Mushtaq assumes charge
as J&K Bank Chairman

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Mushtaq Ahmad assumed charge today afternoon as the Chairman and CE of J&K Bank after his appointment was approved by the Reserve ...more

Comprehensive policy
for brick kiln operations
soon: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today told Legislative Council that a Bill is being introduced in the Lower House to bring the operation of ....more

Govt to fast track 17500 posts: Sagar
MLAs raise staff shortage
issue for MGNREGA
implementation

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Cutting across the party lines, members in the Legislative Assembly today voiced their concern over the shortage of staff at the ground ...more

Central Steering Committee
reviews Rs 473 crore
Ladakh Renewable
Energy Project

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH , Oct 6: A high level Central Steering Committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Deepak Gupta reviewed the progress of Rs. 473.00 crore Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiatives here. .........more

Members in Upper, Lower
Houses demand salary hike

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Setting aside their differences, members belonging to the Treasury and Opposition benches today showed a unity in demanding hike to their salaries in both the Upper and Lower Houses.......more

 

Govt to investigate
allegations against
DC Ganderbal

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: The Government today assured the Legislative Assembly that allegations that Deputy Commissioner of Ganderbal was forcing some employees to work in his home, would be probed.......more

Trade touches
Rs 8.88 cr

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: Cross-LoC trade on Poonch-Rawlakote route this week touched Rs 8.88 crore. This was after a long gap that the trade between two parts of the divided State nearly touched Rs 9 crore.....more

JU scholars, students
hold protest demonstration
against Govt, PSC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: The Scholars/Students of University of Jammu (JU) today boycotted classes from their respective departments and held massive protest demonstration against State Government ....more

     
 

Students protest with leader’s body, block road for 4 hours...

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Oct 6: Hundreds of students, family members and relatives of slain Degree College student leader, Ali Asgar, who was murdered in Rajouri town last evening, kept the body on main road near Gujjar Mandi Chowk and blocked road for over four hours today.

Zero Hour in Assembly
Chaman Lal demands upgradation of Jammu airport...

Centre approached for Rs 211.28 cr relief package: Bhalla....

57 officers promoted to KAS Time Scale: Rather...

Samsung launches new models of top-loading washing machines.....

Adhoc, contractual and consolidated employees urge for regularization....

330 industrial units in Valley sick: Govt....

Geelani’s call will endanger lives of innocents: Army.....

All Party Action Committee for Chenab Valley Council constituted...

National Sikh Front rejects Centre’s 8-point formula....

JMC challans several shops, milk vendors...

JURSEA delegation calls on VC....

JWAM holds protest against Govt....

Members raise issues of public importance during Zero Hour in Council...

VRS given SRTC workers stage protest dharna ...

 

Mushtaq assumes charge as J&K Bank Chairman

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Mushtaq Ahmad assumed charge today afternoon as the Chairman and CE of J&K Bank after his appointment was approved by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and communicated to the State Government yesterday.

Having joined the Bank in 1972 as Probationary Officer (PO), Mushtaq Ahmad has a distinguishing career of 36 years as a prudent banker. His personal progression has been a vital and contributing element of the unfolding success story of J&K Bank since more than three decades.

Before his retirement as Executive Director of the Bank in February 2008, he held some of the most significant positions in the bank and discharged all his duties with honesty and distinctive vision.

His person makes an ideal blend of specialized knowledge and practical experience in almost all the critical fields of contemporary banking, which include Credit/Risk Management, Strategy and Business Development, Assets & Liability Management, Human Resource Development, Investments, Treasury, Forex operations, International Banking, Insurance etc.

As a leading banker, he commands huge respect for his prudence, esteem for his discipline and affection for his leadership skills in the Bank as well as the industry.

As a top executive, Mushtaq Ahmad lays great emphasis on talent search, human resources development, skill enhancement, besides team building.

Having an ease with expression and filled with experience of practical banking, his colleagues at the bank are excited about his integrity, professional capacities and sartorial elegance.

As a top executive of the bank, Mushtaq has been part of various apex banking for a both at national and international levels.

Comprehensive policy for brick kiln
operations soon: Omar

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today told Legislative Council that a Bill is being introduced in the Lower House to bring the operation of brick kilns in the State under a comprehensive policy.

