Ahrabal Fall Decline: Mehbooba For Constituting Expert Group To Study

Jammu—Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Wednesday expressed concern over reports of dwindling level of famed Aharabal fall in south Kashmir and directed for constitution of an expert group to suggest measures to deal with the problem.

Mehbooba passed the direction at a joint meeting of Ahrabal, Kokernag and Verinag tourism development authorities here today, an official spokesman said.

The chief minister said the expert group comprising subject experts and engineers would study the problem and come up with suggestions to arrest the decline of the fall, which has been a major tourist attraction in the past.

She directed exploiting the potential of Daksum, Margan Top, Kongawaten, meadows of Noorabad and other places in the region for tourism promotion.

Mehbooba suggested introduction of white water rafting, eco tourism and showcasing ethnic culture at these places to attract and sustain the tourist footfall.

She also directed raising of more facilities of public convenience along the roads to these places. –PTI

SSB, PSC Asked To Redouble Efforts

Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today asked state’s two recruiting agencies – the Services Selection Board (SSB) and Public Service Commission (PSC) to redouble their efforts to fill up posts lying vacant in various government departments.

Mehbooba asked the chairman SSB to fix March 31 next year as cut off date for clearing all pending selections with it and the PSC to pace up recruitment of staff in higher education, health and medical education departments at the earliest, an official spokesman said.

Chairing a high-level meeting of administrative secretaries here to review the pace of recruitment and selection processes in the state, the chief minister asked the departments to undertake reviews to know the exact status of vacant positions which could be referred to the recruitment agencies for early selection.

The spokesman said the meeting was informed that around 6,000 vacancies have been filled in the state during the last 10 months while as selection process in respect of 10,000 more gazetted and non-gazetted vacancies are in advanced stages and likely to be completed soon.

The selection of around 500 doctors by the PSC would be completed by the end of next month addressing the manpower demand of doctors in the rural areas, he said. –PTI

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