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JK bank into PUS row :Employees’protest continues on day 2

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Srinagar, Nov 30:Employees of Jammu and Kashmir Bank takes out a protest for the second consecutive day on Friday against government’s decision to turn the bank into a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) and demanded a rollback of the State Administrative Council (SAC) decision.

Scores of employees staged a protest outside the Zonal Headquarters of the bank at Maulana Azad road in Srinagar to demand revocation of the order passed by the SAC.

All India J&K Bank Officers Federation (AIJKBOF) is spearheading the protests against the SAC decision.

The protesting employees were carrying banners with messages like ‘Roll Back SAC decision’ and ‘J&K Bank is a wonderful institution, let it remain wonderful’.

The protesters threatened to intensify protests if the decision was not revoked.

Earlier, Employees Joint Action Committee had yesterday announced their support toward the protests.

Industrialists Association Khunmoh (IAK) on Thursday gave an ‘ultimatum’ to the government till Saturday to revoke the decision.

Addressing a press conference, IAK members including Kaiser Shahid, Sr Vice president, Yasir Khan, Vice president, Imran Murataza, General Secretary, Shaheem Khan, Secretary Finance and Javaid Ah Lone, Secretary said that the recent decision taken by the government to reduce JK Bank as PSU was ‘economic terrorism’, saying that such decision are unacceptable to the people.

Giving an ultimatum to the government on revoking the decision till Saturday, the IAK said that the Industrialists will observe shutdown on Saturday (December 01) in case the decision won’t be revoked.

They warned the Government against what he said interfering in the bank affairs, saying the employees will not hesitate in “sacrificing” all personal resources to ensure that State Government no more remains the majority stake-holder in the bank.

“We appeal to the Government to not politicize the bank and keep the bank affairs out of politics. We want to work in the bank by our own and would continue to contribute in the economy of the state. We call upon the Governor of the state to roll back the decision immediately as it will result into destruction and devastation of the bank and finally to the economy of the state,” he said.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on Thursday organised a protest rally demanding the revocation.

Until recently, the bank had been classified as an “old private sector bank” and supervised by the RBI, while also being subject to oversight by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).

Following the Governor-led SAC’s approval of the proposal for treating Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited as a PSU, mainstream regional parties criticized the move, including JK People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone.


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Human Rights Day: Parents of disappeared persons again protest for justice

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Srinagar, Dec 10: On the Human Rights Day observed on Monday, the parents of disappeared persons pledged to carry on their struggle for justice.

They staged a sit-in at Press Enclave here under the banner of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) to register their protest.

Abdul Rahim, a protester who had travelled from his home in Bijbehara, Anantnag, said he would continue his struggle for locating his son who has gone missing 24 years ago.

“On the fateful day, 2-3 persons came to my home to ask for my younger son. They took him along. Since 1994, I have no information about his whereabouts. He was studying in class 9,” Rahim said.

Rahim, father of three children, said he went from pillar to post to find his son.“I went everywhere but couldn’t find him. His mother continuously searched him for almost two years in every nook and corner. She still hopes that he will come,” said Rahim, a fruit vendor.

“At least we should know whether he is alive or not.”

Chairperson APDP, Parveena Ahangar, said they would continue to demand whereabouts of their children.

Ahangar, whose son is one of the estimated 10,000 victims of enforced disappearances in Kashmir, said, “The state has not only denied the phenomena of enforced disappearances but it has also legalised laws like AFSPA. It has provided full impunity to the perpetrators, protecting them and thus creating hurdles in acquiring justice.”

“No government addressed the issue of enforced disappearances. We would continue to seek the whereabouts of our children till our last breath.”
Condemning the use of “excessive violence” against the civilians, she asked the world community to press New Delhi to stop all kinds of “human rights violations”.

Meanwhile, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) organised a daylong seminar titled ‘Allow international human rights organisations to visit J&K’ here.
The seminar was attended by the cross section of the society.

Addressing the seminar, AIP Leader and MLA Langate, Engineer Rashid, said the government of India should allow the world bodies to visit Kashmir.
“Recently, UNHRC in its report said that the human rights in Kashmir are violated. The security forces are getting indulged in worst human rights violations,” he said.

