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Farooq’s hands drenched with blood of Kashmiris: PC




Srinagar, Dec 3: Peoples Conference (PC) on Monday said that NC President Farooq Abdullah’s hands are drenched with the blood of thousands of innocent Kashmiris – who had lost their lives due to NC’s opportunistic politics and the party’s insatiable thirst for power at any cost.

In a statement issued, a spokesman of J&K Peoples Conference said that Farooq Abdullah should introspect as to how the costs of his treachery, rank opportunism and ideological ambiguity have been borne by the people of Kashmir over the past many decades.

“While Farooq Abdullah’s utterings can’t be taken seriously as he has an uncanny ability to contradict himself with every passing fortnight, it is pertinent to put the facts on record. The election of 1987, which was rigged to impose Farooq Abdullah on the people of Kashmir, was a collective murder that has spread over three bloody decades and cost us nearly one lakh innocent lives till now,” they said in a statement.

They further said that Farooq Abdullah has been allowed to walk away from “murder”. “Every single Kashmiri will testify as to how Farooq Abdullah’s thirst to become Chief Minister threw the State into the throes of turmoil and suffering. He walked over thousands of dead bodies to again assume power in 1996. That was the second mass murder he committed. There is still no closure to the 1987 rigging,” PC spokesperson said.
The violence which started after the rigging is yet to end,” the spokesman added.

“Farooq Abdullah might not believe us but he must ask his newfound friend – the PDP about NC’s role in pushing Kashmir’s youth towards militancy. As PDP has repeatedly reminded Farooq Abdullah in the recent past (Including statements from Mehbooba Mufti) – it was he who was responsible for creating the Syed Salahuddins of Kashmir. His newfound allies have – on numerous occasions – said this on the floor of the assembly and this is not far from the truth”, the spokesman said. “Maybe it is time for the PDP also to spell out whether they still believe that 1987 rigged elections were one of the main causes of drift towards violence, which is yet to end.”

The spokesman said that many attempts were made prior to 1987 to bring in the gun into Kashmir but failed. “1987 rigging scripted the conduciveness and the receptiveness for gun in Kashmir. And now they have the audacity to accuse those who were victims of rigging,” the spokesman said, adding that the rigging of 1987 was done to protect the dynastic rule of the Abdullahs at an unimaginable cost of pushing a peaceful heaven like Kashmir into the vortex of violence and the present show of togetherness exhibited by NC and PDP is yet again an attempt to protect the old and the new dynasty.

The spokesman said that Farooq Abdullah’s promises on defending Article 370 in an alliance with the PDP and the Congress were ridiculous. “NC has been an ever-ready accomplice in the erosion of the State’s special status. They have overtly and covertly facilitated every machination and intrigue hatched against the State. The same Congress that he wanted to ally with recently and has allied with on numerous occasions in the past – has written and enacted every single script of erosion of article 370 and disempowerment in the State.

As for the PDP — the same NC told us that PDP was an ‘RSS Trojan Horse’ till yesterday and that the PDP was recruited to weaken the State from within. One wonders how things suddenly changed for Farooq Abdullah and how he expects the people to believe that his party’s desperation against an alternative political force is somehow purportedly a valiant fight for the State’s special status?”, the spokesman said.



‘Modi, Shah to chair party’s strategy meet for upcoming polls in Kashmir’

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Dec 13: Ahead of Parliamentary and Assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah would hold a meeting with state BJP leaders to discuss the strategy for the polls.

A BJP leader said that Narendra Modi and Amit Shah would seek feedback from the state party leaders for the upcoming polls. “They would discuss how to go with Parliamentary and Assembly polls,” the BJP leader said.

The Parliamentary and Assembly elections are due in April-May. The BJP leader said that they are eyeing on few seats in Kashmir. “There is likely to be pre-poll alliance with the Peoples Conference.

But still the BJP wants to win few seats from Kashmir on its own,” the BJP leader said. The BJP leader said that BJP has made inroads into the Valley for the last few years. “We have so many panchayat and urban local bodies constituencies. We also managed to make the Mayor from the Peoples Conference,” the BJP leader said.

