Jammu, Jan 01: The Minister for Education Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Monday hinted at big announcement for education sector in the coming budget session, while announcing that the government would refer 8700 more teacher vacancies to SSB to be advertised next month in addition to 2154 posts referred already to recruitment agency to meet dearth of staff in government schools.
Addressing teachers, students and senior functionaries of education department here at the annual day function of Government Girls High School Gandhi Nagar, the Minister reiterated government’s resolve to meet the targets set in the rolled-out roadmap to fill critical gaps in infrastructure and staff in the education sector. He said the Education Department is expecting some new initiatives to be announced by the Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu in the Budget 2018-19 for this key sector.
The function was also attended by Speaker Legislative Assembly, Kavinder Gupta and Minister of state for Education and Culture, Priya Sethi, Member Legislative Council, Vikram Randhawa the Secretary School Education, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Director School Education, Jammu, Ravinder Singh, Director RMSA Tufail Mattoo and Director SSA, A R War.
“We are tirelessly working on a well-defined roadmap to revamp education sector in the state which include consolidation of school infrastructure to meet the set standards at different levels and meet the staff strength in which the state still lacking” he asserted. He said that despite critical gaps the school education department and teachers have shown great results in recent past.
However, he took a dig over some political parties for playing politics over certain issues despite not having made much progress while in remaining power for several years.
“I have no hesitation to say that the education sector has been continuously ignored over last seventy years by these people, but despite that they are playing politics whenever the department comes up with new reforms and policies” he regretted.
He said the education department and the teacher fraternity of which he is also a part at the moment is working with full dedication and giving out its best despite limited means in terms of infrastructure and staff.
Applauding the performance of the students, the Minister said time has come to dispel the notion about the government schools and government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is taking every possible step in this direction.
“The performance we have seen today bears testimony that government school students are far more talented than their counterparts in private schools” he said and asked the teachers to prove their strength as they are the best by all means.
He said of late, the government schools are doing fairly well in all fields and government would continue to encourage them by holding more such events in future.
He also applauded the teacher fraternity for putting up their best efforts to prepare students to face competitions. “We may not have uniform infrastructure in all Government schools, but our strength is our teachers which have no match in qualification and competence” he said and called upon them to put in more efforts to realize the goal of taking the education standard in government schools to new heights. He said government’s goal is to attract maximum enrollment and for that the teachers have to put in more efforts.
Booked for corruption, MD Handicrafts suspended
Jammu, Feb 21: The J&K administration has ordered suspension of the managing director of Handicrafts (Sales & Exports) Corporation, Jasvinder Singh Dua, who was booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) last year.
As per a government order accessed by The Kashmir Monitor, Masrat-ul-Islam, the director of handicrafts, Jammu and Kashmir, will hold the charge of the post of managing director of Handicrafts (Sales & Exports)Corporation in addition to his own duties till further orders.
“Pending enquiry, Jasvinder Singh Dua is hereby placed under suspension with immediate effect, in terms of Rule 31 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1956,” the order read, adding that during the period of his suspension, Dua would remain attached with the office of divisional commissioner, Jammu.
On October 10 last year, the ACB registered a case against Dua and two others — former managing director of SICOP A K Khullar and ex-general manager of SICOP B S Dua.
The case was registered on the basis of verification conducted by the ACB into the allegations against B S Dua, which included illegal appointment of his nephew Jasvinder Singh Dua in SICOP.
“During the probe, it transpired that Jasvinder Singh Dua had a sudden rise — within a span of 16 years of his service. He rose to the post of MD SICOP. Jasvinder Singh Dua had initially been appointed in SICOP as Junior Engineer for a period of three months.
“After approximately three months, his service as Junior Engineer was regularized by then MD illegally and under a conspiracy hatched with B S Dua, then GM, SICOP, who happened to be an uncle of the beneficiary. It has also come to the fore that during the period of B S Dua as MD, SICOP, his nephew got three promotions in violation of rules and norms governing the subject,” the ACB had said.
Trio arrested in Shopian
Srinagar, Feb 21: Security forces on Friday arrested three overground workers of militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, officials said.
Three overground workers (OGWs) of militants were arrested from the Heff area of Shopian in the morning, they said. The arrested persons have been identified as Shahid Ahmad Bhat, Zahoor Ahmad Padder and Bilal Ahmad Tell, the officials said, adding the trio was in their early twenties.
One pistol and some ammunition rounds of various rifles were seized from their possession, they said.
JKSSB approves 222 posts for 5 new GMCs, 47 posts of other Deptts
Jammu, Feb 20:The 163rd Board meeting of J&K Services Selection Board was chaired by Chairman JKSSB, Khalid Jahangir here today.
The meeting was attended by Members of the Board: Angrez Singh Rana, M. Shafiq Chak, Pritam Lal Atri, Harvinder Kour, Prof. Tasleema Peer, Controller of Examination JKSSB Musheer Ahmad Mirza, Special Secretary (Legal) Jung Bhadur and Secretary JKSSB Ranjeet Singh besides other officers of the Board.
During the meeting, threadbare discussions were held on various agenda items related to preparation of various selection lists of five new Government Medical Colleges (GMCs), pending court cases, pending selection lists, recommendation withheld cases of various posts and PM Package (Migrants).
The Board approved 269 posts which include 222 posts of various categories for five new GMCs and 47 posts of pending selections.
The Board examined a total of 82 selection files of various categories for five new GMCs and approved 77 selection lists while deferring 5 selection files seeking further clarification from Health and Medical Education Department regarding eligibility and qualification for the post.
Pending selections of Junior Assistant District cadre Doda under item number 60, 02 of 2017, Boiler Mechanic Divisional cadre Jammu under item number 194, 03 of 2016, VLW District cadre Budgam (RBA category) under item number 73, 04 of 2017 under PM Package and Patwari district Budgam (SC category) under item number 364, 06 of 2015 were also approved by the Board and directed the concerned to forward the selection list to the concerned departments for further course of action.
Further, the Board also released 90 recommendations of withheld cases of various posts of different Districts cadre, Divisional cadre Jammu, Divisional cadre Kashmir, State cadre and PM Package (Migrants) and approved 7 cases in pursuance of the directions of Courts related to various categories of posts of pending selections.