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Ensure resolution-based grievance redressal, not mere reporting: Vyas to Officers

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Srinagar, NOV 19: Taking a strong exception towards routine handling of public grievances by reporting departments and need to bring in a change in attitude of mere reporting by the officers to resolution-based redressal of grievances Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas, today stressed upon the officers to look for solutions in absolving public issues to bring succor to the aggrieved.

He said this while interacting with public delegations and individuals here at Governor’s Grievance Cell in Church Lane, Sonawar.

During the said interaction, the Advisor was apprised about various issues and problems faced by the people in the region.
Among various issues brought to the fore, people from municipal areas also thanked the Advisor for bringing an end to their long pending grievances pertaining to drainage and other issues in their areas.

On the occasion a delegation from Kashmir Chamber of Commerce headed by Sheikh Ashiq thanked him for resolving their tax issues with regards to the goods that were damaged in 2014 floods.

The delegation also brought to the notice of the Advisor loss occurred in the horticulture sector due to recent snowfall and requested him to look into the issue of compensation to the apple growers who have suffered immense loss. They also requested for implementation of insurance for crops.

Some of the other main issues that were flagged during the interaction include those relating to power viz installation of electric transformers, construction of roads and drains, encroachment of state land, etc

A delegation of residents from Kulgam, informed the Advisor about difficulties they face due to non-availability of proper road in their area and requested him to help sanction construction of the road which would go a long way in bringing relief to the people.

Welfare Committee from Sector A of Mustafa Abad, HMT apprised the Advisor about the need for having a proper drainage system in the area.
People also informed the Advisor to look into redressing the difficulties they have to face due to shortage of electricity during winters. Request for increasing power supply to certain areas was also brought up during the interaction. The delegation of residents’ form Lolpora, Kunzar also requested for additional transformers for the area.

Various officials from government departments also met Advisor Vyas and requested him to help find a solution to their grievances.

A delegation from Revenue Department requested for resolution of the issue of regularization of their service. While as a delegation from State Technical Employees and Agriculture Departments informed about delay in Departmental Promotions. Another delegation of RDD class 4th employees of Kashmir division apprised him about various departmental issues. The delegations from FCS&CA, Link Workers of NHM, 10+2 lecturers and others also met the Advisor.

Around 50 delegations and individuals from various districts of Kashmir Division apprised the Advisor of their grievances and sought his intervention in ensuring outcome-based redressal of the same in a time-bound manner. This was Advisor Vyas’s second public grievance redressal camp in Srinagar after the secretariat moved to Jammu.

The Advisor gave a patient hearing to all the delegations and assured them of redressing their genuine grievances at an earliest. He also issued on spot directions to the concerned officers asking them to take cognizance of the pertaining issues and redress the same forthwith. On the occasion, Advisor Vyas directed the concerned officials to find a permanent resolution to certain issues that are faced by people on regular basis.

Later, the Advisor also chaired a meeting of officials to discuss the issues with regards to the construction of dewatering station in Noor Bagh, which is a long pending demand of the residents of Noor Bagh.

The meeting was attended by Director ERA, Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department and PHE, SE Sewerage and Drainage, officials from SMC and other concerned officials.

Saying that the construction of dewatering station is of greater significance for the people of Noorbagh, Vyas gave directions to the officials with regards to identification of land and required funding for the project. He directed the concerned officials to visit the area and inspect the feasibility for the construction.


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Pulwama man killed in cross firing had no militant links: Police tells SHRC

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Srinagar, Dec 12: A report submitted by the senior superintendent of police before the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) in connection with the killing of a civilian of Pulwama said that he was not having any militant connection or involved in any criminal activity.

The SSP Pulwama’s report has come in response to the petition filed by the chairman International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR) Muhammad Ahsan Untoo in case number SHRC/175/Pul/2018.

