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BJP-PDP destroyed state’s financial autonomy: NC

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Srinagar, Dec 24: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday said that the adoption of GST by former PDP-BJP snatched whatever powers were bestowed upon our state by virtue of our special status to tax.
Addressing a meet of party functionaries and workers at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party’s additional general secretary Dr. Sheikh Mustafa Kamal said that National conference had raised alarm bells about the implementation of GST in our state. “Our party’s senior leader and former finance minister Abdul Rahim Rathar continuously raised the issue but PDP which was weighed down by its arrogance didn’t take note of our reservations about the implementation of GST law,” he said.
Kamal said we have been maintaining that GST is a regressive tax, and that it coupled with other imprudent steps like demonetization put the common people to duress. “Several people were reported to have died from standing in queues for hours to exchange their old banknotes,” he said adding that both the measures, time has proved didn’t prove favorable for the country.
Additional general secretary asserted that PDP is answerable to people for destroying the financial autonomy of our state. “Time has proven how the implementation of GST adversely affected our tourism sector. The Parliamentary panel report revealing the adverse affects of GST on the tourism sector of Jammu and Kashmir vindicates our Stand,” he said adding that the parliamentary panel led by Kanwar Deep Singh has revealed how GST has badly affected tourist related activities in the state of Jammu and kashmir.
He said that our party had recommended former PDP-BJP government to take cautious steps while implementing the GST, “But our repeated pleas fell on deaf ears and the way things have turned out vindicates our stand,” he said.
He said that the people across the country have rejected the economic policies of the incumbent central government led by BJP. “The people’s mandate against BJP in the Hindi heart land is reflective of how badly people feel about the economic policies of BJP led central government,” he said adding that after going through the electoral debacle in central Indian states, BJP is now making amends to the GST by considering to phase out the 28% slab.
He said people of Jammu and Kashmir will never forgive PDP for the unscrupulous role it played in dismantling the financial autonomy of our state, “Abdul Rahim Rathar Sahab had raised his reservations at various forums but PDP due to its enchantment for power and chair didn’t concede to our requests and got the bill passed,” he said adding that PDP has opened the flood gates for all forces as are inimical to state’s interests but National Conference will put up a strong front against such forces with the help of people.

‘NC will go to any extent for restoration of Autonomy in J&K’

Srinagar, Dec 24: National Conference senior leader and former Speaker Muhammad Akbar Lone Sunday defended the claim made by Farooq Abdullah that if elected to power NC will grant autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir. Lone however added that if New Delhi will reject their Autonomy Resolution, NC will abdicate the Chair.
Lone said said that NC won’t repeat the mistake that it committed in 1996. “We committed a blunder when New Delhi rejected the Autonomy Resolution in 1996. We should have resigned the very moment, but we didn’t. This time NC will go to any extent for restoration of Autonomy in Jammu and Kashmir,” Lone said.
To a question, Lone said Autonomy is possible. “Law makers pass the resolution in every state but in Jammu and Kashmir, the rights and voice of legislators is being muzzled which is not a good sign for a healthy democracy,” Lone said and advised New Delhi to show some respect for the aspirations and sentiments of people of the State. (CNS)

 
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Doctors start crowdfunding to finance treatment of poor patients

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Srinagar, May 26: Pained by the plight of the impoverished patients, doctors at Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar have started crowdfunding to finance the treatment of the seriously ill people who cannot afford their medication.

Conceived two years ago by former GMC principal, Dr Samia Rashid, the basic idea behind the crowdfunding is to provide financial assistance to the poor and deserving who are not otherwise entitled to any government assistance under any scheme.

Though a bank account was opened two years back, it was not made operational since government had not given its approval. Come Ramadan the government finally gave a go ahead for the initiative

 

“I got the government sanction recently. The money is given to people who can’t afford treatment in the hospitals especially the patients with burn injuries. They require albumin and other dressings,” said Dr Rashid.

The account is currently under the control of GMC Principal and chief accounts officer who ensure that the money reaches the deserving patients.

“We have been circulating the account details among the staff members who are taking to social media for creating awareness. As it is Ramadan, most of our donors are contributing their zakat – 2.5% of their income,” said Dr Mohammad Saleem Khan, head department of Community Medicine, GMC.

