Srinagar, July 4: Abid Raza Ansari, the legislator from Zadibal Constituency of Srinagar city, who distanced himself from PDP Wednesday leveled grave allegations against Mehbooba Mufti and her ‘loyalists’ claiming that at least 14 PDP legislators are mulling to leave the party.
“I am in touch with at least 14 PDP legislators who are dissatisfied and mulling to leave the party. Third Front can’t be ruled out,” Ansari said.
Ansari while targeting Naeem Akhtar, Pirzada Mansoor, Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra and Sartaj Madni said the party that was established by late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed offering his blood was ruined by her ‘incapable’ daughter and other members.
Abid Raza Ansari, as per news agency CNS, said Mehbooba Mufti and her loyalists humiliated every MLA from time to time.
“Mehbooba groomed Naeem Akhtar who ruled the roost. Akhtar who was not elected by people interfered in every constituency and didn’t allow Ministers and legislators to function smoothly. Akhtar indulged in corruption and bought 250 kanals of land in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The matter needs to be investigated. He along with Pirzada Mansoor, Sartaj Madni, Farooq Andrabi misguided Mehbooba Mufti,” alleged Ansari adding that every PDP legislator faced humiliation at the hands of either Nayeem Akhtar or Pirzada Mansoor.
He said it was mandatory for every PDP legislator to inform or meet Pirzada Mansoor first before meeting Mehbooba Mufti. “Mehbooba rarely had time for any MLA. It was Mansoor who was calling shots directing PDP legislators what to do and what not to do. Many MLA’s faced humiliation when Mehbooba didn’t lend ear to their grievances and instead asked them to consult Pirzada Mansoor,” he said adding the biggest humiliation was that elected representatives were ruled by a defeated candidate.
“One day a team of 11 MLA’s went to meet Mehbooba Mufti. I was part of that team and we all had multiple grievances. Instead of addressing our grievances, she insulted us and accused us of hatching a conspiracy to dethrone her. Her immaturity befuddled us all,” Ansar said.
In a scathing attack on Sartaj Mandni, the disgruntled legislator said he violated all the norms to adjust his son in a department. “Madni is a contractor who only knows how to maximize profits.”
Ansari alleged that Mehbooba Mufti gave too much importance to some of her loyalists. “A quota of 250 seats were given to Waheed-ur- Rehman Parra and he adjusted his nears and dears in Jammu Kashmir Bank, Jammu Kashmir Police, Youth Service and Sports and other departments,” Ansari alleged.
Ansari claimed that nobody was taken into confidence when Tasaduq Mufti was launched by Mehbooba Mufti. “We did not even know that Mufti Sayeed had a son. Mehbooba is no match to her father. Mufti Muhammad Sayeed was a great leader who respected every party worker.”
Ansari alleged that Mehbooba’s loyalists encouraged corruption in every department. “Vice Chairmen were nominated through corrupt means and most of them were defeated candidates. A simple doctor was appointed as Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation. He was sent to JK House in New Delhi and in his place, another relative of Mehbooba was assigned the job of Commissioner SMC. Without tender, the contract for Government Medical College Dooru Ananatnag was assigned to a sycophant. Smart City project was kept in abeyance because Mehbooba’s loyalists didn’t find any person who could fill up their coffers to their content,” Ansari alleged and said that a transfer industry was created to mint money from top officials.
Ansari said that a hardworking doctor at SKIMS was removed as Director to pave way for a person who was close to PDP lobby. “The remote of SKIMS is with one Dr Wani who is in London. Mehbooba wanted him to bring here but later changed mind,” he said.
He challenged Mehbooba Mufti to show a single point in Agenda of Alliance that was implemented in letter and spirit. “During PDP-BJP rule, the economy of Kashmir suffered extensively,” Ansari said. (CNS)
At Live Wire: Lack of training, safety gear bringing more deaths to PDD employees
Srinagar, Sep 22: Lack of training and reluctance to use the safety gear is bringing more deaths to the Power Development Department (PDD employees by electrocution in Kashmir Valley.
Official reports reveal that since 2014, more than 70 PDD employees and contractual labourers died on-duty due to electric shocks.
More than 25 people have become disabled and while 30 others have sustained severe burn due to electric shocks in the same period.
In the last two weeks, two deaths have been reported in Anantnag district alone.
On September 2, two employees of PDD where repairing a snapped conductor in the morning when it came into contact with a live, overlying feeder due to which one person died on spot and other received burn injuries.
