Srinagar, March 12: For the first time in 38 years, due to the collapse of production and revenue in Jammu and Kashmir cements Ltd, around 600 employees of the corporation are without salaries from last 6 months.
The corporation was once a profitable public sector undertaking in the State.
The insiders of the corporation appealed governor to intervene into the matter as early as possible so that hundreds of families are not adversely affected.
One of the employees of corporation told a local news gathering agency that their families are facing starvation as they have not been paid their salaries by the Management of this Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) for the last six months.
The corporation was once the only profitable public sector undertaking in the state.
“The current management has failed to release the salaries of the employees. Around 600 hundred poor employees including the laboures are without salaries from last six months, one of the insiders wishing anonymity said.
They further added that they approached the Managing Director Ishtiyaq Drabu many times, but he always responded by saying that the corporation has no funds for salaries. “We are without salaries from last six months. Managing Director hardly listens to our pleas” they added.
Another insider wishing anonymity said, “The employees are very worried and feel unsure about their future. Wrong policies wrong decisions, embezzlements are the reasons for its failure,” he alleged and added that the present Managing Director is enjoying his Jammu office and is not addressing the real problem of the plant.
The Insiders of the corporation appealed governor to intervene into the matter as early as possible so that thousands of families are not adversely affected.
JKCL has a monopoly on sale and supply of cement to government funded projects and departments. As per government orders, the state agencies have to give first preference to JKCL for purchase of cement.
The insiders further said that besides being without salaries for last six months “the CP fund of the employees has not been credited during past so many years. Similarly, the welfare fund contributed by the employees is pending for last three years due to which the retired employees have suffered badly,” they added.
“The employees find it difficult even to feed their families, pay the school fees of their kids and meet day to day medical expenses,” they added.
The further said that no interest is being shown by the management to run JKCL plant at Khrew which is not operating for last several months for want of raw material.
Despite repeated attempts, the Managing Director Ishtiyaq Drabu was not available for comments.
Come clean on alliance with Congress: Rasheed to NC
Srinagar, March 25: AIP President Er Rasheed has asked NC to come clean on its alliance with Congress.
While addressing media person, Rasheed said that Lone’s claim speaks volumes about double standards NC has been following since 1947.
“So-called secular forces seem to be having just one agenda to grab power and play with the sentiments and emotions of Kashmiris. While Farooq Abdullah talks day and night of supporting congress but NC’s parliamentary candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone calls Congress more evil and harmful than BJP and both Congress and NC need to tell the truth about their agenda of exploitation and vote to grab politics. If Congress is eviler than BJP how can the party support Congress in Jammu, Poonch and Srinagar parliamentary seats,” Rasheed was quoted by the spokesman as saying.
“Lone’s statement, may turn right, and NC may tie up with BJP in near future,” Rasheed added.
Accusing Raja Aijaz Ali of exploiting the sentiments of Pahari community Rasheed said that just being a member of a particular community does not mean that any person has a right to mislead the deprived people of that community. “Going by Raja Aijaz’s logic he should not then even dare to seek support from other communities and ethnic groups,” Rasheed said.
Lashing out at PDP Rasheed said that Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to get power and can join hands with anyone and speak anything which she may never believe in.
He said that 2019 parliamentary election is a test check to the wisdom and political maturity of masses and if they want their sentiments and emotions to be represented in the parliament they have no option but to vote for AIP. Appealing masses to donate money for his election campaign, Rasheed asked people to judge his ten years tenure as MLA before deciding to vote for any particular party and ask their conscience who can represent them better in parliament.
Geelani, Hurriyat (M) denounce arrest of separatist leaders
Srinagar, March 25: Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (m) on Monday condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists, booking them under PSA and shifting them to outside jails, terming it as a sheer “political vendetta and totalitarian.”
In a statement, Geelani said, “The rhetoric of Delhi being the world’s largest democracy is mere hoax and deceit as its highhandedness has tarnished every fabric of democratic norm.”
Condemning the shifting of Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Hamid Fayaz to Kuthwa and crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF and other Hurriyat leaders and activists, Hurriyat chairman said that every political event brings a bad of worries and miseries for the helpless inmates of Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (m) in a statement condemned the ban on JKLF and said raids being conducted on front activists and leaders across Kashmir in an open attempt to crush the peoples’ genuine right to dissent.
Hurriyat also strongly condemned the fresh assault on the Kashmiri engineering student in Bangalore stating that the way Kashmiri students studying in various parts of India are being intimidated, harassed and thrashed, it is forcing them to come back and leave their colleges which putting their future at stake. It said that the primary responsibility of the governments of these states where Kashmiri students are studying is to ensure the safety and security of all the Kashmiri students so that they are not forced to flee.
Hurriyat also denounced repeated CASO in Shopian villages and said that irrespective of their age including the youth are being harassed and intimidated and caused great inconvenience.
Faesal starts public reach out in Kupwara
Kupwara, March 25: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) under the leadership of Dr Shah Faesal launched it’s Public Reach-out’ campaign starting from the frontier district, Kupwara to understand the people’s grievances, demands and problems.
The spokesman said that in its first public reach-out, JKPM team visited various villages and held interactions with the delegations from Bumhama, Dodawan, Nag Sarai, Mudmadu, Thyan, Huayhama, Hayhama B, MerNag, Kupwara town, Doniwari, Wowura, Chepora, Chaiwan and Mudanpora.
A team comprising Dr Shah Faisal, Chasfeda Shah, Shah Mubashir, Dr Mustafa, Perzada Feroze, Zameer Ahmad Shah, Iqbal Rather, Feroz Wani, Arshid Nazir Paray, Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Nazer Ahmad Khan and Dr Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was overwhelmed by the response from the people hoping that Faesal will work for the common people, find a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue and give them an alternative from the traditional “oppressive dynastic politics”.
The spokesman added that “Reach-out” campaign is primarily focusing on bringing social awareness which is viewed as the precursor for the political revolution that JKPM has envisioned. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Faesal JKPM will reach out to all the villages and remotest areas of the state to give them a say in determining their future, development and prosperity.
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