Responding to a supplementary in this regard raised in the Legislative Council during Question Hour this morning, the Chief Minister said that haphazard growth and unscientific establishment of brick kilns have threatened the environment.

"Lot of damage is also being caused to the soil by this operation", he said and added that a befitting policy is required to control the operation of brick kilns in the State. "We can not stop operation of brick kilns as we require the bricks in the construction programmes. However, a scientific approach and a well-knit policy for the control and operation of brick kilns is the need of the hour to ensure environmental safeguards", he explained.

The Chief Minister said that after Legislative Assembly passes the Bill it will come to the Upper House for discussion and its passing. "You can deliberate upon the subject in detail and give your suggestions in this regard", he said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Forest, Mian Altaf said that Pollution Control Board has already taken action against the brick kiln owners who had set up these units without obtaining consent of the Board, adding that out of 46 brick kilns set up in tehsil Pulwama, only 7 have obtained clearance from the Pollution Control Board (PCB).

The Minister was replying to a question by Bashir Ahmad Magrey in Legislative Council today.

The Minister said that the PCB has already taken action against the brick kilns set up without obtaining the consent of the Board. He said that out of the 39 units, the Board has ordered closure against 13 units, whereas similar proceedings are under process against 26 units.

Govt to fast track 17500 posts: Sagar
MLAs raise staff shortage issue for
MGNREGA implementation

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Cutting across the party lines, members in the Legislative Assembly today voiced their concern over the shortage of staff at the ground level to implement the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the State.

However, Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Ali Mohammad Sagar informed the House that now the Additional Deputy Commissioners (ADCs) have been authorised to appoint 17,500 Gram Rozgar Sevaks (GRS), Village Level Workers (VLWs) and Junior Engineers (JEs) in the Department.

Mr Sagar was replying to a question by Charanjit Singh.

All the members appreciated Mr Sagar for consulting and holding meetings with all MLAs and gram panchayats in their respective areas but, they said, due to shortage of staff the scheme was not being implemented properly.

Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Harshdev Singh, Ashwani Kumar, Bharat Bushan, Nazir Gurezi, Jugal Kishore, Engineer Abdul Rashid and Ashok Kumar also participated in the discussion. They all discussed about the shortage of staff.

The Minister said that wage rate under MGNREGA has been enhanced from Rs 70 to Rs110 per day after Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah took up the issue with the Centre. He said the Government has also put up the demand for enhancing the rates to Rs.150 with the Governing Council of MGNREGA.

Mr Sagar said the expeditious engagement of supporting staff will catalyze the execution of flagship programme of MGNREGA and ensure meeting of set targets in time. He said the Government has succeeded in securing Rs 575 crore wage budget for the current fiscal as against the last year’s allocation of Rs 192 crore for the State. He asked MLAs to set apart some amount from their CDF and Panchayat Development Funds also to boost development in their respective constituencies.

The Minister said that the officers of Rural Development Department have been directed to take five works in each village under MGNREGA, adding that any complaint in this regard could be brought to his notice. He assured action against the erring officials within 24 hours if any official of his department is found committing irregularity of any sort.

Earlier replying to the main question by Charnjit Singh, the Minister informed the House that steps are being taken to fill up all posts on fast-track basis in Kathua district also under MGNREGA. He said at present 23 VLWs/MPWs, two Works Supervisors, 7 Gram Rozgar Sevaks (GRS), 2 Technical Assistants are functioning in the district whereas 6 posts of VLWs /MPWs has been referred to SSRB and 3 posts are being filled shortly by the department. He said that 20 GRS are being engaged by the end of October 2010 through the selection committee constituted for the purpose.

The Rural Development Minister informed that MGNREGA was launched in district Kathua with effect from April 1st 2008. He said Kathua constituency comprises of 50 Nos of Panchayat halqas falling in Kathua and Barnoti blocks adding that during 2008-09 and 2009-10 no work under JKMRGES was started without estimates and administrative approval.

Mr. Sagar said during the year 2010-11 works are taken up after proper estimation and administrative approval. He said the payment are also made to the labourer who demand work and actually work through pays account, cheques and invoices.

Central Steering Committee reviews Rs 473 crore
Ladakh Renewable Energy Project

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH , Oct 6: A high level Central Steering Committee headed by the Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Deepak Gupta reviewed the progress of Rs. 473.00 crore Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiatives here.

