• Sustainable and innovative agricultural system important for the holistic growth of any region or nation

• The introduction of gradual land reforms, diversification, related activities, high density planting have enabled farmers to earn more

• Integrated approach to agriculture initiated, with the government promoting job-generating agro-industrial activities

• Revival of traditional crops with the support of market linkages, GI labeling of local products, high density planting and related activities have successfully brought prosperity to farmers

Srinagar, September 09: Calling on farmers to become ultimate entrepreneurs, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha said Friday that sustainable agriculture is the only way forward to ensure food security and growth and efforts are underway to provide them all necessary facilities.

He said this after inaugurating a farmer awareness conference on the use of “Nano Urea” here at SKICC.

The conference was organized by Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (IFFCO) to raise awareness of the benefits of “nano-urea”.

Speaking on the occasion, LG observed: “Sustainable agriculture is the only way to ensure food security and growth. Farmers are ultimate entrepreneurs and our endeavor is to provide them with better infrastructure, easy access to credit, access to modern machinery and the benefits of agricultural extension services.

Congratulating the entire IFFCO team for developing the world’s first liquid nano-urea, Sinha appreciated farmers’ efforts to realize Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s vision of reducing the use of chemical fertilizers and switch to sustainable alternatives to protect the health of soils, plants and the environment.

He said: “Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India has become the fifth largest economy in the world, overtaking England.

“India has also sent a strong message that a sustainable and innovative agricultural system is important for the holistic growth of any region or nation,” the LG said.

Highlighting the reforms introduced in the agricultural sector of J&K, the Lieutenant Governor observed that being an economy based on agriculture and that more than 70% of the population depends on agriculture, a particular impetus has been given to make J&K’s sustainable and profitable farming system.

“The introduction of incremental land reforms and efforts at diversification, related activities and high-density plantings have enabled farmers with small holdings to earn more,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

He said that an integrated approach to agriculture has already been initiated and that the government is promoting agro-industrial activities that generate employment.

“The revival of traditional crops with the support of market linkages, GI labeling of local produce, high density planting and related activities have successfully brought prosperity to farmers,” the Lieutenant Governor said.

The Lieutenant Governor further pointed out that various strategies are being adopted for the promotion of allied enterprises such as dairy farming, beekeeping, sericulture and food processing to increase farmers’ incomes to reduce the losses and open up greater opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship.

Emphasizing the need to carry out the necessary interventions to ensure food security for the growing population, Lt Governor called on stakeholders to work in mission mode for effective implementation of the mission Millet, Exotic Vegetables Farming, the promotion of micro-irrigation and reduction of crop waste.

Dileep Sanghani, President of IFFCO, speaking on the occasion, said that IFFCO is continuously committed to finding solutions to the problems facing agriculture and the related sector. He informed that trials of the world’s first nano-urea have been conducted in more than 11,000 locations in every nook and corner of the country on approximately 94 crops.

Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, said in his address that the agricultural sector of J&K will become a model not only for the country but for the whole world. A new J&K is registering unprecedented growth and development in all sectors and is among the best in several categories, he added.

Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Agricultural Production, briefed on the Apex Committee formed under the leadership of Dr. Mangala Rai to find ways to double the growth rate of the agricultural sector. He said various technical working groups have been formed to propose a policy framework to the government.

Dr. US Awasthi, Managing Director and CEO of IFFCO, highlighted the features and benefits of nano-urea. This will greatly benefit production in the horticulture and agriculture sector, he said.

To mark the occasion, the Lt Governor also handed out sprayer sanction letters to farmers, FPOs, cooperative societies and SHGs as part of the Department of Agriculture’s intervention to change public perception in the field of agriculture.

Balvir Singh, Vice President, IFFCO; Yogindra Kumar, Marketing Director, IFFCO; Board of Directors, IFFCO, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal, Director, Department of Agricultural Production and Welfare of Kashmir Farmers, members of FPO, cooperatives and SHGs and a large number of farmers were present at the opportunity.

Repeal, replace outdated rules with a people-oriented regulatory system: LG Sinha to tax officials

Urges to streamline online revenue services to make the system more transparent and accountable to people

On Friday, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha ordered tax authorities to repeal outdated rules and replace them with a more people-centric regulatory system.

He issued guidelines while reviewing the function of comfort of life, ease of governance and overall improvement of the department’s efficiency.

Speaking on the occasion, the LG said: “The outdated rules should be repealed and replaced with a more people-oriented regulatory system for ease of life, ease of governance and overall improvement of the efficiency of the revenue department.”

The lieutenant governor tasked senior officials with finding workable solutions to address issues and challenges and emphasized streamlining online revenue services to make the system more transparent and accountable to ordinary people.

Sinha also advised on the mapping of forest lands, in addition to creating a dedicated IT cell in the revenue department.

The implementation of several initiatives undertaken by the Ministry to ensure the harmonious delivery of services to the public was assessed.

The Lieutenant Governor was informed of the Aapki Zameen Aapki Nigrani; Digitization of land registers; land use change; issuance of land booklets and property cards; SVAMITVA diet, etc.

While reviewing progress under the Land Records Information System, the President was informed that a total of 8,21,40,595 digitized records including Jamabandis, Mutations and Girdawaris have been uploaded so far. day.

Shaleen Kabra, Commissioner of Finance, Revenue, gave a detailed briefing on the steps taken to achieve the main objectives of the Department of Revenue and the progress made under the Digital India Land Registry modernization programme; Digitization of maps and its update/survey using the latest georeferencing technology; Ground check via mobile app; Online revenue services and end-to-end integrated workflow.

He was informed that the revenue department uses a grievance portal to quickly deal with grievances and complaints online.

Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Government Commissioner/Secretary, Department of Revenue, gave a comprehensive overview of the functioning of the Evacuee Property Department; Enrollment Department and Haj & Auqaf Affairs Department.

Vivek Bhardwaj, Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Finance; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Achal Sethi, Government Secretary, Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, and senior officials from the Ministry of Revenue attended the meeting.