Jammu, Jan 3: J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) today cleared selection for 209 posts of Inspectors and Sub-Inspectors of the Finance Department.
According JKSSB spokesman, Malik Suhail, these selections include 42 posts of Inspectors, 167 posts of Sub-Inspectors.
He said the selections were cleared at an extraordinary meeting of the Board convened here today under the chairmanship of JKSSB Chairman, Zubair Ahmad.
Members of the Board, Anil Koul, Prof Tasleema Peer, Dr Nirupa Rai, Ajay Kumar Sharma, Rachna Sharma and Vivek Sharma, Controller Examinations, JKSSB,Musheer Ahmad Mirza, Secretary, JKSSB, Ranjeet Singh and other officers of the Board were present at the meeting.
The spokesman said that the Board was earlier unable to forward part selections for the posts of Inspectors and complete selections for the posts of Sub-Inspectors to the Finance Department due to multiple litigations and preferences sought by the J&K Services Selection Board.
“Recently, after the JKSSB filed replies in all these cases, the High Court vide clubbed judgement dated: 31.12.2018 in 14 writ petitions, dismissed these petitions in favour of the Board,” he said and added that after the dismissal of the writ petitions, the Board today in an extraordinary meeting cleared these selections and authorized the Secretary of the Board to forward these selections to the indenting department, strictly as per approval accorded by the Board in its 136thmeeting.
He said the Board also approved cancellation of recommendations in respect of 17 candidates for different categories of posts, whose recommendations had been kept withheld for completing deficiencies and who failed to do so despite repeated notices by the Board.
In a separate issue, the spokesman said that the Board also noted that at the time of inviting applications for the post of Naib Tehsildar in 2015, it had not obtained the subcategory-wise details of the candidates in Physically Handicapped Category, as the portal on which the online application forms were filled did not have the option of seeking subcategory details in Physically Handicapped Category at that time. “As a result, the Board was not able to shortlist candidates strictly as per subcategories in the Physically Handicapped Category at the time of issuance of shortlist and instead the shortlist was notified strictly as per merit obtained by the candidates in the written examination in the Physically Handicapped Category,” he said and added that it was thought proper to establish during the Counselling-cum-Document Verification process, as to whether all the subcategories under Physically Handicapped Category have been represented in the short-listing, as the posts allocable under Physically Handicapped Category necessitate allocation of at least one post for each subcategory in terms of rules applicable for Physically Handicapped Category.
“During Counselling-cum-Document Verification, it was established that candidates of only two sub-categories relating to locomotory and vision, are figuring in the shortlist of Physically Handicapped Category and no candidate with ‘hearing impairment’ was found,” he said and added that to align the shortlist of Physically Handicapped Category with applicable rules, the Board decided to seek claims of all the candidates who would qualify for consideration under the ‘hearing impairment’ subcategory of Physically Handicapped Category, so that out of all claims so received, the required number of candidates of the said subcategory, strictly on the basis of merit, are shortlisted and called for Interview and Counselling-cum-Document Verification at an earliest.
The spokesman said that such candidates have been advised to file their claims with Administrative Officer, Services Selection Board, Divisional Office, Kashmir (Srinagar) in Kashmir Province and with Secretary, J&K Services Selection Board, Sehkari Bhawan, Railhead Complex, Jammu on 9th and 10th of January, 2019, failing which no claim shall be accepted/entertained, subsequently.
The spokesman said that in another issue, the Board also noted that during Counselling-cum-Document Verification process of the candidates shortlisted in ESM category for the posts of Teachers in some districts, it has been observed that the candidates had not filled up their data properly, as a result of which ineligible candidates have figured in the shortlist of the ESM category in some districts and their ineligibility has been established during document verification process.
“It was also observed that the candidates with locomotory handicap are also required to be called for Counselling-cum-Document Verification in respect of posts of Teachers in a few districts, after a clarification in this regard has been obtained from the Social Welfare Department,” he said and added that the Board accordingly approved to align the shortlists of these two categories in the required districts, strictly as per rules applicable, by calling such candidates for Counselling-cum-Document Verification in these districts so that these selections do not run into litigations.
“Such Counselling-cum-Document Verification for districts of Jammu province is being scheduled on 11 January 2019 at J&K Services Selection Board, Sehkari Bhawan, Railhead Complex, Jammu and for districts of Kashmir on 14 & 15 January 2019, at Camp Office, J&K Services Selection Board, ZumZum Complex, Srinagar,” he said and added that the detailed notifications in this regard are being uploaded on the official website of the J&K Services Selection Board by tomorrow and no claim in this regard shall be accepted/entertained, subsequently, from any candidate as the Board is in the process of finalizing the selection of Teachers, immediately.
Action plan for conservation, development of medicinal plant sector in JK discussed
Srinagar, May 23: Advisors to Governor, K Vijay Kumar and K Skandan today jointly chaired a meeting to discuss the potential of medicinal Plants sector in the state, action plan for conservation, development and sustainable management of Medicinal Plants and structural support required for development of the State Medicinal Plant Board.
The meeting also discussed the achievements already registered by SKUAST-Kashmir and other concerned agencies in the Medicinal plant sector.
Vice Chancellor SKUAST-K Prof Nazeer Ahmad, PCCF J&K Suresh Chugh, Chairman SPCB Ravi Kesar, CCF T Rabi Kumar, Regional Director RCFC Dr Sheikh Bilal, experts from SKUAST-K and other concerned officers attended the meeting.
