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CB books Revenue officials, land brokers over sale of state land

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Srinagar, Sep 13: Crime Branch Kashmir on Thursday claimed to have booked Revenue officials, land brokers and others over the sale and occupation of Kahcharai land situated at Parimpora here.
Official spokesman said that the Crime Branch Kashmir received a complaint which reveals that some land brokers in league with the revenue officials have sold the possession of State/Kahcharai land around 141 Kanals located at Estate Parimpora Srinagar to different beneficiaries and as on the date different colonies have developed in the said land.
“On the receipt of complaint, a preliminary verification was initiated in Crime Branch Kashmir,” official spokesman said.
He said that “during the course of enquiry, the allegations leveled in the complaint have been prima facie established that the land falling under survey No’s 25, 26, 207 at Barthana and survey No 57 at Parimpora Srinagar is Kahcharai land and has been illegally encroached upon, while as the land falling under survey No. 41 at Parimpora, Srinagar, is state land and has been allotted to various individuals under “Grow more food” scheme as revealed by the revenue records but the occupants have violated the norms by constructing houses and shops etc on it.”
“It also came to fore that land falling under survey NO. 25, 26 and 207 at village Barthana Sgr, measuring 30, 08, 28, 15, 81 and 12 Kanals respectively is Kahcharai land,” he said.
Crime Branch Kashmir said that there are as many as 184 occupants who have constructed houses, shops, poultry form, Plastic Melting Factory, M/S Indo Kashmir and other structures on the said land.
“Besides, some portion of land is under the occupation of some non-state subjects,” official spokesman said, adding that the illegal occupants have been found to pay rent on monthly/yearly basis to the accused on different rates such as Rs.125611/= per annum from Indo Kashmir firm, Rs.12000/ PM from a non-local resident of West Bangal and Rs.90000/PM from one Mehraj-u-Din Gazi,” he said.
He said that the possession of land so encroached has been transferred without making any proper documentation in order to escape from criminal prosecution. “Revenue officials with their willful omission to exercise powers U/S 133 Land Revenue Act in connivance with land brokers has transformed 158 Kanals of Kahcharai land under Khasra Nos. 25, 26, 207 and 57 into well-established colonies,” official spokesman added.
In addition, land under survey No. 41 at Parimpora is State Land measuring 141 Kanals and was allotted to many people under “Grow more food” scheme and is presently under the occupation of 141 occupants and has been used for the residential and commercial purpose and has also been put to sale, though the Government has imposed ban on sale and purchase of such land situated within the Municipality Limits of Srinagar, he added.
“Accordingly, a case FIR No. 40/2018 under section 420, 409, 447-A, 120-B RPC has been registered against officials of the Revenue Department and other accused (private persons). Further investigation has been taken up,” official spokesman said.


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Financial audit of schools not done for years

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Srinagar, Sep 22: government seems to be in deep slumber regarding the auditing of prominent government higher secondary schools in Srinagar for the last three years.
An audit is an examination of funds to determine whether the money spend by the school authority on various expenses in schools are being managed efficiently and effectively. However, the financial position of several schools is not known as no audit has been done in last few years.
“It is necessary to have an effective audit system in government schools to ensure proper utilization of government funds. It has to be done once in every two years but nothing such has been followed here,” said an official at Accounts General Office.
The official said that there is no examination of funds at most of the prominent government higher secondary schools of Srinagar, including Government Higher Secondary School NawaKadal and Kothi Bagh Higher Secondary School.
“There are also several other schools where audit is pending since two to three years,” he added.
Principal Kothi Bagh, Qazi Romana told The Kashmir Monitor, “I am here for the last three years and since my time period no one from Accounts General Office have come for examining the funds in my school.”
Similarly NawaKadal Higher Secondary School has also been left without auditing the funds used since more than three years.
NawaKadal Higher Secondary School principal, Fatimah Shaheen said, “Auditing of funds is pending for last three years in my school as it is done by AG (Accounts General) office.”
Chief Education Officer, Mudasir Kaleem Fazili told The Kashmir Monitor, “We are not the concerned authority accountable for auditing of funds in government schools.”
He said that Accounts General Office is the concerned authority which is responsible for supervising the utilization of funds in the government schools.
Deputy Accountant General, Tsewang Tharchin, was not available in the office nor could be contacted for comments. While the senior Audit Officer, Narinder Gupta too refused to comment on the issue.

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Municipal Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for 3rd Phase

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K Shaleen Kabra today issued notification for the conduct of 3rd Phase of Municipal Polls-2018.
The notification has been issued for Srinagar Municipal Corporation (ward No. 06 to 15 & 38 to 53), Municipal Committee Hajin (ward 1 to 13), Municipal Council Sopore (1 to 21 wards), Municipal Committee Uri (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Tral (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Awantipora (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Mattan (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Pahalgam (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Aishmuqam (1 to 13 wards) and Municipal Committee Seer Hamdan (1 to 13 wards) in Kashmir Division.
In Jammu Division the elections will be held in Phase 3rd in Municipal Committee Samba (1 to 17 wards), Municipal Committee Ramgarh (1 to 13 wards), Municipal Committee Vijaypur (1 to 13 wards) and Municipal Committee Bari Brahmana (1 to 13 wards).
According to the notification the last date for making nominations is 29th September, 2018 (Saturday), the date for the scrutiny of nominations is 01 October, 2018 (Monday), the last date for withdrawal of candidature is the 03 October, 2018 (Wednesday), the date on which a poll, if necessary, shall be taken from 7.00 am to 2.00 pm on 13th October, 2018 (Saturday), the date of counting is the 20th October, 2018 (Saturday) and the date before which the election shall be completed on 27th October, 2018 (Saturday).

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KCCI’s Executive committee polls held, result on Sep 29

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Srinagar, Sep 22: The annual election to the Executive Committee of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Inc) was conducted on Saturday.
The annual elections as per a statement issued to KNO started from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Kashmir Government Arts Emporium, Srinagar as per the provision of the Articles of Association of the Chamber.
Of the 1305 members of the Chamber 1082 (83%) cast their votes till 4:00 PM. The votes were cast personally by the registered member concerns.
The election process has been carried out under overall supervision of the Election Commission of the KCC&I consisting of Rauf Ahmad Punjabi, Chairman, Dr. Mubeen Shah, Member and Abdul Hamid Punjabi, Member.
The polling for the election was conducted by the Polling Committee consisting Qazi Mohammad Yehya, Chairman, G.M. Dug, Member, Majid Aslam Wafai, Member, Javid Burza, Member, Dr. Abdul Majid, Member, Maqsood Misri , members.
The polling process was held in most cordial, peaceful and transparent manner. The process of counting of votes will be started today and the result of poll shall be announced in the 84th Annual General Meeting of the Chamber scheduled to be held on 29th of September, 2018 at the SKICC, Srinagar.
“We at the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce & Industry are highly thankful to the management of Kashmir Government Arts Emporium especially the Managing Director, and Police Department,” the statement said.

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