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Delegation of JKEDI employees call on Adv Sharma




Srinagar, Dec 01 : A delegation of JKEDI employees headed by  Wajahat Hussain Durrani , Vice President EJAC met Advisor to Governor K K Sharma here in Srinagar .

The delegation discussed various issues pertaining to the employees of JKEDI and that of JKEDI- EWA ( Employees Welfare Association).

In a press release issued here, the Advisor was informed that JKEDI- EWA is a recognized body affiliated with EJAC ( Employees Joint Action Committee) and works for the overall welfare of the employees of JKEDI in a democratic way.The delegation complained that the administration of JKEDI has always opposed the creation of association and time and again tried to bring down the resolutions put forth by the association.


“The administration at JKEDI has always adopted pick and choose method  for transfers, regularization of services and promotions. Employees are facing continuous threat from the administration; services of employees (contractual) are discontinued on verbal directions without serving any notice periods putting the employees under huge depression,” read the press release.

It further read that the employees are being terminated without adopting the proper procedures of setting up enquiries, asking for explanations. Contractual employees who have been shown doors are not able to start their careers afresh as no formal order is provided and experience certificate is not issued, which usually result that employee is forced to resign so as to receive experience certificate and search for other employment opportunity to feed their self and their families.

The meeting also discussed the uncertainty of future of Coordinators.

It was revealed that highly qualified coordinators working for EDI who have been working from last 4-5 years were made victim of nepotism and favouritism, as many among them were adjusted against posts while there were many who were terminated without any valid reason. It was also brought to the Advisor’s notice that the contracts of these coordinators is being extended on monthly basis so that they will never raise their voice against administration.

It was also discussed that the long standing demand of office space for JKEDI- EWA, at Head Office Pampore should be immediately considered so that they can redress grievances of aggrieved employees. President JKEDIEWA who also is Secretary EJAC has been denied homeposting and is  unjustly  transferred to far off districts  after serving more than five years of outside home postings. Demand of bringing him back with immediate effect was put forth before the Advisor .

The Advisor assured the delegation that these grievances will be taken care off and instructed the concerned that a meeting should be sought with Principal Sec Industries and Commerce to get all matters redressed at the earliest.









Delhi obsessed with Kashmiri Pandits, silent about Kashmir massacres: Rasheed



Srinagar, Jan 21: Paying rich tributes to the “martyrs” of Gawkadal massacre on their 28th anniversary, AIP President Er Rasheed said that Delhi and its institutions have failed to kill, humiliate and deny justice to Kashmiris has become the permanent interpretation of “nationalism and patriotism”.

In a statement issued here, Rasheed said that national media, politicians and a section of “pseudo-intellectuals with a communal mindset” have been often calling few unfortunate killings of Kashmiri Pandits at the hands of unknown persons as “genocide” but don’t speak even a word on Gawkadal massacre and other worst massacres which took place in every area of Kashmir at the hands of men in uniform.

The huge sacrifices offered by Kashmiris deserve a response within India and at the international level. The state has used its institutions and huge propaganda machinery to mislead the world community and create confusions about what Kashmiris stand for. The Gawkadal massacre reminds Delhi and the world community that after 29 years, the will, commitment and desire to get Jammu & Kashmir dispute resolved in accordance with UN resolutions have not only deepened but India is finding it difficult day by day to prove its narrative, Rasheed said.


Rasheed added that Kashmiris are not worried about the behaviour of New Delhi and are mature enough to understand that the colonial mind. However, the truth lies on the side of Kashmiris and they cannot compromise on their stand or surrender before the New Delhi.

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NHM employees stage protest, demand regularisation



Srinagar, Jan 21: Employees of National Health Mission (NHM) on Monday staged a protest rally in Bandipora district of north Kashmir, demanding regularisation of their services.

Scores of the employees while shouting anti-governmental slogans held a protest rally from Hospital to mini secretariat Bandipora where they provided a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner.

The protesting employees said that most of employees working in the department have passed half of the age but were not regularised till date. “Govt must take any action to regularise us now,” one of the protesting employee said.


According to the protesting employees, the government had promised them social security benefits but till date, there were no initiatives taken by the government in this regard.

The protesting employees said that government is violating the guidelines of Supreme Court by not paying the equal pay for equal work, adding that people with the same profession in Delhi and Haryana are being benefited fully but their counterparts in valley are not.

The protesters threatened of more protests if their demands are not fulfilled.


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Anantnag’s Kothar residents protest to demand degree college

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Jan 21: Scores of residents from Nowgam Kothar village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday staged a protest to express their dismay over government’s indifference and demanded for the establishment of Women’s Degree College in the area.

The residents including the senior citizens of the area assembled here at press enclave in Srinagar and raised slogans in favour of their demand.

Protesters carrying placards read “we want Degree College” and “we want Justice”.


The proposed college was first promised to the Shangus constituency but was later given to Chattisinghpora.

We were sure that the government would announce the college for their area said the protestors.

“In September 2018, when governor administration announced 40 colleges, we started the process. We completed all the formalities and were sure that college would be allotted,” said a protestor Mushtaq Ahamd.

“Our girls are forced to seek admission far from the home, either in colleges at Anantnag or in Srinagar. It is very hectic for them to travel long distances to reach to their colleges. It is not only expensive, but time consuming as well,” another protestor Bashir Ahmad said.

The protestors said that they would launch a full-fledged agitation to ensure that the government sanctions college in their favour.

“We would hit streets regularly to lodge our protest. We urge authorities to allot the college at an earliest or else be prepared for the consequences,” warned Bashir Mir.

“Any law and order problem arising out of our protests would directly be the responsibility of the government if it does not address our genuine concern immediately,” Mir added.

“We did everything that was required as far as official formalities are concerned. We met Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ganie. Later on we even sent the documents to the governor. We fail to understand as to why the authorities have not allotted the college. All the assurances provided to us proved futile,” the protesting residents said.

The Nowgam Kothar area comprises of 1041 households with no degree college. As per the locals, the said area has all the feasibilities required for the establishment of a college including land. “The college was not still allotted to us rather was given to a less feasible area,” the aggrieved protesters said.

Protestors appealed Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into the matter and fulfil their demand at an earliest.

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