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Congress indecisive over participation in civic polls

‘Let New Delhi clear whether it is election or a gimmick’

Firdous Hassan

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Srinagar, Sep 12: The state unit of Congress is indecisive about its participation in the upcoming Panchayat and Municipal polls, while a delegation is being sent to New Delhi to reach to a decision.
Addressing a press conference here at the party headquarters here, the State Congress President, G A Mir, accused New Delhi of creating “uncertainty” over the polls.
“There is a lot of confusion about the Panchayat and Urban Local Body polls. So, we are sending a delegation of our senior leaders to brief the party high command over the situation and to accordingly decide on our participation,” he said.
The State Congress head said the situation in the state was not “conducive” for holding of the elections.
“The Panchayat and Municipal polls were declared in the state without taking a stock of the situation on the ground. By election we mean an exercise similar to the one held in 2011 and 2014, not like 2017 during which many lost lives and the poll percentage was too low,” he said.
“Everyone who has to participate in the election has to go through many barriers. Neither the state government nor the centre or the Election Commission of India is discussing their responsibilities.”
He said New Delhi and state administration should make clear their stand about the elections.
“They should clear whether they want to conduct the elections or is it just a gimmick,” he said, suggesting involving a “credible person” for gaining people’s confidence.
“Once the confusion is clear, the Congress party will decide whether or not to participate in the elections,” he said.
Divulging about their Tuesday’s meeting with Governor Satya Pal Malik, on current situation in the valley, Mir said, “The Governor was only testing waters and was not serious on the issue.”
“We met Governor twice in last 10 days and yesterday we briefed them about current situation and raise question about preparation for elections. These concerns were not addressed,” he said.
Asked about the poll boycott announced by National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he said, “Every party had its own opinion.”
“However, linking Panchayat and ULB polls with hearing on Article 35 -A in Supreme Court is very wrong,” Mir 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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