Srinagar, July 4: The three-member Press Council of India (PCI) team held a series of meetings here on Wednesday with the representatives of various media associations to have an insight into the challenges confronting the media in the State.
The PCI team comprising of Pravat Kumar Dash, Ashok Upadhyay and Prof Sushma Yadav, held detailed deliberations with the representatives of Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), Kashmir Press Club, Jammu &Kashmir Editors Forum (JKEF), Jammu and Kashmir Press Association (JKPA), J&K Media Association, J&K Journalistic Union and other similar bodies.
During the meetings, the associations urged PCI to play a proactive role in addressing the issues and challenges faced by the newspapers and journalists here.
They demanded that there should be a set-time frame within which the petitions filed in the Council by the newspapers regarding various issues are addressed.
Lack of J&K’s representation in PCI was also discussed during the meetings. It was said that it is high time when J&K should get representation in the Council, as it will expedite redressal of the cases brought into the notice of the Council from the State.
The visiting Council members acknowledged that there has been some communication gap between local journalists and the Council and every possible step would be taken to fill the void at an earliest. They assured that they would be in regular touch with the media fraternity in the State to ensure speedy redressal of their grievances.
The team said that they were visiting the State on the instructions of Chairman PCI Justice C K Prasad who according to them was concerned over the recent developments in the State.
Financial audit of schools not done for years
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.
Municipal Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for 3rd Phase
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).
KCCI’s Executive committee polls held, result on Sep 29
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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