Under this mega project which is to be completed by the end of 2012, 11MW of Hydro power would be generated at 23 different hydro sites in Leh district. Moreover, 1.5 MW of solar power would also be harnessed to cater the power requirement of the people especially in the rural areas and the Army and paramilitary forces. Besides, 250 commercial green houses, 2500 domestic green houses, 4700 solar dish cookers and 7500 solar water heating systems would also be provided to the people on highly subsidized rate.

Briefing the present scenario of the progress under Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiatives, the Deputy Commissioner, Leh Tsering Angchok said that survey of all the projects has been completed and preparation of Detail Project Reports (DPRs) is currently in full swing. Angchok said that DPRs of all the projects would be completed in March next year, adding that the tendering process and work allotment would be completed in July 2011. The Deputy Commissioner assured the Steering Committee that progress in all respects would be achieved within the time frame keeping in mind that this prestigious project is going to play a pivotal role to meet few important basic needs of the people.

The Project Director, Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency, Jigmet Takpa through a Power Point Presentation highlighted the salient features of all cluster wise projects which are to be taken in hand.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, M. Raju and Project Director, LREDA, Kargil, who were present in the meeting, also presented the progress so far achieved in Kargil district under Ladakh Renewable Energy Initiative.

The Steering Committee after reviewing the progress of Ladakh Renewable Energy Project, expressed utmost satisfaction over the achievement registered so far. At the same time, the committee also stressed the need for completion of works in terms of preparing DPRs, tendering process and allotment of works within the timeframe so that the objectives of this mega project could be achieved well in time. The Committee also asked the implementing agencies to submit expenditure statement and requisition for funding so as to ensure rapid implementation on the project.

The Central Steering Committee was comprised of high ranking bureaucrats from different Ministries such as Finance, Planning, Power and MNRE.

Members in Upper, Lower Houses demand salary hike

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Setting aside their differences, members belonging to the Treasury and Opposition benches today showed a unity in demanding hike to their salaries in both the Upper and Lower Houses.

The issue was raised immediately after the Question Hour was over.

In the Legislative Assembly, members from all sides were on their feet demanding introduction of a Bill for increase in the salaries of the members.

They demanded that the government should fulfill its promise to introduce the bill during this session.

However, Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone immediately intervened and said the government would introduce the bill during this session.

But the members wanted a reply from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar who later said when the Speaker has said that bill would be introduced it was an assurance from the government.

The demand for hike in the salaries was also raised in the Legislative Council where the members sought an explanation from the Government over the delay in bringing the bill for the purpose.

As soon as the Question Hour was over, senior Congress Member Abdul Gani Vakil asked why the bill was not being introduced.

Other members also joined him.

Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather, who was present in the House, said the government has fulfilled the commitment but it was waiting for the approval of the House.

Govt to investigate allegations against DC Ganderbal

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: The Government today assured the Legislative Assembly that allegations that Deputy Commissioner of Ganderbal was forcing some employees to work in his home, would be probed.

The issue was raised during zero hour by independent member Engineer Abdul Rashid who alleged that a television channel had telecast how the employees were forced to work like bounded labourers in his house by DC, Ganderbal, the constituency represented by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.

Parliamentary Affairs and Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar immediately reacted and assured the House that he would get the matter investigated.

"I assure this House that if anybody would be found guilty he will be punished as per the law of the land,’’ he said.

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Trade touches Rs 8.88 cr

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: Cross-LoC trade on Poonch-Rawlakote route this week touched Rs 8.88 crore. This was after a long gap that the trade between two parts of the divided State nearly touched Rs 9 crore. Earlier, it had touched Rs 10 crore before recording a sharp decline due to ban imposed on import-export of some items by India and Pakistan.

Yesterday, items worth Rs 4.76 crore were exchange from Chakan-Da-Bagh while today’s trade stood at Rs 4.12 crore.

Today, 25 trucks left for Rawlakote from Poonch carrying coconut, red chilly and embroidery suits worth Rs 1.46 crore while 24 trucks reached Poonch from Rawlakote with dates, khurwani, jai namaaz, Peshawari sandals, dry grapes and almonds valued at Rs 2.66 crore.

Munish Sharma, TFO Poonch and Arshad Mehmood, TFO Hajeera were present at Chakan-Da-Bagh during exchange of trucks.

