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Ailing healthcare worsens by persisting NHM protests

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Srinagar, Jan 21: On 20th of December, a protest was staged by National Health Mission (Employees) at Pratap Park Srinagar and Press Club Jammu, demanding the government to regularise their services.

The protest entered 33rd day on Sunday, yet, there has been no sign of compromise from neither the government nor the employees.

In the tussle between the government and NHM employees, health services have been majorly hit all across Jammu and Kashmir.

 

The emergency services in the main hospitals, Primary Health Centres, and sub-centres are severely affected in the absence of proper and trained staff.

The Intensified Pulse Polio Immunisation (IPPI) campaign, which will be held on 28th of January in Kashmir, is going to get affected in a similar way, as the NHM staffs here don’t think “the government needs them, and thus there won’t be any participation from their end”.

The last year’s IPPI campaign, too, had seen a sign of protest by the NHM employees as they had performed their duties wearing a black band on their arm.

However, this year, as per the Spokesman of the Joint Employees Coordination Committee Abdul Rauoof, the employees won’t be taking part in the campaign unless “the government doesn’t ask them to”.

“There have been already so many instances where non-professionals are hired by the government to replace us. The cleaners are seen checking blood pressure, the interns are asked to perform night duties, and it’s really sad to see that,” revealed Rauoof.

Although, Mission Director NHM, Dr Mohan Singh believes the IPPI campaign “won’t be affected” by the absence of NHM staff.

Singh also told The Kashmir Monitor that the government is trying it’s best to “convince” the NHM staff to call off the strike, and he is expecting the protestors to “cooperate”.

However, as per the spokesman, the NHM employees are in no mood of calling off the strike unless the government doesn’t promise them a salary hike of 100 percent in “written”, to the least.

“We have only two major demands – frame a concrete policy regarding employee’s regularization, and give us a 100 percent hike,” Rauoof said.

“Meet our demands and that is it,” he added.

Comparing the salary structure of the employees in J&K and other states of India, Rauoof explained, “Here, the doctors that earn Rs 15,000, in places like Assam, Delhi, Mumbai, their salary is not less than 60,000. Is it fair?”

Rauoof also said that the government is “manipulating” the staff by promising them a mere hike of three to five percent.

“But I am telling you, none of us are going to agree to that,” he said.

Rauoof believes that still after over a month of protest, the government hasn’t taken them “seriously”.

“They have set a committee to look after our demands, right? Then where is it? Give us the details? We are aware of what the government is doing for us, and what it is not,” said Rauoof.


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Coming up of new parties, alliances dangerous for Kashmir: Experts

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Srinagar, Jun 19: The coming up of new political parties and alliances ahead of assembly polls can be dangerous for Kashmir as it will lead to the fractured mandate, thereby favouring BJP, experts claim.

On Tuesday former bureaucrat Shah Faesal and independent legislator from Langate Er Abdul Rasheed announced “Peoples United Front” for upcoming assembly polls.

Political pundits, however, believe that the fractured mandate led by such alliances in the upcoming assembly polls was aimed to divide Kashmiris.

 

“It is a very dangerous approach and Kashmiris should not allow the fractured mandate. Those who care about Kashmir should support one party of unit instead of paving way for fractured mandate due to these alliances,” said noted academician and an expert in politics, Sidiq Wahid.

The formation of new political alliances, he said, was a “policy of Government of India for a decade to divide Kashmiris.”

 “I really feel that this new so-called alliance that has been formed is mudding the waters,” Wahid said.

Another expert in politics, Prof Gul Mohammad Wani, said the suspicions and doubts among people will intensify when centres rule is extends its rule to the state.

“Even after holding Panchayat, Municipal election or parliamentary polls either, the government doesn’t seem to be in a mood to hold assembly election in the state as of now,” he said.

Wani however said the emergence of new alliances could be due to failures by the political parties “to allow internal democracy in the state.”

“Mostly leaders or new groups emerge or come out of the existing political parties under such circumstances,” he said.

Wani said that the existing political parties including NC, PDP and Congress require increasing ideological and political space to build credible leadership.

Soon after the formation of new PUF, former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the alliance was aimed to divide voters in Kashmir.

He questioned about lack of such alliances in Jammu or Ladakh regions of the state. 

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Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to floods: Study

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Srinagar, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed abrupt changes in climate over the years. According to a disaster management report, 13 districts in J&K, out of 100 districts in India, have been identified as ‘multi-hazard districts’.

“Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to floods.

While the recent study says that out of the 12 states, Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir are extremely vulnerable to global warming.

 

“Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index is found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (0.51 both), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42,” the study says.

It says that, “Several drivers of vulnerability are evident for the state of J&K. These include, in the order of significance, least road density, no area under crop insurance, low area under forests per 1,000 rural households, high percentage of marginal farmers, low percentage area under horticulture crops, low livestock to human ratio and low percentage of women in the overall workforce.”

The study says that climate change is already occurring and impacting natural ecosystems and human societies.

It says, “To reduce these uncertainties and plan towards sustainable development it is essential to adopt evidence based adaptation planning in IHR. This requires an in-depth understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities derived from scientific assessments.”

The study has been authored by IIT Guwahati Anamika Barua Associate Professor Deptt. of Humanities and Social Science Principal Investigator Rupam Bhaduri Research Scholar Centre for the Environment Vishaka Gulati Research Scholar Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences IIT Mandi Shyamasree Dasgupta Assistant Professor School of Humanities and Social Sciences Co – Principal Investigator Kritishnu Sanyal Project Associate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mir Khursheed Alam Research Scholar School of Humanities and Social Sciences IISc Bangalore N.H. Ravindranath Professor Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) Key Resource Person Indu K Murthy Consultant Scientist Centre for Sustainable Technologies Tashina Esteves Research Associate Jagmohan Sharma Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Conservation) Government of Karnataka.

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Massive reshuffle in police, civil admin likely after June 27

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Srinagar, Jun 19: A massive reshuffle in civil and police administration is likely to be ordered anytime after June 27 when the ongoing “Back to village” program launched by Governor’s administration across Jammu and Kashmir will come to an end.

Authoritative sources said that exercise for a massive reshuffle in civil and police administration has been set into motion with the proposals being processed for transfer of senior IAS and IPS officers holding key positions in the state administration. The proposals for deputation of several senior IAS and IPS officers and return of some others from central deputation to Jammu and Kashmir government have been set into motion.

In the likely reshuffle in civil and police administration several administrative secretaries are likely to be relieved of the additional charge of some key departments which they are overseeing presently in addition to their own duties.

 

The reshuffle could be ordered phase wise to dispel the impression about the working of some non-performing officers presently holding key positions as directors of some key departments and deputy commissioners of districts in all the three regions Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.

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