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Furnish property statements of employees in a month: Guv to admin secretaries

Kashmir News Service




Srinagar, Oct 10: The Governor Satya Paul Malik has directed all the administrative secretaries to strictly order all the officers/officials to furnish property statements in a month.
Sources said that the direction comes after it was observed that despite government directions most of the employees are not submitting the requisite annual property statements to competent authorities.
“Raj Bhawan has received the information that there is a huge default in the submission of the property statements by the employees of various departments who are bound under the government ruling to submit property statements,” sources maintained.
Sources said that even several top officers have failed to submit property statements. “Irony is that many of these officers are themselves heads of departments either administrative secretaries or Directors of various Government departments,” sources maintained.
Recently the government in its circular has directed all the controlling/drawing and disbursing officers to direct all the officers/officials to furnish the statements.“ it has been noticed with concern that officers/officials are not submitting the requisite annual property return statements to the competent authorities resulting in to no compliance of standing government instructions issued from time to time in this regard.”
“It is Clearfield here that as per the Sub section 2 of section 9 of the Jammu and Kashmir Public men and public servant declaration of assets and other provisions Act, 1983 and clause (III) Rule 2 of the J&K public servants declaration of assets and other provisions Rule, 1998 read with SRO 415 of 2003 dated 11.12.2013 in which it has been clearly indicated that every public servant has to submit Annual property return statements of the assets held by him and his family members in the month of January every year and shall indicate the reason for increasing, if any, in the assets and source thereof,” the circular reads.
Sources here in the Rajbawan told KNS that the Governor has told the chief secretary to issue circular to all the controlling /drawing and disbursing officers to direct all the officers/officials working under the respective control/jurisdiction to furnish the requisite Annual property return statement to the respective competent authorities within a one month.
Sources said that the Governor has maintained that any lapse report in this regard shall be viewed seriously.
Meanwhile official sources said that property statements of various employees in government departments, if submitted, are not being put under examination and even more no check and balance have been maintained by the government.
One of the top employees of the government on condition of anonymity said that since the previous government was not much bothered to put the property statements to examination, the tainted employees take advantage of filling of the property statement as per their choice.
Sources believe that officers have also kept their assets secret by not divulging their property details to the government.
If the sources are to be believed then majority of the civil servants have kept their property in ‘Benami’ name or in their blood relations to avoid test of scrutinizing.
Meanwhile sources informed KNS that during the last few months the Raj Bawan have got several complaints of alleged corruption and other wrongdoings against the tainted officials.
“People have more faith in Governor’s rule than an elected government. Let us see what action the Governor takes on such complaints. Otherwise, we have seen these accountability exercises in the past as well but no action has ever been taken,” said one of the social activists.

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Adv Sharma holds pre-budget consultations with Kashmir business Inc



Srinagar, Dec 9: In a bid to facilitate industrial activity, businesses and trade by preparing more convenient budget for 2019-2020, Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma today held a pre-budget consultation with the stake holders of Kashmir division.

Principal Secretary Finance, Navin Kumar Choudhary; Commissioner Sales Taxes, P K Bhat; Excise Commissioner Talat Parvez Rohella, Additional Commissioner, Sales Taxes, Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Deputy commissioners of various units of Commercial Taxes and Excise departments and others were present during the consultations.

On the occasion, Advisor Sharma met with the various forums representing different sectors including Industrialists, hoteliers, manufacturers, traders and others and listened to their suggestions in order to come up with the more convenient budget.

Various suggestions were received from representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association, Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Kashmir Brick Manufacturers Association, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Association, Kashmir Hotels and Restaurants Owners Federation, Kashmir Economic Forum, Bread Manufacturers Association of Kashmir, Cold Storage Association and Federation Chamber of Industries Kashmir.

Besides, the representatives from Education Sector, tourism, Agriculture, Horticulture, tour and travel operators, Industrial Estates Zakura, Industrial Association Rangreth and others also put forward their suggestions while requesting Advisor Sharma to incorporate them in the upcoming budget.

