Srinagar, Jul 04: An emergent session of Employees Joint Action Committee was held at its central office under the chair of President EJAC Ab Qayoom Wani in which all state leaders, and presidents of departmental unions affiliated with EJAC participated.
The agenda of the meeting was only to resolve the burning issue of implementation of 7th Pay Commission to SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA Masters, and linking their salary with State sector.
All the leaders present in the meeting termed the issue very sensitive and based on logic. It was felt that Govt is unnecessarily harassing SSA teachers and RMSA Masters by debarring them from 7th pay commission which is unacceptable to the employee fraternity.
The nation builders are in mental trauma and it can directly or indirectly effect the academics of lakhs of students. All the leaders in the meeting assured the teaching fraternity that until and unless the issue of SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA Masters is not resolved, EJAC will support their justified demands.
All the leaders urged upon the Govt to release 7th pay commission in favour of SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA Masters and link their salaries with State sector so that these teachers will come out of mental trauma and will smoothly perform their duties in their schools.
President EJAC Abdul Qayoom Wani announced in the meeting that if Govt failed to resolve the issue of SSA teachers upto 10 July, then the leadership of EJAC, District executives and volunteers of EJAC will hold a peaceful march from Sheri Kashmir Park Srinagar to Civil Secretariat on 11 July to show solidarity with the teaching fraternity and press for resolution of their justified and genuine demands and a memorandum in this behalf will be presented to Government on this day.
Ab Qayoom Wani warned that if Govt failed to take concrete steps in releasing 7th pay commission in favour of SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA Masters, then Five lakh employees of the state will fight shoulder to shoulder with teaching fraternity for their legitimate rights.
Wani advised the leadership of EJAC to make 11 July peaceful protest a historical and result oriented and remain in touch with the volunteers of EJAC.
He made it clear to the Govt that EJAC will not remain silent on this sensitive and human issue. EJAC President urged upon His Excellency Governor of State N N Vohra, Advisors to Governor B B Viyas and Khursheed Ahmad Ganie, to intervene in the matter and issue orders for implementation of 7th Pay Commission in favour of SSA teachers, Head teachers and RMSA Masters and linking their salaries with State sector, so that these trs may come out of mental trauma.
Wani said that we don’t want confrontation but ignoring legitimate demands of the employees compels us to resort the path of agitation.
He urged upon the EJAC leadership for making the programme of 11 July peaceful to ensure discipline during the protest.
People have lost faith in PDP: NC
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.
Vote for strong candidate: Altaf Bukhari to electorate
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.
Whatever Sher-e-Kashmir had achieved, we are losing it in small issues: Khalida Shah
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.”