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.
Advisor Ganai for improving quality of education in Govt schools
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today urged the Principals and Headmasters serving in Education Department to improve the quality of education in Government run schools by drawing upon the wealth of their knowledge and experience. The Advisor made these observations while chairing a meeting with General Line Teachers Forum who apprised him about various issues faced by the teachers and educational institutions.
Elaborating on the issue, the Advisor said that Government understands that the head of institutions are required to take care of all the administrative work and may not have much time at their hands to take regular classes, however, to achieve the academic excellence, especially in Government run schools, everyone including principals and headmasters, need to extend their helping hand.
He said that the Principals and Headmasters usually have years of teaching experience and wealth of knowledge and by volunteering to take one or two classes in their institutions, they will not only send a good message among the staff members but will enable the students to avail the benefit from their immense knowledge.
Ganai further added that the teaching will help the Principals and Headmasters to stay in touch with their specialized subjects, and most importantly would enable them to encourage other staff members to give their best.
Earlier, the delegation of the General Line Teachers Forum during their interaction with the Advisor sought immediate redressal of the promotion stagnation issue in the department. They informed that there are many among them who despite getting recruited through proper channel have not received their due promotions for years.
The delegation also suggested for creation of “Teachers Welfare Fund”, adding it could be on the pattern of the welfare fund created in police department, where the employees can themselves contribute on monthly basis.
Besides, they also demanded for creation of lecturer and master grade posts for teaching newly introduced subjects in the education department.
Students, teachers should be ambassadors for cleanliness drive: DSEK
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Students and teachers should be ambassadors for maintaining cleanliness in the schools in particular and society in general. This was stated by Director School Education Kashmir Dr. G.N. Itoo during a function organized by Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information, and Government of India, unit Srinagar in collaboration with Directorate of School Education Kashmir, SMC Srinagar and Directorate of Urban Sanitation in which he was participating as a Chief Guest.
The function was attended by Commissioner Municipality Riyaz Ahmad Wani, Head of RNU, Radio Kashmir, Srinagar Mushtaq Ahmad Tantray, Joint Director Trainings Mehboob Hussain, Field Outreach Bureau, Ministry of Information, Field Officer Mr. Sikandar Qureshi and BDO Srinagar and Qamarwari Muhammad Akbar.
He said that in order to create awareness about cleanliness among the students in schools the Department has constituted up Nature Clubs in every Higher Secondary School. He further added that cleanliness has been kept as a mandatory component of the Education Planner. He directed all the Head of the Institutions to dedicate 5 minutes in the morning assembly for creating awareness about cleanliness among the students.
Speaking on the occasion Commissioner Municipal Corporation Srinagar Riyaz Ahmad Wani announced Rs 50,000 for making Drum Compost Unit at GHSS Kothibagh. He stressed upon all to make this programme a success and appreciated the role of School Education Department in making this programme effective on ground level.
DSEK requested Municipal Commissioner to construct sanitary complexes in rented schools of Srinagar so that students of these schools can get this facility. He also requested for making toilets for specially-abled children.
Earlier a Provincial Level Painting Competition organized by Directorate of School Education Kashmir was held at GHSS Kothibagh in which 30 students from 10 Districts of Kashmir Division participated. Shah Faisal from BHSS Pulwama bagged 1st position, Sama Masoodi from GHSS Sopore bagged 2nd position and Ayesha Samad from GHSS Langate was awarded 3rd position. These students were felicitated in the function by DSEK and other dignitaries.
Soz welcomes SC direction for separate law for curbing lynching menace
SRINAGAR, JULY 18: Welcoming the Supreme Court’s direction for a separate law for curbing lynching menace in the country, senior Congress leader and former union minister Prof Saifuddin Soz on Wednesday said it was a great relief to people, particularly to down trodden, including minorities.
In a statement issued, Prof Soz said, “The Supreme Court’s judgment on widespread menace of lynching in the country, asking the Central government to initiate immediate steps for enactment of a separate law for punishment for this crime, has come as a great relief to the people of India, particularly, to the downtrodden including minorities.”
He said it is a measure of great relief when the court described the situation in the country as extremely bad and observed strongly that there can be no shadow of doubt that the authorities have the principal obligation to see that vigilantism, be it cow vigilantism or any other vigilantism, does not take place.
“It is further a matter of great relief to the nation that the Supreme Court has passed this strong judgment at a time when Parliament is in session”, he said in the statement.
He alleged that if the government had paid any attention initially, it would not have become a widespread menace
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