JU scholars, students hold protest
demonstration against Govt, PSC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: The Scholars/Students of University of Jammu (JU) today boycotted classes from their respective departments and held massive protest demonstration against State Government and Public Service Commission (PSC) in the campus.

The Scholars/Students along with KAS aspirants in the form of rally took a round of the campus and gathered at Central Library where they held strong protest demonstration by shouting slogans against State Government and PSC office against discrimination. Students who failed to clear the Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) mains examination alleged that there was nexus between Government and members of PSC for deliberately failing them just to appease the Valley students.

The Student leaders alleged that officials discriminated against students of Jammu region and deliberately failed the aspirants according to pre-planned hidden healing touch policy. They demanded a probe into the KAS results announced recently and urged PSC to publish the list of passed students with name and address in all dailies of the State for transparency.

Later, the students were joined by other students’ organizations and moved towards University main gate to close the Bikram Chowk-University route but Police personnel forced them against closing the road.

They lodged protest at JU main gate and later dispersed after little scuffle with police personnel.

Meanwhile, Jammu Joint Student’s Federation (JJSF) leaders discussed the matter in a meeting here. They said the Government once again showed the policy of discrimination with Jammuites openly and appealed the leaders of Jammu based political parties to raise the issue in Assembly.

Students protest with leader’s body, block
road for 4 hours

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Oct 6: Hundreds of students, family members and relatives of slain Degree College student leader, Ali Asgar, who was murdered in Rajouri town last evening, kept the body on main road near Gujjar Mandi Chowk and blocked road for over four hours today.

They were demanding arrest of all the ten accused persons allegedly involved in the murder of student leader. After the postmortem and completion of other formalities, the family members and relatives took the body from hospital at around 8 am today and moved towards the main Gujjar Mandi Chowk. They sat on dharna in the middle of the road keeping body near Abdullah bridge and blocked the flow of traffic. With in an hour over 3000 to 4000 students from college, schools, villagers from Dhani Dhar and relatives and friends of the deceased assembled there.

The district administration, sensing counter attack from the students, deployed more policemen around the residence of accused Afzal Khan, retired Girdawar. Some force had already been deployed last night by the SSP near accused party’s home on Dhani Dhar road. The students were shouting slogans against police and demanding arrest of all the accused persons involved in the murder of Ali Asgar Jat, a B.Sc-Part-III students of PG College, Rajouri.

The students from colleges and schools boycotted their classes and reached Gujjar Mandi where protest was going on. The bridge remained closed for more than four hours. Later, DC Rajouri and SSP came there. They assured the family members and students to arrest all the accused persons as early as possible. They also claimed that main accused Afzal Khan, his brother and two sons have already been arrested and others will also be nabbed and punished as per law of the land. After repeated assurance from DC and SSP, the body was removed and taken in the form of a long procession to the village (Dhani Dhar) of deceased, which is about 4 km away. DC and SSP besides Tehsildar and SHO also accompanied. Later, the body was laid to rest. The main market in the town also remained closed for the half day.

The accused who were identified by the younger brother of the deceased and other people of the locality included Afzal Khan (Girdawar), his brothers Manzoor Khan, Salim Khan and Shakoor Khan, all sons of late Munshi Khan, Amjad Khan, Majid Khan and their youngest brother, all sons of Afzal Khan, Billa, son of Late Mohd Akbar, Sanam Shah, son of Naseer Khan and Naseem Khan, son of Tufail Shah. The students gave ultimatum to police up to Sunday and said that they would launch massive agitation if the police failed to capture all the accused till then. They also declared that PG College will not function till Saturday to mourn killing and mark protest against the cold blooded murder of student leader in the town and failure of police to maintain law and order.

Zero Hour in Assembly
Chaman Lal demands upgradation of Jammu airport

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: As many as 25 members raised issues of public importance during Zero Hour in the Legislative Assembly today and sought their immediate redressal.

Jugal Kishore raised the issue of disappearance of two young girls from Padder Police Station and demanded their retrieval and stern punishment to the erring officials.

Harshdev Singh alleged political interference in the working of Committee constituted to look into the demands for establishing new administrative units in the State, especially in Udhampur district. He said such interference should stop forthwith.

Krishan Chander demanded relief for those whose property stands damaged in the flash floods and cloudburst in Chenani constituency.

M.Y. Tarigami demanded enhancement of remuneration for Anganwari workers/ helpers and widow/ old age pension.

