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Govt takes health services as non-priority: KCSDS

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Srinagar, Feb 13: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has criticized the Governor administration for ignoring the sufferings of patients across the state as a result of ongoing strike by NHM medical and para medical staff.
Taking strong notice of the grave situation that obtains in the hospitals today, the members reminded the Governor and his advisors of their primary responsibility of addressing the day to day issues as care takers. The unprecedented hardships emerging out of the month long strike by NHM employees that has rendered health services in the state to its lowest ebb seems to be no priority with the administration, observed the members.
The civil society has noted with concern that instead of addressing the genuine demands and concerns of these employees, government heartlessly and unabashedly threatens them of termination thereby adding fuel to the fire. The government needs to respect and fulfill the promises made to the striking employees which according to these employees had been made with them last year after a similar strike, observed the members, adding that going back on its own commitments have compelled the employees to take harsh steps which eventually has resulted in decadent health services to the poor people especially in rural areas.
KCSDS members said that no government, howsoever dehumanized it may be, could ignore the healthcare of its citizens and that too in this severe winter when maximum number of people fall ill and suffer from one or the other ailments that needed immediate medical attention. But the patients have been left high and dry as there are no normal services available in the hospitals or health centers, observed the members.
The members further said that It is in place to mention that NHM employees have made a considerable difference to the health services in the rural areas in the past several years and as such their contributions cannot be undermined. To continue with such required services, it is imperative for the government to address their genuine grievances and resolve the matter amicably as soon as possible and not make it any prestige point.
KCSDS also appeals to the striking employees to cool down and call off their strike for the sake of the suffering patients and eventually for the greater good of the society.


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Rasheed protests against attacks on Kashmiris

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Srinagar, Feb 16: Members of Awami Ittihad Party (AIP)  led by the President, AIP, Er Rasheed on Saturday carried out a sit-in protest at Press Enclave Srinagar against the attacks on Kashmiris and Jammu Muslims in India.

The protestors were holding banners and placards that read “Stop targeting Kashmiri people living in India”, “Give protection to Kashmiri people in Jammu”, “Solve Kashmir issue by self-determination”, “Don’t celebrate killings” and raised slogans against Jammu police and its administration for not taking stern action against the people attacking Kashmiris.

While talking to media, the president of AIP, Er Rasheed appealed the administration of Jammu to discharge its duties towards the masses and take stern action against those who are involved in arsenic and violence against Kashmiri community and damaging their property.

 

He said they also condemn the Pulwama attack but that doesn’t mean that the people of Jammu and other parts of India will attack innocent Kashmiris in its reaction and try to give it a communal angle.

“It is shameful that the goons and fringe elements are being given free hand and no stern action is being taken to protect life and property of Muslim community in various parts of Jammu and other places,” he said.

Er Rasheed raised questions as to how it was possible for the miscreants to damage huge properties and set ablaze dozens of vehicles when a call for the Bandh was given a day before and the administration was supposed to be prepared to meet any eventuality.

He said, “Through this approach, it is evident that the government of Jammu is working as an extension wing of RSS and Sangh Parivar.”

“Making Pulwama attack on CRPF as an excuse, a section of radical elements wants to implement its nefarious designs against the Muslim community.”

While expressing solidarity with the civil secretariat employees, Er Rasheed said, “The attacks on employees are unacceptable, unethical and un-civilized and government must move beyond words and all those involved in attacks on secretariat employees, stranded Kashmiri passengers, damaging vehicles should be booked under Public Safety Act.”

Er Rasheed appealed PM Narendra Modi not to forget that Kashmiris are worst victims of violence and need peace with dignity more than anyone else but it cannot be achieved without delivering justice and appreciated the statement of JCCI condemning violence but said that the saner voice in Jammu need to come out in open support of communal harmony and isolate the fringe element.

“If the government fails to do justice with the victims of Jammu, the Muslim community will feel further disheartened and isolated which may not be in the interests of the state,” he said.

He demanded full compensation to be announced by the government to all those whose property has been partially or fully damaged the same way it announces for other cases.

 

 

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SKIMS resident doctors association demand suspension of fellow over his ‘killing’ post

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Srinagar, Feb 16: Resident Doctor Association SKIMS has urged Director institute to suspend a doctor over his facebook post saying that Kashmir doesn’t need a healing touch but a ‘killing touch.

The doctor has been identified as Dr Amit Sharma, DM scholar cardiology at the Soura Institute.

The complaint against the doctor has been filed by Resident doctor association and has urged the authorities to put the said doctor on immediate suspension.

 

“We condemn such acts and demand legal action as per law against the same at the earliest,” the resident doctors said.

The doctors association has demanded suspension of Sharma with immediate effect as ‘he can be a threat to patients he may be attending to’.

“The post itself speaks of his hatred and communalism against Kashmiris. How such a person could be entrusted to treat the sick and needy people of Kashmir,” said the doctors.

The doctors said that matter may be put forthwith cyber Police cell and a proper enquiry and action be taken as per law.

The resident doctors of SKIMS have expressed deep anguish and anger against the said doctor and demanded the action at the earliest.

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United Jammu, Kashmir will benefit its people: Tarigami

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Srinagar, Feb 16: CPI (M) leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Saturday said violence in Kashmir or Jammu won’t yield any results but can benefit the vested interests.

Addressing a press conference, Tarigami said that the two divisions including Jammu and Kashmir must stand united to get benefits, adding that the situation created by vested interests in Jammu doesn’t mean that all Jammuties want such situation to prevail.

“I have observed that like Kashmiris, people of Jammu also want peace and doesn’t want such kind of situation created by vested interests to prevail. Kashmiris have not got any benefit from violence and Jammu will not achieve anything by such means,” he added.

 

He said people from both the regions must stand united at this juncture to defeat the vested interests.

“We appreciate the role of JCCI and civil society groups of Jammu, who have clearly taken a stand against vandalism in Jammu by some fringe elements on Friday. By targeting minority community, fringe elements were vitiating peaceful atmosphere and unity of the state,” he said.

He said Governor’s administration must fix responsibility over the torching of vehicles of a particular community and vandalism in Jammu city on Friday. “Despite apprehensions about flare-up, authorities should have ensured adequate deployment of forces in the sensitive locations of Jammu,” he added.

Reacting over the Lethpora attack, Tarigami said “the attack on CRPF convoy at Awantipora on Thursday has shaken all those who are concerned about human lives and peace in the region. The loss of so many security personnel while on duty is being mourned across the country. We share the grief and sorrow of victim families of this attack.”

“CPI (M) has been consistently of this opinion that for addressing the legitimate concerns and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a meaningful and credible dialogue process is the only option. Such acts, like Pulwama, only amount to delegitimising genuine and democratic aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

“We appeal to different political shades of the state, civil society and media to use their influences to maintain harmony and brotherhood in the state despite provocations from fringe elements,” he said, adding that “we appeal to the political leadership of the country that at this crucial juncture, they must not allow the disruptive and divisive elements to divide the communities under the garb of this tragedy.”

People of Kashmir expect the leadership, both in the government and in the opposition, civil society and intelligentsia to play their role to maintain communal harmony and safeguard the lives and property of Kashmiris outside the Valley, he said.

“Let us not allow those, who want to deepen the wedge between people of Kashmir and rest of the country, succeed,” he added.

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