Hajj pilgrims remain disconnected with families

Hajj pilgrims remain disconnected with families

SRINAGAR: Thousands of Kashmiri Haj pilgrims are encountering umpteen handships due to the inadequate facilities provided to them. The non-availability of SIM cards has turned out to be the pressing problem as pilgrims are unable to talk to their families back home. The pilgrims from different areas of Kashmir valley who have left for the […]

Disappointment in Delhi: Can’t help, matter in court, Mehbooba told

Disappointment in Delhi: Can’t help, matter in court, Mehbooba told

Srinagar: New Delhi cannot intervene in the Supreme Court’s hearing of the case against Article 35A, as the matter is “sub judice”, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has been told in each of the meetings she has held in New Delhi with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary […]

Aadhaar cards necessary, but not available to many

Aadhaar cards necessary, but not available to many

Srinagar: While Aadhaar cards are now seen as a pre-requisite for availing facilities like banking and subsidies, the process of acquiring the bio-metric identity is a challenging task in Kashmir. Aadhaar cards are mandatory for transferring direct cash subsidies to beneficiaries, maintaining bank accounts, obtaining ration cards, and sim-card activation among others. Recently, the process […]

Mis(management) of Public Finances

Mis(management) of Public Finances

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG) has pointed out various loopholes in the way money for development purposes is utilized in J&K. The report also criticizes the budgets presented by economist-turned-politician Haseeb Drabu. According to the report, 95 percent of public debt was utilized for repayment of the principal and interest on public debt […]

Devices to record sales at ration shops not there even after 2 yrs

Devices to record sales at ration shops not there even after 2 yrs

SRINAGAR: It is two years now that point-of-sale (POS) devices, made mandatory under the Food Security Act, have not been installed in the government’s food ration shops. Director of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Kashmir Division, Nisar Ahmad Wani told Kashmir Reader that POS devices which would link consumers to a computer database are […]

JK’s financial management in a mess: CAG

JK’s financial management in a mess: CAG

SRINAGAR: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pointed out various loopholes in the way money for development purposes is utilised in J&K. The report also criticises the budgets presented by economist-turned-politician Haseeb Drabu. According to the CAG’s report, 95 percent of public debt was utilised for repayment of the principal and interest on […]

CAG nails nine state depts for gross unaccounted-for spending in 2015-16

CAG nails nine state depts for gross unaccounted-for spending in 2015-16

SRINAGAR: Nine departments of the Jammu and Kashmir government have spent nearly Rs 2,000 crore in “violation of budgetary provisions” during the financial year 2015-16, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has said in its state finances report. According to the report, an expenditure of Rs 1,961.44 crore was incurred under 59 major […]

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