Minister of State for Science Technology and Information Technology Feroze Ahmad Khan today chaired a joint meeting of officers and representatives from All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Federation, Anjuman-e-Shariee-Shiyaan and All Ladakh Muslim Students Association convened to review the arrangements put in place for taking-out smooth and peaceful processions in Jammu on the eve of Muharram that starts from today.Political Secretary to Chief Minister, Mr. Tanveer Sadiq, Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) Jammu, Managing Director JKSRTC, Mr. J. S. Tondon, Senior Superintendent of Police Jammu, Commissioner, Municipal Corporation Jammu, Superintending Engineer PDD, General Manager SRTC Mr. R S Jamwal, President All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Federation, Jammu Province, Mr. Aushiq Hussain Khan and representatives of other Shia Federations attended the meeting.
The meeting was informed that to mark the 6th day of Muharram falling on November 11, 2013, a procession will be taken out from Janipur which will pass through New Plot, Ambphalla, Ustaad Mohallah, Dauntalli Bazar, Peer Mitha and conclude at Karbala Complex.
It was also given out in the meeting that the main Ashoora procession will be taken-out on November 15, 2013 which will start from Peer Mitha in the afternoon and after passing through Lakhdatta Bazar, Rajinder Market, Shaheedi Chowk will conclude at Karbala Complex.
President, All Jammu and Kashmir Shia Federation, Jammu Province Mr. Aushiq Hussain Khan informed that Muharram processions will also be carried out in Chanderkote, Ramban and Poonch of Jammu pision.The meeting was informed that besides the Muharram processions, daily Majlis and other religious prayers will also be held at Kargil Colony, Gulmarg Colony, Bathandi and New Plots in the Jammu district.It was informed in the meeting that on the eve of Youm-e-Ashore, the volunteers of All Ladakh Muslim Students Association will organise a blood donation camp near Karbala Complex where a large number of youngsters especially the students are expected to donate blood.The meeting was informed that elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of Muharram procession. Additional security personnel will also be deployed on duty along the procession route and in and around the Immambaras and other religious places.
The Minister instructed the authorities of Jammu Municipal Corporation to illuminate the routes identified by the representatives so that the procession can be carried out easily, besides ensuring sanitation. He also instructed to provide un-interrupted power and water supply to Karbala Complex and adjoining areas during the Muharram days.Mr. Feroze instructed the authorities of R&B department to ensure maintenance of roads, lanes and drain in the Shia population areas. He also directed the MD, JK SRTC to make adequate arrangements of transportation from Kargil Colony, Boys Hostel Chhani Rama to Karbala House for the convince of the people intending to take part in religious sermons.The Minister instructed the Director, CA&PD, Jammu to ensure adequate storage and distribution of LPG Cylinders, besides other essentials on subsidized rates to the Shia populated areas during Muharram. He also instructed the authorities of Health Department to keep available the ambulances alongwith required medical aids and oxygen cylinders to accompany the processions.
The Minister desired to check the menace of continuous thefts in Kargil Colony, Makka Masjid and adjoining areas where some cases have been noticed during last some days.