry and mining contract order so that original natives of Kashmir can earn their livelihood the way they were doing in the past. Khan said that the cost of material has gone sky-rocket forcing the people to suspend the construction works across the Valley.

Addressing the press conference in Srinagar, Khan said that ever since the new law was announced in Kashmir, the cost of sand, Bajri, stone has touched the skies. “We are not getting the material. Contracts are being given to non-J&K residents while natives are suffering for want of materials,” Khan said as per news agency—KNO.

He said the new contract order has also resulted in the shortage of macadam material as Hot Mix Plant Association is not able to get the material they were getting earlier. “This is why the roads are not being repaired in the Valley. Condition of roads is so bad that travel has become a risky affair,” he said, adding that the contract being to the outsiders is totally one-sided. “In other places of the world, there is a provision of two-sided agreement, here a unilateral decision has been announced leaving the original natives suffering,”he said.

He said at least 100 units of Hot Mix Plant are suffering because of the new contract order where non-J&K residents are looting our resources. He said that on March 16, they received the money from the R&B department for the year 2015. “There should be a mechanism to release of funds at an appropriate time without any delay,” Khan said.


Disengaged ICDS helpers have no appointment orders, were accommodated through backdoor entries: Advisor Farooq Khan

Says govt has devised scheme through which lot of qualifying helpers will be back to department; Kashmir was never peaceful as today in past 31 years

(Asian News Hub) – Farooq Ahmad Khan, Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha Wednesday said that all the ICDS helpers who were engaged in the department have no appointment order, however, the government tried hard to accommodate them, which could not happen.

Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Khan as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that all these helpers were brought into the department through backdoor entries as none of them have any appointment order.

“We have been trying hard for the last one year to somehow accommodate them, but it did not happen as nobody has any appointment order. Now we have devised a new scheme, where we are creating several posts for these helpers and those who will be qualifying for the post, we will give them extra marks in the interview for their experience,” Khan said.

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He said that through this mechanism lot of these helpers will be back to the department and urged the helpers no to choose agitation as a way as government is trying to ensure that nobody remains unemployed in Jammu and Kashmir.

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He also said that there has been nothing wrong done to anybody especially after August 05, 2019 and if there wrong happening it is because of the mistakes done in the past by those who befooled the people of Jammu and Kashmir was never so peaceful as today in the past 31 years,” he said.

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Youth injured in firing incident in Baramulla

(Asian News Hub) – A youth was injured in firing incident at Azad Gunj area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

Reports reaching GNS said that youth identified as Mohsin Solih of Iqbal Colony Baramulla was injured in firing allegedly by security forces.

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While circumstances leading to firing were not known immediately, the youth has been shifted to Srinagar hospital. He has reported suffered injury in leg.

More details will follow.

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Dozen sheep killed in cloudburst in Ganderbal

(Asian News Hub) – At least a dozen sheep died after a cloudburst hit Laman Wangath Naranag area in Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district during the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday, officials said here.

Officials told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the cloudburst hit Laman Wangath Naranag area and left around a dozen sheep dead and several others injured.

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They said that the livestock belonged to Bakarwal of Ganderbal, while a police party has been deputed to the spot to access the loss.

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