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Rajouri villagers protest against no supply of drinking water for 7 months

Sikkim Govt convened meeting with Director Agriculture J&K to discuss prospects of Saffron Cultivation in Sikkim A meeting was convened by Governor Ganga Prasad today in the gracious presence of Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang at Raj Bhawan Gangtok. The meeting was held to discuss in detail the prospects of Saffron Cultivation in the State of Sikkim. Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang in his address, under the leadership of Director Agriculture Government of Jammu & Kashmir Dr. Iqbal, how to increase the saffron cultivation a team will be sent for research. Dr. Iqbal, while giving a presentation on the cultivation of saffron, described the climate of Sikkim as suitable for saffron cultivation, Sikkim in future and In coordination with Kashmir, expressed the possibility of producing not only saffron but also other organic crops. During the meeting, Governor Ganga Prasad said that the land and environment of Sikkim in the entire North East is suitable for saffron cultivation, if more attention is paid in the field of agriculture, the means of employment will be available to the youth. If the income of the country is doubled, then our society, country will be able to emerge as an advanced nation. The meeting had the presence of Agriculture Minister Lok Nath Sharma, Vice Chancellor Sikkim University Prof. Avinash Khare, Secretary Agriculture Rinzing Chewang, Secretary to HCM SD Dhakal, Secretary Raj Bhawan Raj Yadav, Director Agriculture Government of Jammu & Kashmir, Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, Officers of Agriculture Department, and Joint Director ICAR-NOFRI. Saffron cultivation has long been restricted to a limited geographical area in J&K, mainly Pampore, followed by the districts of Budgam, Srinagar and Kishtwar. It should be noted that the saffron has been kept underground for about 45 days and the temperature should be below zero. The crop also needs sufficient rains if it is sown in August. For the plantations in Sikkim, saffron seeds / bulbs were purchased and shipped to Yangyang from Kashmir by air.

People from three different villages of Rajouri on Saturday held a protest demonstration against Jal Shakti Department accusing its executive engineer Mushtaq Ahmed and assistant executive engineer Ghulam Nabi of gross failure to ensure smooth water supply in their area.

They said that water supply in Mankote, Sadhyal and Mubarakhpura villages is disrupted from the last seven months as the department has failed to repair the pipes that got damaged in road construction work.

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“PWD damaged pipes in road work and Jal Shakti Department did not even bothered to repair it. More than 1500 people in three villages are left in a state of helplessness,” protesters said.

They said that both executive engineer in Rajouri and an assistant executive engineer are well aware of the plight of the masses but are not even bothered to redress the problem of people in the area.

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The protesters raised slogans against the Jal Shakti Department during the protest.

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According to a UN report, of the 2.1 billion people in the world who do not have safely managed water, 844 million do not have access to basic drinking water. This includes 263 million people who have to spend over 30 minutes per trip collecting water from sources outside the house and 159 million who still drink untreated water from surface water sources, such as streams and lakes, says the report.

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The National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) had found that household member in rural areas of J&K spends an average of 21 minutes a day to fetch drinking water from a source outside their premises. In addition to that, she spends an average waiting time of 12 minutes a day at the principal source of drinking water. (KNO)

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