Dir agri refutes news carried by local web portal

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SRINAGAR: In connection with a news item carried by a local web portal that reads: “Agriculture director’s brazen lavishness, spends 4 lacs for a party to please higher ups”, Director Agriculture Kashmir has termed the news “absolutely fake”.
“The news item is absolutely fake and is strongly refuted on the grounds that the party organised by different employees associations under the banners of Agriculture Employees Association (AEA), Agriculture Gazetted Employees Association (AGEA), Agriculture Technocrats Welfare Association (ATWA) and Jammu Kashmir Agriculture Technocrat’s United Forum (JKATUF) in honour of both former and present agriculture ministers was out of courtesy and even director agriculture Kashmir was also invited and participated in the party as a guest,” an official statement issued on Monday read.
The statement further read that the expenditures of the party was done only on contributory basis, “so the news item along with its contents is fake and misleading”.
Director agriculture said this was an attempt “to malign the department’s credibility just to overshadow the achievements made in the past during the tenure of director agriculture Kashmir”, the statement added.