Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   All efforts would be made to promote tourism in Ladakh: LG R K Mathur | Street lights, washroom non functional, RDD Mendhar in deep slumber | After chilly conditions, weather turns pleasant in Kashmir | India-Pak troops exchange fire along border in Samba | Recruitment of local youth into militancy continues in Kashmir | Terrorists hide in bunkers under toilet, seasonal streams to evade security forces | CAG report highlights failure of J-K govt in proper implementation of MGNREGA in 2016-17 | TYHG distributes food among people | Uncertainty over Ram Madhav’s role in J&K, Ladakh | In COVID times oxygen plant at Kishtwar hospital remains defunct | Omar looks for house away from Gupkar family | Agriculture department provides one tractor for Reasi district under centrally sponsored scheme | Safety concerns to delay construction of Rehmat-I-Alam Hospital | Jammu division reports 689 fresh cases of COVID-19, Kashmir 452; seven more deaths | 102 ambulance services remained non-operational for over 3 years in J-K: CAG | Govt orders cancellation of establishing isolation centre in Jagti colony | Ladakh group withdraws call for boycotting autonomous body polls in Leh | President gives assent to J&K Official Languages Bill | Munish Gupta asks government to solve problems of people of Sector 6 Lane 1 Guru Nanak Nagar | 2 terrorists gunned down during encounter in Awantipora; search underway | Sinthan road opens for medical emergencies, employees | Handcuffing, arrest of Kathua JKNPP leaders undemocratic: Harsh | Satyagraha’ against farmer bill enters Day-3 | JKAP demands accommodation for employees of PM package | KTF constitutes zonal body for Chassana | Manjit demands financial package for transporters | MUKTI NGO creates COVID-19 awareness | Tourism department organises sports activities to revive sector on World Tourism Day | Neeraj Gupta to sit on hunger strike today | Naresh questions shortage of ventilator technicians | SBEU appeals delegates to remain vigilant | DBPS demands rechristening Srinagar Airport | Sham, Zorawar release Punjabi Song Album | Kishtwar Development Authority celebrates World Tourism Day | GCET organises one week FDP on Recent Research Advances in Electrical Engineering | Make children aware about role of freedom fighters: Kavinder | Issue EWS certificates to job seeking KP youth: AKMPRHA | Condolence meeting held for veteran cricketer | Sarpanchs, Panchs of RS Pura highlights issues before Sukhnandan | Jammu, Srinagar Airports receive 27 domestic flights with 3,908 passengers aboard | Domicile camp organized at Sungal | Kathua admin finalizes arrangements for ‘Back to Village’ programme | Extend all benefits of UT to employees, pensioners of J&K: JKSTEW | MDA organises awareness program for Stakeholders at Mansar | Youth Congress holds protest against anti-farmer law | 300 doctors offering free telemedicine service to residents | BJP did big blunder by amending Farmers’ Bill : Nimrandeep | Kaith Biradari to develop Sankri Devasthans | BJP organizes special camp to provide domicile certificates | Shiv Sena appeals to unlock health services | New NGO launched | JSSJ organizes awareness programme | Bhagat Singh’s 113th birthday celebrated | Roll back anti-farmers’ bills: AJKKU | Dogra Front protests against shortage of oxygen supply | NGO celebrates World Tourism Day | POJKSIF condemns killing of BDC chairman | Baseer Khan to hear public grievances at Srinagar on Sept 29 | Back Issues  
news details
Kissan Melas draw first blood, Agri officer dies due to COVID-19; 3 others test positive
Distressed employee urge LG to defer progammes
7/15/2020 1:09:40 PM


JAMMU, July 14: Death of a young Agriculture officer due to COVID-19 and three others testing positive for the deadly virus has put a question mark over the decision of the administration to hold Kissan Pakhwara programmes, being organized at various tehsil and district headquarters.
Shocked by the untimely death of their colleague, the employees and officials of the department are demanding that this programme should be shelved forthwith.
Pertinently, the Agriculture department is observing Kissan Pakhwara from 7th to 21st of July. During the Pakhwara, Kissan Melas are being organized in various districts, tehsils and blocks in which Kissan Credit Cards (KCC) of the left out farmers are being prepared. The employees of Agriculture department and allied departments including Horticulture, Fisheries and Public sector Banks have been mobilized to attend these Melas.
