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JK to seek 6 more Cluster Universities: Altaf Bukhari

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JAMMU, MARCH 5: The Jammu and Kashmir Government has sought six more cluster universities, three each for Kashmir and Jammu regions, even as a couple of these are expected to be sanctioned this year.
Addressing students and faculty here at the inaugural function of maiden sports tournament hosted by Cluster University Jammu here at GGM Science College, Minister for Education and pro chancellor of the varsity, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said that state government has submitted the proposal to the Union Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) for six more Cluster universities and sanction for couple of them are expected this year.
Minister for Information Technology, Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Imran Raza Ansari was also present at the inaugural function of the event which would continue till March 12, 2018 and witness Football Volleyball, Cricket, Kabbadi, Kho Kho and other game contests among the teams of five constituent colleges of the CLUJ.
Vice-Chancellor, Anju Bhasin, Register, Dean Student welfare CLUJ besides faculty and Principals of the constituent colleges were also present.
Hailing the vice- chancellor and her team, Altaf Bukhari said J&K has taken lead in the establishment of twin Cluster Universities and in one year of their establishments these are showing steady growth in every field.
“Our aim is to make the twin varsities centres of excellence in all aspects and the mega sports festival preceded by a cultural festival bears testimony that CLUJ is on the path of becoming a model University” Bukhari said and added that chancellor of the varsity and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is keen to have more such institutions in the state.
“It is a proud moment for me to see this institution progressing in leaps and bounds in one year of its existence” Altaf Bukhari said while announcing that the state government’s aim is to take higher education to the door steps of the children. “Children are very special to us because investing for their education and growth means investing for future” the Minister asserted.
In his address, Imran Raza Ansari announced that Youth Services and Sports ministry would move a proposal for development of the main ground and anastro turf hockey ground on the adjacent land at GGM Science College.
Imran Ansari also highlighted the importance of sports for overall development of the students and said that the last three years have witnessed massive sports infrastructure development in Jammu and Kashmir. He hailed the state government and centre for providing liberal funding for the purpose. “We know children face many challenges as they grow up. Sports help them to develop positive attitude and forget their worries” Ansar said and reiterated that state government is committed to promote sports culture in the state as the youth who form more than fifty percent of state’s population need it badly to save themselves from treading on the wrong path.
Earlier, Vice-chancellor Prof Anju Bhasin in her welcome address gave full credit to pro chancellor AltafBukhariand his team for their support in accomplishing the challenge to establish the new varsity.


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Centre announces 4800 cr CPC allowances for JK

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Srinagar, Dec 10: Centre on Tuesday announced 7th Central Pay Commission allowances worth around Rs 4800 crores for government employees of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh.

“The government has approved Rs 4800 crore for the same”, Union minister G Kishan Reddy, said in the Lok Sabha. The minister also announced two AIIMS like institutions in Jammu and Srinagar.

Reddy announced approval of eight medical colleges for Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

 

On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and its bifurcation into UTs.

After Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on August 8 where he announced that all the financial facilities being given to the employees of other Union territories as per the recommendations of 7th CPC, would soon be extended to the employees of UT of Jammu and Kashmir, and UT of Ladakh.

The annual financial implication of 7th CPC allowances like children education allowance, hostel allowance, transport allowance, LTC, fixed medical allowance, etc. in respect of 4.5 lakh government employees of existing state of Jammu and Kashmir will be around Rs 4,800 crore.

Of the total Rs 4,800 crore, a modest Rs 607 crore will be for children education allowance, Rs 1,823 crore for hostel allowance, Rs 1,200 crore for transport allowance, Rs 1,000 crore for leave travel concession (LTC), Rs 108 crore for fixed medical Allowance and Rs 62 crore for other allowances.

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Ensure all eligible beneficiaries are covered under CSS: Kabra

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Jammu, Dec 9: Principal Secretary Home, Shaleen Kabra, today exhorted upon the officers to spread awareness regarding various centrally sponsored schemes to ensure optimum coverage of eligible persons under the ambit of these pro-people programmes.

