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We aim to engage more women in fields where they are less in numbers: LG Manoj Sinha

Assures equal opportunities & widening women’s sphere of activities so that their special talents and experiences could enrich J&K’s economy and public service

(Asian News Hub) – Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha today called for creating a Gender Neutral Ecosystem in J&K where the women can choose any profession, job or business.

The Lt Governor was speaking during an event held at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, Jammu University to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lt Governor assured equal opportunities and widening of women’s sphere of activities so that their special talents and experiences could enrich Jammu & Kashmir’s economy and public service.

The soul of a country and society is poor without the invaluable contribution of women. Our collective effort is to provide advanced education, modern facilities, and support in every sector so as to enable women to make the best contribution towards the common good, observed the Lt Governor.

We aim to develop an environment, in work places from government departments to the corporate world, to engage more women in the fields where they are less in numbers, observed the Lt Governor.

There are many examples of women achievers who fought all odds and overcame all barriers. Today, women are breaking many stereotypes by doing some exceptional work in the field which once was considered being only for men, said the Lt Governor.

Speaking on the importance of gender neutrality, the Lt Governor made a special mention of Ms. Pooja Devi, the first female bus driver of J&K and expressed his happiness that women of the UT are breaking barriers.

After seeing the determination of Pooja Devi, we have decided to make an addition in the notification for recruitment of Government Bus Drivers (which is gender neutral) and add a line that women can also apply for this post, said the Lt Governor.

There is a mindset that for the recruitment of drivers, only men can apply. This thinking has to be changed, he added.

Women are no less than men. The Government is committed to providing equal opportunities to women. Men and women both have to work collectively to take J&K to new heights of development, the Lt Governor maintained.

The Lt Governor further called for more participation of Women in J&K’s workforce with the help of Mission Youth, Himayat and Skill Development Centres.

The Government is working on the lines of Jan Andolan for the social and economic upliftment of women.  From entrepreneurship to education, we are giving financial assistance to the women so that they can become financially and socially independent and can contribute towards economic development of J&K, said the Lt Governor.

He said that women in J&K are being empowered through several government-run schemes as the changes are visible on ground and added that the efforts of different government departments and agencies to empower women are bearing fruits with noticeable changes.

Emphasizing on equal participation of women in every aspect of life, the Lt Governor stressed on making J&K women financially independent; increasing women participation in leadership roles, and putting more focus on security and health.

Underscoring various initiatives taken by the Government for economic empowerment of women, the Lt Governor said that during the Mumkin Programme, mini-commercial vehicles with zero margin money were made available to the beneficiaries and we have kept it gender neutral.

J&K has a long history of women empowerment. For decades, the women folks of J&K have made significant contributions to keep the culture and traditions alive, said the Lt Governor.

Appreciating the role of women in development of J&K, the Lt Governor cited various examples of women empowerment in J&K and mentioned Smt. Kanta Wazir, Kota Rani, Lal Ded, Habba Khatoon, Mata Roop Bhawani and Doctor Girija Dhar.

The Lt Governor also mentioned Padma Bhushan Neelam Kler, Dr. Shehnaz, Dr. Nazira, Dr. Aram Ali and President Awardee Mehwish Mustaq and lauded their contribution for the betterment of society.

The Lt Governor appreciated J&K Women’s Development Corporation for working dedicatedly for the welfare of women. He asked the nodal department to distribute informative publications about women achievers of J&K and showcase their life history through plays in school and colleges.

To fill the skill gap, the Lt Governor called upon the private stakeholders for imparting on-job training to women.

Noting this year’s theme of International Women’s Day – “Choose to Challenge”, the Lt Governor suggested that Women Development Corporation should develop a platform to connect academia with industry, NGOs and Private sector and start a “Champions for Innovation” program.

Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Farooq Khan, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor said that celebrations of International Women’s Day is one among the many steps taken towards the ultimate empowerment of women.

DG Women & Child Development, Sh. Mir Tariq Ali gave an overview of the department and various schemes being run to empower the women of the Union Territory.

On the occasion, the Lt Governor also felicitated outstanding women achievers in their respective fields.

