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Governor chairs 5th SAC meeting






SRINAGAR, JULY 17: Governor, N N Vohra on Tuesday chaired the 5th meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC) at Raj Bhavan.

Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, Vijay Kumar and Khurshid Ahmad Ganai besides Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam attended the meeting.

The SAC deliberated upon the various proposals submitted by Administrative departments for its consideration and approval.


Interviews for Class-IV Posts abolished

In a decision with far-reaching consequences, the State Administrative Council (SAC) abolished interviews for all Class IV posts in the State.  This comes into effect immediately except for those posts for which selection process has already been initiated.

In future, all recruitment for Class IV posts under State, Divisional and District Cadres and also for Companies, Organizations and Bodies substantially owned or controlled by the Government, will be done through the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JK SSB).  The General Administration Department will pool all the Class IV vacancies available in different Departments in the State at all levels and refer these to SSB.  The SSB will draw-up a fixed Annual Calendar to ensure time bound selection against Class IV posts.  The selection will be made based on merit secured in the written examination up to the level equivalent to the 10th standard.

This decision will be implemented through an SRO notification and will be a horizontal cross-cutting decision applicable to all existing Recruitment Rules of all departments/agencies.  This decision will ensure transparency, fairness, accountability and equitable opportunities of employment to aspiring youth of Jammu and Kashmir at this level.

The SAC decision will speed-up the selection process against these posts which takes considerable time in the present scenario.


Enhancement of FTA to VLWs/MPWs


The SAC approved enhancement of Fixed Traveling Allowance (FTA) from existing limit of Rs 15 to Rs 100 per month in favor of Village Level Workers (VLWS’s) / Multipurpose Workers (MPWs) working with the Rural Development Department.

The VLWs/MPWs visit the field for monitoring the works undertaken in the Panchayats, facilitate Panchayat meetings, supervise the assets of Panchayats and also verify the muster sheets of different works and hence are involved in extensive touring within their jurisdiction. VLWs were entitled for FTA at the rate of Rs 15 monthly and this had not been revised since 1978. The VLWs/MPWs had time and again represented before the Government for enhancement of FTA.

The decision of the SAC to enhance the FTA will benefit as many as 3314 VLWs/MPWs across the state.

27 officers inducted into KAS


The SAC accorded sanction to the promotion of 27 officers of the J&K Excise & Taxation (Gazetted) Service to the Time Scale of the J&K Administrative Service in the Pay Band of Rs 15600-3900 with GP of Rs 6600.



Come clean on alliance with Congress: Rasheed to NC




Srinagar, March 25: AIP President Er Rasheed has asked NC to come clean on its alliance with Congress.

While addressing media person, Rasheed said that Lone’s claim speaks volumes about double standards NC has been following since 1947.

“So-called secular forces seem to be having just one agenda to grab power and play with the sentiments and emotions of Kashmiris. While Farooq Abdullah talks day and night of supporting congress but NC’s parliamentary candidate Mohammad Akbar Lone calls Congress more evil and harmful than BJP and both Congress and NC need to tell the truth about their agenda of exploitation and vote to grab politics. If Congress is eviler than BJP how can the party support Congress in Jammu, Poonch and Srinagar parliamentary seats,” Rasheed was quoted by the spokesman as saying.


“Lone’s statement, may turn right, and NC may tie up with BJP in near future,” Rasheed added.

Accusing Raja Aijaz Ali of exploiting the sentiments of Pahari community Rasheed said that just being a member of a particular community does not mean that any person has a right to mislead the deprived people of that community. “Going by Raja Aijaz’s logic he should not then even dare to seek support from other communities and ethnic groups,” Rasheed said.

Lashing out at PDP Rasheed said that Mehbooba Mufti can go to any extent to get power and can join hands with anyone and speak anything which she may never believe in.

He said that 2019 parliamentary election is a test check to the wisdom and political maturity of masses and if they want their sentiments and emotions to be represented in the parliament they have no option but to vote for AIP. Appealing masses to donate money for his election campaign, Rasheed asked people to judge his ten years tenure as MLA before deciding to vote for any particular party and ask their conscience who can represent them better in parliament.

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Geelani, Hurriyat (M) denounce arrest of separatist leaders




Srinagar, March 25: Hurriyat (g) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat (m) on Monday condemned the mass crackdown and arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists, booking them under PSA and shifting them to outside jails, terming it as a sheer “political vendetta and totalitarian.”

In a statement, Geelani said, “The rhetoric of Delhi being the world’s largest democracy is mere hoax and deceit as its highhandedness has tarnished every fabric of democratic norm.”

Condemning the shifting of Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Hamid Fayaz to Kuthwa and crackdown on Jamaat-e-Islami, JKLF and other Hurriyat leaders and activists, Hurriyat chairman said that every political event brings a bad of worries and miseries for the helpless inmates of Jammu and Kashmir.


Meanwhile, Hurriyat (m) in a statement condemned the ban on JKLF and said raids being conducted on front activists and leaders across Kashmir in an open attempt to crush the peoples’ genuine right to dissent.

Hurriyat also strongly condemned the fresh assault on the Kashmiri engineering student in Bangalore stating that the way Kashmiri students studying in various parts of India are being intimidated, harassed and thrashed, it is forcing them to come back and leave their colleges which putting their future at stake. It said that the primary responsibility of the governments of these states where Kashmiri students are studying is to ensure the safety and security of all the Kashmiri students so that they are not forced to flee.

Hurriyat also denounced repeated CASO in Shopian villages and said that irrespective of their age including the youth are being harassed and intimidated and caused great inconvenience.

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Faesal starts public reach out in Kupwara




Kupwara, March 25: Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) under the leadership of Dr Shah Faesal launched it’s Public Reach-out’ campaign starting from the frontier district, Kupwara to understand the people’s grievances, demands and problems.

The spokesman said that in its first public reach-out, JKPM team visited various villages and held interactions with the delegations from Bumhama, Dodawan, Nag Sarai, Mudmadu, Thyan, Huayhama, Hayhama B, MerNag, Kupwara town, Doniwari, Wowura, Chepora, Chaiwan and Mudanpora.

A team comprising  Dr Shah Faisal, Chasfeda Shah, Shah Mubashir, Dr Mustafa, Perzada Feroze, Zameer Ahmad Shah, Iqbal Rather, Feroz Wani, Arshid Nazir Paray, Ghulam Ahmad Shah, Nazer Ahmad Khan and Dr Zahoor Ahmad Bhat was overwhelmed by the response from the people hoping that Faesal will work for the common people, find a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue and give them an alternative from the traditional “oppressive dynastic politics”.


The spokesman added that “Reach-out” campaign is primarily focusing on bringing social awareness which is viewed as the precursor for the political revolution that JKPM has envisioned. Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Faesal JKPM will reach out to all the villages and remotest areas of the state to give them a say in determining their future, development and prosperity.

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