DRDO’s 500-bedded COVID Hospital at Khonmoh inaugurated
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SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday said that Jammu and Kashmir has now a greater capacity to treat all COVID-19 and other patients as a result of concerted and collective efforts.“Taking timely decisions to increase hospital capacity in response to the pandemic have led to better management of patients”, the Lt Governor said after inaugurating the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) 500-bedded COVID Hospital at Khonmoh, Srinagar.After constructing a 500-bedded COVID hospital in Jammu, DRDO has completed another 500-bedded hospital in Srinagar in just 17 days.
Strategic investments to bring big transformation in agri, industrial sectors of J&K: SinhaSRINAGAR: J&K Government on Wednesday signed historic MoUs – Memorandums of Understanding with Policy Advocacy Research Centre (PARC) here at Civil Secretariat.In presence of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, the MoUs were signed between Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary to the Government, Department of Agriculture Production & Farmers’ welfare; Ankita Kar, Managing Director, J&K Trade Promotion Organization and Kiran Shelar, Director, PARC.The Lt Governor, in his address, observed that the J&K Government, through dynamic economic reforms, is creating a conducive ecosystem for investment, building collaboration, and partnerships to explore new markets and align potential investors for the UT, besides supporting socio-economic development, local opportunities for employment and bringing stakeholders to a common goal of sustainable growth in J&K.“Action-oriented policies and strategic investments by potential investors will bring ground-breaking transformation in Agriculture & Industrial sectors in J&K while triggering productivity growth and quality upgrading”, remarked the Lt Governor.Speaking on the future outcomes and the impact the agreements will make on the present economic ecosystem of the UT, the Lt Governor said that with the UT Government’s partnership with the PARC, we are aiming at catalyzing investments and effective policy implementation in sectors contributing to economic growth, job creation, increasing farmers’ income, business opportunities, growth in GDP, and providing sector-wise opportunities to potential investors, besides strategically reaching out to private stakeholders.A new beginning has been made in J&K’s agriculture sector today. The MoU signed by Agriculture department with PARC will strengthen the end-to-end value chain of agricultural products that would ultimately benefit the farmers and bring structural transformation in agriculture and horticulture sector. The first phase of the agreement focuses on Millet and Pulses in Rajouri, Poonch, and Banihal sub-divisions, observed the Lt Governor.In the coming days, other districts will be included for value addition of agricultural and horticulture products, creating national and international farm-to-market linkages, he added.Underscoring the positives of the MoU signed between J&K Trade Promotion Organization and PARC, the Lt Governor maintained that the new venture will expand the reach of the UT at the national level to promote business, investment, and employment in J&K. Best practices of other investment-friendly States/UTs will be implemented in J&K, thus making it a more preferred destination for the investors.It will also be our endeavour to identify and invite the firms listed in the Bombay Stock Exchange to invest in J&K. It will not only limit to the investment aspect only, we will also partner with firms for the capacity building of local entrepreneurs, added the Lt Governor.While speaking on the occasion, Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, termed J&K Administration as one of the most transparent across the country that has brought a fundamental change in the socio-economic ecosystem of the UT. J&K offers immense opportunities for the investors in various growth potential sectors which can contribute towards economic growth, employment creation, trade opportunities in the Union Territory, he added.We are working on Prime Minister’s vision of doubling the farmer’s income through immediate implementation of major policy decisions and interventions, besides linking local products to the wider markets, said Sh. Navin Kumar Choudhary, Principal Secretary, Department of Agriculture Production & Farmers’ welfare.In his address, Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce Department said that J&K is witnessing the dawn of the new era of socio-economic development.Transparency, faster decision-making and commitment to the development of J&K- motto of our administration. We are offering best incentives and economic packages to facilitate the stakeholders of industrial sector, he added.Ashish Kumar Chauhan, Managing Director, Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) informed the chair that around 200 youth from J&K have been imparted the training in Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) Sector through Livelihood Generation Training Programme under the ambit of BSE and Mission Youth, J&K.Vikram Sankaranarayanan, Executive Director, PARC delivered the Directorial address, while Kiran Shelar, Director, PARC presented the vote of thanks.Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor;. Ambarish Datta, Managing Director and CEO, BSE Institute Limited, and other senior Government officials and members of PARC were present on the occasion.Entrepreneurs of companies like Acme Process Systems Pvt. Ltd, Okie Ventures Pvt. Ltd , SK SPL group and Quest Global, who were on their visit to J&K to assess the investment prospect in their relevant sectors were also present.
Housing all the requisite modern facilities, the centrally Air-conditioned facility has the capacity for 125 ICU beds, out of which 25 are reserved for children and 375 beds with 24-hour oxygen connectivity. 10 bedded Triage area has also been built in 100 sqm. The COVID care facility will fully start its operations once the trial run of all the medicare facilities is completed.“My deepest gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for providing the necessary assistance and interventions in augmenting healthcare & medical facilities across J&K” said the Lt Governor.He noted that it was only due to personal intervention of Prime Minister that J&K has witnessed such large scale capacity enhancement of the medical infrastructure. Recently, the UT received 16 Medical Oxygen Generation Plants from Europe in a short span of three weeks, substantially enhancing the medical oxygen availability in the region.The Lt Governor also lauded the DRDO for playing a key role in India’s fight against COVID-19. “I acknowledge the hard work of DRDO officials, who have completed both the hospitals in a short span of time, adding 1000 additional beds to serve the people in Jammu and Kashmir”, he added.Adhering to the directions of the Lt Governor for developing specialized critical care for infants and children, a 25-bedded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has been established in the facility.Pertinently, on May 30, the Lt Governor had visited the site of this DRDO’s COVID hospital and passed specific direction for the early completion of the facility.Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Member of Parliament; Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to Lt Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Prof (Dr.) Samia Rashid, Principal GMC&AHs Srinagar; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Director Health Services, Kashmir, and other concerned officers were present on the occasion.Dr. Anil Khurana, Chief Engineer R&D North; Amit Kumar Rai, Scientist & Project Manager; Ravindra Kumar, Scientist & Project Incharge; Jubair Ali, Scientist & Liaison Officer and other officials of DRDO were also present.
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