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Hizb rejects police claims: ‘Amarnath Yatris our guests, they can travel without any security’

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Srinagar, Jun 26: Hizbul-ul-Mujahideen on Tuesday rejected as baseless the claims by police and other government agencies that militants were planning an attack on ensuing pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine.
In fact, the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo, invited the Hindu pilgrims to the annual pilgrimage without even security.
In a new audio clip released here, Naikoo also invited Kashmir Pandits to return to their homes and offered one of the families his own one kanal of land to live in but made it clear that separate colonies for them were unacceptable and “none of them would be in safe at their hands.”
“DGP SP Vaid recently said that government has heightened security because (militants) plan to attack Yatra which is absolutely wrong and baseless. We have no plan to attack Amarnath Yatra and we will never ever attack Amarnath Yatris as they come to realize their religious rites,” Naikoo said.
“We have nothing to do with it. We have never attacked them in past and neither we have any enmity with them. Our fight is with those who commit cruelty against our people and those who have forced us to pick up the gun. We fight for freedom of our nation and only ask India to leave our territory. We have no enmity with people of India.”
He said New Delhi wants to tell world especially her people that there was terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir as such issue statements through media that militants are planning to attack Amaranth Yatra.
“In Kashmir, you will see Bihari people everywhere. They can be seen in every nook and corner of the Valley. If the situation in Kashmir is unfavorable, how lakhs of Biharis and others earn their bread and butter here. If people of Kashmir are terrorists, how these people return home unharmed?”
He said students of Jammu and Kashmir are harassed and beaten up everywhere in Indian states “but have any outsider student ever complained of ill-treatment meted out to them anywhere in Kashmir?”
Naikoo, who replaced Sabraz Bhat as the commander of the largest militant outfit in Kashmir last year said that thousands of young Indian women beg on streets of Valley or working here but none of them have ever complained that somebody has given an evil eye to them. “This is despite the fact that every Indian hates Kashmiri and every Kashmiris heart is hurt by them,” he said, adding, “Alhamdulillah (all praise is due to Allah alone) we are all Muslims and Muslims never ever subject to cruelty any children, elders, women and weak. Our homes are ransacked, our generations are destroyed. Our orchards are chopped down. We are keeping patience and Allah will reward us.”
Naikoo further said: “We want to tell AmarnathYatris that you have no threat from us. You come without security. You are our guests but do not try to interfere in Kashmir issue.”
He said Kashmiri Pandits who left Kashmir in 1990 if they wish to return home, are welcome. “If they demand and settle in separate colonies, we will never ever allow that to happen. Like Sikhs and KPs who are living here, you can come back and live with us. We are not your enemies and if Kashmiri Pandits want to come and live here, I can give one kanal of land to one family to live in here but we will never allow separate colonies.”
He said those who want KPs settle in separate colonies, “none of them will be spared by us.”
He said dissolution of PDP and BJP government, the imposition of governor’s rule, and calling NSG commandos was nothing but a pre-planned conspiracy. “BJP did not withdraw support to PDP but it is a well-thought-out plan. The Indian government wants to suppress our struggle and wants to commit cruelty on people and families of militants and this is why they enacted play to break down PDP-BJP government and impose the governor’s rule and give free hand to Indian troops. Whether the government is that of Mehbooba Mufti or there is governor’s rule, we are not bothered. Our fight will carry on till India leaves our territory completely. Whether the government is that of Mehbooba Mufti or there is governor’s rule, Indian policy are implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. They are actually two faces of the same coin.”
Not only NSGs, he said, even if India brings its entire army here, “still the country cannot suppress our freedom struggle.”
“I fail to understand that on one side India claims that operation all out is working successfully and on the other side, brings new troops (NSG). If operation all out is working successfully, why is there need to call NSG commandos? India and its army are issuing wrong statements and befooling people of India,” he said, adding, “Calling NSG commandos is India’s admission of defeat and is employing last tactics in Kashmir.” (GNS)


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To improve healthcare: JK to implement AAP model of ‘mohalla clinics’

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Srinagar, May 21: Taking a cue from Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government’s ambitious healthcare scheme in Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir government is setting-up Hyper-local clinics aka Mohalla clinics in densely populated slum areas in a bid to provide free healthcare facilities to the impoverished section of the society.

The move by the Governor Administration is aimed at upgrading the primary health centres across the state.

Sticking to the ‘Mohalla clinic’ name, authorities said free treatment and diagnostic services will be provided at these facilities.

 

“Most of the patients who suffer from minor health ailments like common cold, cough, dehydration or simply want to get their blood-pressure checked, rush to tertiary care hospital because the facilities are not available at the primary health centers. It unnecessarily increases the workload. When Mohalla clinics will be established, the rush will automatically decline in tertiary care,” said an official of SKIMS wishing anonymity.

Modeled on Delhi government’s healthcare scheme, the Mohalla clinics in Jammu and Kashmir will focus largely on two areas – drugs and health services.

“Our aim is to improve the already existing primary health care facilities by emulating the model of AAP govt. It will help us in streamlining the service,” said Bhupendra Kumar, Mission director, National Health Mission, Jammu and Kashmir.

