Srinagar, Sep 18: While the people of the state are rejoicing the decision of the Central Government to not to surrender to the dictates of Kashmiri politicians who till now have been managing to have their ways by “blackmailing” or forcing the centre to succumb to their dictates, the Kashmir-centric parties continue to resist the devolution of power to the lowest echelons of democracy on one pretext or the other stated Brig Anil Gupta, State Spokesperson of BJP in a statement
“The people at large are celebrating the state government’s decision to go ahead and conduct the local bodies and panchayat elections. The electoral process has been set in motion by announcing the election-schedule by the CEO. However, the Kashmir-centric parties sticking to their decision of boycott have termed the decision of the government as ‘arrogance of state power.’ Kashmir Province President of NC has said that “now we would like to see the relevance of these elections”, despite the fact that two mainstream parties have boycotted it. “
Brig Gupta reminded the NC of 1951 elections to the Constituent Assembly which were boycotted by the PrajaParishad of Jammu and Sheikh Abdullah decided to go ahead with the elections with NC winning 75/75 seats unopposed. If those elections were considered perfectly relevant, then how can the relevance of these elections be questioned, asked Brig Gupta?
“The fact is that NC right from its inception has been an autocratic party which later became a dynastic party. Sheikh Abdullah always wanted to govern J&K as a ‘party state’. His slogan was ‘One Party. One Leader, One Programme’” stated Brig Gupta.
Even now the party leadership has completely ignored the wishes and sentiments of its workers by announcing the boycott. It should have been left for the people to decide. The cadres in Jammu and Ladakh have been taken for granted and their interest totally overlooked by both the NC and PDP just for the sake of “dynastic interests”, accused the spokesperson. “Is the state arrogant or these political parties who for the sake of their dynasties stymied the wish of the majority who want to be part of this historic exercise but left them with no option,” questioned Brig Gupta.
Much against their wishes Kashmiris are being forced and coerced by these parties to prevent them from exercising their democratic right.
Complementing the Governor for not falling in their trap by ignoring their demand for consultations or All Party Meet, Brig Gupta said that it wouldn’t have served any purpose. As in the past, all these Kashmir-centric parties would have got together and forced the Governor to abandon the democratic process and prevented the empowerment of grass-root level democratic institutions, asserted Brig Gupta. “What is the fun of talking to so-called mainstream parties when they begin to parrot the language of separatists? It is sheer arrogance against democracy and deserves condemnation from all quarters,” said Brig Gupta.
Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi
Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.
Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam
Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.
DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS
Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.