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Ahead of bifurcation: Govt announces ‘Darbar’ move schedule

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Srinagar, Oct 1: Ahead of the state’s formal bifurcation into two Union Territories on October 31, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Tuesday announced elaborate measures for the annual Darbar move of its offices from Srinagar to winter capital Jammu.

As part of bi-annual Darbar move, the Civil Secretariat, seat of Jammu and Kashmir government, along with other offices will close here on October 25 and reopen in the winter capital Jammu on November 04, a government spokesperson said.

Issuing a 19-point directive on how to go about the annual Darbar move, that entails one crore file papers being packed neatly, loaded on to trucks and buses, and moved to either summer capital Srinagar or winter capital Jammu, depending on the season, the administration says: “All the offices shall reopen at Jammu on November 4, a Monday.”

 

The laborious and expensive shifting process, which has been carried out for the past 70 decades, is set to end once the entire process is digitised very soon.

Teams of senior Central government officials have been camping in the state to chalk out ways to digitise the files and put them on the e-office portal, that will not only save crores of money during the Darbar moves, but also enable the administration work to be carried out from any place.

The directive says that the departments “shall ensure that records are properly packed in boxes/trunks and their keys should reach the advance parties at Jammu, well in time. The SSP, Security, Civil Secretariat shall furnish a list of defaulting departments in this regard to the Government (General Administration Department) at Jammu”.

It has directed the J&K State Road Transport Corporation to make available “sufficient number of buses in good condition for transportation of Jammu-based employees on October 26 and 27, 2019 and Kashmir-based employees on November 2 and 3”.

It also directs that the SRTC “shall also make available trucks for shifting the records from Srinagar to Jammu” and the departments “shall draw advance for meeting carriage and packaging charges”. “The loaded trucks shall leave for Jammu on October 27, a Sunday, in a convoy.

It says that the SSP, Security, Srinagar “will supervise the packing and loading of records of the offices located outside the Secretariat” and also “issue clearance certificates to the Drivers who, in turn, shall show them to the SSP, Security, Civil Secretariat to allow them to be included in the convoy”.

It has also asked for “one crane, two empty buses and two empty trucks” to accompany the convoy “in case of any break down of buses/trucks on the way. Mobile workshop(s) shall also accompany the convoy”.

The state police are to escort the convoy carrying employees and records all along the route and also ensure that the convoy is given precedence in crossing the Jawahar Tunnel and the Chenani-Nashri Tunnel. Arrangements will be made for providing medical aid facilities at Qazigund, Banihal, Ramsu, Chanderkote, Udhampur and Jhajjarkotli during the convoy.

Travel allowance will be paid at the rate of Rs 15,000 per employee who is part of the Darbar move. The administration is also providing salary for the month of October to those employees who are part of the Darbar move on October 21.

During the Darbar move, only 33 per cent of the staff strength in every department, or 10 officials, whichever is minimum or otherwise, is allowed.

No leave is allowed “except under very exceptional circumstances”.

It adds: “It is further ordered that the General Administration, Home, Hospitalitv& Protocol, Estates, Information Technology, Information Departments as well as National Informatics Center shall identify few officers staff who shall stay in Srinaqar till November 1, 2019 in view of the impending formation of two new Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on 31.10.2019.”

The order is signed by Additional Secretary to the Government, Subash Chibber.


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Shopian attack: Non-local apple trader battles for life at SMHS hospital

