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IMPA invites non-state subjects to apply for jobs in J&K





Srinagar, Dec 4: The Jammu & Kashmir Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development (IMPA) under the aegis of the State Government has invited applications from the posts of Professors, Assistant Professors, and Associate Professors on All India basis.

According to the advertisement notification, non-state subjects can now be appointed on a permanent basis in IMPA-which is completely funded by Jammu and Kashmir Government. IMPA is an autonomous body that is registered under Society Act.

“This Institution is funded by Government of Jammu and Kashmir and in no way can appoint non-state subjects that too are permanent basis, “sources within the department said.


Reliable sources said that when militancy was at its peak and there was complete chaos in 1992, the then Governor Jagmohan amended the recruitment rules of IMPA and under new recruitment rules, non-state subjects were also allowed to seek jobs in the Institution.“These recruitment rules of IMPA allow candidates from other states to seek employment as faculty. Who made these recruitment rules and had they taken Article 35 A into consideration. Don’t you think it violates Article 35A? Is it not the right time to stop and scrap this recruitment policy? When these recruitment rules of IMPA were framed, was the committee competent to allow non-State subjects to apply for faculty positions keeping in view the Article 35 A which does not allow this.,” said Journalist Rifat Abdullah.

“Why Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are silent on such issues, because they have also carried forward such violations. Erosion of 35A and 370 has happened like this over the period of time but it should not be precedence. We must rectify it,” he adds.

This institute was created for in-service training to the State Government employees as also to undertake research and consultancy in areas of crucial importance to the administration of the State.

An employee who wished not to be named said that faculty till date was unaware of this fact that IMPA can avail the services of non-state subjects on permanent basis. “Now you will have non- state subjects as faculty and it is a serious issue,” he said.

Renowned lawyer Sheikh Shakil said that it is the institution owned by State Government and it is the obligation of Government to advertise posts on state basis. “Jammu Kashmir occupies a unique position and you can’t bring faculty or provide jobs to non-state subjects. This is total violation of law,” he added.

Efforts to contact Director General IMPA on this issue didn’t materialize.

However, Director Training Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said that IMPA is also funded by National Institute of Rural Development and keeping in view the new recruitment rules, non-state subjects can get jobs. When asked is there any non-state subject who is a faculty member in IMPA at present, “No,” he replied.



War never an option, give peace a chance: Farooq to Indo-Pak



Srinagar, Feb 23: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday asserted that war unleashes countless miseries on people urging India and Pakistan to end hostiles.

Farooq Abdullah while addressing a gathering at Banihal said, “War with it brings destruction and it does not determine who is right, it only determines who is left. We have seen four wars in our state. If the war takes places, the matters will escalate and invite international notice. Is India ready to see the issue of Kashmir being racked up in the United Nations Security Council?”

Party president maintained that any misadventure aimed at fiddling with the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir will have serious far-reaching consequences for the state and the country.


“I pray that sanity prevails over the people at the helm of affairs in New Delhi. The situation demands de-escalation.

The hostility between the two nations has held the development of both countries hostage, our state in particular always comes in the line of fire,” he added.

Farooq while appreciating the efforts of the people of Banihal in ensuring the stranded Kashmir bound passengers all help, said, “The resoluteness and unity with the people of Banihal who carried out relief operation for stranded Kashmir bound passengers is worth appreciation. I also congratulate the local wing of NC led by District President Ramban Sajad Shaheen which left no stone unturned to ensure all possible help to the stranded Kashmir bound passengers.”

Farooq while censuring the Government of India for failing to meet the developmental demands of the people of the state said, “We see how China is coming up with infrastructure along the border areas. People may question what the incumbent government was able to achieve during its stint in power. We all know nothing substantial was achieved during the past few years, no infrastructure augmentation. On the contrary, joblessness has increased. This government is only good at rhetoric and slogan mongering,” he said.

Party President later took stock of the arrangements made by local wing of NC for stranded passengers.Farooq also appreciated the people of Ramban for maintaining communal bonhomie and urged them to continue to kindle the flame of brotherhood and communal amity amongst them.

Among others district president Ramban Sajad Shaheen accompanied the party president.

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Govt playing with fire by unleashing terror on unarmed people: PDP



Srinagar, Feb 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the fresh wave of arrests in Kashmir Valley, questioning the government strategy to turn the already perturbed situation more chaotic and violent.
In a statement issued here, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that the uncalled for, unjustified and undemocratic means are being adopted in Kashmir by the government with a sole motive to silence the peoples’ voice.
He added that reign of terror is being unleashed with people as old as 80 years being bundled in jails by the governor administration without any reason.
He also condemned the nocturnal raids launched last night in Kashmir’s different parts and terror reminiscent of Ikhwan period being uncashed upon the people.
“It is nothing but a clear war hysteria being created in Kashmir wherein things were subtly returning to equanimity. People are being unnecessarily harassed and intimated with fear being manufactured across Kashmir. We condemn such a state action and demand immediate rollback of such muscular policies,” said Hanjura.
He also cautioned the central government over fiddling with the state’s special status, saying that protection of Article 35-A is a matter of life and death for the people of the state and they can render immense sacrifices for the protection of their unique identity.
Hanjura said that instead of a confrontational approach, the central government should understand the gravity of the situation and take reconciliatory measures which is not only beneficent for the people of Kashmir alone but for entire south Asia.

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‘Force and intimidation’ will only worsen situation: Mirwaiz



Srinagar, Feb 23: Moderate Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Saturday condemned JKLF chief Yasin Malik’s detention and the crackdown on the Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir leadership, saying “force and intimidation” would only “worsen” the situation.
Police swooped on Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir members in Kashmir during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, and detained around two dozen of its cadres, including its chief Abdul Hamid Fayaz, hours after JKLF chief Yasin Malik was detained on Friday night.
“Strongly condemn the nocturnal crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami leadership and cadres and the arrest of Yasin Malik. Such illegal and coercive measures against Kashmiris are futile and will not change realities on ground. Force and intimidation will only worsen the situation,” Mirwaiz posted on Twitter.
The action comes days after an attack on a convoy in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives on February 14.

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