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Extended absence from duty: Govt frames one more termination list of doctors

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Srinagar, Dec 3: After terminating the services of 65 doctors for unauthorized extended absence from their duties, a fresh list of doctors is being framed who will be terminated from their services for remaining absent unauthorized.

There has been mounting pressure on the government to improve the health care in the state.“This is because of complaints against doctors for their lackadaisical approach in fulfilling their duties,” the official said.

“There are around 10 more absent doctors, who have not responded to the notices from the state government’s Health and Medical Education department,” an official in health and medical education department Civil Secretariat Jammu said. “Their list is being framed and will be issued soon.”

In September, of the total 85 absent such doctors, the government terminated services of 65 who were on roll of Health and Medical Education Department and didn’t attend their duties.

As per the sources, the concerned department on September 17, sent a final notice to these doctors, asking them to join their departments within 15 days.

Official sources in the department said that none of these doctors have responded to the notice even after the culmination of the deadline.

This year so far the government terminated 33 doctors from Kashmir’s health directorate and 32 of Jammu directorate.

Last year, around 150 doctors were terminated who failed to re-join their services while services of 100 such doctors also ended in 2016 for the same reasons. The state government earlier accorded sanction to the re-constitution of a Departmental Committee to examine the cases of doc­tors or any officer/official of subordinate office related to the un-authorized absence/ over-stay on deputation/study leave cases or any other.

An official of the Health Department said that notices were issued to all such doctors who had been unauthorizedly absent from their duties.
“Most of them didn’t reply to these notices following which the government terminated over 200 from their services since 2016,” the official said.

The official said these doctors have shifted to other states or gone aboard and started practice in private hospitals without informing the department.
One of the terminated notices issued to these doctors reads that, “In terms of Article 128 of J&K, CSR Vol-I, the services of following doctors are here by terminated from the respective dates of their unauthorized absence. These doctors had been absent for more than five years.”

Sources said this step has been taken as health department in J&K has been facing dearth of doctors while the terminated doctors had occupied hundreds of posts without serving here.“The government was not able to make adequate recruitment as the state had to spend a huge sum on the terminated doctors as their salaries,” the official said.

The doctor-patient ratio in J&K is 1:2104 as against the recommendations of World Health Organization (WHO) of 1:1000, which is grossly insufficient.


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Govt to build old-age homes in every district

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Jammu, Dec 14: Secretary, Social Welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone Friday reviewed the modalities for ensuring effective implementation of J&K Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2014.
The Act provides for comprehensive legal framework for elderly care system in the State including establishment of Old Age Homes and Senior Citizens Welfare Fund. It also provides for constitution of Maintenance Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal, State Advisory Council and Conciliation Officers to address the issues of Senior Citizens.
Executive Director/Secretary, State Social Welfare Board, Dr Khalid Hussain Malik informed the meeting that the proposals for establishment of Maintenance and Appellate Tribunal have been moved to Planning/Finance Department by the Administrative Department.
It was decided that till formal appointment of Conciliation Officers, the concerned CDPOs shall be designated as Conciliation Officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction while District Social Welfare Officers shall be designated as Maintenance Officers in their areas of jurisdiction.
The meeting also reviewed the modalities for constitution of State Advisory Council and District Committees for the effective implementation of the Act.
Secretary Social Welfare called for effective implementation of the Act on the ground so that its benefits reach to the intended senior citizens in need of care.
He said the project of old-age home at Jammu is in progress at a cost of Rs 9.73 crore and all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to identify land at the earliest for establishment of Old-Age Homes in their respective districts.
The meeting also discussed the modalities for institution of Welfare Fund for Senior Citizens to implement programmes for welfare and rehabilitation of senior citizens and to meet their medical exigencies.
Representatives of pensioners’ associations present in the meeting also gave their suggestions on how to make elderly care system more effective in the State.
Among others Commissioner Disabilities Mohammad Iqbal Lone, Director Social Welfare Department Jammu Dr Bharat Bhushan, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Department, Babu Ram, Director ICDS, Veer Ji Hangloo, Officers of Social Welfare Department and representatives of Pensioner’s and Senior Citizen’s Association attended the meeting.

