January 2022 News

News Briefs for 23 January 2022

Amit Shah virtually launches first-of-its-kind DGGI in J&K

Srinagar 22 Jan: The Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on Saturday afternoon released a first-of-its-kind District Good Governance Index for 20 districts of Jammu and Kashmir and stated that it is an important step towards good governance at the grassroots level. Speaking on the occasion, Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a huge change after 2019 and today is an important day not only for Jammu and Kashmir but for the whole country because the new beginning that Jammu and Kashmir has made today will go to every state of the country. Shah said that it will lead to a healthy competition of good governance in every district of the country.

One more militant killed in Shopian encounter, toll 02: Police

Srinagar 22 Jan: One more militant has been killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Shopian district on Saturday afternoon, police said here. An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that encounter broke out in Kilbal village of Shopian today afternoon. He said that in the ensuing encounter a militant was killed and later another militant was killed, while search was going on.

Sajad Lone, Mehbooba question Amit Shahs normalcy remark for return of statehood to J&K

Srinagar 22 Jan: Peoples Conference chairman, Sajad Lone and Peoples Democratic Party president, Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday questioned Home Minister Amit Shahs normalcy remark for return of statehood to J&K and stated that governments admission that situation still isnt normal in J&K is self-contradictory. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Sajad Lone said that in a federal structure can normally be used as an excuse to assume power and who will define normalcy. Who will define normalcy.

Sarpanchs in J&K Can Now Grant Building Permissions

Srinagar 22 Jan: In a move aimed at strengthening Panchayati Raj, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday designated among others, Halqa Sarpanch to grant permission for the construction of residential buildings in the rural areas of the Union Territory. In exercise of powers conferred by Section 12 sub section 2 (iv) of Jammu and Kashmir Panchayati Raj Act, 1989 read with Rule 155 & 156 of J&K Panchayati Raj Rules, 1996, as amended from time to time, sanction is hereby accorded to the designation of competent authority for grant of permission for construction/reconstruction/alteration of residential/ commercial buildings in rural areas of J&K, reads an order issued by the department of rural development and Panchayati Raj. The competent authority or committee that has been designated to grant permission for residential buildings within the Panchayat jurisdiction includes Sarpanch of the Halqa Panchayat, VLW (Panchayat Secretary) and Patwari.

District Good Governance: Jammu tops followed by Doda, Samba and Pulwama

JAMMU 22 Jan: In the composite ranking of first ever District Good Governance Index (DGGI) released today by Home Minister, Amit Shah here, Jammu district has managed to top the list followed by districts of Doda, Samba, Pulwama and Srinagar. The DGGI is a framework document consisting of performance under ten governance sectors having 58 indicators with 116 data points. The criteria has been adopted after following a rigorous and robust process of data collection, screening and validation by each of the Districts.

Political parties question good governance claim

Srinagar 22 Jan: National Conference, PDP, CPI (M) and Congress on Saturday said the government of Indias claims on good governance as contradictory to ground realities and hollow. The National Conference termed the release of Good Governance Index for 20 J&K districts as part of governments efforts to hide its failures on creation of employment opportunities and bridging development deficit in Jammu and Kashmir. Saying that good governance in J&K is confined to papers only, the party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said the ground situation belies all the claims of administration.

Assembly polls in JK after delimitation, statehood to be restored once situation is normal: Shah

New Delhi, Jammu 22 Jan: Legislative Assembly elections will be held after the completion of the ongoing delimitation process and statehood will be restored once the situation in Jammu and Kashmir becomes normal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Saturday. Virtually releasing Indias first District Good Governance Index, he said Jammu and Kashmir is a priority for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and multipronged efforts are being made for the all-round development. As far as the democratic process is concerned, the delimitation process has started.

People in Kashmir rejected militancy, separatism: Army Commander

Udhampur 22 Jan: The Operation Snow Leopard is still on with troops on alert and ready to meet any eventuality as the focus of disengagements in Ladakh continues to be through talks, Armys northern commander Lt Gen Y K Joshi said on Saturday. Joshi, the General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), was speaking at the northern commands investiture ceremony at its headquarters here in Jammu and Kashmir, where the units involved in the Ladakh operation ran away with major share of the appreciation certificates. He presented GOC-in-Cs appreciation to 40 units and GOC-in-Cs Certificates of Appreciation to 26 units for their outstanding and distinguished performance in the command theatre.

UN chief hopes for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan

United Nations 22 Jan: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that he hopes the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan can be solved peacefully. Well, the position of the UN and the resolutions that were taken are the same, remain the same. We have, as you know, a peacekeeping operation there.

`Operation Snow Leopard` Still On in Ladakh: Army

Udhampur 22 Jan: The Operation Snow Leopard` is still on with troops on alert and ready to meet any eventuality as the focus of disengagement in Ladakh continues to be through talks, Army`s northern commander Lt Gen Y K Joshi said on Saturday. Joshi, the General Officer-Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C), was speaking at the northern command`s investiture ceremony at its headquarters here in Jammu and Kashmir, where the units involved in the Ladakh operation ran away with a major share of the appreciation certificates. He presented GOC-in-C`s appreciation to 40 units and GOC-in-C`s Certificates of Appreciation to 26 units for their outstanding` and distinguished` performance in the command theatre.