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Advisor Vyas hears public grievances at Srinagar

Asks officers to ensure outcome-based, time-bound redressal

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Srinagar, July 22: As a part of the extensive public outreach programme launched by the Government,
Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas attended to public grievances at JK Governor's Grievance Cell at Church Lane
here today.
Several deputations comprising civil society groups, representatives of employees’ unions, public delegations
from different districts of the valley including Kupwara, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian,
Bandipora and Srinagar which included deputations from the old city as well met the Advisor and brought
into his notice various issues of public importance during the 6-hour marathon hearing.
The deputation from Tangdhar Kandi demanded posting of specialized doctors in the area and also
undertaking special recruitment drive for the youth of the area in forces. They also demanded opening of
crafts and art center in the area which would generate employment opportunities for the local youth besides
helping artisans to hone their skills.
Another deputation from Kupwara flagged the issue of lack of basic facilities besides forest land
encroachment in Manigah area and also undertaking macadamization of roads in the area.
A deputation from Banihal flagged the issue of non-functional Panchayat Ghars, power related and other
issues of public importance.
The deputation of All District Gurduwara Joint Action Committee Jammu &Kashmir called for inclusion of
Kashmiri Sikhs in the Prime Minister’s Special Employment Package, installation of statue of Bandha Bahadur
at Kunjwani Chowk and other related issues of the community.
The Dal Dwellers deputation called for undertaking proper rehabilitation which would be inconsonance with
their issue of livelihood loss, increasing the scale of compensation in relation to the Central Act and also
rehabilitating them at other places in Srinagar district.
The SMC Employees’Association called for undertaking re-organization of the Corporation for smooth career
progression and also the extension of 7th pay commission benefits to them.
The Medical Faculty Association (MFA) of government and dental colleges called for the removal of pay
anomaly/ disparity of the faculty members.
The deputation from Naristan Tral demanded road connectivity from Gutroo to Naristan.
Several deputations from Srinagar city raised the issues of drainage, streetlights, road connectivity and
power related issues.
The Kashmir Pandit Sangharsh Samiti called for settling the issue of bonafide certificates to be issued to the
Kashmiri pundits who have not migrated from the valley as the same is essential for them to apply in PM’s
employment package.
The deputation of Handicapped Association called for proper reservation for them while applying in various
government jobs in consonance with rules in vogue.

The CIC operators and data entry operators’ delegations of Rural Development Department raised several
issues related to their service conditions.
A deputation from Ganderbal raised the issue of road, electricity and other basic amenities.
Federation of Industries Jammu raised several issues of industrial sector of J&K especially related to
CGST/SGST, budgetary support to industrial units of state, expansion of state fiscal initiatives as well as
central ones at par with the North Eastern states and other related issues.
Other deputations from rural areas and scores of individuals turned up at the venue and apprised the
Advisor of their grievances, issues and demands and sought their early redress.
Vyas gave a patient hearing and assured to examine their demands and redress all the genuine concerns at
the earliest. He also took up the issues with the concerned departments and directed the administrative
secretaries for immediate redressal of the issues which were projected by different delegations.
The Advisor also took stock of the grievances pertaining to the departments under his control. He assured
that the Government would ensure outcome-based disposal of the issues raised by the people.
He also assured that the issues pertaining to other departments will be forwarded to the concerned for
timely action.
Meanwhile Advisor B B Vyas also chaired a joint meeting of nodal officers of different departments and
directed them for prompt redressal of the grievances being put forth by the deputations.
He asked for service delivery, developmental achievements as well as public outreach of departments from
nodal officers. He also directed for ensuring implementation and monitoring of various initiatives being
undertaken by the government in different sectors so that the people get the requisite benefits and the
motive of these schemes reaches the targeted populace.
Pertinently, the Advisor to Governor, B B Vyas will also be available for public hearing between 10.00 am and
12.00 Noon on Friday (27-07-2018) at Convention Centre/ Hall, Canal Road, Jammu.

