Srinagar, Sep 20: Two years back, the libraries in Jammu and Kashmir under the control of concerned directorate were Ill equipped, lacked infrastructure, were in print mood only beside it had issued of human resource etc.
The things started to change after Directorate of libraries entered into an agreement with the IPLM (Indian Public Library Movement).
In two years since 2016, there was revitalization and re-vibration of libraries across the state in pursuance to a Memorandum of Understating reached with Department of Libraries & Research and the IPLM New Delhi.
The IPLM through NASSCOM had conversion of libraries from print mode to digital mode, launched e-learning programme for JEE & NEET examination preparation, established computer sections, there was renovation of reading rooms and children section and libraries became more active spaces and librarians were more engaged by the inclusion of new services and new responsibilities given to them.
The IPLM provided computers, printers, laptops and internet facilities to the twelve intervention libraries.
The automation process was also started but all came to halt despite directorate of libraries and the IPLM agreeing to extend the agreement beyond July 2018.
Khazana Aziz, project officer, said that the IPLM conducted several training programmes across the state for providing training and honing development skills of the directorate staff to transform the libraries into the knowledge spaces across the state.
“That IPLM further took up the job improvement in look and feel of the libraries at their own cast without involving any expenditure from the department of libraries,” she said.
The state government and department of libraries, she said, had not to spend one single penny on the wholesome activities taken up by the IPLM in the state as the same was funded the Bill gates organization. “The initiatives of IPLM transformed the libraries across the state and it provided the huge exposure to human resources of libraries,” she said.
Since the IPLM had some more funds (Rs 60 lakh) out the earmarked (Rs1.5 crore) funds for the state, the money remains unspent as the MOU which expired on July 31 has not been extended.
“Although it was agreed in a meeting held on 05 June 2018 between the Executive Director IPLM and then Director Libraries at Srinagar that MOU shall be extended up to 31st March 2019 but there is no headway,” she said.
Talking to GNS, Director Libraries & Research said that IPLM has been asked to provide expenditure for money spent by it in the state.
“Before I joined, they were asked to submit expenditure statement. They seem to be reluctant,” the director said, adding, “We are looking forward to it (continuing the process of revitalization and re-vibration of libraries) but it should be done as per our needs and not as per IPLM’s whims. We want to know where they have spent the money.”
Some officials of the Directorate of Libraries said that government should order an internal inquiry as to why such scheme was not extended despite being beneficial to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
They said that some officials of the Directorate want to make purchases of computers and other material directly through their own agents for some other motives.
NC takes out march to protest custodial killing of teacher
Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference (NC) on Thursday marched from its Nawa-e-Subah headquarters here to protest against ‘custodial killing’ of a youth, stating that the death of a private school teachers is unacceptable.
The protesters led by NC’s provincial president, Nasir Aslam Wani carried out a rally today towards Tourist Reception Center (TRC) while chanting slogans in favour of their demands
Wani said the death of youth in custody is condemnable and to carry out a protest today was aimed to convey a message that such killings are unacceptable to the people of Kashmir.
“Though such killings have taken place in the past but now, the era has changed and it is unacceptable to people of Kashmir as we have moved far much ahead from the previous scenario,” he said.
He said that matter must be probed and those involved in the act be dealt with strictly.
Wani said the policies are being adopted here through which the situation is being deteriorated and will have serious consequences in the future.
He said arresting and killing people in custody won’t be tolerated by the people of Kashmir.
Earlier, National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah had also demanded a time-bound investigation into the custodial death of a school teacher in Jammu and Kashmir and exemplary punishment to those responsible for the death.
“I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” Abdullah had tweeted.
Rizwan Pandit, 28, died in police custody here during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, an official had said.
Pandit, who was a teacher at a private school and a resident of Awantipora in Pulwama district, was picked up by the security agencies three days ago, the officer as per reports had said.
Custodial killing of teacher: Kashmir Inc hold joint protest at Jamia Masjid
Srinagar, Mar 21: Various trade bodies on Thursday stage a protest against what they termed as killing of a civilian Rizwan Pandith of Awantipora on Tuesday in police custody.
Carrying placards and raising slogans, the traders held a joint protest at Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, demanding the killing spree in the Valley be stopped.
“Killing of innocent civilian who was a private school principal is a deep-rooted conspiracy and a planned genocide of people of Kashmir,” the traders said.
Terming the incident as highly unfortunate, Sajad Gul, spokesman of the trade bodies said, “We urge the Indian civil society and international bodies such as Amnesty International to come forward and play its role. If this attitude of the Central government continues there will be serious consequences.”
“How can they kill any innocent without any justification? Civilians continue to get killed and get maimed at the will of trigger happy forces as it is the worst form of human rights abuses and violations in Kashmir,” Gul said.
He said because of the unbridled powers given to the forces and the lack of accountability, every day innocent civilians are brutally killed, which is condemnable in all forms.
Pertinently, JRL had appealed all segments of society including traders, lawyers, bar association, civil society and others to protest against the ‘custodial killing and assaults on Kashmiris’.
Those participated in the protest include KEA, KTMF, KCCI, KTMF(R), FCIK, Beopar Mandal S R Gunj and other trader bodies.
For hiring photographers, JKSSB wants Science not Mass Comm graduates
Srinagar, Mar 21: Much to the surprise of many aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has entertained Science graduates over Mass Communication degree holders for the post of junior photographer.
The JKSSB on February 01, 2019 advertised number of posts including the post of junior photographer for home department.
But to the surprise of mass communication candidates, the JKSSB has only asked, those candidates to apply who possess bachelor’s degree in science and diploma in photography from a recognized institute.
“There are number of mass communication candidates who have been struggling to get the job. It is quite unfortunate that JKSSB has not considered us for the post, “said a mass communication candidate, Mudasir Ahmad.
Another candidate, Irshad Ahmad said that authorities at JKSSB should bring necessary changes in the eligibility criteria.
Irshad said it is not fair to deprive them from applying for the post.“I fail to understand, why we have not been considered for the job. The post requires technical qualification, B.Sc is an academic qualification, it has nothing to do with Photography. A mass communication guy has vast know how of the things, “he said.
When contacted, Public Relations Office (PRO), JKSSB, Ashwani Hansa said that the post has advertised in accordance with the indent received from the home department.
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