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Extended evening flight timing at Sgr, Jmu airports from Jan 1

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Jammu, Dec 14: To give a big push to the tourism sector in particular besides further improving the connectivity with other parts of the country, the Government has decided to extend the timing of evening flights at Jammu and Srinagar airports from 1 January 2019.
“The Air Force authorities have been asked to extend watch hours from 8 am to 9 pm at Jammu Airport and 8 am to 8 pm at Srinagar airport to facilitate operation of flights during late hours,” Principal Secretary Civil Aviation Rohit Kansal said at a high-level meeting convened here today.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Commissioner Civil Aviation, J&K, Capt S Katoch, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Air Officer Commanding Jammu, Directors of Jammu and Srinagar Airports, Chief Engineer R&B Jammu, SSPs (Anti-hijacking) Jammu and Srinagar, besides Chief Managing Director Pawan Hans Ltd.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Kupwara, Bandipora, Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar, Doda, Leh and Kargil also attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Kansal asked the Srinagar and Jammu airport directors to direct the airlines to start early morning and late evening flights on Srinagar and Jammu sectors.
To ease the connectivity to different regions of the state affected by the weather vagaries, Principal Secretary Civil Aviation reviewed helicopter services of all approved 10 routes besides directing restoration of services for Ladakh within a week.
While reviewing the helicopter service, the meeting called for giving wide publicity to the helicopter route schedules besides publicizing the contact numbers of nodal officers of all helipads in print and electronic media.
The concerned deputy commissioners were asked to ensure toilet, water and other basic facilities at helipads.
Pawan Hans Ltd authorities were also asked to adhere to the already publicized schedule in operation of services to avoid inconvenience to passengers.
The meeting also asked Pawan Hans to construct hanger at earliest so that helicopters can be stationed at designated helipads.
Meanwhile, Air force authorities were asked to facilitate hanger facility for helicopters till the completion of ongoing works of their own facility.
Regarding the runway extension of Jammu airport, boundary wall, the meeting was informed that works are going on in full swing and will be completed within stipulated time.
The meeting also discussed other issues related to acquisition of land at various places for extension of airports.
Regarding the operation of service under Regional Connectivity service from Kargil, the Deputy Commissioner Kargil and Director Airport informed that all the arrangements have been made to start the RCS flights.
The meeting also discussed the project for development of civil terminal and a new green filed at Jammu airport.

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Eviction notices to follow if politicians don’t vacate accommodations by Dec 21

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Srinagar, Dec 14: Though under the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department, the politicians including ex-minister and ex-legislators are bound to vacate the accommodations presently under their occupation one month after the dissolution of the assembly on or by December 21 but they have not vacated their accommodations including Bunglows and flats so far forcing the Estates department to issue eviction notices any time after December 21.
Top sources revealed that only a few have vacated but majority of the occupants are occupying Estates Bunglows both in Srinagar and Jammu and are not vacating their accommodations as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Estates department.
Those who have vacated in Srinagar or Jammu by now include Abdul Majid Bhat Larmi (Ex-MLA), Private house Rajbagh, Imran Raza Ansari (Ex-minister), private house Hyderpora, Murtaza Khan (Ex-MLA), Private house friends enclave Humhama, Bali Bhagat (Ex-Minister), M-2 Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, Devender Singh Rana (Ex-MLA), G-3 Gupkar road, Abdul Gani Kohli (Ex-Minister), M-4 Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar (Ex-MLA), 6-D SF Road Srinagar, Anup Khajuria (political person), 21-C TSK Jammu, Peerzada Mansoor (Ex-Legislator), 7-A Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Nazir Ahmad Mir (Political person), 13-H New BS Jammu, Sanaullah Dar (Political person), 138 Janipur Jammu, Peer Mohammad Hussain (Political person), 21-C-Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Usman Majid (Ex-MLA), 19 Rehari Staff Jammu, Shaheena Begum (Political person), 16-D Nehru Market Jammu.
Rest all the Ex-ministers and Ex-Legislators are yet to vacate the official Bunglows and flats both in Srinagar and Jammu.
A top government official said that Estates department is bound to serve eviction notices and charge rent as per penalty clause if the occupants including ex-ministers and ex-legislators don’t vacate their accommodations by December 21.

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