 
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Maharaja’s atrocities will always haunt Kashmiris: Er Rasheed

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Srinagar, July 19: Reacting to a comment by Vikram Aditya Singh-Congress leader and Maharaja’s grandson, for insulting martyrs of July 13, 1931, AIP President Er Rasheed said that the statement made is shameful, distortion of the facts and misleading.
In a statement issued on Friday, Rasheed said that Singh must collect the courage and apologize for the huge atrocities his grandfather committed on innocent Kashmiris. He said “those praising Maharaja must not forget that Maharaja had bulldozed basic rights of citizens, snatched their religious freedom and given liberty even to his Chowkidars to murder and rape anyone they would wish. From Maharaja to his ordinary Chowkidars everyone would treat state like its concubine and their process of looting even day to day edibles of common masses was far worse than today’s gangsters. Those who were martyred on 13th July 1931 will remain, national heroes, till doomsday and every year on 13th July Maharaja’s dark era will be condemned.”
He said history can never forgive Hari Singh for the massacre of Nov 1947 by his army killing lakhs of Muslims in Jammu province. The state-sponsored genocide was the beginning of demographic changes in the state.
Rasheed asked NC and PDP to collect the courage and apologize for supporting Vikram Aditya Singh in recently concluded Parliamentary elections. He added that Singh’s statement insulting martyrs has exposed not only the dual face of Congress but that of NC and PDP as well.
Rasheed added that history will always remember the martyrs of 13th July 1931 who had a vision, conviction, commitment and courage to sacrifice their lives against Maharaja’s autocracy and thus created a history by bringing awareness among masses that how much mighty any autocratic ruler maybe, he has to surrender before the will of masses. Rasheed also condemned the incident in which a prominent citizen was crying for not being allowed to carry forward the dead body of his father by the security forces on the national highway, the spokesman of the party said in a statement issued to media.

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NC dubs remarks as ‘horrendous, uneducated’

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Srinagar, July 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Friday rejected the remarks on the 1931 martyrs by some quarters as horrendous and obnoxious, saying the day marked the open revolt against a despotic, pitiless and tyrant autocratic government.
Reacting sharply to the obnoxious remarks emanating from some untutored sections against the martyrs of 1931, party spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar said such brutish assertions against the martyrs who laid their lives for the dignity and self respect shows the disdain the scions of erstwhile autocrats hold for the cherished values of democracy. “The party had on various occasions rejected such assertions from time to time as having emanated from the untutored and communal elements. The uprising of 1931 was that of an oppressed against the oppressors, of defenseless against the armed, of poor against the landed gentry. The day marked the commencement of a peaceful struggle by the unarmed people against the then anti-Muslim and anti people government.”
“A ruthless autocratic government that taxed almost everything under sky, leaving just water and air for free for the poor masses. Such uncouth and untaught assertions of erstwhile autocratic scion cannot help him exonerate his family from unleashing the worst torments on the people of Kashmir in the shape of forced-labor (Begaar); the taxes were even levied on the cattle, marriages, and houses. The autocratic regime deputed revenue teams who used to collect revenue in kind for which sepoys were disputed to villages that used to create havoc in the villages. The revenue was collected with such severity and harshness that the cultivators had to sell even their belongings including cattle and sheep,” he added.
He said the worst feature of the worst attribute of the Dogra rule was its communal outlook. “It discriminated the Muslims on the basis of their religion and also interfered in their religious affairs. The Muslims were particularly marginalized. There was no Muslim representation in government offices. There was not a single Muslim gazetted officer in most of the departments, like defense, hunting, scientific research, libraries, archaeology, and agriculture. Major Muslim mosques were converted into Stables and stores,” he said adding, “It was due to the supreme and sacred sacrifice of the martyrs of 1931 that the state finally got the freedom after 118 years. And it was Sher e Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who painstakingly strived towards the fulfillment of the mission of martyrs of 1931. The coming generations will continue to draw inspiration from the martyrs of 1931. The supreme sacrifice of the martyrs will continue to guide our party in all its future endeavors.”

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DGP releases ‘Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction’

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Srinagar, July 19: Director General of Police Dilbag Singh Friday released a book titled “Beyond Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” written by Ajay Vaid at Police Headquarters, Srinagar.
On this occasion the DGP said that the narrative of the book is the need of the hour. He said that J&K Police has already tightened the noose on the menace of drugs, many steps are being taken to fight the drugs. He said that this book not only provides information about the drug abuse and its effects but also informs that addiction is a treatable disorder.
DGP congratulated the author and said that this book would be useful for all those who are taking initiatives to curb the menace.
Written by Ajay Vaid, the book has been prepared to create knowledge and awareness about alcoholism and drug addiction. The book provides certain ways and means as how to face addiction and manage to keep away from it.
This is the author’s 3rd book. Earlier, he has written a book on ‘Tourism Destinations in India’ in 2011 and the 2nd book he has written is on ‘Exams, Job, Career and burning environment issues’ in the year 2012.
On the occasion ADGP (Headquarters) PHQ A. G. Mir and AIG (Prov. & Tpt.) PHQ Mubassir Latifi were also present on the occasion.

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