A PowerPoint presentation on the theme of  ‘Gender Justice’ was also presented by J&K Resource Center for Women and a short video on themes of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and 181 women helpline against domestic violence was also shown.

Prominent among others, present on the occasion were, Financial Commissioner, Finance Department, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta; Principal Secretary to Government, Social Welfare Department, Sh. Bipul Pathak; Vice Chancellor Jammu University, Sh. Manoj Kumar Dhar; Mission Director Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS), Ms. Shabnam Shah Kamili and other concerned officers.

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Pregnant woman killed, 2 injured as srinagar-bound ambulance meets with an accident in Ramban

(Asian News Hub) – An expecting woman got killed and two other persons received injuries after an ambulance they were on board met with an accident in Batote in Ramban district on Saturday afternoon.

Reports said that the ambulance driver purportedly lost control over the vehicle, enroute to SKIMS Srinagar from Doda. The vehicle rolled down a deep gorge, resulting in on spot death of a pregnant woman besides injuries to two other persons – said to attendants of the (now deceased) woman.

The identification of deceased woman or injured duo could not be immediately known.


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BSF, Pak Rangers resolve to maintain peace on border in first meeting after Ceasefire

Meeting held on Islamabad’s request, lodged strong protest over Drone activities: BSF

(Asian News Hub) – Border guards of India and Pakistan on Saturday resolved to remain committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border in Jammu.

Border Security Forces (BSF) said that Sector Command level meeting, first after New Delhi and Islamabad decided on steadfast holding of ceasefire, was held on request of Pakistan Rangers on International Border in Suchetgarh area of the Jammu.

The BSF delegation was led by Surjit Singh, DIG, Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers delegation was led by Brig Murad Hussain, sector commander Pakistan Rangers, Sialkot Sector , S P S Sandhu (DIG), a spokesman of the BSF, said in a statement cited by GNS.

“It was the first Sector Commander level meeting between two border guarding Forces, after declaration of cease fire agreement by DGMOs.”

“During meeting, Commanders of both the border guarding Forces, discussed various issues with main emphasis by BSF delegation on Pak Drone activities, (militant) activities by Pakistan from across the border, digging of tunnels by Pakistan and other issues related to Border management,” the spokesman said, adding, “A very strong protest was lodged by BSF delegates regarding drone activities by Pakistan authorities in Jammu area.”

The spokesman said both the forces “decided to re-energize instant communication between field Commanders, whenever required, to resolve the ops matters.”

“ Meeting was held in a cordial, positive and constructive atmosphere and both side agreed for expeditious implementation of the decisions taken in the earlier DG level talks and committed to each other to maintain peace and harmony at International Border,” he added.


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Arms licence racket; Searches carried out at 40 location in J-K, Delhi: CBI

(Asian News Hub) – The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday said that it conducted raids at around 40 locations including official and residential premises of certain IAS and KAS officers in a case related to Arms license racket in Jammu and Kashmir.

CBI today conducted searches at around 40 locations including Jammu, Srinagar, Udhampur, Rajouri, Anantnag, Baramulla, Delhi (at the official and residential premises of certain then public servants, including IAS, KAS officers, then DM, then ADM etc), around 20 gun houses, dealers in an on-going investigation of a case related to Arms licence racket.

CBI had registered two cases on the request of Jammu and Kashmir government and further notification from Government of India, and took over the investigation of FIR No. 18 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 earlier registered at Police Station Vigilance Organisation Kashmir (VOK) and FIR No. 11 of 2018 dated 17.05.2018 of Police Station Vigilance Organisation Jammu (VOJ) on the allegations of bulk issuance of arms licenses in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 2012 to 2016.

CBI also collected documents pertaining to the issuance of said armed licences allegedly spread over 22 districts of J&K.

During investigation and scrutiny of documents, the role of certain gun dealers was found in connivance with the public servants i.e. the then DM and ADM of concerned District had allegedly issued such illegal arms licenses to the ineligible persons.

It was also alleged that the persons who got these licenses were not residents of the places from where the said arms licenses were issued.

Further investigation is going on.


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