Srinagar, Nov 12: Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas, Monday met scores of public delegations and individuals here at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell in Church Lane, Sonwar and listened to their grievances.
More than 55 delegations and 23 individuals from various districts of Kashmir Division apprised the Advisor of their grievances and sought his intervention in ensuring outcome-based redressal of the same in time-bound manner. This was the Advisor Vyas’s first public grievance redressal camp in Srinagar after the secretariat moved to Jammu.
A delegation from J&K Goods Transport, Parimpora apprised the advisor about the dilapidated condition of roads in certain parts of Parimpora that needs soil filling. The representatives of Transport Welfare Association, Srinagar demanded the pending 2014-flood relief.
The delegation of J&K Electrical Contractors Association called on the Advisor and sought his intervention in disbursement of their pending payments.
Delegation of Peace Forum, Ganderbal apprised Vyas with the electricity problems district is facing. They demanded additional poles and increase in the power supply to their receiving station.
A delegation of elected members of Kupwara Municipal Committee headed by Fayaz Ahmad Mir appraised the Advisor about various issues in the district and requested to inititate various developments programs in the Kupwara town.
All J&K Patwaris Association informed the Advisor about various issues related to their department.
The representatives of Intizamia Committee from Majeed Bagh, Gandarpora Iddgah informed the Advisor about drainage issue in their area.
Another delegation of residents from Mallbagh, Naseem Bagh requested the Advisor for the laying of drainage pipes which can be of great relief to the people living there. Similarly, the delegation of residents from Ompora, Budgam informed Vyas about the drainage and electricity issues in their area and sought immediate redressal to their problems.
Delegation of Program Officers from Rural Development Department (working under MGNREGA) apprised the Advisor their work-related problems and requested him to intervene in the issue.
A delegation of residents from Tehsil Ajas of Hajin Block demanded the separate block for Ajas, saying that this move can be of great relief to the people there. The residents of Kupwara demanded fire station in some area and also informed Advisor about various issues they are facing.
The representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation informed the Advisor that the 2014-flood relief is yet to be disbursed among the shopkeepers in various areas. They also informed about tax related issues with regards to the goods that were damaged in floods.
Other delegations and individuals from various areas apprised the Advisor with their problems of electricity, water supply, roads, and drainage. The delegations were from Khanipora, Pattan, Hyderi Colony in HMT, Saida Kadal Rainawari, Saidapora Eidgan, Natipora and other areas.
Besides, departmental delegation of SSRB teachers, Hospital Protocol, J&K Cattle and Feed Association, National Youth Corps, Gramin Bank, Accountant cum Data Entry Operators, NRHM Link Workers, JK 10+2 contractual Lecturers also raised their issued with the Advisor and sought the immediate redressal of their grievances.
During the day-long hearing, the Advisor gave a patient hearing to all the delegations and assured them of redressing their genuine grievances at an earliest. He also issued on the spot directions to the concerned officers asking them to take cognizance of the pertaining issues and redress the same forthwith.
He assured that the Government would ensure outcome-based disposal of the issues raised by the people.
Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed
Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.
In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.
The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.
Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.
NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation
Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.
Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.
The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.
According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.
The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.
The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.
Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college
Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.
The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.
Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.
The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.
We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.
“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.
“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.
The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.
“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.
“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.
“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.
The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.
Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.