“India has been saying that everything is fine. If it is so, why is it not allowing the human rights organisations to visit Kashmir?” he asked.
Civil society member, Shakeel Qalander said India treated “Kashmir as its colony”.

“It should give up the colonial mindset,” he said.

Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam urged people to reject all voices speaking in different tunes at different places.

Columnist, Aijaz-ul-Haq said the rights of the Kashmiris have been kept hostage.“Even trees and animals have rights,” he said.

Jammu and Kashmir State Rights Commission (JKSRC) also organised a programme on human rights and drug addiction in the auditorium of the Department of Information and Public Relations.

Among others, the function was attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Swayam Prakash Pani, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Abid Rashid Shah, and Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar.

Talking to the media persons, IGP Pani said police was doing “everything possible” to check drug menace.“As far as synthetic drugs are concerned, they are being transported from across the border,” he said.

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Ahead of polls, BJP making strenuous efforts to polarize situation in J&K: PDP

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Srinagar, Dec 10: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is making strenuous efforts to polarize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir

“As elections are in the offing, the BJP is making strenuous efforts to polarize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as the party has nothing to show to its voters on developmental front. However, people are now well aware about the way in which BJP functions and how the party cares least about the national interest and state’s integrity while fulfilling its own agendas,” Former Minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said.

He said that BJP has got a, “univocal agenda which thrives on hate and promotes tensions and that the party has got unnerved due to the recent political developments in Kashmir’s political landscape that unfolded new possibilities and eroded BJP’s blackmailing position”.

He added that the party is trying to malign the regional political groups of Jammu and Kashmir as ideologically there is a deep chasm between them and the BJP. “When in need the BJP handshakes with everybody and then back out on its promises. On the contrary, other political parties have exhibited maturity during the crucial times and have reached out to all sections of the society. As far as the PDP is concerned, the party will continue with its endeavor to work for everyone irrespective of caste, creed or religion,” said Akhtar.

While reacting to BJP leader Dr Jitendra Singh’s statement that Kashmir’s mainstream politicians are more dangerous than separatists, Akhter asked BJP to explain why it ignored its 25 MLAs and selected a CM candidate from Kashmir who has mere 2 seats in the assembly.

Akhtar questioned Dr Jitendra Singh’s assertions, asking that if there was such a lack of trust in other parties of the state, the BJP should have selected its own CM candidate from the party itself. “Why were you (Jitendra Singh) or Kulvinder Gupta or any other BJP leader not chosen as CM candidate of the party from the state. How can you people convince your own voters after such a decision has been taken by your party,” Akhtar asked.

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Secy I&FC reviews progress on Phase 1 of Flood Management project

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SRINAGAR, DEC 10: The Secretary to Government PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC), Farooq Ahmad Shah today reviewed the progress on Phase 1 of ongoing Flood Management project.

The re-sectioning of Flood Management project Phase 1 coming up at Rs 399 crore from Padshahi Bagh to Wular is aimed at increasing the discharge capacity of flood channel and is set to be completed by March 2019.

The Secretary was briefed that the salvage of the causeway at Mehjoor Nagar Bridge including pipes and pile heads are being removed at a fast pace.
He was also informed that the re-sectioning work is going on in full swing from Padshahi Bagh to Hokersar including Shariefabad. It was added that the re-sectioning of Flood Spill Channel at Naidkhai is also in progress and land acquisition is almost complete.

On seeking the details regarding construction of two bridges at NaidKhai and Shariefabad, the concerned officers assured the Secretary that the same will also be completed by March 2019.
Shah was further informed that the beautification of river Jehlum at Srinagar is on and the project costs about Rs 5 crore.

The Secretary said an advance action on Phase 2 has also been started for which project enforcing agency WAPCOS has assured that the DPR for it will be submitted within 15 days.

He said that the government has already committed to start the project by next season and all the concerned are directed to complete and wind up phase 1 by March 2019.

During the meeting, the procurement of pipes for Tral LIS was also discussed and the EX. Engineer S.E assured that the tenders will be finalized in 25 days.

The Secretary warned that no lapse would be tolerated in meeting the deadline of the projects.

He later visited Mehjoor Nagar Bridge and other sites for on the spot inspection of the ongoing works.

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