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HODs occupying IAS, KAS posts come under Guv’s scanner

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Srinagar, Oct 30: With Governor spilling the bean over illegal appointments in various departments, Satya Pal Malik is now considering to take action into the matter where unqualified HODs or occupying the positions of IAS and KAS posts, a news agency KNS has learnt.
For the few years, many officers have been elevated to the higher posts without having even qualified the administrative exams and reportedly also such officers were initially appointed illegally.
Sources said that the governor seems to have taken the strong note of such illegal inductions and elevations thereafter. “Instructions have been issued to the authorities for putting up the names of such officers and their track record of last 30 years,” sources told the news agency.
Sources maintained that the government had in the past reserved the positions of HODs for KAS and IAS cadre but the set policy got eroded when non-technical, non KAS and IAS officers were placed as HODs of various prestigious organizations and departments.
This arrangement was done by all the successive governments violating such policy.
In view of this various qualified KAS officers and IAS officers are expressing resentment as they are placed on most unimportant positions.
“These have neither cracked IAS or KAS examinations but reached to higher level,” an official said. The official said that Governor was surprised when he got to know about these officials.
“It is interesting to see what action is taken into these cases, whether they will be demoted or not,” the official said.
The official said that IAS officers have also brought this issue into the notice of Governor. “They told the Governor how their promotions are stranded due to promotion of non-deserving officers,” the official said.
The official revealed most of these officers have been close to the power corridors.
The Governor has already dropped a bombshell by claiming that 582 candidates, who qualified Jammu and Kashmir Bank examinations, were sidelined to adjust their relatives and workers.
In an interview with he said that a group of 40 candidates met him and told him that they had been dropped from the selection list despite qualifying the exams as well as interview for the recruitment in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
“I called chairman of the bank, I told him I don’t want loans for anyone, I don’t want settlement of loans, I want jobs for these youth who have qualified the exams. The chairman told me that these were not just 30 but 582 cases, where qualified youth were not given jobs,” Malik said in the interview.
“This is tragedy of Kashmir. People who don’t pay bribes don’t have any change to get a job. Corruption is rampant in Kashmir,” he added.
“There’s a case, where a candidate didn’t sit in KAS exams but still got selected,” he added.


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Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

Crackdown launched on illegal selling of tobacco products in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: The Srinagar administration Tuesday launched a city-wide crackdown on illegal sale of cigarettes among other tobacco products holding simultaneous inspections of markets in various areas.

The inspections were held in the wake of growing concerns about increasing prevalence of substance abuse in Srinagar and to verify adherence to the Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act or COTPA 2003 which prohibits advertisement of and provides for regulation of trade and commerce in production and distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Large number of stores and vendors situated at different places were found selling cigarettes without the mandatory pictorial warnings on packets thereof. Huge cache of such cigarettes was also seized from various markets during the inspections.

 

Some 50 stores and vendors including those found selling cigarettes among other tobacco products close to schools among other educational institutions in violations of COTPA and violating other provisions thereof were booked with several of them sealed during the inspections.

It is notable that the data suggests that the annual amount spent on tobacco consumption in Srinagar is a staggering Rs 131 crore which is the highest in the State. This among other forms of substance abuse involving both genders is growing into a serious cause of concern in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary who has issued strict instructions to concerned officers to crackdown on violators and offenders said violations of COTPA account for serious offences and will be dealt with in the context of public safety.

Dr Shahid assured of sustained efforts to check substance abuse in Srinagar but also urged the general public and parents in particular to do their bit emphasizing their important role therein and to assist the administration in its efforts to curb prevalence thereof.

Last month a district level coordination committee comprising 15 members from different departments and organisations was constituted in the district for the implementation of COTPA.

Different members of the committee have been assigned different roles and responsibilities for ensuring effective and functional application of tobacco control in the district.

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Amit Shah should start process of dialogue with all stakeholders: Sagar

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Ahead of the visit of union Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference has hoped that the central government will begin dialogue on Kashmir to restore peace in the state.

National Conference General Secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said that Kashmir valley is going through bloodshed, tension and arrests of youth on daily basis which further deteriorate the situation.

“Home ministers visit Kashmir, but this time we hope the visiting home minister will start process of dialogue with all stakeholders here which will help improve the situation,” he said.

 

He said that the daily pensive situation, ongoing bloodshed, and arrests of youth will stop only through initiatives of peace through dialogue.

“We hope the visit of home minister should make difference in Kashmir situation. If the home minister starts any dialogue process to which will improve situation here, we welcome it,” he said.

Expressing the displeasure with the Reservation Bill brought up the home minister, Sage said that NC is against the procedure which was adopted by the central government.

“The procedure adopted by the centre government to bring the bill violation of article 370. We are not against reservation for any particular section of people. We are against the procedure adopted by the government,” he said.

He said that Member Parliament of National Conference Dr Farooq Abdullah will take a stand over the bill in the ongoing session of Parliament.

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Amit Shah should inaugurate a new era of engagement in Kashmir: Faesal

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Srinagar, Jun 25: President J&K Peoples Movement Shah Faesal has said that on his maiden visit to Kashmir as Home Minister, Amit Shah should inaugurate a new age of engagement and reach out to people of the State.

In a statement issued, Shah Faesal said that Central Government led by PM Narendra Modi has an extraordinary opportunity to take bold decisions on Kashmir and bring peace to Valley while taking all stakeholders on board.

He argued for initiation of dialogue process, resumption of Cross LoC trade, freeing of political prisoners who are in jails for minor offenses, among other political initiatives needed at this hour.

 

Shah Faesal also called for immediate implementation of Universal Basic Income scheme for BPL households of the State, age relaxation of UPSC/JEE IIT aspirants from J&K State, improvement of inter-provincial road connectivity and four-laning if Srinagar-Salamabad, Srinagar-Teetwal roads.

JKPM President expressed hope that the Home Minister would facilitate creation of an environment of peace in which developmental activity and will pick up and Tourism potential of the State will be harnessed.

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