The police report reads that during the course of investigations, the investigating officer seized the AK 47 magazine, 08 cartridges and 3 cartridges of INSAS. “During investigations at some distance from the scene of occurrence a vehicle bearing registration number JKO1G 9688 in which injured person namely Bilal Ahmed Ganai of Narwa Pulwama was found and four cartridges of AK 47 also seized from the vehicle. The injured was taken to district hospital Pulwama, where he was declared brought dead,” the police report reads. It states that slain driver Bilal was not involved in any militant activity nor was he having any criminal activity/case against him in police station Pulwama.

The report also stated that on May 27, 2018, 50 RR unit had deployed a Naka at Kakapora and in the meantime a sumo vehicle registration number JKO1G9688 was coming in suspicious circumstances. “The vehicle was asked to stop for checking purpose but instead of giving any response to the signal, unknown militants on board started indiscriminate firing on the naka party with the intention to kill them and the naka party retaliated in self defence and during the firing one constable Vikram Singh of 50 RR sustained bullet injuries and was shifted to 92 base hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the report reads.

The petitioner, however, said that the civilian Bilal was killed for his no fault and it stands proved now and urged the SHRC to ensure that the Bilal’s family is given proper compensation and a job to next of kin of slain. (KNS)

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Mirwaiz demands immediate ban on use of pellet guns

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Srinagar, Dec 12: Demanding immediate ban on use of pellet guns, All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Kashmir is the only place in the world where lethal pellets are used against a populance with impunity as a means of repression and dealing with civilian protests.

In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said, “It seems that GOI does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute, but instead wants to exert forced control over the people and its territory by using its forces armed with special powers exempting them from any accountability and prosecution.”

He added that the consequence of this is that today our toddlers are also not safe in their mothers lap as was seen in the case of 18 month-old baby Hiba Jan who was showered with pellets at her home and today doctors are struggling to save her badly perforated eye.

Mirwaiz who visited the SMHS hospital to see toddler Hiba, was deeply pained to see her in such condition and expressed solidarity with her distraught parents praying for the little girl’s speedy recovery

Hiba- a victim of pellet horror underwent a second eye-surgery in just a five days.

Mirwaiz told her parents that entire Kashmiri nation was praying for the speedy recovery of their daughter.

It was an emotionally charged moment in the hospital when Mirwaiz said that such inhuman act of violence inflicted upon an infants will break the heart of any person having a heart and he was no exception.

Mirwaiz said that little Hiba who is “writhing in pain” stands an eye-opener for the entire international community.

Mirwaiz asked GOI to immediately stop the use of this tyrannical and most cruel use of pellet guns. Mirwaiz also urged the international community to take strong note of the use of pellets on Kashmiri people being used as a means of repression and take steps in ensuring the use of pellets is banned in Valley.

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Hope to get diplomatic, political support from Pakistan: Sehrai

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Srinagar, Dec 12: Reacting to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan’s message on the Human Rights Day, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Wednesday said it is imperative for Pakistan to support the Kashmiri cause courageously and highlight the Kashmir dispute at every opportunity and in every forum.

In a statement issued to media, Sehrai said, “Pakistan being one of the main parties to Kashmir dispute has always played a frontal role at both regional and international levels in highlighting the suffering of the Kashmiris as well as presenting the Kashmir dispute in its historical context.”

“We expect and hopefull diplomatic, political and moral support from Pakistan in our struggle for human dignity, respect and inalienable right to self-determination,” he added.

Sehrai said, “People of Kashmir appreciate Pakistan’s concern, but to put an end to the ‘appalling grind of repression and human right abuse’ that Kashmiri’s are suffering Pakistan needs to do much more.”

He said in spite of all the ‘suppression’, the rulers have not been able to break the will and commitment of the people towards the movement. “The continued moral and diplomatic support extended by Pakistan in such difficult and trying circumstances has always strengthened the determination of the people to carry forward their just and legitimate peaceful political struggle,” he said.

Sehrai further said, “Pakistan being a party to internationally recognized dispute not is only bound by his political commitment but morally and religiously to support the Kashmiris in this hour of need. He said the goal of security and stability in South Asia depends upon the resolution of this dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”

“There is no other path to peace and prosperity in this impoverished subcontinent unless the core issue of Kashmir was resolved as per its historical perspective and according to the wishes of Kashmir,” he said.

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