Srinagar, Jan 01: J&K Bank Officers Association organized annual felicitation of retired officials of the Bank at Zorawar Singh Auditorium, Jammu.
The function where, J&K Bank Chairman & CEO, Parvez Ahmed was the Chief Guest, witnessed the felicitation of 149 officers of the bank who attained the age of superannuation during the last two years. J&K Bank Executive Presidents P.K. Tikoo and R.K. Chibber, President Rakesh Gandotra and Arun Gandotra were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the retired fraternity of the Bank, Parvez Ahmed said, “The Bank where it stands today is the result of persistent hard work and passion of the retired employees over the years who built a strong foundation year on and have given a stable, progressive institution to the current generation of JK Bank family. I personally recall all the revered Officers and senior team mates with whom I learnt and worked over the years and express my gratitude to the generous guidance that I was offered over the course of my career. I must mention the strong culture of mentorship that was present at that time and I urge upon today’s leaders to revive and enhance the concept of mentoring junior management employees during various assignments and build a strong culture of collective spirit of growth.”
Speaking about retired employee welfare, he said, “The welfare and secure future of employees and their families is an idea most close to my heart and I feel very satisfied at the various steps and new schemes we have undertaken particularly towards both working and retired employees. Your contribution to this premier Institution is exemplary which will be remembered by generations of J&K Bank. While this forum is an opportunity of interaction with you, I am delighted to learn how keenly you all continue to think about the welfare of the Bank by offering your valuable, experience rich suggestions towards the overall processes and direction of the Bank.”
Speaking about the Bank’s vision for the current financial year, he said, “Bank has seen six consecutive quarters of profitability and going forward, we will witness favorable results in the current quarter as well. Bank while building on its age old values and passionate spirit of service is embracing new practices via its long term transformation strategy which has started to give positive results. Go all out to leverage our potential in business mobilization to maximize the business of the Bank to not only ward off the dynamic risks emerging in the banking sector but also to offset the various cost pressures on our balance sheet be it the enhanced provisioning, wage revision, regularizations in the subordinate cadre, career progression across the board and incremental investment in establishment of infrastructure for employees comfort and convenience. We must collectively strive hard to achieve the envisaged profit figure of Rs.2000 Crore business by the end of FY 2021-22, and given the sincerity, commitment and dedication of the bank’s human capital towards the institutional business goals I have firm belief that we will surpass the figure. This shall also enable the bank to shore up its capital base by plough back of profits”. Alongside, we consistently strive to give back positively to the society through our CSR initiatives. On the occasion, the Chairman also consented to take up the pensioner’s demand to include the retirees of the bank under the ambit of MoU signed between J&K Bank and SMVDU Narayana Hospital which offers a special rebate of 15 % on all their services. The Chairman also assented to revise the Family Pension in respect of Twenty Three cases pertaining to those who got retired before 1996 and were drawing a meager pension of Rs 3000 per month.
Earlier Arjun Singh Rathore Vice President JKBOA Jammu unit welcomed all the dignitaries at the event. While extolling the role of all the retirees present at the venue, he termed them as real heroes who have strengthened the Bank for which their services can never be forgotten. He also described Mr. Parvez Ahmed as a Peoples Chairman for his empathetic approach and sensitivity towards the needs of each and every employee of J&K Bank family. Tassaduq Madni, President of AIJKBOF expressed the bank’s indebtedness and gratefulness towards its ex-employees as the seeds of their hard work are now bearing fruits towards securing the current generation’s future, a legacy which must be carried forward earnestly. The President of J&K Bank Retired Employee’s Federation S. Mohinder Singh gave a brief overview of the transitions witnessed by the bank since its inception in 1938. The vote of thanks was presented by Vice President of JKBOA Jammu Unit.
Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech clear call for Hindu Rashtra: PDP
Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the BJP President Amit Shah’s West Bengal speech an open call for a Hindu Rashtra and said that the Saffron party chief has challenged the very idea of India.
Shah while addressing a rally at West Bengal said that Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh need not be afraid in India because the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has been brought to grant them citizenship. He also termed Muslims as infiltrators and stated that time for their deportation has come.
“This is nothing but an open call for a Hindu Rashtra. Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in itself is laying foundations of a Hindu Rashtra and exclusion of Muslims and Christians. What Amit Shah has said is communal poison and this is a moment of challenge for right thinking Indians who still believe in Idea of India as we have always been made to believe,” said senior PDP leader and former minister Naeem Akhtar.
He added that the statement of BJP President has sent a very negative message to the communities other than the country’s majority community. Such remarks, said Akhtar, aren’t being taken positively in the states like Jammu and Kashmir which have Muslim majority character and other states with sizeable Muslim and Christian population like Kerala, West Bengal, UP and Bihar and northeast states.
“What Amit Shah has said negates the essence, letter, and spirit of the constitution of India which is a covenant of all communities, all classes, and all people of the county to live together,” Akhtar said.
The PDP leader said that the BJP is setting up a dangerous game for electoral gains in the country and is playing a communal hatred card as last resort to win elections. “Unfortunately, BJP has only one goal and that is to win elections at whatever cost. The real issues facing the country including the problems of Jammu and Kashmir which are of a major nature besides joblessness, agrarian crises have been thrown in cold storage,” Akhtar said.
Beware of activists impacting K-movement: Geelani to Youth
Srinagar, Jan 23: When young blood is so enthusiastic to achieve their goal, no power on earth can force them to subjugation; this was stated by Hurriyat (g) Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, in a telephonic address to the mourners of the slain Dr Shams-ul-Haq at Soghan Shopian on Wednesday.
Quoting Geelani, the spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat (g) chairman reiterated his pledge to take the movement to its logical end and will never allow anybody to barter the precious blood of “martyrs”.
“We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove detrimental for our movement,” he said.
He said that deceitful slogans of development, prosperity or material gains can never be a substitute for freedom. Politicians have turned into political leeches, sucking every drop of our blood to satisfy their “masters” in Delhi.
The separatist leader said that our movement has become so precious that no perk and privilege can compel us for any compromise.
Stressing upon people in general and youth in particular, Hurriyat (g) chairman said that we need to strengthen our faith and protect our civil, social, religious and human liberties, avoid miss deeds and nourish the Islamic culture in our homes and society without indulging in sectarian hatred and social evils.
Forces ‘torture’ compels youth to join militancy: Yasin Malik
Srinagar, Jan 23: Chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing “killings” in Kashmir on Wednesday said that killing of more than half a dozen Kashmiris at Budgam and Shopian during last two days and assault on a civilian at Haba-Kadal are “exhibition of colonial mindset of government forces who only know to kill, injured and humiliate humans at will”.
The party spokesman said that killing of many more youth at Budgam and Shopian namely Syed Rubaan, Zahid Ahmad, Shams-Ul-Haq, Tawseef Ahmad, Sabzar Ahmad, Amir Ahmad Butt, as part of unabated killings, JKLF chairman said that first government forces “torture, torment, humiliate Kashmiri youth and leave no place for them to pursue a peaceful path and then eliminate them in CASO’s and crackdowns”.
Citing the example of a young Syed Ruban of Nazneenpora Shopian, Malik said that one of his relatives had joined militancy, and then the army, SOG and police started raiding his house, arresting him, torturing and humiliating this gentle soul on daily basis.
On June 19, 2018, his residence was raided during night hours and he along with his brother Syed Tajamul was severely tortured and this humiliating torture became a turning point for him as he left his
Meanwhile, JKLF chairman has expressed his heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of youthful Abdul Rashid Shigan of Batamaloo presently at HMT who passed away recently.
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