It required a flood to make the cabinet work! Finally the government has appointed a new team for the Public Service Commission (PSC). Led by IAS officer Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie – supposed to retire a year later, the new PSC members include Sheikh Mushtaq Ahmad, Mukherjeet Sharma, B R Lachotra, Wali Muhammad Bhat, Dr Tejit Singh, and Dr Farooq Ahmad Kaloo. Meanwhile G H Tantray will head the J&K Board of Professional Entrance Examination (J&K BOPEE) for next two years.
When they were declared dead, Shakuntla Devi and her daughter-in-law Poli Devi were supposed to be cremated. But that did not happen immediately because their eight other family members were injured and required more medical attention. The two women from Chalyari were among seven persons who were killed in Pakistani shelling in nine days. Losses were there on Pakistani side as well. It remains mystery whey the rivals resumed shelling and why they stopped. But tens of thousands of people living near the IB had to be relocated and are still living away from their homes.
Assembly is adjourned sine die. But Engineer Rashid is still active. His latest is that he had taken a police officer to a local garrison in Qalamabad belt. His request was to satisfy the army so that it does not stop laying of a good road on the 300 meters stretch where from it passes. Instead of his request being accepted, the Langate lawmaker wrote in a newspaper that his request was not even heard. Instead, he was humiliated and asked to get out of the garrison. Obviously, apologies followed. But while fleeing he detected Deodar logs in the camp and got them confiscated!!
Moderate peacenik Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was never so active as in these floods. He continues to be out and working. Latest from Jamia Masjid, where he presides over the Friday gatherings, is that he will start working to rebuild 100 houses in some of the most economically disadvantaged localities that were devastated by flood. For constructing a single story 2-room set with kitchen and bathroom, he hopes Rs 520 thousands are required. He has set his own target: collecting Rs 5.20 crore for 100 families.
After the institution of media started coming out of the inundation and started working, the government issued a notice to leading newspaper Greater Kashmir for carrying a piece written, reportedly by an officer still in service. The essay details the failure within the system in managing the crisis. Audacity was reflected by the fact that the government threatened to annul the declaration of the newspaper. Though the publishing house was asked to respond within two days, it termed the notice absurd, arbitrary, mala-fide and reflective of intolerant, vindictive and insecure mindset and said it will take more time to respond.
It was great contrast by coincidence. At a time when Kashmiri traders were busy salvaging the precious Pashmina wear in Srinagar, Leh was busy adding to the infrastructure of the costly wool. NDAs Textiles Minister Santosh Gangwar had flown to Ladakh for laying the foundation stone of a new Dehairing Plant at Skalzangling. The Rs 19.35 crore facility will supplement the small existing unit – sourced from China, that can dehair (10 kg/hour) only five of the 45 ton produce.
For many years, Kishtwar will remember young KAS officer Yasir Arfat Zargar. Functioning as ACD Kishtwar, Zargar was on way to Srinagar for attending a meeting when his vehicle skidded off the road near the army camp Bhandarkote and landed in a deep gorge. He was rushed to Kishtwar hospital where he was declared dead. A resident of Jai Road in Bhaderwah, Zargar was 36 years old and was from 2004 KAS batch. He has mastered in Botany from Jammu University.
Rs 40,000 crore is the amount that Omar Abdullah government is seeking from Delhi for rehabilitation of flood affected people.
Insurance Companies told the supreme court that judicial intervention would increase their liabilities from estimated Rs 500 crore to Rs 4000 crore.