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Srinagar, July 24: The coordination committee of the Civil Secretariat Employees Union has said it will hold strike from Monday, July 30, against the government’s failure to resolve the issues the secretariat employees are facing.

A statement issued to GNS said that the Civil Secretariat Employees Union held a meeting on Tuesday at its office at Civil Secretariat here to discuss various issues of the employees.

The meeting according to the statement was chaired by the Union chairman Ghulam Rasool Mir and participated by President J&K Lower Grade Employees Union Maqbool  Hussain, President J&K Legislative Assembly Mukhtar Ahmad Wani and other representatives of the Union.

 

The core issues of the employees which have been pending since long and are still hanging in balance despite directions of authorities passed from time to time were discussed, the statement said.

The meeting observed that most of these issues have been agreed upon or approved by authorities.

The statement said, “The PAC/Finance Department has recommended/cleared the removal of pay anomaly/disparity in respect of clerical cadre and few other cadres which also stands approved by the then finance minister and later on by the Advisor (V) for placing before the SAC, but, the matter is being delayed due to known reasons which have created resentment among the employees of the state.”

It said the revocation of SRO-202 of 2015 and also the cadre review/career progression of planning, accounts and legal services and implementation of leftover recommendations of the cadre review committee in respect of secretariat subordinate services has also been approved. This included issuance of notification/restoration of slots for different feeding services and separate services on the analogy of private secretaries /ADOs.

Other approved issues include: Eviction of illegal occupants from estates government quarters at Srinagar/Jammu and their allotment to Darbar move employees; accord of priority in allotment of government accommodation in favour of female/handicapped move office employees; speeding up of construction work of government quarters/accommodation at identified places in Srinagar/Jammu.

During the course of the meeting, it was informed that some officers (administrative secretaries) do not cooperate with their subordinate employees at the time of their genuine casual leaves and earned leaves by deferring their sensation/ approval thereby causing unnecessary delay leading to mental harassment among the serving subordinate staff in the Civil Secretariat.

“It has been also observed that various employees including female employees of the Civil Secretariat are forced to attend office during holidays and also directed to sit during late hours without providing any transport facility, which is sheer injustice and violation of the Government Order No. 1584of GAD of 2017 dated 14-12-2017,” the statement said.

Further, it was emphasized that government is not serious about the issue of cancellation/detachment of attached staff who are still wording in various administrative departments through “proxy” despite standing orders from the government for their immediate detachment.

“This practice has created uncertainty and indiscipline in smooth functioning of the government business at the level of secretariat, besides putting burden on the state exchequer by way of incentives/hotel contractual who have been given sensitive assignment (s) in the secretariat thereby leaking secret/confidential matters in public domain,” the meeting said.

“All the above issues were put forth before the Governor, advisors to the Governor and Chief Secretary J&K but no concrete steps have been taken in this regard till now. In view of the above backdrop, the coordination committee has decided to proceed on strike form Monday, 30 July 2018,” the meeting observed.


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People have lost faith in PDP: NC

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Bejbehara, April 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Thursday said that people of Kashmir have lost faith in PDP saying that the people would never forgive Mufti’s for betraying and berating their verdict in 2014 by forging alliance with BJP-RSS.

Addressing an election campaign rally at Bijbehara, party’s senior leader Muhammad Akbar Lone said that there is no sympathy for Mehbooba Mufti on ground and that the people of Bijbehara will not forgive her for unleashing torments on the people particularly the people of Bijbehara, who had reposed faith in her during 2014 elections.

“Today she is again coming forth with the same set of promises she made while canvassing for assembly elections in 2014. However what followed is an open secret, it cannot be articulated in words, there aren’t any alphabets that can reveal the massive pain the people of Kashmir particularly the people of south Kashmir are going through,” he said.