The BJP leader said that the Prime Minister and the BJP National President will also elicit opinion from the party leaders on whether to go for simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and Assembly in April-May or defer the Assembly elections by a couple of months.

“The BJP’s preparations for the elections including retaining three Lok Sabha seats out of six it won in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and annex more will figure at the high level review meeting of the party. Similar will be the discussions on the Assembly elections as the party had won 25 seats in 2014 Assembly elections but now it wants to cross the figure of 30 though publicly the party will set the target of 44 i.e. majority mark,” the BJP leader said.

From Jammu and Kashmir, State BJP president, Ravinder Raina and General Secretary (Organizations) Ashok Koul are expected to attend the meeting.

This meeting will be joined by Ram Madhav, BJP General Secretary and party’s points man on Jammu and Kashmir, Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Dr Jitendra Singh, Lok Sabha member from Jammu-Poonch, Jugal Kishore Sharma, Ravinder Raina, Ashok Koul and some other senior party leaders from the State.

The source said that a final decision vested with the Election Commission, which has to hold Assembly polls within six months of dissolution of the House.

As the Assembly was dissolved on November 21, the elections have to be held before May 21, 2019.

According to sources, a date for visits of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah to Jammu and Kashmir will be decided by the party leaders in coming days.
While Modi is scheduled to visit the State for laying foundation stone or inauguration of some projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Plan (PMDP) etc, Shah is likely to address the party workers meeting and hold deliberations with senior party leaders to discuss the strategy for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.

“Political situation in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections including strategy of other major stakeholders like National Conference, PDP, Congress, People’s Conference and some small players, will also be discussed at the meeting,” the source said.

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Don’t allow employees to keep their service books : Govt directs DDOs

Kashmir News Service



Srinagar, Dec 13: The Jammu and Kashmir government has directed all drawing and disbursing officers to keep the service books of the employees working in their jurisdiction in their own control and not to allow the employees to keep their service books in their custody.

They have been warned of serious action if they allow any employee to keep the service book under his/her personal custody.

The General Administration Department on Thursday issued a Government Circular vide Number 51-GAD of 2018 Dated 13_12_2018 stating that,

“The service-book of a Government servant is an important document to record all the events in his/her entire service career from the date of his appointment till his retirement. As per Article 266 of J&K Civil Service Regulations, 1956, the service-book of a Government employee is required to be kept in the custody of the concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officer.”

The order further reads, “It has been observed in some cases that original service books are not being kept in the custody of the Drawing and

Disbursing Officers but are being retained by the officers/officials in their personal custody which is contrary to the rules/procedure.”

Impressing upon all the Administrative Secretaries/Heads of the Departments to ensure proper custody of service-books of the Government employees working under their administrative control as per the procedure laid down in J&K Civil Service Regulations,” the order reads “Any deviation from the extant rules shall be viewed seriously.”

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10+2 contractual lecturers demand regularisation

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani



Srinagar, Dec 13: The 10+2 contractual lecturers on Thursday asked the government to regularise their services at an earliest.
Staging a protest at the Press Enclave here, under the banner of All J&K Contractual Lecturers (10+2) Forum, they raised slogans in favour of their demands.

Carrying placards, they said the government should regularise them as per the Civil Services Special Provision Act 2010.“The government should regularise us without any delay. We have been asking for it for a long time, while we have been suffering because of the authorities’ casual approach,” said Javaid Ahmad, a lecturer.

“All lecturers have been appointed after qualifying the examination. The examination was conducted by Director School Education Kashmir. We shall be allowed to work in the education department till the matter is resolved,” said President of the forum, Gurjeet Singh.

Singh, referring to the government order of 2003, said, “It is mentioned in it that the lecturers appointed on academic arrangement against this order will be regularised after three years.”

“In 2003, the term academic arrangement was changed to contractual. In 2009, General Administration Department issued an order, where it was mentioned that persons appointed on contractual basis under the order of 2003 will continue with their services till further orders,” he maintained.

They said they met the former chief secretary and advisors to the governor to discuss their demand.

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