Amritsar, DEC 30: Parvez Ahmed, Chairman and CEO JK Bank today launched the JK Bank Mandi Finance Scheme for traders of agriculture produce across the country at Amritsar in presence of Executive Presidents P.K. Tickoo and R.K. Chhiber.
Presidents Rakesh Gandotra and Arun Gandotra, Zonal Head Anokh Singh, prominent businessmen of Amritsar, members of trade fraternity of Punjab, a large number of customers and staff of the bank were present.
Notably all the Rest of India Zonal heads and staff of the bank joined the launch through video conference and participated in the event. Earlier in the day the Chairman inaugurated the new state of the art premises of Business Unit Amritsar.
Speaking during the scheme launch, he said, “Punjab is the agriculture capital of the country and has been the front runner in the green revolution in the country leading to food sufficiency for the nation and we thought that it is both relevant and appropriate to launch the J&K Bank Mandi Finance Scheme for traders of agriculture produce scheme from Amritsar in Punjab. Amritsar besides being a pious and spiritual centre is a major trading partner of J&K State and was the first city chosen by our bank to open JK Bank’s first Branch in Punjab in the year 1973.
The bond of banking relationship with Punjab has since been strengthened with enthusiastic reciprocation from the business community of Punjab.
Taking this relation to next level, today we are making history again by launching our unique customized Mortgage loan scheme for Traders of Agricultural Produce-Mandi Finance Scheme, to provide hassle free working capital finance to registered members/merchants/traders dealing with trade of fruits/vegetables/cereals & other agricultural produce.
The scheme, already popular in J&K, will now be operational across all branches of the bank in rest of India and all merchants who are customers of the Bank and are members of the recognized Association of concerned Mandi/ Registered Commission- Forwarding Agents can avail this facility at one of the lowest rate of interests in the Banking industry.”
Executive President PK Tickoo in his address delineated the bank’s products & policies which he said are continuously being aligned to the market dynamics to customize them for the convenience of the customers. R K Chhiber Executive President shared his experiences of working in Punjab where he said the bank was having one of the most loyal customer base since decades of its operations.
Earlier while inaugurating the new Business premises at Shastri Market Amritsar, Chairman & CEO Parvez Ahmed directed the team to offer par excellence customer service to the people and engage all digital products and offerings to provide an enhanced customer experience. He also urged upon the Zonal Team to explore the potential for innovative services such as customized pilgrim products on the lines of JK Bank services to pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra.
He further said that Punjab is the major destination for people of Jammu and Kashmir State along with a large number of patients travelling for specialized orthopedic and ophthalmic treatments to Amritsar and thus numerous opportunities are available to facilitate the cash management needs of the travelers by new product offerings. The Chairman added that Bank is also planning to increase its presence in Punjab via ATM and Branch network expansion.
Adv Ganai urges stakeholders to work for developing robust education system
Srinagar, Mar 21: Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ahmad Ganai on Thursday urged the stakeholders— including private schools to work efficiently for providing quality education to the student community at all levels.
Speaking to scores of delegations during a day-long public hearing under the aegis of Governor’s Public Grievance cell, here at Church Lane, Ganai emphasized that robust education sector was vital for overall growth of the state.
During the camp, the Advisor met around 40 delegations and scores of individuals from across the Kashmir division—who apprised him with various issues and problems faced by them.
A delegation of Private School Association of Jammu and Kashmir led by its president, GN War appraised the Advisor about various initiatives in the private schools. He sought education-friendly decisions from the government to encourage education providers. The delegation suggested that there was a dire need of establishing State Education Council—which could work for the betterment of the educational sector in the State.
Lauding the efforts of the private schools, Ganai said that it was commendable the way private schools stakeholders were providing quality education despite many odds. He said that Jammu and Kashmir could become a hub of educational activities only when all the stakeholders would come forward and work for the betterment of educational sector.
The Advisor also received feedback from the delegation about the facilities available in their schools.
Interacting with delegation, Ganai urged them to observe ‘Punctuality Week’ in schools from 1 to 6 April. He said the schools need to be made a place where the children are willing to go and attend their classes regularly.