These KCC cards are linked with the PM Kissan Samman Nidhi accounts of the farmers.
A young officer of Agriculture Production Department Jammu, Tejinder Pal Singh, 47, of Talab Tillo was admitted in GMC Jammu on 11th of July and was found COVID-19 positive on 12th of July but died on 14th of July. Though the official was not attending the office for the last many days but three other employees of the department have already been found positive, while reports of over 100 employees are still awaited. The office of the Director Agriculture Jammu has already been sealed. “At a time when COVID-19 infections are increasing and the headquarters of Agriculture Department Jammu have been sealed, what is the urgency of organizing Kissan Melas”, an official pleading anonymity said, adding, “It is not possible to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the Melas”.
“Employees can strictly follow the SOPs during the Kissan Melas but you cannot expect the farmers attending the Melas to follow SOPs. Many farmers visit the Melas without masks and many are very enthusiastic to shake hands with the officials as a welcome gesture. During the lunch break or the other breaks during the Melas, SOPs are openly violated as farmers are huddled together. The crowd doesn’t follow social distancing norms or use sanitizers”, the officials, who attended the programmes said, adding that it’s not also unknown as to which one of the farmers have a travel history from Red-Zones or was infected due to COVID-19.
Pertinently, Early Times in its edition of July 11, had published a news report titled, “COVID-19: Kissan Melas organized by Agriculture Deptt in Jammu can create havoc”, in which it was maintained that SOPs are not being followed in the Kissan Melas.
“The employees of the Agriculture department and other allied departments as well as Banks are at the highest risk to catch infections during the Melas but they have been compelled to perform their duties, endangering their lives”, the officials said.
“On one hand government is emphasizing on the masses to desist from social gatherings but on the other it has forced the employees of various departments to attend social gatherings”, an official claimed, adding that employees and officials of government departments have families and the loss of any family member can never be repaid by any type of sympathy or compensation.
The officials of the department have appealed to the administration to shelve the programme and restrict the activity of the field functionaries as their lives have been put at stake.
Expressing sympathy with the family members of the deceased employee, Director Agriculture Jammu Inderjeet said that the young official, who died of COVID-19’ infection was not attending the office and was hospitalized by the family members on 11th of July.
“Three other employees have been found positive while the test reports of 100 other employees are yet to come,” he said, adding that department complex has already been sealed.
Asked about the proposal to shelve the Kissan Melas, the Director said that it was a policy decision.
Asked about violation of SOPs by farmers during Kissan Melas, Director said that the district administrations have been directed to ensure that SOPs are implemented fully. “We have also directed the officials to hold small gatherings of the farmers and ensure the SOPs including social distancing, health advisories and sanitization are followed,” he said, adding that apart from employees, “It is the social responsibility of everyone to follow SOPs.”
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
top stories of the day
Dr Farooq Abdullah forced to ‘self-quarantine’
Kissan Melas draw first blood, Agri officer dies due to COVID-19; 3 others test positive
Leaking supply line exposes negligence of PHE Deptt
Threat of terrorists: J&K BJP leadership failed as two Valley based leaders quit party
HC summons J-K Home Secretary over poor internet speed
Over aged officer re-appointed as Chairperson Board of School Education for two years
COVID-19: As learning goes digital, Govt schools forget their students
BJP’s JK Prez among 346 fresh cases of COVID-19, eight more persons die due to virus
Gole Panjpeer, Camp Talab Tillo, Ward No. 32 declared containment/red zones; Lockdown imposed
Declare Hindi as J&K’s official language, PIL filed in High Court
People violate Covid-19 protocols outside DC office, admin in deep slumber
Jitendra Singh, Ram Madhav in self-quarantine after BJP's J&K Chief Tests Positive for Covid-19
Munish Gupta asks government to step in & solve problems of residents
30 fresh positive 1118 active positive cases, 66 recovered and 52 deaths till date in north Kashmir
Woman tests Covid positive posthumously in Anantnag, family contests claim
People violating Covid safety guidelines in valley,Enforcement of restrictions in containment zones necessary, say officials
District Officer forces subordinates to carry out unlawful works
Complete collapse of drainage system in Mendhar, authorities unmoved
All those party workers who came in contact with JK BJP president would undergo COVID19 tests
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center