Srinagar, Apr 27: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said that Kashmir was not the “hereditary property” of regional parties in Jammu and Kashmir but was the “pride of crores of Indian citizens”.
BJP National General Secretary, Ram Madhav, who was rallying in Khanabal for Sofi Yousuf, the party’s candidate for Anantnag Parliamentary seat, said the regional parties believe that Kashmir is their hereditary property but it is an “integral part of India as well as the pride of crores of Indians”.
“It is not possible that somebody will tell us to leave Kashmir and we will, as they think it is the property of their father, grandfather but the fact is that Kashmir is an integral part of India,” he said.
Madhav accused the regional parties of obstructing BJP’s “developmental agenda”.
“Our stand over Article 370 was clear and the decision in this regard will be taken in the parliament,” he said adding that in ongoing election, party’s main focus was “development”.
About recent decisions that triggered protests, BJP leader said some temporary measures were taken in the state in view of the prevailing situation but all these measures will be withdrawn soon.
“We hope the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be held soon and people will get their elected representatives once again,” he added.
Referring to a query, he said, “In 1975, Sheikh Abdullah-Rajiv Gandhi accord took place to ensure the situation is changed on the ground but the National Conference (NC) in 1987 brought State under volatile situation. Similarly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also forged an alliance with Mufti Sayeed in 2015 but they later tried to deteriorate the situation, thus losing the chance once again,” he said.
He said that they are following a roadmap to change the situation on ground. “We also forged an alliance to change the situation but that didn’t work. We have no guilt for that but there is a need of development in the State for which the militancy has to be ended as no development can take place without normalcy, therefore putting an end to the militancy was must for the normalcy and development,” he added.
Stating the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir was ‘unfortunate’, Madhav appealed people to support them in putting an end to it.
About voter turnout in Anantnag constituency, Madhav hoped that the overall voter turnout will be good.
“Even as the regional parties promised certain things including own Prime Minister, while some threatened saying Modi’s come back will be dangerous for state, but people on ground have rejected them and came out to cast their ballots,” he said.
Madhav who was accompanied by Ashok Koul, Sofi Yousuf, Manzoor Bhat and others said “after the culmination of three phases, it has been observed that there is Modi wave once again and is an ample proof that there will be Modi government yet again.”
About Jammu and Kashmir Lok Sabha constituencies, Madhav said earlier the BJP bagged three seats from here but this time, they are hopeful that the number will increase as compared to the previous elections.
Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works
Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.
Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed
Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.
Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt
Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.