Srinagar, Jul 26 : The Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC) in Jammu &Kashmir comprising over a dozen intellectuals including top retired academicians, bureaucrats and jurists in an open letter called upon Governor N N Vohra to ask the Advocte General and others representing the State before the Jammu & Kashmir High Court to get the matter
deferred till the democratically elected government is put in place.
The GCC also appealed all civil society groups of the state to initiate a wider discussion so that a consensus is evolved regarding the strategy to be followed to blunt the attack on the sovereignty enjoyed by the State of Jammu and Kashmir.’
Here is the text of the statement issued in respect of Art 35 A, on
behalf of the Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC): ‘Challenge to constitutional validity of Article 35 A Constitution of India is a matter of grave concern to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Article 35 A is in the nature of a protective cover insulating the sovereignty enjoyed by the State of Jammu and Kashmir under the constitutional mechanism governing its relations with the Union of India.
The legislative power of the State Legislature to define the classes of persons who are, or shall be permanent residents of the State or conferring on such permanent residents any special rights and privileges or imposing upon other persons any restrictions as regards employment under the Act, acquisition of immovable property in the State, settlement in the State or right to different forms of aid undoubtedly are attributes of State sovereignty and a Constitutional provision safeguarding it is of vital interest to people across the State.
Group of Concerned Citizens (GCC) is of the firm opinion that Article 35 A is constitutionally valid provision and Its application to the State by The Constitution ( Application To Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 falls within the Presidential powers delineated in Article 370 of the Constitution of India. GCC is confident that in view of
clear constitutional position and case law on the subject, challenge to the constitutional validity of Article 35 A is destined to fail.
However Jammu and Kashmir Government being an important stakeholder is
to strenuously put forward its stand in support of the constitutional provision before the Honble Supreme Court. GCC believes that as the matter relates to the sovereignty of the State and therefore people of Jammu and Kashmir, it should be left to the elected government to articulate the State Government’s viewpoint that obviously is to reflect the public sentiment pertaining to the issue.
We the members of GCC accordingly request the Governor N N Vohra to
ask the Advocte General and others representing the State before the Court to get the matter deferred till the democratically elected government is in place and in a position to put forth its stand on the issue. We also appeal all civil society group to initiate a wider discussion so that a consensus is evolved regarding the strategy to be followed to blunt the attack on the Sovereignty of enjoyed by the State of Jammu and Kashmir.’
GCC (Group of Concerned Citizens), Jammu and Kashmir, which came into being in September, 2016, at the height of killings, blindings and maiming of people in Kashmir (especially youth), is a civil society group comprised of people from a cross section of society from all the communities and all the three regions of the State, including jurists, former civil servants academicians, journalists, businessmen and social activists.
Jus (Rtd) Shabir Hasnain, Mr Mohammad Shafi Pandit, Former Chairman J&K PSC Ghulam Rasool Sufi Former Chief Information Commissioner Abdul Wahid Qureshi Former Vice Chancellor GH Kango Former Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Anuradha Bhasin Head of Kashmir Times Mrs Nusrat Andrabi Krishan Lal Kaul Businessman Masood Ahmad Shah Businessman Prof Nissar Ali Academician Abdul Rashid Khan, Former IGP Rafiq Masoodi, Former DDG Prasar Bharti Masood Hussain Artist Feroze Ahmad Former Census Commissioner from Ladakh Krishi Pandit, GD Bakshi, Cooperative Activist and many others.
Scientific waste disposal continues to remain a challenge in Kashmir
Srinagar, Jan 18: The authorities have not been able to strike a balance between the increased tourist inflow and the scientific disposal of garbage, official documents reveal.
“Being a popular tourist destination, issues pertaining to solid waste are on the rise in the state and need to be addressed immediately,” reveals the Housing and Urban Development (H&UD) department’s 2018 draft action plan for solid-waste management.
It says that sold waste generation has witnessed an increase of over 8 percent in a decade.