A doctor at SMHS hospital said they receive around three to five patients with burn injuries every day. “The patients with burn injuries require Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), also known as intravenous or IV nutrition feeding. It is a method of getting nutrition into the body through the veins. This treatment is very costly,” he said.

Doctors said such patients need a lot of money for the treatment even after they are discharged from the hospital. “Sometimes, these people need high-end antibiotics and the subsequent rehabilitation efforts including dressing, medication, physiotherapy and surgical debridement (removal of damaged tissue). The wound healing processes are excruciating. The money is utilized for such patients,” said a doctor wishing not to be named.

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Pol parties for revocation of disengagement order

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Srinagar, May 26: Mainstream political parties have sharply reacted to the Governor administration’s recent decision of disengaging daily wagers and other temporary employees engaged after 2010.

The National Conference said that the administration should rethink its decision of “snatching livelihood” of poor workers who have families to feed.

“There daily wagers and consolidated workers are the lone bread winners of their families. Instead of snatching their livelihood, which is a wrong decision by governor administration, these workers should be facilitated for regularisation. Governor Administration should remove those employees who have been recruited through illegal procedures,” said NC General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar.

 

Sagar said that the Governor should reconsider the decision of disengaging these workers.

PDP vice president Abdul Rehman Veeri called it “wrong decision”.

“These workers should be allowed to continue their work. Removing them is a wrong decision by the administration. If the administration can’t provide employment to jobless people, it should not create joblessness by disengaging these workers,” said Veeri.

The government besides banning engagement of casual, seasonal, adhoc, consolidated, contractual, need-based and daily-rated workers also directed all the officers to discontinue all those workers engaged on or after April 29, 2010 and on or after 17 March 2015.

“It is impressed upon all the officers of the State government to strictly adhere/observe the statutory rules and codal provisions in letter and spirit and ensure that (i) any person appointed on adhoc/contractual/consolidated/ temporary basis after the imposition of ban on such engagements (i.e. on or after 29.04.2010) in contravention of the provisions of the Act shall forthwith cease to continue; (ii) any person engaged as casual/seasonal/need bases worker after imposition of ban on such engagements (i.e. on or after 17.03.2015) without specific approval of competent authority or without following due procedure shall also cease to continue forthwith; and (iii) in the event of failure to comply with these instructions, the concerned officer(s) will be held personally responsible and the amount due or paid to such irregular appointee(s)/engage(s) shall be recovered from the personal emoluments of the officer(s) concerned who had made/continued such engagements(s) in violation of the rules, orders or codal procedures, besides the termination of all such irregular appointment(s)/engagement(s),” reads the government order.

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People of J&K yearning for elected govt: Farooq

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Srinagar, May 26: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday that people of the state are yearning for an elected government.

“In no case can the advisors of the governor replace the elected institution of legislature. It is only an elected government that can mitigate the mounting woes of the people,’ he said.

He asserted that biggest challenge ahead of the party is to put the state back on the path of development and peace, saying that the party will work on multiple fronts to achieve the anticipated goals of development and equitable development of all the regions of state.

 

While addressing various delegations who had called on him from Poonch, Hazratbal and south Kashmir areas to express their greeting to him he said, “I am indebted to the people for reposing their faith in our party. I appreciate the resolve of voters, who in spite of the numerous problems came out and reposed their faith in our party. The victory would not have been possible without the dynamic leadership of party vice president Omar Abdullah. The sweep that the party has been able to achieve in the Kashmir division owes its being to the collective efforts of party functionaries and party workers. I again take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to each and every worker of ours, it is their victory, and it is the triumph of truth over falsehood, and the falsehood is bound to perish I salute the resolve of the people of Chenab valley and Pir Panchal for their determination. I assure them that the party will ensure the speedy development of all those areas.”

Party president while addressing the delegation said that the party was alive to the development demands of the people. “We are privy to the fact that development and prosperity have been the major causalities of the former BJP-PDP coalition. Once in power the party will make amends to the imprudent policies of the former coalition government. On one hand the party will fight for the safe guard of the identity of the state and on the other the motor the sluggish pace of development in the state, with the help of god and the proactive support of the people of the state we will indeed be able to deliver on both the fronts,” he said.

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