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar: The 25 year old non- local apple trader, who suffered critical wounds in a suspected militant attack in Shopian on Wednesday, is battling for life in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of SHMS hospital here.
Suspected militants Wednesday killed an apple trader and serious injured his associate at Trenz village of Shopian district. The slain was identified as Chander Preet Singh while his injured associate was identified as Sanjeev Kumar of Ferozpur Punjab
Doctors attending on Kumar said he has suffered serious wounds in his vital organs.
“He hassuffered severe chest and abdominal injuries. He was admitted in the hospital in a very hypovolemic shock due to the excessive loss of blood. A surgery was later conducted, which lasted for five hours,” a doctor at SMHS hospital told The Kashmir Monitor.
He said Kumar had severe liver and diaphragm laceration (tear) and injuries in the soft tissues of shoulder and arms.“We had to remove his large intestines. His condition is still critical. He is being constantly monitored by a team of doctors. He is currently on ventilator,” the doctor said.
Lone son of his parents, Kumar has been associated with the apple trade for the last two years.His family members said that he arrived in Kashmir two weeks ago to ship applesto outside the state Mandis.
“He would spend three months in Kashmir for business. Some two weeks before he came to Kashmir,” Kumar’s brother-in-law Rishi Doda told The Kashmir Monitor.
Doda said that Kumar had never faced any problem in Kashmir. “He was all praise for Kashmir. Even some days back we called him to return. He,however,assured us that nothing was wrong with the non-locals here,” he added.

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No plan to resume prepaid services: Guv

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Srinagar, Oct 17: Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said the matter of the three civilian deaths in Jammu and Kashmir was of grave concern, and claimed Pakistan’s hand in the killings.
The Valley has seen several bloody attacks since post-paid services were restored, more than three months after the scrapping of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. Included in the list of casualties is two Punjab-based apple trader, a migrant worker from Chhattisgarh and a truck driver from Rajasthan.
“This is a matter of grave concern, poor people who are migrating to the state to earn a living are being killed like this,” Satya Pal sounded alarm bells. “This is happening on Pakistan’s directions to create disturbance in the state. We will not allow this to happen. We will not spare such people.”
The Governor said that there isn’t a plan to resume pre-paid mobile service since “Pakistani nationals would misuse this”. “We will start Internet services only when situation improves.”
Hours after the truck driver was shot and killed and his vehicle set ablaze, text messaging were blocked in Kashmir. According to reports, SMS service was halted to reduce the ability of militants to communicate.

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Lockdown fallout: Anxiety, depression cases surge in Kashmir

Hirra Azmat

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Srinagar, Oct 15: Fifty-year-old Fatima (name changed) feels jitters when she recalls the night she saw an SOS from her younger brother flashing on the television news channel.

“Call me immediately,” flashed the message on the scroll of a TV channel. The world blackened out for Fatima when she read the message from her younger brother.

It was after four weeks post abrogation of state’s special status that she heard from her younger brother, who works in a private company in Middle East.

 

Crushed by apprehensions triggered by the sudden message on TV, Fatima developed frequent panic attacks, which landed her at the Government Psychiatric hospital, Rainawari.

 “My wife kept on saying that something bad has happened to him. Despite our reassurances, she was bogged down by negative thoughts which became the reason for the panic attacks,” lamented her husband.

Moreover, he was not able to contact his brother-in-law as there was no functional land-line in the neighborhood. “Going to DC office was out of question given the severe restrictions from our side at that time,” he said

 Similarly 45-year-old Tabassum (name changed) was hovered by the negative thoughts of her daughter’s bleak future which landed her in depression.

She hoped that her daughter will benefit from the 50 percent quota reserved for the female MBBS students.

After the abrogation of article 370, she apprehended that the Centre would do away with the quota, thus, crushing her daughter’s dreams of becoming a doctor.

 “She cried very easily. Her recurrent question would be: Will the government revoke the quota?” said her sister.

A senior consultant at the Psychiatric hospital termed the abrogation of Article 370 as “precipitating” and “perpetuating” factor to the conflict that is already 30 decades old.

“So many Kashmiris studying and working outside couldn’t contact their family members. Those living in Kashmir couldn’t contact their near and dear ones outside the valley, or for that matter inside the vale. This heightened the anxiety levels,” he said

The doctor noted that only 5-10 percent of patients reported at the hospital in August as the patient inflow was impeded by the lockdown.

“In the beginning phase of the communication lockdown, we couldn’t see many patients at the hospitals. They couldn’t reach here due to restrictions. Our essential services were also impacted,” he said.

The doctor asserted that the long terms effects of the ongoing crisis will be worse. “There will be more of depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, and acute stress disorders,” he said.

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