“The Central Pollution Control Board report estimates that a total of 400 metric tons of waste is generated per day in Srinagar, 62 percent of this waste is organic in nature while the remaining is inorganic including 7 percent of plastic waste,” reads the document.
An official of H&UD department said that given the rapid urbanization and growing population, this sector (waste management) needs immediate attention.
“The valley’s non-dumping options to manage waste have also shrunk drastically. Burning waste no longer seems viable because of environmental concerns and poor segregation of waste. Compost plants are not doing well because manure doesn’t sell, and again becomes garbage,” the official said.
With population of 12.36 lakh, spread over an area of 294 sq km on both sides of Jhelum, not even a single residential area or commercial establishment in Srinagar has the facility of segregation of solid waste, and much of the waste is dumped into water bodies including Dal Lake.
“Civic bodies blame residents for not segregating the waste but what’s the point when everything will eventually be mixed-up? Segregation by residents will only work when the municipal bodies have complete door-to-door waste collection system and trash pickups have separate containers for dry and wet waste,” the official added.
He said for segregation, greater civic awareness was a must.
“But municipalities must also set up the infrastructure and notify their solid-waste management policy under the 2016 rules. So far, it has remained confined to papers only,” the official said.
A recent report by NITI Aayog ‘Report of Working Group II, Sustainable Tourism in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)’ too revealed that waste management was a huge challenge in Jammu and Kashmir and will become much more threatening as the number of tourists grows.
J&K fares poorly, with 0.14 gm per capita per day solid waste generation, the second worst in IHR region after Mizoram.
The state has faced repeated censuring by National Green Tribunal.
J&K has witnessed a mushroom growth of tourism infrastructure around water bodies, with little or no concern for the former’s impact over the latter.
90s massacres: Joint Hurriyat calls for shutdown on Jan 21, 25, and 27 in Kashmir parts
Srinagar, Jan 18: The Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday called for shutdown in Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara to mark the anniversaries of three massacres that took place in January 1990 in these areas.
The Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a statement asked people to observe complete shutdown in Gawkadal, Basant Bagh, Chota Bazar, Budshah Chowk and adjacent areas on January 21 (Monday).
It also asked people to observe shutdown in Handwara and Kupwara areas on January 25 and 27 respectively on Handwara and Kupwara massacres anniversaries.
“Carnage at Gaw Kadal, Handwara and Kupwara remind us of Indian brutal occupation and oppression. Illegal Military occupation followed by such massacres symbolizes callousness under the garb of so-called democracy. The nation of Kashmir is indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal,” the statement said.
Joint Hurriyat said Kashmir is “indebted to martyrs who laid down their lives for freedom and resistance leadership pledges to continue this struggle till the achievement of the sacred goal.”
“Days like 21st, 25th and 27th January 1990 remind us of the sacrifices rendered by our dear ones. These are the days for reiteration of our commitment towards the sacred mission and today while recalling these great sacrifices we reiterate our pledge to take forward the task of martyrs till the achievement of the desired goal,” they said.
Fruit growers, dealers association meets Governor
Jammu, Jan 18: A delegation of The Kashmir Fruit Growers and Dealers Association, from Sopore led by its president F A Malik, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Friday.
The members of the delegation requested that the KCC loans of farmers be waived off on account of damage to the horticulture crops due to unexpected hailstorm.
They also requested that unhindered movement of fresh fruits outside the State be allowed.
“They also requested sanctioning of adequate funds for development of Fruit Mandi at Sopore; installation of High Mast Lights at Fruit Mandi Sopore and enroute from Sopore Bye-Pass to the Fruit Mandi; availability of quality pesticides and Tree Spray oils at genuine rates; construction of a fly over from Chakrodaykhan up to Hakim Sonaullah Hospital and Fruit Mandi; sanctioned railway track from Baramulla to Kupwara be routed from Amargarh Sopore station with a station in vicinity of Fruit Mandi; construction of a truck terminal at Tulball, Sopore and revival of juice plant at Doabgah,” a Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said.
Governor assured due consideration of their demands.