VC SKUAST-K along with his team of experts gave a detailed presentation regarding work done already in the field of medicinal plants by the University and the activities that are being carried out to explore the potential of medicinal plants and their cultivation for demonstration purpose at present. Work done at Faculty of Forests and at Division of plant biotechnology of SKUAST-K was alsodiscussed in the meeting.
Threadbare discussions were held on the role of both the Agricultural Universities of the state in rendering their support to the State Medicinal Plant Board, research work being carried out by them to know more about the medicinal plants that are being available in the state and its strategy to cultivate these plants with a commercial point of view.It was informed that around 571 different kinds of medicinal plants are available in the state out of which some are high end plants having high commercial and medicinal value.
Role of Forest department in this sector was also reviewed and it was decided that the department would be playing a positive role in assisting the State Medicinal Plant Board in its activities and also providing every kind of support to get maximum benefits from the medicinal plant sector in the state.
While discussing the action plan, it was stressed that for making the medicinal plant sector of the state sustainable, State Medicinal Plant Policy needs to be framed. The Advisors asked SMPB to study the policies of other states and prepare a draft by taking out best practices from them also in consonance with the National Medicinal Plant Policy.
It was also decided that a database having details of the medicinal plants that are available in the state must be created along with the value assessment of the products to get its commercial value. Further, it was told that the cultivation of high end (commercially viable) plants and research oriented work would be taken care of by the Agricultural Universities of the state and Forest department also to take up cultivation of plants at their nurseries and other identified places.
Stress was also laid on re-generation of the species which are rare so that the fear of extinction of such plants can be taken care of.
With regard to the awareness programme, the Advisors asked VC SKUAST-K to organize a Seminar/Workshop on the topic soon involving experts from other states, faculty/students from Agricultural Universities, Forest Officers, Forestry Scholars/Graduates and other stakeholders so that participants can share their expertise on the subject with others and make value addition to their existing knowledge.
Dearth of NEET SS centres in Kashmir: Candidates in fix, urge Guv to intervene
Srinagar, May 23: Hundreds of doctors appearing in the upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Super Speciality (NEET SS) examinations from Kashmir are in a fix as the dearth of examination centres in the valley will force them to choose a centre outside the region or state.
NEET SS 2019 is a Super Speciality national-level exam being conducted by National Board of Examinations to offer admission in DM/MCh courses.
The exam is scheduled on 28 June in online mode and the registration has already started from 8 May.
The candidates from Kashmir, however, are unhappy by the “lackadaisical attitude” of the authorities in failing to get sufficient number of examination centres allotted to the valley.
A doctor who is appearing in the exam said that last year almost 90 percent of the candidates were accommodated in examination centres in Kashmir but this time hardly 15 percent have been allotted valley-based centres.
“They have allotted only one centre for DM/MCh candidates here. Not more than 15 percent have got the examination centre in the valley. Majority of the candidates will have to travel outside the valley to sit in the exams,” the doctor said wishing not to be quoted by name.
He added that as most of these candidates are working in the various hospitals of the valley, they will have to take at least three days’ leave to travel out of Kashmir and sit in the exams.
“As a result, the hospitals will face a deficiency of staff,” he said.
The doctor appealed the J&K Governor to take up the issue with the NEET SS organisers.
Last week, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) too had taken note of this concern and had urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities.
“It is very unfortunate that every time we are made to beg to authorities to get sufficient number of examination centres to Kashmir so that our candidates are not made to suffer but it seems that our demands are falling to deaf ears,” Dr Suhail Naik, president DAK had said in a statement.
Atul Dulloo, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education told The Kashmir Monitor that the doctors “should have informed the authorities about it when they were applying for the courses.”
“Now, they are coming up at the eleventh hour. We will still raise the issue with the concerned authorities and see what can be done,” he said.
City areas waterlogged, again; SMC, works dept in slumber
Srinagar, May 23: Once again a short-spell of rain submerged several city roads, exposing the faulty drainage system in Srinagar.
As predicted by the local meteorological department, the majority of the plains in Kashmir, Thursday witnessed a heavy downpour.
Soon, roads in Srinagar including the city-centre Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas were clogged with rainwater as the drainage system gave up within an hour or so of the rainfall.
Neither Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) nor Public Works Department has, in recent years, been able to resolve the issue which, time and again causes inconvenience to commuters and the business community.
Apart from Lal Chowk and its surrounding areas, those that witnessed water-logging included Karanagar, Nawabazar, Jahangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Gogji Bagh, Bemina, Mehjoor Nagar, Residency Road, Hazuri Bagh, Rambagh, Shalteng, and Batamaloo.
Pedestrians were seen saving their clothes from water splashed on them whenever any vehicles drove through the flooded roads.
Abdul Ahad, a pedestrian while walking near Hari Singh High Street was so annoyed that he started abusing the authorities for failing to permanently resolve the public issue.
Bikers were seen holding up their legs while driving through several inches of water on the intersection between Residency Road and MA Road here.
Rains had also made driving dangerous as the depth of water-filled potholes was impossible to predict for the motorists.
The overall public movement in the city was hindered to a large extent.
No employee of SMC or the Works Department was seen on the field.
Even after repeated attempts to contact them, no officer from SMC or Works Department was available for their comments.
In February, the then Executive Engineer Drainage, SMC, Muzaffar Kakroo had claimed to complete 80% of drainage infrastructure.
He had even said that “complete infrastructure of drainage system across Srinagar along with the water disposal infrastructure will be completed in the month of May-August 2019.”
Seeing the state of drainage on Thursday, it was safe to say that the same had not been achieved.