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JKHA demands necessary changes in job reservation

‘Horizontal method will address unemployment among disables’

Syed Nashir Ali Gillani

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Srinagar, Sept 28:  The Jammu and Kashmir Handicapped Association (JKHA) on Friday sought the Governor’s administration to make the necessary changes in the procedure for providing reservation to their members in the government jobs.

At present, the handicapped persons are being provided with threepercent reservation in the government jobs through vertical method.

“Vertical procedure is against our interests. By virtue of this method, department specific reservation is being provided to us. Many departments argue that amid   few posts they can’t provide reservation,” said president,JKHA Abdul Rashid.

 

Rashid said instead of following the vertical, the horizontal method will eradicate unemployment among handicaps to a larger extenttherefore,government should take note of the hardships being faced by them.

“As per official figures, there are 3.80 lakh handicaps, but as per our survey the figure is more than six lakh, as many have been rendered disable by pellets.Once horizontal method comes into force,we will get more share in the government jobs asvacancies of all the departments will be clubbed and reserved specifically for us,” Rashid said.

“At present, the departments give reservation only when jobs advertised are more than 33 in number,” Rashid added.

Asking for immediate implementation of disability act of 2016, he said that the act would ensure four percent reservation to them.

“In other states, the disable persons are enjoying equal rights and care from the government but here we are facing government’s apathy From last so many months,the act has not been implemented,”president JKHA said.

“We were assured that a census would be carried out to find out the number of educated disables.A process was to be initiated for enrolling persons with disabilities in order to allot unique identification disability cards, but till date nothing has happened in this regard either,”he said.

Seeking Governor Satya Pal Malik’s intervention, Rashid said that disables also have a right to live with honour and dignity.

“State trust is still a distant dream.The trust was supposed to bear the expenses of disables that they incurduring their medical treatments, implants and other related health issues,” he said.


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Cong leader Abdul Gani Naseem joins PDP

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Srinagar, Jan 23: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday welcomed senior Congress leader and former MLA Khansahib (Budgam), Abdul Gani Naseem into the party fold with party leadership terming his entry a positive step towards strengthening the PDP further.

According to the party spokesman, Naseem on Wednesday formally joined the PDP at the party head office here in presence of PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura, MLC and Srinagar district President Mohammad Khurshid Alam, senior PDP leader and former Minister Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Provincial President Youth Nazir Ahmad Yatoo and several others.

Welcoming Naseem into the party fold, the spokesman quoted Hanjura as having said that his entry will pave a new way for party’s overall growth and he expressed hope that the veteran politician will continue to work for the upliftment of the downtrodden sections of the society as he used to in the past.

 

Stressing for greater coordination between the party functionaries and workers, Hanjura said that PDP is once again going to register a remarkable victory in the coming polls and that the party will play a decisive role in state’s overall growth in future.

According to the spokesman, Hanjura said that in the entire political spectrum of Jammu and Kashmir, there could never be an alternative to the PDP, as the party alone has been pitching for the resolution of Kashmir issue as well as the good governance for the people who have been bearing the brunt of the decades-old conflict.

“The party president Mehbooba Mufti has been on every podium and on every pedestal demanding resolution of Kashmir issue, an end to bloodshed and mayhem and according to a peaceful and dignified life to the strife-torn masses of the state. Her courage, will and determination act as an inspiration for the party t0 continue its struggle for state’s permanent prosperity,” the spokesman quoted Hanjura in a statement as having said.

The spokesman said that the PDP General Secretary also expressed serious concern over the present tumultuous situation in Kashmir and how governor administration instead of pacifying the situation is turning it more sultry and worrisome.  He demanded an immediate end to unprecedented arrests, torture and harassment that has become rampant in Kashmir at present, cautioning that if immediate measures aren’t taken, PDP will hit the streets against such state of lawlessness in which Kashmir has been plunged.

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Budgam residents protest against unscheduled power cuts

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Srinagar, Jan 23: The residents of Panzan and Raipora villages of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Wednesday blocked the road connecting headquarters Budgam to protest against the unscheduled power cuts in the area.

Reports said that scores of the residents from both the villages assembled and blocked the main road, hampering the traffic movement for hours.

The residents while chanting anti-governmental and anti-PDD slogans complained about the unscheduled power cuts in the area and appealed the concerned authorities to look into the matter.

 

The protesting residents said that despite repeated requests to the authorities there were no initiatives taken by them.

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Investigation started in Jammu cable car incident: DRIL

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Srinagar, Jan 22: The investigation regarding the death of two labourers during the mock-drill of car cable accident in Jammu is underway while as the reports added that the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were not followed during the mock-drill.

Two labourers died while four others sustained injuries on Sunday evening after a rescue trolley had fallen during the mock drill near the Mahamaya temple.

Talking to a local news gathering agency, Executive Vice President of Damodar Ropeways & Infra Limited (DRIL) said that the investigation into the incident is going on. “Police is investigating the matter. We cannot say anything in this regard until the investigation is completed,” he added.

 

However, reports informed that the SOPs were not followed while conducting the mock-drill ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit for its inauguration.

It added that as per the SOPs, while performing the mock drills, the executing agency needed to inform all other agencies concerned.

“The rescue trolley involved in the incident was meant for a maximum of four people, but there were six in it. Also, all people performing the mock drill should have worn headgear and had to be hooked to the rope,” reports quoting sources said, adding that no safety guidelines were followed during the mock drill, otherwise precious lives could have been saved.

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