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Dr Kabir Dar Assumes Charge of Commissioner Food Safety J&K



Dr Kabir Dar today joined as the First Commissioner of Department of Food Safety Jammu and Kashmir and was given warm welcome by the department. He was earlier serving as Secretary(Technical) Health and Medical Education Department and Director Indian System of Medicine (ISM).Dr.Kabir Dar has led a major transformation in the Department of Indian System of Medicine (ISM) from the very first day he joined the department as Director.When he joined, the department was not having adequate infrastructure,staff and assests.He took many developmental strides to meet these chalenges and was able to accomplish major success in creating the infrastructure,Staff and assets which benefitted the department and will help in long also. Under his leadership department has embarked on a major transition toward becoming a household name in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.Dr Kabir played a pivotal role in bringing the faith of general masses In the treatment procedures of ISM and also worked day and night in mainstreaming of AYUSH doctors under various schemes. *Here’s a look at some key milestones the department achieved during his tenure.*

Development of Infrastructure/Creation of Assests

Development of Infrastructure/Creation of Assets

• Construction of Govt. Ayurvedic Medical College-Cum-Hospital at Sangani Akhnoor and Govt. Unani Medical College-Cum-Hospital at Nawabagh, Ganderbal Jammu under Centrally Sponsored scheme. 1st batch of BAMS Course started from the academic session 2017-18 with intake capacity of 50 Students.

• 100 Dispensaries were undertaken for construction under NABARD, out of which 19 have been taken over by the Department and rest of which are near completion.

• Setting up of 50-Bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospital one each at District Kishtwar and District Kupwara approved during 2017-18.

• Construction of the Directorate of ISM Complex at Bemina Srinagar under Capex Budget.

• Construction of Integrated AYUSH block at Govt. Ayurvedic Hospital, Jammu.

• Construction of Deputy Directorate complex, District Office, Controller Office-cum Drug Stores at Paloura, Jammu.

• Under Capex Plan of 2016-17 & 2017-18, Construction of ISM Dispensary at Seyote, Dhar Mahanpur Kathua, Kanthagali Ramban, Kundra, Reasi, Manzmooh Anantnag, Fresthar Kreri Baramulla, Nadihal Bandipora, Kehnusa Bandipora, Danihama

Hazratbal Srinagar have been taken up.

• Construction of ISM Dispensaries have been taken under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF-XXI) sanctioned during 2016-17 & 2017-18 at Pathwal Kathua, Gulab Bagh Srinagar,Goondha Rajouri, Saaj Rajouri, Chingus Rajouri, Ghambir Brahamana Rajouri, Kotli-Parran Rajouri, Paloura Jammu, Ganote Ramban, Kulangam, Kupwara.

• Two Unani Colleges in private sector are being supported and One Ayurvedic College in private sector are being supported by the department.

• 87 new ISM Institutions have been created along with required staff.

• Construction of 50-bedded Integrated AYUSH hospital at world

famous tourist destination Harwan adjacent to Dal Lake on 21 kanals of land.

• ISM drug testing laboratory and AYUSH Pharmacy building have been constructed at Jammu.

• 10 kanals of land acquired for the establishment of Herbal Garden at Kulgam.

• 63 kanals of land was acquired for construction of 30 ISM dispensaries.

• 30 kanals of land for the establishment of world class Herbal
Garden & Hi-tech nursery of Medicinal Plants at Nehru Memorial Botanical garden Srinagar in collaboration with Directorate of Floriculture Kashmir.

• 100 Kanals of land was identified for establishment for National Institute of Medicinal Plants (NIMP) at Bhaderwah J&K.

Increase in Bed strength

The bed strength of AYUSH hospitals which had unfortunately remained static at 25 beds since 1977 increased to 335 beds, a 1340% increase
and is expected to increase upto 475 after completion of undergoing construction construction

• 200 beds added at AYUSH Units at District Hospitals (10-beds each).

• 60 beds added in 30 newly constructed Dispensaries.

Generation of Manpower and Employment

Over the last 25 years of separate existence of the Directorate, ISM had to be content with whatever staff had been created at the time of establishment of the department. Even out of 26,000 posts under Prime

Ministers Reconstruction Programme not a single post was given to the department. Through extensive efforts posts of different categories have been created which has ensured outreach of the services to the far flung and remote areas of the state which were otherwise deprived of these facilities. The breakup of which is depicted as below:-

• 160 of Medical Officers posts by corresponding reduction of posts of Assistant Surgeons (Allopathic) from Health Department have been created.

• 87 posts of medical officers for newly created ISM Institutions and equivalent number of Nursing Orderlies have been created.