Indu Pawar stressed on speedy implementation of Sher-i- Kashmir Employment Policy and creation of more employment avenues for unemployed educated youth of the State.

Dr. Mustaffa Kamal called for early rehabilitation of Dal/Nageen dwellers.

Bimla Luthra demanded immediate repair of damaged electric transformers and replacement of old and worn out electric poles in Arina and border villages in Bishnah.

Ashok Kumar demanded construction of more bridges in the far-flung areas of Ramban for improving the road connectivity in rural areas.

Hakim Mohammad Yaseen stressed on vesting powers to newly established administrative units in Khan Sahib.

Er. Rashid demanded lifting of ban on SMS service in the State.

Prof. Chaman Lal Gupta demanded upgradation of Jammu airport's runway and urged for taking up the issue with Airport Authority of India.

Balwant Singh Mankotia demanded early creation of teachers' posts for the schools upgraded during 2005-06 in Udhampur.

Yashpal Kundal called for rationalization of scholarship to SC/ST students.

Sukhnandan Kumar demanded that Jhiri area be brought on tourist map in view of its historical background and vast tourism potential.

Ashwani Kumar Sharma advocated for early implementation of agreement executed between Government and Shri Amarnath Samiti so that cases of compensation to traders and others are disposed off .

Radhey Sham Sharma sought on the spot police recruitment drive in border areas of Nowshera constituency.

Nazir Ahmed Gurezi demanded helicopter services to far flung areas of Gurez.

Baldev Raj Sharma sought compensation for hailstorm affected families in Reasi district.

Saifullaha demanded compensation for those whose property and crops were damaged due to recent heavy rains/ floods in Kupwara district. He demanded fresh survey to be conducted for the leftover affected populace.

Irfan Shah, Bharat Bhushan, Jagsish Spolia, Durga Dass and Mohd Ashraf Ganai also raised the issues of public importance pertaining to their areas and sought immediate redressal of people's problems.

Centre approached for Rs 211.28 cr relief package: Bhalla

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6 : Minister for Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Raman Bhalla has said that Government has put up a relief demand of Rs. 211.28 crore to Centre for providing succor to draught affected farmers in the State.

He said the comprehensive relief package was formulated after conducting special Girdawari in all the areas and the losses have been worked out through joint departmental teams under the supervision of concerned Deputy Commissioners and Tehsildars.

This was stated by the Minister while replying to a question by Ashwani Sharma in the Legislative Assembly here today.

Bhalla said that the relief would be distributed among the affected farmers soon after the Government of India accords approval to it.

The Minister said that to provide immediate relief to affected farmers whose crops were damaged due to the draught during kharief-2009, the Government has released Rs. 70.45 crore and kept it under the disposal of Divisional Commissioners, Kashmir and Jammu for providing rations, free of cost at the rate of 35kgs per family per month for three months through CAPD Department.

Bhalla said a Central team also visited the State and assessed on-the-spot losses of all the draught hit areas in the State and the report is under consideration with the Central Government.

Replying to the supplementaries of M. Y. Tarigami, Harshdev Singh, Balwant Singh Mankotia, Hakeem Yasin, Radhey Sham Sharma, Nazir Ahmad Gurezi, Sajad Ahmad Kitchloo, Er. Abdul Rashid and Jugal Kishore, the Revenue Minister said 18 districts have been declared draught hit areas and special survey of the losses in these districts have been already worked out for financial assistance. He assured the members that necessary financial assistance to all affected farmers whose crops were damaged due to draught and extensive rains would be provided after receiving financial assistance from the Centre.

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57 officers promoted to KAS Time Scale: Rather

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather has said that as many as 57 officers have been appointed to the Time Scale of the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service from January 2010 so far.

Replying to a question by Abdul Gani Vakil in Legislative Council today, the Minister said that no appointment has been made directly either to the departmental Gazetted services, which are feeding services to the Jammu and Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) in violation of the rules.

The Minister said that in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Combined Competitive Examination rules, 2008 notified vide SRO-387 dated December 1, 2008, the Combined Competitive Examination is to be conducted for direct recruitment for the services of Junior Scale of J&K Administrative Service, J&K Police (G) Service, J&K Accounts (G) Service.

