Srinagar, July 17: The Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai today chaired two separate meetings to review functioning of Higher Education department and discuss issues related to cultural centers for ethnic groups in the State.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Higher Education Sarita Chauhan, Special Secretary Riyaz Ahmad, Additional Secretary Dr Ravi Kumar, Financial Advisor Ashok Khajuria, Director Planning G M Ganai, Director Colleges Prof Z AChatt, and Director RUSA M Shafiq besides other officers.
During the meeting, the Advisor was briefed about the functioning of higher educational institutions in terms of enrolments, status of infrastructure, staff strength, NAAC accreditation and grants to colleges and universities through various centrally sponsored schemes, besides several other issues.
Khursheed Ganai also sought the latest on IIT, IIM in Jammu, Cluster Universities in Jammu and Kashmir divisions and construction of girls’ hostels in various districts, besides establishment of two professional colleges in Kathua and Ganderbal.
On the occasion, the Advisor directed to expedite filling up of 948 vacancies already referred to Public Service Commission and further ordered to refer 68 more post to the agency to address the human resource issue in the department.
The meeting was informed that presently, the Department of Higher Education is confronted by issues including rationalization of staff, creation of faculty for newly introduced subjects and completing of selection process of Assistant Professors by JKPSC.
The Advisor directed the concerned to start work on fulfilling the required parameters so that they could apply for NAAC accreditation at an earliest. He added those who are still lagging behind in renewal of their accreditation should do it as the unwanted delay would only result in stopping of funds from UGC.
Later, the Advisor also held a separate meeting regarding issues related to cultural centers for ethnic and State’s tribal population.
Threadbare discussions were held on restoration of old SPS Museum and functioning of the new one at Lal Mandi.
The Advisor directed for encouraging the budding talent including writers, singers and instrumentalists from across the State so that they could get a platform to display their talent.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary Culture Mohammed Saleem Shishgar, Director Achieves, Architecture and Museums Muneer-ul-Islam, Director Culture PS Kakroo, Director Finance Lateef Ahmad, and other concerned were present in the meeting.
Kuka Parray part of script drafted by late Mufti Syed: NC
Srinagar, Jan 17: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday rejected the canards of Naeem Akhtar as “uncouth and reflective of his political bankruptcy” and said that Kuka Parray worked as per the script drafted by late Mufti Syed as home minister of India.
In a statement issued to media, North Zone President and former Minister Mohammad Akbar lone said that accusations against NC are coming from a person to which PDP owes its disintegration.
Mohammad Akbar Lone while rejecting the jibes of a self styled leader as travesty of facts said, “Nayeem Akhtar belongs to a gang which has been drawing its sustenance from RSS and other forces as are hostile to the special position of the state,” he said, adding that as an assistant of Mufti Muhammad Syed during his tenure as central minister, Akhtar remained equally involved in destabilizing the state.
“He continued to work for Mufti Syed by resorting to writing ghost articles under a pen name ‘Satar Wagay’. As a sequacious writer he continued to target only National conference on a daily basis in spite of being a working bureaucrat then. Politicians like Nayeem Akhtar typify opportunism and political bankruptcy as it was him and his party which joined hands with RSS just to satiate their lust for power,” he said adding that it was difficult to understand as to which side of political divide he belongs to.
North Zone President said, “Nayeem Akhtar’s recent assertions on Kuka Parray are unsubstantiated due to the fact that NC workers were the one who suffered most during the hay days of the renegade era in Kashmir.”
“People are not that gullible, they know that it was late Mufti Syed who presided over 18 massacres as home minister, was the brain behind Ikhwan and was instrumental in extending the dreaded AFSPA to the state. Renegades like Kuka Parray owe their being to the policies of Mufti Syed that he pursued during his stint as home minister of India,” he said.
The north zone president said that Nayeem Akhtar has been a point man of BJP-RSS right from early seventies and owing to his services he was given ministerial berths in two consecutive Muftis led governments.
“Otherwise how can a political low weight with no political base get higher ministerial berths?” he said adding “National conference had to suffer immensely at the hands of Kukka Parray, and that the local party functionaries of Sumbal Sonawari belt had to migrate to escape from the wrath of the renegades,” he said.
“National conference has a base in people in Sumbal–Sonawari, and I have been representing the seat for many consecutive terms. We as a party don’t support violence rather we have always been the victims,” he added.
Bail plea of separatist detainees shouldn’t be opposed: Mir
Srinagar, Jan 17: Democratic Party Nationalist (DPN) president and former minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir on Thursday said that the government has failed to produce challan in the court against the separatist leaders who have been arrested almost a year ago over the charges of alleged terror funding.
Mir in a statement to media said that even after one year has elapsed since the separatist leaders were arrested, the government has failed to produce challan against the leaders and at the same time are creating obstacles to them in getting bail.
“The bail plea of the detainees is being opposed by the government. This is not fair and against the natural justice as one hand they are not producing challan and on the other they are creating obstacle to them in getting the bail. Giving bail to any person doesn’t mean a clean chit to any accused,” he added.
He added wife of one among the detainees, Shahid-ul-Islam is on death bed and govt should not become obstacle to him in getting the bail.
DAK welcomes Govt order of uniform rate for diagnostic tests
Srinagar, Jan 17: Doctors Association Kashmir on Thursday welcomed the order issued by state administration where in fresh directions are given to hospital authorities to ensure that patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on uniform rates across the state. The authorities were directed to implement the directions in letter and spirit to ensure all patients get diagnostic services in public hospitals on nominal prescribed charges.
In a statement issued to the media, Dr Suahil Naik, president Doctor’s Association Kashmir said that we were pushing for uniform rate of diagnostic tests across the state and we want people to question the hospital authorities if they try to overcharge them.
“People should approach grievance cell of the health and medical education department to file their complaints if hospital authorities are accused of not providing diagnostics services to the patients at prescribed rates,” said Suhail.
“Why should people pay hefty amount for diagnostic tests in government hospitals? Our government hospitals are not meant for fund generations,” questioned Dr Naik.
While lambasting health administrators, Dr Naik alleged that “Actual problem lies with system where in juniors, inefficient, incompetent persons are parachuted and promoted as hospital administrators.
“People who are illegally promoted don’t have an iota of idea to project the annual finances required for providing diagnostic facilities at nominal charges to finance department or state government. With the result state government fails in keeping budgetary allocations for same and a financial gap is generated at gross root level. Therefore health administrators then charge extra and exorbitant rates from poor patients to run the system uniformly,” he said.
Dr Owais H Dar General Secretary DAK said that reformative changes at gross root level are required to get vibrant and patient friendly system. The need of minute is that health department is in dire need of intellectually effective health administration, who shall serve purpose in framing state health budget. Dr Dar further added that adequate funds must be provided to the hospitals to meet out day to day demands as per requirements.
Dr Mir Mushtaq senior executive member of DAK said that until there is deadwood running hospital affairs, the health care system is bound to deteriorate and degenerate with passage of time.
It is moral and ethical responsibility of states financial department to keep a full-fledged budget for diagnostic facilities.
Hospital development fund should be paid to dedicated contractual employees of hospital and on day to day repair and maintenance of hospitals he further added.
DAK thanked social activists, media fraternity and civil societies for raising parallel voice with DAK, whenever it is desired in the interest of patient care.