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Crossing LoC only choice, say PaK brides

‘Better to die once than every minute’

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Srinagar, May 14: Scores of brides from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), who married to men from this side of Kashmir who had crossed the LoC for arms training but settled out there and started earning a living, are today in state of great shock and distress.

They have now decided to cross the LoC along with their children and go back to their roots citing that the J&K government ignored them on all fronts leaving them choked.

At least 550 families returned to Kashmir under the Rehabilitation-cum-Surrender policy announced by the then chief minister Omar Abdullah in 2010. However, soon after they landed here, the wives and the children of Kashmiri youth who came via Nepal and other routes, were confronted with multiple problems and today situation reached a point where many of them stand divorced by none other than those who brought them here.

 

“We never thought we are arriving in a hell. We never got identity and our children were labeled as Pakistanis and denied admissions in schools. Now today, the situation has reached a stage where majority of us have been divorced by our husbands and we are living illegally and against the rules of Islam in our inlaws’ houses,” said Zeba, a resident of Tangdhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.

Zeba had crossed over to this side along with three children and husband in year 2011 from Nepal route under the policy announced in 2010.

“Firstly, I faced tremendous hardships as I was not able to speak or understand what my inlaws were saying. Somehow, I coped up, but my children were denied admission in schools and my husband was not given any job in government or private sector as they were dubbed as Pakistan trained militants,” said Zeba. “My husband couldn’t not earn anything and developed mental ailment and divorced me.”

She said that she was living in her former husbands’ house illegally and against the principles of Islam. “I am a divorcee and yet living in my former husbands’ house. Is that fair,” she said. “Now if GoI continues to ignore me, I will take my kids along and cross the LoC and go back to Muzafarabad.”

Zeba is not alone. Her friend Posha, a resident of north Kashmir’s Kuwpara area had a similar ordeal to narrate. “My husband divorced me last year and I am living with my former mother-in-law along with three children on humanitarian grounds,” she said. Her husband, according to Posha, is taking medicines for psychological disorder as he didn’t get job or couldn’t start his business making it difficult to take the responsibility of his wife and kids. “We will soon take a final call about crossing over to PaK. Let Indian army shoot us down, it is better to die once rather than dying every single moment,” she said. Many other PaK brides have a similar story to narrate.


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Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works

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Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.

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Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed

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Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.

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Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt

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Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.

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