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  • Endeavour to ensure availability of benefits to underprivileged people

JAMMU: Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who is also the Executive Chairman, National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) attended a Mega Legal Services and Awareness Camp held at Mishriwala on Tuesday. The day-long camp was organized by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Jammu in collaboration with the District Administration under the directions of National Legal Service Authority (NALSA), J&K High Court Legal Services Committee and J&K State Legal Services Authority.

Prominent among others who attended the camp were Judge, J&K High Court Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey (Member, NALSA & Chairman, J&K High Court Legal Services Committee), Divisional Commissioner Jammu Hemant Kumar Sharma, Principal District and Sessions Judge, Jammu, Vinod Chatterjee Koul (Chairman , DLSA), Deputy Commissioner Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, along with senior functionaries of Legal Authorities, District Administration and various departments.

The camp was organized on the concept envisaged by NALSA as an outreach initiative for legal awareness and empowerment as per the vision of the Executive Chairman NALSA, Judge Supreme Court of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi. To achieve the objective of social justice for all, an endeavour was made to ensure the availability of benefits to the people especially from economically, socially and educationally backward areas.

During the camp, a total number of 597 beneficiaries identified by Para Legal Volunteers were benefitted under various Central and State sponsored schemes included ICDS (Ladli Beti), Ujjwala Yojana, Swachh Bharat Mission, PMAY, PMSBY, Jan Dhan Yojana, NULM, PMEGP, ISSS, SCA to SCP, Sobhagya, Soil Health Cards, KCC, JSY, Disability Certificates, Scholarships to students, CSS on Blue Revolution, MGNREGA, PMJJBY, Save the Girl Child, Handloom Schemes, Red Cross beneficiaries and many alike.

On the occasion, 7 victims of border firing/shelling whose cattle or property had been damaged were also given compensation as part of relief and rehabilitation. In addition, prosthetic aid in the shape of 9 wheelchairs and 8 hearing aids were also given to the identified beneficiaries.

Justice Ranjan Gogoi also inspected the informative stalls installed by various departments. including Social Welfare, Rural Development, Floriculture, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry, Handlooms, Horticulture, ICDS, Education and others along with organizations like Team Jammu, DLSA, Jammu, Bachpan Bachao, HPCL, ICPS besides J&K Bank, SBI, PNB, HDFC, J&K Grameen Bank, ICICI Bank, Canara Bank displaying the schemes and programmes undertaken by them for the welfare of the people.

On the sidelines of the camp, the NALSA theme song was also played along with audio-visual clips about the development of the legal service institutions in the Post- Independence period and of a legal services camp at Silchar, Assam. The welcome address was presented by Principal District & Sessions Judge Vinod Chatterji Koul and the proceedings were conducted by Sub-Registrar and Secretary, DLSA Jammu, Swati Gupta.

Pertinently, a Legal Awareness Camp and Law Fair on the similar lines was  organized at SKUAST-Jammu, R.S. Pura by District Legal Services Authority, Jammu on Feb. 17, 2018 under the guidelines of NALSA as an outreach initiative for legal consciousness and empowerment as envisioned by the Executive Chairman, NALSA, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The programme was inaugurated by Judge, J&K High Court, Justice Ali Mohammed Magrey in the presence of J&K High Court Judge, Justice M K Hanjura. A total number of 18 government departments and organizations had displayed the schemes and programmes by installing stalls for the welfare of the people. The camp/fair was first of its kind initiative undertaken in the state of J&K for creating legal consciousness and awareness. A large section of the public got benefits from the same.

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  • Hundreds of political activists joined Congress in Inderwal
  • Every workers duty is bound to serve the people and should never lag behind in serving the society

KISHTWAR: Asserting that the Indian National Congress has retained its premier role in state politics and will continue to do in future time as well, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC), Vice President and MLA Inderwal, Ghulam Mohamamd Saroori said it will emerge as a force to reckon in the upcoming elections. Mr. Saroori who was addressing the party workers from Thathri, Kahara, Jakyas Bhalessa, Bunjwah, Drabshalla, Sarthal, Thakrie, Mugalmaidan, Chatroo areas told party workers here to remain steadfast in their mission to serve the people. 