• 30 posts of Homeopathic Medical Officers have been created in the Department.

• 105 posts of medical officers (Ayurvedic/Unani/Homeopathic) referred and 66 posts advertised by JKPSC so far.

• In mainstreaming of AYUSH under NHM- 446 ISM Medical Officers at PHCs, 428 Unani/Ayurvedic RBSK Medical Officer and 360 ISM Pharmacists at PHCs have been engaged.

Health Care Delivery

• 1677427 patients were provided AYUSH treatment in co-located AYUSH centres in PHCs during 2015-16.

• 1688332 patients were provided AYUSH treatment in co-located AYUSH centres in PHCs during 2016-17.

Extensive Work was done during annual Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra Pilgrimage and thousands of patients were given the treatment and service by AYUSH doctors

IEC activities

Information, education & communication using print & electronic media
and other outreach programmes like organizing AYUSH Health
Awareness Melas, Seminars, Conferences and Free medical Camps during important religious, social, cultural programmes in the state,were undertaken and by partnering with individuals, NGOs, self-help groups, education institutes and other line departments.

National AYUSH Mission

With the launch of National AYUSH Mission throughout the country on 16th September 2014, following result oriented activities are being implemented/accomplished:

• Four AYUSH hospitals are being upgraded.

• Six 50-Bedded Integrated AYUSH Hospitals are being established under NAM out of which 2 Hospitals have been approved during 2017-18 by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India at Kishtwar and Kupwara.

• 4 AYUSH Hospitals under upgradation have been sanctioned under NAM.

• 20 Villages across the state have been identified and adopted as

AYUSH Gram under NAM

• 12 AYUSH wellness Centres across the state have been sanctioned and are being established.

• 2 Naturopathy Hospitals have been sanctioned and are being
established under NAM.

Facilitation of Establishment of Reginal-cum-Facilitation Center for North Region-2 at SKUAST
Under National medical plants board Ministry of AYUSH GOI.

• IEC/BCC, Outreach, School Health Programs have been initiated for Promotion and awareness of AYUSH systems of medicine.

• ASHAs/ANMs, Anganwari workers and School Teachers are being trained for promotion, awareness, benefits of AYUSH systems of medicine across the state.

• Vigorous campaign to focus on increasing awareness about
AYUSH’s strength in solving community health problems resulting from nutritional deficiencies, epidemics and vector-borne diseases,

Maternal and Child Health Care etc.

• 20 Villages across the State have so far been identified and adopted
as AYUSH Villages/ AYUSH Gram where the people were given
awareness for preservation and cultivation of those herbs which are found in their surroundings by explaining them their medicinal values and their role to in common ailments and its cure.

• In order to maintain Quality Control of Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani
and Homeopathy (ASU&H) drugs. The Quality Control Cell at state level have been established for the purpose and so far 295 survey samples of medicine have been lifted during 2016-17 and were sent to different Govt. of India approved laboratories/NABL accredited laboratories for ensuring quality supply of AYUSH medicines to the field institutions.

• Supply of essential drugs to ISM Institutions was enhanced both qualitatively and quantitatively.

• Departmental Website have been developed and
launched in order to improve transparency and generate accountability.

• Reporting mechanism like MIS Format have been devised for
uploading of monthly reports (workdone) by each medical Officer to
ensure social audit and punctuality of the staff.

Skill Development Programmes

• Regular Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programmes for in service Medical and Para-medical staff, an indigenous initiative.

• Introduction of short terms Re-Orientation Training Programmes (ROTP) in the Department.

• Deputation of ISM Medical Officers outside state for short term training courses.

• Deputation of Unani/Ayurvedic Officers for PG courses within the country.

• Orientation and Induction training programme for newly appointed medical officers in Institute of Management & Public Administration (IMPA) etc.

Statutory Compliances:

Bill for incorporating Sowa-Rigpa (Amchi System of Medicine) and Yoga & Naturopathy in J&K by amendment of Ayurveda /Unani

Practitioners Act 1959 submitted to Government for introduction in State Legislation/promulgation.

Norms for establishment of Private Hospitals, Nursing homes, Private Clinics/shops notified by virtue of SRO (first time) for streamlining & quality control of mushroom growth of private AYUSH centers.

Fee structure/consultation fee of ISM Doctor/Specialist notified for the first time as per qualification and specialty for convenience of general public.

Homeopathic amendment Act 2009 promulgated for registration of Homeopathic Practitioners in Part-B of State Homeopathic register.

•Implementation of HR tools for Performance Management

• Reorganization of ISM Pharmacists have been done for the first time as per ladder i.e Head, Senior, Supervisory & Junior.

