Srinagar, Nov 1: National Conference on Thursday expressed dismay over state government’s relentless attacks on the working of state as well autonomous institutions in the state.
In a statement issued from party headquarters Nawa-e-Subah, party General Secretary Haji Ali Mohammad Sagar said that the governor administration has embarked on a mission to change the existing state laws which should have been the exclusive domain of a democratically elected government.
“Legally speaking state Governor has the power to change state laws but he has no popular mandate to make far reaching changes in our institutions. The recent SAC decision approving the amendments in JK municipal Act is a case in point where unlike earlier elections to the post of mayor will be done through a secret ballot,” he said.
“What compelled the governor administration to bring such drastic changes which has no precedence in our system? Even in the Legislative Assembly we have moved to open voting for Rajya Sabha and MLC elections. Same is the case with elections to country’s President and Vice President also which do not have a secret ballot as such. As per norms, the voter shows his or her ballot paper to the election agent concerned,” he said.
Asking governor administration to focus more on security related issues of the state, the general secretary said, “Our state is going through very tough times with everyday killings, maiming, CASO’s, night raids, arrests becoming the order of the day. Dealing with the ground situation and ensuring a sense of security among people here must be HEG’s first priority. He should see himself as the care taker first and focus more on facilitating a peaceful environment in the state.”
Sagar said state administration is trying to undermine democratic process in J&K. “Bringing about drastic changes in our administrative set-up is completely uncalled for. It belittles the value of our institutions and demeans the very basis of our democratic setup. Obliterating the transparency in our institutions is something that will have far reaching consequences,” he said.
Party General Secretary said that it is highly unbecoming of the incumbent governor administration to challenge the veracity of the state’s political set up. “On one hand governor says that he hasn’t come with any political agenda but his actions speak otherwise. It seems that those who are hell bent to destroy the socio-political set up of our state are dictating terms to state administration,” he said.
“The recently concluded ULB elections should serve as an eye opener for those who made tall claims about the polling percentage in Kashmir. It seems that they are willingly ignoring the ground realities in Kashmir which will inevitably have serious repercussions on our state. It’s therefore time for the powers that be to accept the ground realities and start addressing them. If they continue to dismiss the genuine concerns expressed by our party from time to time then the situation is going to get murkier and murkier,” he said.
Coming up of new parties, alliances dangerous for Kashmir: Experts
Srinagar, Jun 19: The coming up of new political parties and alliances ahead of assembly polls can be dangerous for Kashmir as it will lead to the fractured mandate, thereby favouring BJP, experts claim.
On Tuesday former bureaucrat Shah Faesal and independent legislator from Langate Er Abdul Rasheed announced “Peoples United Front” for upcoming assembly polls.
Political pundits, however, believe that the fractured mandate led by such alliances in the upcoming assembly polls was aimed to divide Kashmiris.
“It is a very dangerous approach and Kashmiris should not allow the fractured mandate. Those who care about Kashmir should support one party of unit instead of paving way for fractured mandate due to these alliances,” said noted academician and an expert in politics, Sidiq Wahid.
The formation of new political alliances, he said, was a “policy of Government of India for a decade to divide Kashmiris.”
“I really feel that this new so-called alliance that has been formed is mudding the waters,” Wahid said.
Another expert in politics, Prof Gul Mohammad Wani, said the suspicions and doubts among people will intensify when centres rule is extends its rule to the state.
“Even after holding Panchayat, Municipal election or parliamentary polls either, the government doesn’t seem to be in a mood to hold assembly election in the state as of now,” he said.
Wani however said the emergence of new alliances could be due to failures by the political parties “to allow internal democracy in the state.”
“Mostly leaders or new groups emerge or come out of the existing political parties under such circumstances,” he said.
Wani said that the existing political parties including NC, PDP and Congress require increasing ideological and political space to build credible leadership.
Soon after the formation of new PUF, former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah said the alliance was aimed to divide voters in Kashmir.
He questioned about lack of such alliances in Jammu or Ladakh regions of the state.
Srinagar, Sonawari, Awantipora prone to floods: Study
Srinagar, June 19: Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed abrupt changes in climate over the years. According to a disaster management report, 13 districts in J&K, out of 100 districts in India, have been identified as ‘multi-hazard districts’.
“Majority areas of the valley, especially Sonawari, Awantipora and Srinagar, along with parts of Jammu are prone to floods. Upper catchments of all the tributaries of the Jhelum, Indus, Chenab and Tawi rivers are prone to flash floods,” the report said. All these areas were worst hit by September-2014 floods and are prone to floods.
While the recent study says that out of the 12 states, Assam, Mizoram and Jammu & Kashmir are extremely vulnerable to global warming.
“Based on this assessment, the vulnerability index is found to be the highest for Assam (0.72) and Mizoram (0.71), followed by Jammu and Kashmir (0.62), Manipur (0.59), Meghalaya and West Bengal (both 0.58), Nagaland (0.57), Himachal Pradesh and Tripura (0.51 both), Arunachal Pradesh (0.47) and Uttarakhand (0.45). Sikkim is the least vulnerable state with the index being 0.42,” the study says.
It says that, “Several drivers of vulnerability are evident for the state of J&K. These include, in the order of significance, least road density, no area under crop insurance, low area under forests per 1,000 rural households, high percentage of marginal farmers, low percentage area under horticulture crops, low livestock to human ratio and low percentage of women in the overall workforce.”
The study says that climate change is already occurring and impacting natural ecosystems and human societies.
It says, “To reduce these uncertainties and plan towards sustainable development it is essential to adopt evidence based adaptation planning in IHR. This requires an in-depth understanding of the key risks and vulnerabilities derived from scientific assessments.”
The study has been authored by IIT Guwahati Anamika Barua Associate Professor Deptt. of Humanities and Social Science Principal Investigator Rupam Bhaduri Research Scholar Centre for the Environment Vishaka Gulati Research Scholar Deptt. of Humanities and Social Sciences IIT Mandi Shyamasree Dasgupta Assistant Professor School of Humanities and Social Sciences Co – Principal Investigator Kritishnu Sanyal Project Associate School of Humanities and Social Sciences Mir Khursheed Alam Research Scholar School of Humanities and Social Sciences IISc Bangalore N.H. Ravindranath Professor Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST) Key Resource Person Indu K Murthy Consultant Scientist Centre for Sustainable Technologies Tashina Esteves Research Associate Jagmohan Sharma Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Forest Conservation) Government of Karnataka.
Massive reshuffle in police, civil admin likely after June 27
Srinagar, Jun 19: A massive reshuffle in civil and police administration is likely to be ordered anytime after June 27 when the ongoing “Back to village” program launched by Governor’s administration across Jammu and Kashmir will come to an end.
Authoritative sources said that exercise for a massive reshuffle in civil and police administration has been set into motion with the proposals being processed for transfer of senior IAS and IPS officers holding key positions in the state administration. The proposals for deputation of several senior IAS and IPS officers and return of some others from central deputation to Jammu and Kashmir government have been set into motion.
In the likely reshuffle in civil and police administration several administrative secretaries are likely to be relieved of the additional charge of some key departments which they are overseeing presently in addition to their own duties.
The reshuffle could be ordered phase wise to dispel the impression about the working of some non-performing officers presently holding key positions as directors of some key departments and deputy commissioners of districts in all the three regions Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.
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