Expedite BDCs’ election process, Guv to CEO

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/11/2019 1:39:10 AM

Doval interacts with cattle traders, locals in Anantnag

SRINAGAR, Aug 10: Governor S P Malik Saturday asked J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shailendra Kumar to expedite the process for the conduct of elections to the Block Development Councils.
Malik stated this when Kumar met him at the Raj Bhavan here today. Kumar apprised Governor about the ongoing summary revision of the electoral rolls and activities of the State Election Commission for the conduct of elections to the Block Development Councils. Referring to the Prime Minister’s address to the nation on August 8, 2019, in which he stressed upon early conduct of BDC elections, Governor urged Kumar to expedite the process of electing representatives to the BDCs. He emphasised the vital importance of strengthening of grass root level democratic institutions and ensuring people’s participation in planning and executing development of their respective areas.
In the meanwhile, continuing his outreach programme, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today visited Anantnag in south Kashmir and interacted with cattle traders and locals ahead of Eid.
Camping here since August 6, a day after the Centre revoked the provisions of Article 370, which gave special autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, Doval had on Friday toured the sensitive downtown Srinagar and interacted with locals and security personnel.
According to officials, the NSA stopped at a cattle market set up in Anantnag—a hotbed of terrorist activities. In a video circulated on social media, Doval can be heard enquiring about the price, weight and diet of the cattle—mostly sheep on sale at the market.
A young trader, after informing Doval that he brought his cattle from Drass area of Kargil, asks him, “Do you know where Drass is?”
Before Doval can reply, Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag Khalid Jahangir tells the trader that the man he is talking to is the NSA. A smiling Doval pats the man, shakes his hand and leaves.
On Friday, the NSA, accompanied by his aides and senior police officers, visited the Eidgah locality and stopped at various places to interact with locals.
He later talked to police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and thanked them for their wonderful work in maintaining law and order. Earlier on Wednesday, the NSA was seen eating food with locals on a footpath with shuttered shops in the background. He is reaching out to the local population in the Valley as a confidence building measure.
Yesterday, Governor, in order to get first hand appraisal of the prevailing situation in Srinagar city, had visited various localities including Rawalpora, Rambagh, Jawahar Nagar, Sonwar and Rajbagh. He visited the Lalla Ded Hospital and G.B. Pant Children Hospital in Sonwar. He took round of the Hospitals and reviewed facilities with the doctors, interacted with patients and parents of children inside Wards and took their feedback about the medical treatment being provided to the ailing persons.



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