In yet another incident on September 14, a 29-year-old man in Anantnag district was installing an electric transformer when he got electrocuted, and the person assisting him received burns.
An official in the PDD, who wished to be anonymous, said the main reason of the accidents was the department’s recruitment policy.
“The department is hiring men on contract based for installing poles and LT (Low Tension) and HT (High Tension) lines. They do not have proper training of the field due to which the incidents occur,” he said.
Earlier, he said, the department used to give proper training to the men responsible for field work.
The other reason was the unavailability of safety tools for the men working on poles, he said.
The department provides compensation to the families of electrocuted and injured workers from the welfare fund but that is not enough for them, he said.
The workers who suffer serious injuries at work may be unable to bear the medical expenditure, even as many have become permanently disabled.
The president of the PDD employees association, Zahoor Ahmad, said, “A daily wager from Eidgah area lost both his arms due to electric shock. He has to live with a lifelong disability.”
“The LT poles that are installed by the department should have only LT network, but unfortunately one pole have two to three feeders installed that is life threatening.”
He also claimed that department does not provide sophisticated equipment to the workers.
“No worker will risk his life and go without wearing safety equipment, if is available,” he said.
Chief Engineer PDD, Qazi Hashmat, said, “Sub-divisions are well equipped with safety gear like helmets, gloves, and boots, but having them in our division is not enough. We have to build among our employees the culture of actually using them.”
“People get very casual and take chances, and the accidents happen.”
He said they have made people well aware of fatal deaths due to electric shocks. Moreover they have shown them how people die due to electrocution so that they would get to know about it.
“We are working very hard to bring the culture of wearing proper safety measures. We are also trying to train our employees.”
JK MLAs are among most paid legislators in India
Srinagar, Sep 22: The average annual income of Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in Jammu and Kashmir is nearly Rs 13 lakh, a study by National Election Watch (NEW) and Association of Democratic Reforms stated.
The sum is more than what the legislators in, at least, 11 other states get including New Delhi, where the annual income of an MLA is Rs 9.3 lakh.
As per the study, the data collecting NGOs have analysed the annual income of almost 57 MLAs in the state. The remaining 30 have not revealed their income.
The total annual income of the MLAs in Jammu and Kashmir adds up to Rs 7.25crore.
Karnataka, as per the study, has the richest MLAs in India, with its 203 MLAs having an annual income of Rs one crore each.
The average annual income of MLAs in India is Rs 24.59 lakh.
Sixty-three MLAs of the Chhattisgarh Assembly have the lowest annual income of about Rs 5 lakh.
The states where the MLAs have lower income compared to Jammu and Kashmir include Bihar, Jharkhand, Odhisa, Uttarakhand, Assam, Arunchal Pradesh, Tripura, and Pondicherry.
The study has also mentioned about the valley’s two MLAs including National Conference leader Nazir Ahamd Gurezi and Peoples Democratic Party’s Noor Muhammad Sheikh, who have an income of below Rs 60,000 per month.
Government recently in June doubled the salaries and allowances of legislators (both MLAs and MLCs) from Rs 80,000 per month to Rs 1.6 lakh per month.
It included a massive hike in the salaries of the Chief Minister, Ministers, and Ministers of State.
It also increased pension of former legislators from Rs 28,000 per month to Rs 50,000 per month, which too was close to the 100 per cent hike.
The erstwhile report of NEW in January this year mentioned that former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah owned property worth less than Rs 65 lakh.
While Mufti has declared her movable assets of worth Rs 10,96,854 and Rs 45,00,000 immovable assets, Omar assets include Omar assets include Rs 1.10 lakh in cash, bank balance and deposits worth Rs 46.59 lakh, gypsy and motorcycle valued Rs 3 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 15 lakh.
Govt seals 170 illegal clinics across Kashmir
Srinagar, Sep 22: On the directions of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan, Directorate of Health Services Kashmir (DHSK) has sealed 170 illegal and un-authorized clinics across the valley.
Consequent upon the daily reports received by the Divisional Commissioner office, regarding the operating of un-authorized clinical establishments in different areas across Kashmir Division, the Divisional Commissioner had already directed all Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) to constitute teams comprising of members from Health Services and Revenue department to conduct daily inspection of all clinical establishments and diagnostic labs across the valley including Leh and Kargil districts.
He had also directed them to take necessary action against such establishments which are operating in violation of rules, norms, laws and without licenses or run by incompetent persons in all districts.
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