Jammu and Kashmir government has gone into an overdrive to identify the areas so that the scheme could be rolled out in the state as soon as possible.  “The discussions are on and will soon start identifying the areas for upgrading of clinics,” said Kumar

Doctors say the scheme could prove a game changer and revolutionize the healthcare delivery system in Jammu and Kashmir. “These clinics will prove a boon for the elderly people. Their regular health related issues like checking BP and blood sugar levels will be addressed immediately,” said an official.

Healthcare experts also note that Mohalla clinics can also help reducing the need for self-medication.

“Many people resort to treatment by local pharmacists and chemists which can prolong the disease rather than alleviating it.  The clinics will also help in detecting serious ailments at an early stage. We had proposed the idea for Mohalla clinics to the state-government one and a half year ago but they never took it seriously. We are hopeful now the idea takes off,” said an expert.

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Srinagar’s development marred by govt apathy: Omar

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Srinagar, May 21: Life in Srinagar is blight with various problems as neither the centre nor the state government has invested in the augmentation of urban infrastructure of the city in the past five years, National Conference vice president, Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday.

Welcoming 11 corporators from SMC into the party fold here, Omar said Srinagar has “fallen off from the development radar”.

“The people of Srinagar stand dejected at the paucity of amenities and the appalling condition of roads.  The people were forsaken by the former PDP-BJP government, the present governor administration proved no different. The work on the various vital projects of the city that was initiated by our government was unfortunately stalled by the former PDP-BJP regime,” he said.

 

Omar claimed that National Conference “despite being subjected to political shenanigans and conspiracies of various agencies never left any stone unturned to work for the benefit of the people of the state.”

“Once in power we will carry forward the mission of development and work towards ensuring peace in the state with active participation of people. The urban life of Srinagar is fraught with different issues; the party once in power will hold the authorities accountable,” he said.

For past few years, Omar said, no headway was seen towards upgrading the existing road and transport infrastructure of the city.

“We are witness to how government recklessly came up with certain projects in Srinagar which didn’t bring any respite to the city. The need of the hour, therefore, calls for proper planning to rise up to the demands of growing population of Srinagar city,” he said.

Taking a potshot at some of the decisions taken in the previous Mufti led government, he said, “The former BJP-PDP government recklessly displaced General Bus Stand of Batamaloo to the suburban locality of Parimpura. The decision has hampered the livelihood of many and turned out to be least fruitful towards easing traffic situation in Srinagar. In fact the decision has put the commuters to undue duress,” adding, “Unfortunately the proposed motorable projects connecting either sides of the Bund were also recklessly converted into foot bridges. The measure many experts say was executed to serve the interests of few people.”

Omar said that the absence of a popular elected government in the state was taking its toll on the development scenario of the state. “The onus for the miseries that are plaguing the state in the absence of an elected government lies on Mehbooba Mufti. Had she asked the governor to dissolve the assembly last year in the month of June, after being shown door by its former ally, things would have been much different.  Today we would have an elected government looking after the basic needs of people. However she chose not to do that and what followed is known to all. It is she who is blameworthy for putting the state into a chasm,” he said.

Omar said that once in power the party will put the city of Srinagar on the track of eco-friendly and sustainable development. “There is much to do in terms of job creation, traffic management, urban housing, beautification, and environment fronts in the city. Once in power the party will immediately swing into action and provide for the development needs of the Srinagar city,” he said.

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All 1182 newly appointed teachers to be posted in 14 districts before Eid

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Srinagar, May 21: A long wait has finally come to an end as Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to post all the newly recruited 1182 teachers in different schools before Eid-ul-Fitr to strengthen the education system in the state.

The department of education had referred 3,450 posts to J&K Service Selection Board (JKSSB) which include 2,154 vacancies of teachers and 1,289 of non-teaching staff.

In May 2018, JKSSB conducted exams in which thousands of candidates appeared for 2,154 teacher posts. The final selection list was confirmed on February 2019 and appointments were made on May 13.

 

An official of JKSSB told The Kashmir Monitor that the final selection list was confronted with many issues, which included massive litigations, unmentioned degrees in online application forms, a huge number of claims and counter claims made by the candidates.

“The selections of teachers have been approved in three disciplines of General Line, Science/Math, and Urdu,” he said.

Of the total candidates, 727 were selected in general-line category and 351 for Science/Math subjects while 104 candidates were selected for Urdu subject.

The selections were approved at the Board meeting chaired by Zubair Ahmad, Chairman JKSSB on February 21 and 22 here.

Dr Younis Malik, Director Education Kashmir told The Kashmir Monitor that posting of different teachers will be made before Eid ul Fitr.

“The teachers will be posted in those institutions facing manpower crunch,” Dr Malik said.

He said the teachers will be posted in middle and high schools in the 14 districts of the state – Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama, Shopian, Srinagar, Samba, Udhampur, Reasi, and Rajouri.

“The department will facilitate those teachers who are without B.Ed. to pursue their degrees,” he added.

According to the Education Department guidelines, the teacher-pupil ratio should be 1:30 which means one teacher for 30 students. However, only a small number of schools have such rationalization.

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