Selfless service during natural calamities was provided by the department Like Kashmir Floods etc

Mega National AROGYA Fair 2009 & 2013
Two National Level AROGYA Fairs organized in the State one at Summer Capital (Srinagar) in Sep 2009 in which around 50000 people visited the fair and received free AYUSH Medicine and counselling and other at Winter Capital (Jammu) in Dec 2013 where under more than 1 lakh people visited the 5-day fair.

1st Global Conference Global Conference on Unani Medicine (GCUM) Was organized in 2015.

• MegaWorkshop on “Conservation, Development and Marketing of Medicinal Plants” was organized in Jammu

• 1st International Yoga on 21st of June 2015 was observed across the state and the Mega function was organized at Gulshan Ground Jammu in which more than 5000 people participated.

• 2nd International Yoga Day on 21st of June 2016 was celebrated across the state. Mega function was organized at M.A.Stadium Jammu & SKICC Indoor Stadium Srinagar.

• 3rd International Yoga Day on 21st June 2017 organized and celebrated across the state with full fun and fair. Mega events were organized in Jammu & Srinagar as well.

Huge focus was laid on Revitalizing Local Health traditions

Medical Tourism

Medical Tourism wasintroduced for the first time in the State in collaboration with Department of Tourism for popularization of AYUSH Remedies and the Aromatic Perfumery.

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Ayurvedic Perspective of Sleeplessness



By Dr. Milan Singh

Sleeplessness originates in More-Excess air elements

Acc. : Ayurveda


Ayrurveda holds that the human being is precipitated from a higher,
subtle consciousness, and has taken on “coursings” such as ahuman
body. It is said that 5 elements fire, water, air earth and ether makes
human body collectively all to Ayurveda.

We, will focus on the air elements qualities and actions according
to the parent science of polarity therapy. Ayurveda for treating
sleeplessness, a disturbing common disorder today.

The air element is the second in density of the 5 elements
comprising the human body, mind and consciousness. Prana (life force)
expressed as the air elements govern’s movement (rajas guna) and
agents of movement such as the human nervous system, sensory
systems, respiratory system, structural system, peristalsis, association,
choice and ascension.

It characteristics qualities are dry, light, cold, mobile, subtle and
changeable. Its main sites are the calan, joints, skin, ear canals,CNS

and “marna” points. Here begins the daily journey of winding down into
sound, restorative sleep.

The air, element also maintains auric field and negative electrically
charged polarities and its chakra and meridian movements. There
begins the journey of reining in the mind each evening. The mental
channels are under the jurisdiction of their owner who can develop life
affirming habits.

The air element, when balanced and in its right places, functions
to govern timing such as coordination of digestive values opening and
closing, blinking, maintainable and endocrine order, cellular
communications and cosmic awareness. When imbalanced, subjective
signs such as gasses, sleeplessness, joint popping , sensory
impairment, constipation, vertigo, auditory delusions, anorexia,
forgetfulness, fears or treamors can develop.


The air element expresses in 5 element system and pathways in
human life.

Prana (inspiration, assimilation, sensory communication), Vetana
expiration, speech, motor communications), Samana (abdominal

digestive oscillation), Apana (pelvic elimination, stabilization grounding
etc. and vyana (cordial, lymphatic and thermal circulation)

For example, sleeplessness calls for downward moving
protocols while respiratory diseases such as Asthma, bronchitis,
pneumonia, copal etc. involve more upward or Udana. Related


Marma points are thought of in Ayurveda as doorways to the
higher consciousness, awareness of these doorways helps awaken
insight into the ones symptoms causative factors. Through still point
contacts, prana is invited to restore its natural balance by experiencing
letting go of under physical, emotional or spiritual pain. Exhalation
becomes an important pathway of wariness of choice. Retaining the
mind and body for stillness is more important for vata person, who can
become more easily influenced by sensory stimuli such line
temperature changes, sound etc.


Means to restore stability and balance to prana life, by focusing
on protocols to contact its main sites and doorway. The respiratory,
CNS, Endocrine system and facial systems are all important sites of

prana, affecting habitual subconscious inhalations of life forces. The
pulmonary grid sites of the thoracic cavity, both front and back serve as
important doorways for deepening the inhalation and exhalations.