Replying to another question by Showkat Hussain Ganai, the Minister said that the district level gazetted posts are vacant in the departments of Finance, Information, Sheep Husbandry, Agriculture, CAPD, Industries (DIC) Handlooms, and Handicrafts in district Shopian and concerned departments have assigned the charge of these posts to other officers till these are filled up.

Rather said that the Government has sealed 6,000 posts for the newly created Administrative units, adding that a Committee has also been constituted under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary to prioritize filling up of vacant posts in newly created districts. He said that the recruitment process for filling up of 398 Gazetted Officers in various departments is going on. One hundred eighty nine posts of Gazetted Officers will also be referred to Public Service Commission soon, he added.

Samsung launches new models of top-loading
washing machines

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: Digital technology leader Samsung India has launched the new models in its top loading washing machines categorized with 6.2 kg-7.5 kg capacity.

Combining ultimate design with technology for gentlest care, Samsung’s Top Loading Washing Machines ensure long lasting germ-free, stain-free and odour-free clothes. The new washing machines have been developed keeping in mind the needs of Indian consumers. This product range is differentiated on account of its superior performance and water saving features.

The company has also signed Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra as its new Brand Ambassador for its home appliance products.

Samsung has introduced its revolutionary ‘Eco Storm’ technology in its 7 kg and above Top Loading Washing Machines for better washing performance and less water spending. The inner care storm feature generates a powerful multi-directive water wave for better washing performance and less tangling while the outer power storing creates stronger water flow to effectively scrub off dirt, greasy stains and detergent residue in the fabric.

With the launch of new range, Samsung’s complete washing machines line-up include 47 models- 13 fully automatic front loading, 22 fully automatic top loading and 12 semi-automatic washing machines.

Adhoc, contractual and consolidated employees
urge for regularization

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: All Adhoc Contractual and Consolidated Employees Association raised the issue of regularization and urged the State Government to take steps in this direction, in a meeting held here today.

The meeting was held under the presidentship of Garu Ram which urged Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather to take necessary action for regularizing all adhoc, contractual and consolidated employees.

The president said that Government had agreed to regularize the employees within sixty days but nothing has been done so far.

The Association members gave 15-days time to the Government to implement the order regarding employees otherwise they would follow the path of agitation.

Among others present in the meeting were Radha Rathore, Anjana Shasta, Kuljeet Singh, Naresh Singh, George, Rakesh Kumar, Kamal Kishore, Surinder Bakshi, Anil Kumar and Rajeev Kumar.

330 industrial units in Valley sick: Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: A total of 330 industrial units, or nearly 2 per cent, of the over 15,000 units in the Kashmir valley are sick, the Legislative Council was informed today.

There are more than 24,000 industrial units in the Jammu region, while in Kashmir region the number of such units is over 15,000.

"Total number of small, medium and large scale industrial units in the State are 39,450," Minister for Industries and Commerce, Manohar Lal Sharma said in a written reply.

Out of these industrial units, Sharma said 419 units have been declared sick with 89 of these located in Jammu region and 330 in Kashmir.

The total amount of money invested in the industrial units in the State is over Rs 3,601 crore. Of this, Rs 676.82 crore have been invested in the Kashmir, while Rs 2924.34 crore have been invested in the Jammu region.

The Government also informed the House that there are 28 Industrial Estates in Kashmir region, and 22 in Jammu region.

The Minister said nine Industrial Estates are under development in Kashmir division, out of which two are in Leh district, and three Estates are under development in Jammu region.

Geelani’s call will endanger lives of innocents: Army

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6: Army today flayed separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani for his call to people to obstruct security forces saying it was a deliberate attempt to incite local population and endanger their lives.

"The statement (of Geelani) is a deliberate attempt to incite the local population and whip up passions while playing with lives of innocent people who will be left to the mercy of these mercenaries," a Defence spokesman said.

On Monday, Geelani, chairman of the hardline Hurriyat Conference, asked people to stage protests whenever security forces launched cordon-and-search operations.

"Cordon-and-search operations are always conducted based on specific intelligence reports about the presence of militants in the area," the spokesman said.

He said "prior to launching operations, locals are segregated and moved to safety with the sole aim of preventing them from being taken hostage by militants and to avoid casualties in the cross-fire."

"The operations are then carried out systematically in the presence of elders and police and records are maintained to ensure transparency.

"The success of counter-terrorist operations in the hinterland with no civilian casualties bears testimony to the drills adopted by the Army," he said.

