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Altaf Bukhari calls for making children ambassadors of resources conservation

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JAMMU, MARCH 26: Minister for Education, Finance, Labour and Employment, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today called upon teacher fraternity to groom up children as responsible citizens so that they act as ambassadors for promotion of resource generation and conservation.
“Our state needs to develop a habit of judicious use, conservation and generation of resources to make them long lasting for posterity. Teachers through their grit of patience and untiring teaching capabilities can make children understand about the importance of developing these good habits” Altaf Bukhari said while addressing a huge gathering of teachers.
The occasion was a function organized by Plus Two lecturers’ forum to celebrate Lecturers Day. Minister of State for Education, Culture, Floriculture and Parks, Priya Sethi also addressed the participants which included senior academicians, lecturers, CEOs and other officials of School Education Department.
Citing revenue deficit in power sector, Altaf Bukari said state suffers approximately Rs 4800 crore yearly loss against the procurement of electricity which can be brought down if our society develop the habit of resource conservation. “None other than teacher can help to bring this change as they are architects of an emancipated and progressive society” the Minister said and sought the cooperation of teachers to take this message to every home.
“Presently we are enjoying all facilities and seeking more incentives, but at the same time we need to think for the coming generation” he said while responding to demands raised by the speakers.
He said the government and its officials, who are also part of the society, are guardian of the people’s wealth and own the responsibility to save the state’s resources. Expressing optimism, he said situation can be definitely reversed provided the need for change is met.
Meanwhile, the Minister assured the Forum that all their genuine demands would be thoroughly discussed and addressed in due course of time.
Director School Education Jammu, Rakesh Sangral, Forum presidents Deepak Kumar (Jammu), Dr Manzoor Ahmed(Kashmir) and Employees leader Abdul Qayoom Wani also shared the podium.
In her address, Minister of State for Education, Priya Sethi underlined the need for framing an education policy founded on moral values.
Only academic excellence cannot help our children to grow up as responsible and law abiding citizens, they need to be imparted education founded on moral values, she said. She called upon the teachers to come up with their suggestions for achieving this crucial objective.
Responding to the issues raised by the speakers, she said that the government led by Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has huge respect for the aspirations of the teachers and feels obliged to restore and protect their dignity. “I think no previous government has shown such considerate concern towards the issues of teachers as this dispensation did. Many of your issues have been addressed and those pending would be sympathetically addressed” she assured.
Later, the Forum presented mementoes to the Ministers and felicitated senior academicians and educationists for their contribution in raising the standard of school education.the occasion.


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Kuka Parray part of script drafted by late Mufti Syed: NC

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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.

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Bail plea of separatist detainees shouldn’t be opposed: Mir

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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.

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DAK welcomes Govt order of uniform rate for diagnostic tests

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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.

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