Kabra issued these instructions while addressing a meeting convened to discuss and chalk out strategies towards achieving cent percent coverage of beneficiaries under individual centric schemes.

Commissioner Secretary, Social Welfare Department, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi; Commissioner Secretary, Higher Education Department, Sarita Chauhan; Director General Social Welfare, Rehana Batool; Director Planning Social Welfare, Omera Shafaq and other concerned officers were present in the meeting. All the Deputy Commissioners attended the meeting through video conferencing.

 

Principal Secretary sought details about the status of various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and directed the officers to ensure that all eligible beneficiaries avail scholarships and other benefits. He emphasized the need for creating massive awareness about these schemes so that all eligible are benefited.

Other points which were discussed in the meeting included 100% pension coverage to physically challenged persons and senior citizens above 70 years of age besides implementation of Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana for pregnant women.

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Mubeen’s detention order revoked permanently

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New Delhi, Dec 9: Two days after he was released “temporarily”, the Jammu and Kashmir administration informed the Supreme Court on Monday that it had permanently revoked the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) against NRI businessman Mubeen Shah, who had been picked by authorities in Kashmir in August.

Shah was released on Saturday from the Agra Central Jail where he had been moved to on August 7 after being detained in Kashmir Valley, along with a host of political leaders, social activists and separatists following the Centre”s announcements related to Jammu and Kashmir.

The release of Shah on Saturday was “temporary” and he was asked to surrender on March 7 next year, according to an order issued by Principal Home Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir.

 

However, on Sunday, the same officer issued another order, submitted before the Supreme Court, saying that the PSA had been revoked under section 19 (1) of the Act and the fresh order superseded its order of December 6.

Under this Act, the government may at any time revoke or modify the detention order against any individual.

“In exercise of the powers conferred under section 19 (1) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978, the government hereby in supersession of government order…dated December 6, revokes the detention order…dated August 7, 2019…,” the order said.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, R Subhash Reddy and B R Gavai allowed the withdrawal of a plea challenging the August 7 order after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the union territory, said the PSA has been permanently revoked.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by Asifa Mubeen, the wife of Mubeen Shah, seeking quashing of the August 7 order of detention along with the grounds of detention under section 8(1)(a) of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, 1978.

The counsel appearing for Asifa said they would like to withdraw the plea as it has become infructuous. The bench then allowed the plea to be withdrawn.

“Once the Solicitor General submitted the order of complete revocation of PSA against my client, the petition was disposed off,” Shah”s counsel Shariq J Reyaz told PTI after the hearing.

Shah is among the host of politicians, social activists and businessmen detained after August 5, when the Centre announced its decisions to withdraw special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and divide the state into two union territories — Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.

He is possibly the first person charged under the controversial PSA to have been released by the union territory administration without any such directions from the court.

Shah figured during the US Congress hearing on South Asia human rights, focused on India”s action in Kashmir last month when Indian-American Democratic lawmaker from Washington”s 7th Congressional district Pramila Jayapal raised the issue about his detention.

“One of the individuals detained without charges is Dr Mubeen Shah, who is the uncle of my constituents in Seattle…this is former CEO of chamber of commerce. His urologist who is affiliated with Registrar General of Hospital has called for his immediate release because of serious medical issues.”

Assuring Jayapal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells replied that America had taken up the issue of Shah with the Indian government.

“Yes, we explicitly raised the case of Dr Shah and shared your concern about the grounds for detention particularly given the health condition. We have received a response that he is receiving medication,” she said.

Based out of Malaysia, where he runs his handicrafts business, Shah used to visit Kashmir once in a year. Earlier, he was president of the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He had come to Kashmir in May this year from Malaysia for a short duration but had to extend it due to a bereavement in his family and later due to infection for which he was undergoing treatment in a Srinagar hospital.

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