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5 lakh pension cases of widows, destitutes, disabled persons pending: SHRC

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Srinagar, Nov 27: State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Chairperson, Justice Bilal Ahmad Nazki Tuesday revealed that about five lakh applications of widows, physically challenged and destitute persons, seeking monthly pension of Rs 1000, under various schemes, are pending with the Government.

“From the year 2009 till date, no application has been sanctioned and no pension has been granted to such persons,” Justice Nazki said while addressing the participants during the One Day Basic Training Programme on Human Rights organised by the School of Legal Studies, Central University of Kashmir (CUK), in association with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity here.
He said the rights of five lakh people “have been violated” continuously from 2009 till date and that was not by the police, adding that, due to efforts of SHRC, pension for 50,000 people have now been sanctioned.

He said the Commission deals with the Human Rights violations associated with police and security forces and also with the rights violation committed by others which are more predominant.

 

He said the protection of human rights in the third world countries and in India is not an easy task. “The protection of Human Rights has to be done by various institutions at different levels,” he said. Justice Nazki said that one of the biggest criticism, the Commissions face in India is that their recommendations are not binding on the respective Governments, adding that with the passage of time, the law does evolve and cited the Judgment of Allahabad High Court, wherein it was stated the recommendations of the Commissions are binding on the State Governments, and the same judgment is pending in the Supreme Court.

Delivering the presidential address, Vice-Chancellor, CUK, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, said the concept and observance Human Rights was deeply ingrained in our ancestors despite the fact that they had never read it in any book or Constitution. “They were extremely conscious about the Human Rights and used to implement them in letter and spirit,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said, adding that the ancestors and our forefathers used to implement the HR first in their homes and then with the neighbors.

He said that at present the Human Rights are enshrined in different Constitutions of various countries and are talked about by different leaders, but they are seldom implemented and are violated in different countries. The Vice-Chancellor further said that even the fundamental rights are violated every now and then and nobody is raising a voice regarding the same. Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said the programme on the Human Rights would have been an eye opener for the participants and would have sensitized them about their basic rights.

Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir also deliberated upon the reservation policy stating that the same was created to lift up those belonging to the downtrodden strata of the society. “However, the reservation policy is now only being used by those who have already availed its benefits and are working in good positions, leaving those who need it the most in lurch,” he said.

Earlier, while speaking on the occasion, Dean School of Legal Studies, Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain said, the objective of today’s programme is to spread awareness about the Human Rights among the teaching, scholars and students fraternity. “We have always been trying to equip the teachers and students with capacity of projecting and contemplating on Human Rights,” Dr. Sheikh Showkat said.

He said the Human Rights always become causality within a conflict zone. Dr. Sheikh Showkat said university has invited resource persons from SHRC, Highest Judiciary and other relevant fields and asked the participants to gather first hand information from them regarding the implementation of laws pertaining to the Human Rights and the impediments they face while doing the same. He further said the department was contemplating to start a diploma programme in Human Rights in near future.

During the programme, Prof. Noor Muhammad Bilal, faculty of Law, University of Kashmir, deliberated on “Part III and IV of Indian Constitution, Dr. Sheikh Showkat shed light on “Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR) International Covenants Regarding Human Rights,” former Head and Dean Faculty of Law, University of Kashmir, spoke about “Bonded Labour Issues and the Bonded Labour System (Abolition Act, 1976) and Child Labour Issues and Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation Act, 1986 and Deputy Director, Tribal Affairs, Ms. Nighat Majeed, threw light on “SC/ST issues and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989, Civil Liberties Act, 1988 and the Forest Right Act, 2006.
School of Legal Studies, Assistant Professor and workshop coordinator, Ms Gulafroz Jan conducted the programme proceedings and also proposed the vote of thanks.


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War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asserted that war unleashes countless miseries on people urging India and Pakistan to end hostiles.

Farooq Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Banihal said, “War with it brings destruction and it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left. We have seen four wars in our state. If the war takes places, the matters will escalate and invite international notice. Is India ready to see the issue of Kashmir being racked up in the United Nations Security Council?”

Party president maintained that any misadventure aimed at fiddling with the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have serious far-reaching consequences for the state and the country.

 

“I pray that sanity prevails over the people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. The situation demands de-escalation.

The hostility between the two nations has held the development of both countries hostage, our state in particular always comes in the line of fire,” he added.

Farooq while appreciating the efforts of the people of Banihal in ensuring the stranded Kashmir bound passengers all help, said, “The resoluteness and unity with the people of Banihal who carried out relief operation for stranded Kashmir bound passengers is worth appreciation. I also congratulate the local wing of NC led by District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen which left no stone unturned to ensure all possible help to the stranded Kashmir bound passengers.”

Farooq while censuring the Government of India for failing to meet the developmental demands of the people of the state said, “We see how China is coming up with infrastructure along the border areas. People may question what the incumbent government was able to achieve during its stint in power. We all know nothing substantial was achieved during the past few years, no infrastructure augmentation. On the contrary, joblessness has increased. This government is only good at rhetoric and slogan mongering,” he said.

Party President later took stock of the arrangements made by local wing of NC for stranded passengers.Farooq also appreciated the people of Ramban for maintaining communal bonhomie and urged them to continue to kindle the flame of brotherhood and communal amity amongst them.

Among others district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen accompanied the party president.

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Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the fresh wave of arrests in Kashmir Valley, questioning the government strategy to turn the already perturbed situation more chaotic and violent.
In a statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that the uncalled for, unjustified and undemocratic means are being adopted in Kashmir by the government with a sole motive to silence the peoples’ voice.
He added that reign of terror is being unleashed with people as old as 80 years being bundled in jails by the governor administration without any reason.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids launched last night in Kashmir’s different parts and terror reminiscent of Ikhwan period being uncashed upon the people.
“It is nothing but a clear war hysteria being created in Kashmir wherein things were subtly returning to equanimity. People are being unnecessarily harassed and intimated with fear being manufactured across Kashmir. We condemn such a state action and demand immediate rollback of such muscular policies,” said Hanjura.
He also cautioned the central government over fiddling with the state’s special status, saying that protection of Article 35-A is a matter of life and death for the people of the state and they can render immense sacrifices for the protection of their unique identity.
Hanjura said that instead of a confrontational approach, the central government should understand the gravity of the situation and take reconciliatory measures which is not only beneficent for the people of Kashmir alone but for entire south Asia.

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‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, Feb 23: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation.
Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.
“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.
The action comes days after an attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.

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