 

“When enjoying the benefits of power, she had bolted her mouth. People who had voted for her were dejected by her changed outlook. People still remember how sordidly she mocked the death and misery of hundreds of families who had to shoulder the coffins of their beloved, with her ‘milk and toffee’ remarks. People remember how appallingly she had asserted that the guns of security forces aren’t for display but action. She shamelessly stuck to her chair when the youth who had voted for her were being fired upon. She didn’t have the gumption to bid good bye to BJP when scores of our youth, and elderly were being blinded and maimed. On the contrary she barefacedly presided over the relentless miseries of people. How can people forget her treachery and political duplicity? People across the state particularly in Kashmir are bidding goodbye to the PDP’s brand of politics, which is based on duplicity, crude lies and political Shenanigans. Mehbooba is herself admitting the fact that people of the state, in particular her workers are disgruntled with her.PDP is a spent force, it never was any; the edifice of PDP has stumbled down under the weight of its own deceit and falsehood,” he said.

Party’s South Zone President Dr. Bashir Ahmad Veeri, while addressing the public meet, said, “Today we see Mehbooba Ji taking pledges for the protection of state’s special status. How can she assume that she can fool people all the time? If she thinks on these lines then she is surely living in a fool’s paradise, people who come to spend time at the Dara Shikoh Park don’t veer around her late father’s tomb, the reason we all know is the doomed embrace of Mufti’s with BJP-RSS. When Mehbooba Ji was told to bow down by BJP, she crawled before them. There is nothing which suggests that she won’t join hands with the BJP in the future also.

He further added, “PDP is still in a tacit alliance with BJP; the way PDP supported BJP’s candidate for the post of deputy chairman of Lokh Sabha reveals it all. Nonetheless, how can she protect the sanctity of our flag now when she couldn’t stand for the interests of Kashmir when in government with BJP? On the contrary, it was she who allowed the implementation of SARFAESI, and NFSA in J&K. what was left of our autonomy; Mufti’s took it upon them to obliterate it. How can she protect it now?”

The leaders who addressed the public meet sought huge winning margin for party’s Anantnag parliamentary constituency candidate Retired Justice Hasnain Masoodi. The leaders said that Masoodi has been known for his pronounced judgments on the special status of J&K. They said that he is the best person to voice for state’s interests both inside and outside parliament.

Among others retired Justice Hasnain Masooodi, Peer Muhammad Hussnain also addressed the public meet and impressed upon the people to rally round the flag of National Conference.

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Vote for strong candidate: Altaf Bukhari to electorate

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Srinagar, April 18: Former finance minister Altaf Bukhari Thursday said it was time to rise above the party system and vote for a strong candidate who can talk about Kashmir issue in the parliament of India.

Hinting that he has voted for National Conference candidate Farooq Abdullah, Bukhari said Farooq Abdullah is a strong candidate among all the people who were in election fray for the Srinagar parliamentary seat.

Bukhari while talking to reporters after casting his vote, said the attacks on the special identity of Jammu and Kashmir need to be defended and only a person like Farooq Abdullah can do that in the parliament.

 

“I feel we need to send a strong leader to the parliament. We need to send those leaders to the parliament who can make a strong stand for Kashmir cause,” Bukhari said.

Admitting that the previous government in which he was a strong minister holding the portfolio of education and later on finance, failed to respect the aspirations of the people, Bukhari said youth who are on the streets pelting stones, it is always a responsibility of the government to make atmosphere conducive and restore normalcy which the previous government completely failed.

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Whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small issues: Khalida Shah

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Srinagar, April 18: Jammu and Kashmir Awami National Conference (ANC) President Begum Khalida Shah on Thursday said whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small scuffles and issues.

Talking to reporters after carting her vote, Khalida Shah appealed people across Jammu and Kashmir to keep differences at bay and be united to fight their rights.

She added that State was ruined politically, saying it will be unfortunate in case people will not accept the reality on ground.

 

Khalida Shah further stated that people want their rights nothing else but “we should get united so that someone can help use in rescuing from the prevailing situation.”

She said that “there was a need to strengthen ourselves on ground. It is better to work for it. We have not achieved anything but whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we were even losing that in small scuffles and issues.”

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