All Party Action Committee for Chenab
Valley Council constituted

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: All Party Hill Development Council, Chenab Valley, in a meeting held under its chairmanship of its patron Sheikh Abdul Rehman here today, constituted Action Committee to fight for the demand.

Gh. Hassan Tak was made president of the Committee, Mohd. Arshad Malik, Khurshad Ahmed Dev and Riyaz Ahmed Zargar as vice-presidents, Ram Singh Chauhan and Imtiyaz Ahmed Mir as general secretaries, Chuni Lal Thakur as chief organizer, Ishitiyaq Ahmed Dev, Hans Raj Kotwal, Hem Raj Parihar and Hari Krishan Tickoo as secretaries, Amrit Varsha as Mahila president and Kanta Devi as vice-president.

An Action Committee for Doda district was also reconstituted with Vakil Gh. Hassan as president, Kanta Devi as vice-president, Ishtiaq Ahmed Dev as general secretary, Puran Chand Bhagat as vice-president, Hem Raj Bhagat as secretary, Th Chuni Lal as secretary, Shabir Ahmed as secretary and Khurshid Ahmed Misgar as secretary.

National Sikh Front rejects Centre’s 8-point formula

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JAMMU, Oct 6: While rejecting Centre’s eight point formula, National Sikh Front chairman Varinder Jeet Singh has said that the points raised by Sikhs from Kashmir and Jammu region besides transporters and traders from Jammu region have been ignored in the declaration.

Addressing a press conference here today, the NSF leader said that this formula will help only some people from Kashmir and Centre has totally ignored the minorities in Kashmir and also people from Jammu region. The announcement was made after the all party delegation visited Kashmir and Jammu and then gave their observation.

The Sikhs in Kashmir and many organizations in Jammu also met all party delegation but the points raised by them were not included in the 8-point declaration. The delegation members went to the houses of those who raised anti-India slogans but the nationalists who raised the Indian flag high always were ignored. This attitude of the Centre has created strong resentment among the people of Jammu region, who have been observing this all. The volcano will burst soon and then it will be difficult for the Government to contain the mass agitation and win the hearts of the people here. KPs and others in Valley are being offered jobs but Kashmiri Sikhs are being discriminated. Transporters and traders of Kashmir region have been given concessions but those from Jammu who were also badly hit due to three month long strikes, curfews and bandhs were not treated equally.

Many tankers suffered damages and drivers were injured in attacks in Kashmir during strikes, but no compensation was given to them. Kulwant Singh Bhatti, Harvinder Singh, Ranjit Singh and Gurtez Singh were also present.

JMC challans several shops, milk vendors

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today stepped-up its drive against unhygienic goods being sold in the City and peripheries as festivals season including Navratras and Dussehra drew nearer.

A large quantity of unwholesome food was destroyed by special squads of the JMC at Vikram Chowk, Jewel Chowk, Talab Tillo, Bohri, Roop Nagar, Janipura and Bahu Fort.

Over 160 food establishments were checked during the raids by the JMC teams. Of the, 49 defaulters were challaned and a fine of Rs 11,100 was imposed on them.

The JMC teams also destroyed one quintal of substandard milk, 10 kg stale cooked food and 50 kg of sweets which were found unfit for human consumption.

A drive against adulteration of milk was also conducted at Gandhi Nagar, Nai Basti, Satwari, Jeewan Nagar and Digiana and 78 cans were lifted for samples.

Fine worth Rs 2400 was imposed on milk vendors.

The drive was supervised by JMC Commissioner S C Sawhney.

JURSEA delegation calls on VC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: A delegation of Jammu University Research Scholars Executive Association (JURSEA) today called on Vice Chancellor Varun Sahni and apprised him about the problems being faced by scholars' community.

The delegation led by JURSEA President Rakesh Chib highlighted various demands and issues of scholars on the occasion. He demanded the Wi Fi connection to hostel boarders so that they could easily access the required material to complete their research work well in time. This facility would further help the scholars to equip them with modern research and technology.

He also demanded to construct new hostels for boys and girl scholars on the campus as students were facing lot of problems due to limited quota for hostels facility.

The Association members also highlighted that in Arts faculty there is no internet facility for scholars which creates hurdles in their research work.