Meanwhile, several other delegations including delegation from Pahoo Pulwma, Soibugh, Budgam, Anjuman Falah Islam, Harwan, Srinagar, delegations of FOs from Department of Horticulture, Delegation of Sarpanchs, Delegation from NGO Sunrise, Delegation of PhD scholars of Department of Linguistics, University of Kashmir. Deputations from various areas including Soura, Bandipora, Sopore, Ganderbal among other areas also called on the advisor and apprised him about various issues of their areas.
Ganai said that Governor’s Administration was taking every possible step to ensure quality education was provided to students at all the levels—including the students from far off areas.
After listening to the delegations, Ganai directed the concerned officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest.
Earlier, a delegation of All Jammu and Kashmir (Hajj and Umrah) Private Tour Operators met Advisor Ganai—appealing him to enhance the quota for the State.
Ganai assured that some positive developments in this regard would follow soon. He informed delegation that he would personally take up the matter with the concerned union ministry and address their grievances.
Aspirants demand postponement of KCS Judicial (Main) exam
Srinagar, Mar 21: KCS judicial exam aspirants demand postponement of main examination which is scheduled to commence from 23rd march on the grounds of the sub-judice matter of the selection process which has created uncertainty over the fate of the examination and disturbed aspirants’ preparation.
Aspirants maintained that the process of examination is challenged in Jammu wing of High Court and the honorable court held that the selection process is subject to the outcome of the writ petition. The court sent a notice to JKPSC to file objection to the issues raised by the petitioners.
“JKPSC has changed the rules of the examination in the middle of the game which is against the Supreme Court judgments. JKPSC in its date sheet notification for main examination dated 29-12-2018 makes no mention of the question paper-cum answer books where as a separate notification dated 01.02.2019 whereby it has been decided that the question paper-cum answer books shall as far as practicable be used henceforth for the competitive examinations. The aspirants came to know of this change in the rule by the Instructions on the Admit cards issued in March”, an aspirant told Kashmir News Service (KNS).
The aspirants maintained that JKPSC is pushing them into a depression hole. “We have prepared in accordance with the earlier examination pattern. In the earlier pattern a candidate was not bound to write in a limited space and continuation answer sheets were provided. It is a natural principle that a new rule has a prospective effect and not a retrospective effect. Giving the rule retrospective effect is ultra-vire and is challenged in the court of law”, said another aspirant.
Controller of examination, JKPSC, Shabir Hussain Keen said, “We will file objections in HC and prove the fairness of the selection process there. As of now there will be no deferment in the already notified dates for the examination and the aspirants should instead focus on their studies.”
Pertinently, JKPSC has been in the controversies for most of the recruitment processes be it KAS, 10+2 lecturer, Assistant Professor or KCS judicial examination. In the recent KAS controversy JKPSC is dragged to HC and SC for the faulty digital evaluation which was not supported by the rule of law. More than 500 cases are pending in HC and SC against the commission.
PC leader Salam Ud Din Bajad joins NC
Srinagar, Mar 21: Noted broadcaster, Former Deputy Director General Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar, Chief Editor Nawa-e-Qoum and PC 2014 Baramulla LS candidate Salam Ud Din Bajad on Thursday joined Jammu and Kashmir National Conference.
Welcoming former Broadcaster into the party fold, party vice president Omar Abdullah said, “Our party stands for equitable development approach for meeting the needs of under-served communities through policies and programmes that reduce disparities by fostering development towards creating strong and vibrant communities.”
Party vice president, while welcoming the new entrant said, “The party will surely benefit from Bajad sahib’s experience in public life.”
Senior leaders Muhammad Ramzan choudhary, Muhammad Akbar lone, Nasir Aslam Wani were also present on the occasion.
Bajad is also Secretary Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust Sunjuwa By pass Jammu and also a trustee of J&K Peoples Educational Trust. He is also associated with many social and literary organizations.
Meanwhile in a separate function at party head quarters Nawa- e –Subha, Srinagar, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar welcomed the new entrant into the party fold. Among others Qaisar Jamheed Lone, Javed Dar, Ghulam Hassan Rahi was also present on the occasion.
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