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JK Bank regularizes 526 casually engaged subordinate staff

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Srinagar, Mar 20: Jammu and Kashmir Bank today regularized the services of 526 casually engaged workers under Bank’s scheme for casually engaged workers approved by the Board of the Bank.
J&k Bank Chairman & CEO Parvez Ahmed congratulated the casually engaged subordinate staff earlier working on meager wages on temporary basis for past so many years and living a life of distress.
He termed the decision of the Board as magnanimous as it not only made a meaningful difference in the lives of 526 families of the casually engaged workers but also augment the staff requirement necessitated by the retirements and expansion of bank’s branch network thereby affecting the banking services due to shortage of subordinate staff which is a very important link in the delivery of customer service.
“We are here to convey our gratitude to the Chairman and the Bank’s Board for this great and dignifying gesture on the auspicious occasion of Nauroz and Holi. Although we have been for years requesting the authorities on numerous occasions but this long-standing demand of seeking regularisation in the bank has finally seen the light of the day owing to staff-friendly policies of the current management and Board of Directors. The Bank has indeed expressed trust in our abilities to serve the Bank and presented this lifetime opportunity to us and our families to live life with dignity and respect in the society” said a large group of such workers who called on the Chairman & CEO of the Bank.
The official spokesperson of the bank stated that the regularization has been done as per the recommendation of the Scrutiny Committee constituted by the Bank in compliance to the directions of the Bank’s Board in this regard. He explained that the casually engaged workers who have already completed 10 years have been regularized forthwith while as those who have not completed ten years have been engaged on contractual basis, till they complete 10 years of total service with the Bank, after which they will also become eligible for regularization subject to satisfactory performance. Candidates engaged on contractual basis will be paid consolidated wages as per the approved wage structure for such workers. However, wage protection shall be provided to candidates drawing higher wages. Elaborating further the official spokesperson informed that in respect of some left out candidates engagement shall be done on case to case basis post documentary clearance by the Scrutiny Committee constituted for the purpose.
Notably, Bank is vigorously undertaking expansion strategy in the state to improve its outreach in unbanked areas in the coming years. The Bank aims to enhance credit penetration and availability of hassle free finance to bring the Bank density/ unit population at par with the national level. The Bank has also outlined its upcoming growth strategy by augmenting the credit availability in J&K and creating specialized Easy Banking Units to promote micro-credit products and services for the rural populations. The expansion process requires additional manpower for which Bank has also announced recruitment of probationary officers and clerks in a time bound manner.


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Yasin Malik’s detention: SHRC issues notice to CS, Home Sec, DGP

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Srinagar, April 24: State Human Rights commission on Wednesday issued to notice Chief Secretary J&K, Commissioner Secretary Home department and DGP police asking to submit the detailed compliance report regarding detention and shifting of Muhammad Yasin Malik to NIA custody.

According to the KNO correspondent the petitioner, Ahsan Untoo, had pleaded before the SHRC that Malik is a political worker and was detained under Public Safety Act and later handed over to National Investigation Agency, calling it ‘illegal’. The notice to government officials was issued by State Human Rights commission chairperson Rtd justice Bilal Nazki.

“The authorities illegally allowed the police authorities to change the custody which is otherwise illegal in nature and handed over custody to NIA,” Untoo had pleaded before the commission. It was reported health conditions got deteriorated with unknown reasons and the family members; friends were not allowed to interact or to get the health information of Malik.

 

Untoo in his petitions said that when Malik’s lawyer met him on April 20, at RML Hospital, he was not able to have a conversation with the lawyer as he was ruthlessly beaten by the NIA authorities, he was rushed to the RML hospital in a very critical condition and since then no one has been allowed to interact with Malik.

“It creates apprehensions in the mind of family members and the general public of the valley that he might have been assassinated by the authorities and in this regard no communication has been made by the concerned authorities regarding the same,” he said in his petition.

Untoo had also pleaded before SHRC that a team be constituted who will receive a firsthand information regarding the wellbeing of Malik, and he be brought before the media so as the apprehensions regarding the assassination of Malik are put to rest.(KNO)

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Vehicle carrying perishable food items be exempted from NH ban: Faesal

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Calling upon the government to at least , exempt vehicles carrying perishable items, vegetables, fruits, poultry and livestock from National Highway Traffic ban, President J&K Peoples Movement, Dr. Shah Faesal Wednesday said that the ban is harming small traders the most.

In a statement issued, Dr. Faesal said that restrictions on the movement of vehicles carrying perishable items has put traders to huge loss adding that administration seems to be in deep slumber to pay heed to the pleas of affected people.

“I got a call last night that a vehicle carrying livestock has been stuck on the highway for last two days. There is shortage of fodder and the animals are about to die due to hunger”, Shah Faesal added.

 

He said that not only human beings but even animals are also suffering due to the highway ban. He has forcibly demanded to revoke the draconian measure immediately.

He said ban on movement of civilian traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is totally undemocratic and anti-people which is causing huge inconvenience to all sections of the society including small and marginal traders.

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Rawalpora youth’s death: CCTV shows Umar falling down on a roadside: Police

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Srinagar, Apr 24: Police on Wednesday said that questioning was on to ascertain the facts behind the mysterious death of a youth, Umar Bhat of Rawalpora’s Astanpora area.

Umar in his late 20s was found dead on Sunday after he left his home in the morning to attend a function at Tagore hall.

Station House Officer (SHO), Shergari Police station, Aftab Ahmad told The Kashmir Monitor that they were waiting for the postmortem report.

 

He said the CCTV footage available with the Police shows Umar falling on the road near Oxford school, Wanabal.

“It appears that he was under the influence of drugs, it is only an assumption. Only after postmortem report, we would be able to speak on the cause of death,” Aftab maintained.

He said they have recorded the statements of around 4-5 persons in connection with the case.

“His friends, including the one who accompanied him to Star Hospital (in Sanat Nagar), where he was initially brought for treatment, are being questioned,” he said.

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