The Congress workers apprised Mr. Saroori about the party affairs, socio-economic and political development in their respective areas. They thanked Mr. Saroori for taking into confidence “every worker and leader” in respect of party affairs and assured him (G. M Saroori) that every leader and worker will work united for further “rejuvenation” of the party. They also assured Mr. Saroori that every worker and leader of the Inderwal constituency will work together and take party’s programs and policies ahead with dedication and zeal.

Speaking on the occasion, Ghulam Mohammad Saroori said Congress Party is a vibrant force in the State and will get further strengthened at all levels. He asked party cadres to reach out to people, and help them in redressing their grievances. Terming Congress Party as an “instrument of Service”, he said party has delivered enough and it has the capacity to deliver.

Saroori asked party workers to accelerate political activities and make them aware about the Congress Party’s policies and programs. He said Congress Party which has the history of 125 years of serving the people of Country, and has always taken care of poor and downtrodden sections. “Congress has always worked for people’s progress, prosperity and development, so every Congress worker and leader is duty bound to serve the people and should never lag behind in serving the society,” he said. "Despite obstacles created by the opponents by indulging in malicious propaganda, Congress has retained its premier role in the state politics, which will again be reflected in the future elections.

He also predicted total annihilation of Bhartiya Janta Party in the future election because of its duplicity and anti-people policies and said the process of its degeneration has already begun. Welcoming hundreds of political activists from Watser, Chingam, Parna, Passerkote, Naidgam, Lonepura, Kalomsoey, Singpora, Batwari, Udeel, Chatroo, Mehjar, Mulwar, Tagood, Phagsoo Thathri, Indloo Kahara, Cheera, Jakyas and other areas of Inderwal constituency at a function organized at MLA Inderwal’s residence. Mr Saroori said their joining will reinvigorate the party further, enabling it to achieve the cherished agenda of Congress party making Jammu and Kashmir economically stable and politically vibrant state.

Saroori said divisive politics of the parties like PDP and BJP are detrimental to the growth and prosperity of Jammu and Kashmir which is facing peculiar problems on economic and political fronts that need unique treatment with a sense of urgency. He referred to the difficult situation created due to policies after 2014 and said maneuvering of PDP, BJP exposed the people to enormous problems and brought the state to morass. However, he maintained that only Congress has a capability of bringing the situation under control in the state and a new era of peace will begin only after that which will give fillip to prosperity, peace, economic, development activities and tourism promotion.

On the occasion a deputation of Rehbar-E-Taleem teachers also met Saroori here at Kishtwar and demanded that there is dire need to delink the salary of SSA teachers and Head Teachers from the central budget to state budget in order to regularize posts and salaries putting an end to the existing unjustified problem and thus providing the sigh of relief to the aggrieved employees of Education Department. Mr. Saroori assured that he will leave no stone unturned in redressing the genuine issues of teacher.

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UDHAMPUR: A veterans rally was organised by Army today at Samote . The rally was inaugurated by the GOC, Counter Insurgency Force (Uniform) in the presence of dignitaries from the civil administration, veterans and Veer Naris from the districts of Rajouri and Reasi. The rally gave the veterans a platform to interact with officials from Records of various Army establishments, civil administration, civil police and banks. Various stalls and counters were established with Officials from Zila Sainik Board, Defence Pension Disbursing Officer (DPDO), Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS), Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO) and State Bank of India to address the issues of ex-servicemen on the spot.

Information on employment schemes conducted by Directorate General Resettlement, AWPO for second career option to ex-servicemen, welfare schemes by Kendriya Sainik Board, pension entitlements, educational and information relating to recruitment procedure for wards of ex-servicemen was provided for the benefit of all attendees. Medical check-up facility was also available under the supervision of Regiment Medical Officer, for health checkup and provision of medicines.

The GOC, CIF (Uniform) in his address complimented the ex-servicemen for their yeoman service and devotion to the nation. He exhorted upon them to holistically continue their contribution towards development of society and the nation. The event was appreciated by the veterans as an appropriate platform to address grievances of ex-servicemen and their families.