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Bound to follow service rules framed in 1970: SMC Comm

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani





Srinagar, Feb 01: Clarifying his stance on growing employees resistance, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Commissioner (SMC) Peerzada Hafizullah Shah on Friday confessed he is bound to follow the service rules framed in 1970.

The Commissioner claimed that he is working hard for the betterment of his employees and of Srinagar city. However, there are rules, which despite being archaic, ought to be followed.

The SMC employees have been complaining of not getting heard by the concerned authority as their grievances including the promotion of class IV remains unattended.


To make their grievance public, the employees went on to a one-week’s strike and held protests also.

The employees are alleging that the Commissioner is not able to take decisions, which is hampering the smooth functioning of the department and the growth of the employees.

Refuting the allegations, Shah while addressing media persons here in Srinagar said that he is trying his best to resolve the issues of SMC employees.

“The employees have many issues, promotion is one of them. We cannot promote them randomly. We have to follow the service rules. No doubt they are old, framed in 1970 but we are bound to follow them,” he said.

“Orderlies, junior assistants and other categories of class fourth employees have been demanding promotion. There is a set procedure which is to be followed. There is fixed quota of 25% for them,” he added.

“It means that among 40 posts, we are supposed to advertise 30 posts and fill 10 posts through promotion,” he added.

“Prior to me, DPC had violated the rules and had increased the quota by 25%(Total-50%). I agreed to go by its decision, besides assuring the employees that their interests will be taken care of. The employees had to only qualify the typing test,” he said.

“They were demanding weaver. After all we have to run a corporation. If a clerk is not able to type, how will he run his/her office,” questioned the Commissioner.

Referring to the World Bank (WB) Projects, Shah said, “The upgradation of 49 dewatering schemes was to be done. So far the work was not tendered out. It is me, who ensured the timely completion of all the formalities.”

“By tendering out the work on time, we have been able to retain the borrowing capacity,” he said.




Ensure safety of students, businessmen from Valley: Mir tells Centre



Srinagar, Feb 17: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir has said that the safety and security of the people especially businessmen and students from Kashmir was the sole responsibility of the Centre, which should not be compromised.

G.A. Mir emphasized the Centre Govt to ensure safety of Kashmiris.

Reacting to the reported harassment of Business men and Students in various parts of the Country, G.A. Mir said that the handful of people have let loose a reign of terror among the Kashmiri’s, which has already sent a confusing & wrong signals among the people in the entire Kashmir valley.


He said no one should be allowed to pollute the age-old tradition of communal harmony and brother-hood among the communities in the Country, but it was matter of grave concern that divisive forces in the wake of unfortunate Pulwama Attack have started hounding students and businessmen from valley, which has vitiated the atmosphere in the Country.

He also expressed concern that students from Kashmir were being forced to leave the rented houses in Ambala and others place, which is a matter of serious concern, besides deepening the alienation among the people over here and sought immediate end to the harassment of people from Kashmir.

Mir cautioned the Centre Govt and Security agencies about the current situation in the country, urging them to put an immediate end to this troublesome situation to ensure that no one from valley is intimated and harmed, he added and appealed the people to maintain communal harmony and peace, for the fact, peace is only option which can settle down things.

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Trio including slain militant’s father, govt teacher arrested in Shopian

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Shopian, Feb 17: Three persons including the father of a slain militant and a government teacher were arrested during nocturnal raids in South Kashmir’s Shopian district.

Locals from Amshipora Shopian said that government forces raided three houses in the village in the middle of the night and arrested three persons.
Those who have been arrested are Rafiq Ahmed, a government school teacher, Fayaz Ahmed Malik, the father of a slain militant and a student Umar Nagari.

“We condemn these arrests. They are all innocent and should be released without any delay,” said locals.


A police official said that the trio has been picked up for questioning about an important case.

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Geelani condemns violence against Kashmiris



Srinagar, Feb 17: Strongly condemning the rampage and brutalities against Kashmiris and Muslims in Jammu, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that nobody on earth particularly we Kashmiris rejoice and celebrate the human loss of any race, region or religion—as our oppressor distributes sweets when dozens of our youth are gunned down by their “brave soldiers”.
In a statement issued, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that muscular and revengeful response to the Pulwama incident against Muslims of Jammu and Kashmiri employees of darbar move looks a well-planned conspiracy to tear away every fiber of communal harmony, social bonding and collective brotherhood.
He said that horrifying scenes of ruthlessly beating to pulp of Kashmiri drivers, students, employees, others and burning their vehicles, stoning their residences under the nose of biased police with their encouragement and go ahead signal has once again proved the two nation theory right and timely as majority class of India finds it hard to accept the minority particularly Muslims—as the independence from British rule was only for Hindus—Muslims continue to be subjugated, threatened and harassed on one or other pretext—negating the tall and much hyped slogans of secularism.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman said that in chaining Kashmiris, every Indian, particularly its political class echoes in one voice and all support and endorse the venomous statement of its PM to give his armed forces free hand to deal in Kashmir whatever way they want. It is an open threat and license to crush and kill every Kashmiri– & those men in uniform to be rewarded.
Pro-freedom leader said that non Kashmiris working here for their bread and butter, students or Darbar move employees enjoy the hospitality to the maximum and nobody ever has been harmed even the slightest. Army massacring dozens of our youth on daily bases, no person belonging to their region and religion feels unsafe here. Commenting on the social media posts of some outside Medico working in SKIMS, Hurriyat chairman said that hatred and venomous mindset has pouted out even from the white apron—an indication and identification of a life saver. He said that one is surprised that our ailing and stressed people are forced to seek the remedy of their ills from such a beast in white uniform—who is not only an ugly blot on himself, but is tarnishing the pious and noble profession.
Pro-freedom leader said the incident in Pulwama has put all the so-called secular and Hindutwa faces in the same basket—but when 55 innocents were roasted live in Sopore or when our dozens of youth are massacred daily, no eye in India gets moist, no all party meet is called. This dual attitude is bound to have repercussions.
He said who else than us feels the pain of losing dear ones—but threatening with might and free hand statements only fuel the already charged situation. Statesmanship and good sense should have prevailed on the Indian leadership to address the root cause of this unabated bloodshed.

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