The Vice Chancellor listened to the demands of scholars patiently and assured that 15 new rooms have been constructed for girl scholars, which would be completed within 3 months period and planning for new hostels in campus is on fast track. He assured that their demand would be considered at an earliest.

The other members of delegation were Babita Thakur, Kuldeep Sharma, Anupa Sharma, Ritu Sharma, Ameena Rajput and Rahul.

JWAM holds protest against Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: Jammu West Assembly Movement activists today held demonstration and disrupted vehicular traffic on Ambphalla-Janipur road at New Plots in protest against the failure of the Government to tackle traffic problem in Jammu city and provide basic amenities to the people of Jammu West Assembly constituency.

The activists led by president of Jammu West Assembly Movement Sunil Dimple took out procession against the Government for its failure to control traffic problem. "The traffic related problems were brought to the notice of Government a number of times but no step has so far been initiated to control the same", Mr Dimple regretted while addressing the protesters.

"The proposals regarding construction of flyovers at Rehari Chungi, Jewal Chowk, Vikram Chowk and new circular roads have been hanging in balance", he said and appealed the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take steps for giving practical shape to the proposals.

He demanded construction of 4 way circular road from Amphalla Manda to High Court Janipur to Roop Nagar Bantalab to ease traffic rush on the Amphalla-Janipur road. He also demanded installation of traffic signal lights in the Jammu City.

Among others, Dr O P Jandyal, Rajinder Verma, Bhagat Ram Sharma, Ramesh Kohli, Raj Kumar, Sham Saroop, Mohan Lal Sharma, Kulwant Sharma, T N Bhat, Sushil Kumar, Romi and Ashwani Sharma addressed the protesters.

Members raise issues of public importance
during Zero Hour in Council

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Oct 6 : As many as 14 members today raised the issues of public importance in the Upper House.

Mohammad Yousuf Taing demanded immediate renovation and repair of saraies along Mughal road.

Mohammad Rasheed Qureshi demanded immediately issuance of selection list of Physical Education Teachers of district Poonch and Rajouri, whose interviews have been conducted since one and half year back.

Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi called for early installation of transmission lines and completion of power projects in the Ladakh region.

Ghulam Qadir Pardesi demanded early completion of work on building of PHC, Nishat and urged for removal of all the bottlenecks coming in its way.

Trilochan Singh Wazir demanded establishment of more ration out lets in the State to cater the needs of the people.

Ravinder Sharma called for providing treasury services to Panchayat Devak, Bimbliya and Thargnote from tehsil Sunderbani Treasury.

Syed Mohd Rafiq Shah demanded immediate reshuffling of employees overstaying in Kupwara district.

Naresh Gupta demanded construction of a sarai for the patients at Kashmir House, New Delhi, as they are facing tremendous accommodation problems at Chankayapuri House.

Javad Ahmed Rana demanded discoursing forces trying to divide Jammu and Kashmir on religious basis.

Showkat Ahmad Ganie called for providing passports to the left out Hajj Pilgrims immediately . He said no pilgrim should be punished for the sins committed by his kins.

Altaf Ahmed Wani demanded immediate establishment of PHE division in Anantnag as currently Bijbehara division is catering to Anantnag district.

Sheikh Ghulam Rasool urged the State Government to pursue with the Centre for setting up Task Force constituted for development of far flung areas on the pattern of those announced for Jammu and Ladakh to boost development in backward pockets.

Khalid Najeeb Suharwardy demanded opening of more extension counters of J&K Bank in Doda district.

VRS given SRTC workers stage protest dharna

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 6: Volunteer retirement accorded employees of the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) held massive protest demonstration followed by dharna in the office of General Manager at Bikram Chowk here today.

The VRS given workers of the SRTC assembled at Bikram chowk under the leadership of Dev Raj Bali and Balwinder Singh in the morning. Then under the banner of All J&K SRTC Volunteer Retirement Employees Association, Jammu they launched their agitational programme.

They were shouting slogans against the management of the Corporation and demanded release of their arrears pending since long. They were demanding that the CPF of the workers be cleared and given immediate clearance and action be taken against the officials responsible for the lapse. The speakers while addressing alleged that management of the Corporation has failed to address the pending issues of the VRS accorded to employees of the SRTC. They are also demanding payment of COLA slabs.

Prominent among others present in the protest programme included Surinder Singh, D N Sharma, Asan Elite, Prem Singh, B V Sharma, and Surant Singh.



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