Ancient yogic breathing practices help retain the minds pattern’s
from agitation to claimless, from self centeredness to self centeredness
easily at home, one can practice anulom-viloma, alternate nostril
breathing, making the breath deeper fuller and more silent with each
lack successful breath, leading to mastery over one’s breath and one

By remembering ones true stillness, the mind is restored one

At home, use a late afternoon tea of equal valerian, hops and
chamonails. At bedtime, about 9:30 pm in winter and 10:30 pm in
summer, take a warm bath c 1/3 cup sesame oil rinse, towel dry and
sleep deeply visually informed (piita) sleep deprivation unprocessed or
undigested visual images can build up in the grey matter and fascia,
when one’s mind is busy at midnight and moreso when the eyes are
exposed to radiation, pitta increases in the nervous system, burning the
balances of nairo –transmitter’s and harmones. By reading to fall asleep

as compared to sitting for meditation in the evening ones eyesight will
gradually weaken. Meditation gives emphasis to restoration and repair
of cells, similar to deep sleep. At home eye drops of castor oil can be
used at bedtime, it help in falling asleep quickly. Once asleep, pitta is
more likely to remain asleep.


This protocol involves systematically balancing the thoracic cvity
through the inter costal marma points horizontally and the 5 elements.
Both anterior posterior points can be balanced simultaneously for
profound restoration of function while the client relaxes prone. The
marma points Sanskrit names help activate vibrational balance
throughout the points range of structural and functional influence.
Snoring can lead to apnea, a cause and complication of prolongs
sleeplessness so one should practice daily Ujjayi Pranayam


In Ayurved and Yoga meditation is considered as the first and last
medicine for all symptoms, suffering and delusions forgetfulness of mind
get’s reduced by practicing meditation.

Sit facing eastward in the early morning and evening, ideally in the
same location, each day. The body will look forward to retain the
position in resting mode and mind to introverting, providing deep rest to
the physical and mental stresses of life.

With autogenic suggestions and re-training the mind can become
the servant it is meant to be, rather than a pseudo master, trying to steal
away over in born tranquility yes, the peace lies deeper than the
agitation of worries and anxieties so we must look deeper do meditation
and relax our mind, keep it at calmness and rest so that we can achieve
a sound sleep, longevity vigour and utility.

By Dr. Milan Singh

(Dep. Of AYUSH)

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‘Militants killed in encounters of Jammu & Kashmir were post-2016 recruits’



Police chief S.P. Vaid explains Shopian, Anantnag operations

All militants who were killed in multiple operations in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday joined the terrorist outfits post-2016, J&K police chief S.P. Vaid told leading National Daily The Hindu on Tuesday.

Mr. Vaid asked people from Kashmir to “introspect” whether the violence aided by Pakistan from across the border “was doing them any good.”

Thirteen militants were killed as security forces launched “coordinated,” multiple operations in Shopian and Anantnag in south Kashmir on Sunday. Three Army men lost their lives in the operations.

The Kashmir Valley saw a surge in the number of local boys joining terrorist outfits after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two others were killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.

Pellet guns

Mr. Vaid said a large number of protesters had gathered at the encounter site and there was no way to avoid the use of pellet guns. Four civilians were killed. Scores of them are being treated in Srinagar hospitals for pellet injuries. Some were hit in the eye. Mr. Vaid said, “The mob was pelting stones at security forces at the encounter site. When militants fire indiscriminately, the bullets don’t see if they will hit an Army man or a civilian. It was an open area and tear gas shells and PAVA shells were also used, but they remained ineffective,” he said.

According to Mr. Vaid, this was the first time in many years that an operation of this scale had been launched in Shopian.

He said he hoped the operations did not impact the tourist season in the Valley. He dismissed allegations by Pakistan that “human shields” were used in Sunday’s encounters. “When has Pakistan spoken the truth? Pakistan claims to be a friend of Kashmir but all this (violence) is their doing,” he said.

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Lack of disposal System in Preet Nagar Jammu,Causing Indiscriminate dumping of garbage



Letter to the Editor

Dear Sir,

I,m a resident of Preet Nagar (Nanak Nagar Jammu).I’m writing to put forward the issue of inadequate garbage disposal in my society.There is a plot beside my home,which has became open dust bin for many people of different areas,as they come to throw their household garbage in the plot.This garbage collection has turned into garbage mountain  and breeding house for many disease causing agents.We have been suffering from years now.Our children are falling prey to many bacterial and parasitic infection and now in rainy season it becomes home to mosquitoes.Our daily life has been hampered due to this,We request the concerned authorities to kindly look into this issue.We urge Jammu Municipal Corporation to clear this garbage mountain as soon as possible.We request the authorities to set up the dustbins and start door to door collection of garbage.Since we have been complaining and pleading for the same from last many years,no one pays heed to our situation.

But Now we expect early redressal of our issue by JMC.



Yours Faithfully,

Residents of Preet Nagar,Nanak Nagar Jammu

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