Shifting of proposed eng college to Ganderbal creates uproar

June 17, 2016 STATE 237 Views

Speaker Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta Friday directed the government to respond to the issue of shifting of a proposed engineering college from Kupwara to Ganderbal district following uproar by the Peoples Conference legislator Bashir Ahmad Dar.
The legislator from Kupwara Assembly segment stormed into the Well of the Lower House demanding inquiry into shifting of the proposed college approved under RUMSA in a Project Approval Board meeting held on May 13, 2014.
Dar said that the PAB meeting had allotted Govt College of Engineering and Technology for Kupwara district.
“However, without any reasons or justification, the proposed college was shifted to Ganderbal district,” Dar said.
Angry over the decision, the legislator stormed into the Well and created uproar and demanded that the government should explain as to why the college has been snatched from the border district.
The Legislator was supported by PDP MLA from Tangdhar, Raja Maznoor Ahmad, who also sought reasons for shifting of the college.
Responding to protesting Dar, Speaker directed the government to respond to the agitating MLAs with an appropriate answer.
Dar said that it is “sheer injustice” with thousands of the students of the border district which already lacks modern education avenues.
‘14000 Kashmiris enrolled in Army goodwill school’ (PIC IN MAIL)
Over one lakh children having attained middle, high school level education, above 14000 students undergoing schooling in various Army Goodwill School and over 1000 children from the State studying through scholarship program, Army said in a press statement.
“In the last three years only, Army has provided medical aid to approximately 3.68 lakh people, treated over 4.57 lakh animals and conducted over 200 National Integration Tours wherein in excess of 5000 beneficiaries visited other States of the country.”
This school program is being run under Army launched Sadhbhavana. “It was launched in early 90s with an aim to reach out to the population of Jammu and Kashmir,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson informed that over 1000 students are being given scholarship by the army, as well.
“The benefits accrued from Sadhbhavana in improving the social indices, infrastructure and consolidating the peace dividends in the states are far in excess of what was perceived during its conceptualisation,” the spokesperson said.
“With over one lakh children having attained middle/high school level education; above 14000 students (are) undergoing schooling in various Army Goodwill Schools and over 1000 children from the State (are) studying through scholarship program,” the spokesperson said, adding, “the popularity of the initiative can hardly be doubted.”
The press statement added that Army is also actively involved in skilling the youth of the state to further facilitate their employment. Sourced through Army’s own budget, people friendly projects are being executed year after year to ameliorate the conditions of people living in far flung regions of the State.

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