The representatives of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Association requested for formulation of budget for few power projects which will be owned by the state, saying, this will help in further adding to the financial stability of the state to a greater extent. They also called for inclusion of Petrol and Diesel under GST. The representatives urged the Advisor to relieve the handicrafts from the domain of GST.

These representatives also brought to the notice of Advisor that various promises with regards to the GST have been made to the people but are yet to be fulfilled adding to the increasing concern to the business fraternity. They also demanded that there should be proper awareness with regard to the process and issues under GST.

On the occasion, Advisor Sharma directed the concerned officials to setup the training centers in every district where the businessmen can get themselves acquainted with the knowhow of the GST. In these centers training will be given about all the basics of GST including how to file a return, he added.

The demand for constitution of the GST Advisory board in the State also came up during the discussion.

The representatives from the Private schools demanded that the government should identify the place in Kashmir which can be later developed as the education hub. Around 2000 crore rupees is spent by the Kashmiri students to study in various parts of the world outside Kashmir, the representative said.

The issue of not implementing of Amnesty Schemes for industrialists and hoteliers including waiving off of interest, penalties and charging of power tariff at par with industrial rates for industrialists and hoteliers announced in the State Budget 2018-19 was also discussed by various representatives.

Transporters said that the transport sector is in very bad shape and demanded special focus on its betterment.

While calling tourism one of the huge employment generating sectors, the representatives from tourism sector demanded establishment of an agency to look into the wrong and negative perception given through media about Kashmir.

Advisor Sharma gave a patient hearing to the suggestions by various stake holders and assured the delegations that their submissions will be given a thorough deliberation for inclusion in the State Budget to achieve better results on ground.




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Candle light protests held on Joint Hurriyat call



Srinagar, Dec 9: In view of the ongoing Human Rights Week, the Hurriyat Conference (M) and Awami Action Committee (AAC) activists on call of Joint Hurriyat Leadership continued to hold candlelight protests for the straight seventh Day.

On Sunday evening protest was held at Nowshera, Malbagh areas of Srinagar in which a number of people also participated.

The protestors raised the slogans demanding stop of Human Rights Violations on people of Kashmir. Today’s protest by APHC and ACC workers, activists marked the seventh day of ongoing protests held in length and breadth of Kashmir valley to aware the world community about the gross human rights violations unleashed on the people of Kashmir.

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Not all vehicles running in Kashmir carry High Security Registration Plates

Hirra Azmat



Srinagar, Dec 9: Even as having a High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) has been mandatory, the vehicles have been running on the streets in the valley without them.

In 2012, the government introduced HSRP, aiming to curb theft of vehicles and their subsequent hazardous use.

The last year, having a HSRP was made mandatory for all the vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir.

Bashir Ahmad, a middle-aged man, doesn’t have one on his car.

He said: “This may not be a problem for the new buyers, as all new vehicles come with pre-fitted HSRPs. If the authorities are so concerned, why don’t they take some serious measures to ensure compliance to the rule?”

Wasim Khan, a student at Kashmir University, was recently fined by police for not having a HSRP.

“The next day, I managed to find the facility where HSRPs are available. But it was quite crowded. I was told that it would take three hours to get the plate installed. I then had to take a day off from work and get it done,” he rued.

Every HSRP has a chromium-based hologram hot-stamped on its top-left corner. A vehicle is supposed to have one each of these plates at the front and back.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways recently, in a draft notification, announced its intention to amend the Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989.

“Come January 1, 2019, HSRP will be made mandatory for vehicle manufacturers and their dealers who will have to place a mark of registration on number plates and affix them on the vehicles,” the draft said.

Transport Commissioner, SP Vaid said, “No new vehicle is allowed without a HSRP plate. On old number plates, our enforcement agencies are on the job. Wherever they notice a violation, they do the needful.”

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