Jammu, Sep 29: The faculty members and officials of University of Jammu (JU) have written to Governor Satya Pal Malik opposing the recent decision of appointing Prof. R. K. Ganjoo as the varsity’s Registrar.
On Friday, Prof. Ganjoo was given the charge of Registrarship of University of Jammu.
In a letter written to Governor Malik a day later, the faculty members and officials of the university have claimed that Prof. Ganjoo was “ineligible” for the post.
“The Date of birth of Prof.R. K. Ganjoo is 11.4.1959 and retirement age of officers in the University of Jammu is 60 years. He is as such ineligible to hold any substantive administrative position in the University,” reads the letter, a copy of which was accessed by The Kashmir Monitor.
The letter adds that Prof Ganjoohas been declared “ineligible by the Committee constituted to determine the eligibility of candidates applying for the position of Registrar/Controller/DCD on the basis of his age which is on display on the University website.”
The order, the letter adds, has “generated shock waves among the teaching fraternity and officer cadre of the University not only because of this order being in contravention of the statutes but also due to the kind of negative reputation that Prof. Ganjoo carries.”
He, the faculty and officials allege, is the only teacher of the University whose membership of the Jammu university teacher association has been terminated.
“There are innumerable verbal and written complaints of his misbehaviour pending against him with regard to losing temper, shouting, throwing files at people, banging tables using abusive language and abusive body language in official meetings and not even sparing lady colleagues,” reads the letter.
It further says that Prof. Ganjoo’s appointment in a “peculiar and clandestine manner is part of the conspiracy hatched to give him the charge of Registrar at a critical juncture when the University is in the process of spending Rs. 100 crores under RUSA grants.”
“It is no surprise that the officers handling this grant in various capacities have been changed many times in the last few months and external engineers and advisors are being brought in to spend this money and ignoring the University works department,” it reads.
It further says that the AR promotion controversy was the “brainchild of Prof. Ganjoo who wanted to garner the support of the few officers in lieu of their undue promotions.”
“So a conspiracy was hatched wherein these officers went on protest leave and Prof. Ganjoo was appointed as a negotiator who entered into an unholy pact with these ARs and said he had to be the Registrar of the University to get them the relaxation that they were seeking,” reads the letter.
“Pertinent to mention here that there is a career advancement scheme of the University approved by the UGC/MHRD. However these few officers were seeking relaxation of eligibility conditions under this scheme and the matter was placed in the 82nd University Council meeting and then in 83rd University Council meeting and finally referred to the Financial Advisor who vide letter no. FA/UNI/Adoption/Pay scale/JU/ 2017/343 dt: 30.7.2018 advised the University that there should be no deviation from the Career Advancement Scheme as updated by the MHRD dated 2.1.2017 and orders if any issued in contravention of the scheme should be processed to be modified,” the letter adds.
“In view of the above facts, it is requested that keeping the interest, sanctity and good image of the university, the directions be issued to the University to withdraw the order of appointment of Prof. Ganjoo and an enquiry be ordered by an authority as deemed fit to look into the manner of appointment and intent of such an order by the University,” the letter concludes.
Governor inaugurates JK Bazar at New Delhi
NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 17- Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated a newly built J K Bazar, a retail showroom of authentic Jammu Kashmir Handicrafts/ Handlooms/Silk/ Agro based products and Restaurant serving Authentic Kashmiri Cuisine at J&K House, 5-Prithvi Raj Road, New Delhi here today.
Sh. B. R. Sharma, Secretary, Department of Border Management ,Ministry of Home Affairs, GOI, Sh. A. K. Mehta Financial Commissioner-J&K Govt. Sh. Naveen Choudhary, Principal Secretary-Industries and Commerce, Sh.Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Resident Commissioner, New Delhi, Sh. Shantmanu, Development Commissioner Handicrafts, GOI and other senior dignitaries’ were present on the occasion.
The newly constructed State of Art Showroom is for promoting J&K specific products of Handicrafts and Authentic cuisine. The project has been completed over a short period of time. The newly inaugurated Showroom shall cater to the people who cherish the Kashmiri handicraft and relish the traditional Kashmiri food which is now available in the heart of Delhi.
Governor visited the entire showroom and appreciated the work done which is a shopper’s stop for both silk and wool ranging from the simple to the most intricate patterns handed down the generations. He further said that Kashmir handicrafts are prized everywhere for their exquisite craftsmanship. He also added that Kashmir not only offers mesmerizing locations but also a wide range of lip smacking and exotic delicacies especially the essence of kashmiri influence which is found in the Wazwan- a meal traditionally consisting of 36 courses.
Other handicraft products in the showroom which are on display include-Paper Machie items, carved walnut wood items, Pashmina Shawls and kashmiri embroidery Sarees.
CS reviews developmental, security scenario at B’pora
Sriangar, Oct 15: Chief Secretary, BVR Subramaniyam accompanied by Principal Secretary Planning Monitoring and Development, RohitKansal and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Tuesday visited district Bandipora and convened a meeting of the officers of district and police administration to review the developmental and security scenario in the district.
District Development Commissioner (DDC) Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza, Additional Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik and all other district officers were present in the meeting.
The DDC gave a detailed presentation of physical and financial achievements made under various sectors including R&B, PHE, Power, Irrigation and flood control, Rural Development, Sports, Handicrafts and Education.
The DDC apprised the meeting that cent percent dumping of essential commodities has been ensured in Gurez for upcoming winter season. He said that Rs 46 lakh has been disbursed among the affected families of cross border shelling in Gurez sector and the construction of community Bunkers is under process.
The DDC informed the meeting that the district administration has put all the arrangements in place for the upcoming winter season and there is adequate availability of essential commodities including medicine in the district. All basic amenities and services are provided in a hassle free manner to the general public. He said various languishing developmental projects have been completed and work on others is going on.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Secretary appreciated the district administration for the efforts and arrangements put in place for the welfare of the people. He directed the officers to work with dedication and in a cooperative manner for accomplishing the various projects under execution in the district. He directed officers of the district administration to stress on development and public welfare.
While reviewing the sports sector, he stressed upon timely completion of play fields approved by the government at various places in the district. He asked for development of sports infrastructure for shaping the potential of youth in a proper direction.
He asked the officers of health department to ensure every possible support and facility to the patients in health institutions for enhancing the percentage of institutional deliveries in order to decrease the infant mortality rate.
The Chief Secretary directed district administration to activate men and machinery for combating the winter inconvenience. CS assured that all facilities will be provided to the general public in an uninterrupted manner and proper arrangements will be made for operation of Gurez- Bandipora road in upcoming winter.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan asked the officers to address public grievances on priority and emphasised the need of completion of developmental projects, for which he directed the concerned agencies to speed up the pace of work on developmental projects. He said that additional DG sets will be provided to Gurez for providing adequate power supply to the inhabitants.
The Chief Secretary and Div Com also reviewed arrangements put in place for the BDC Elections scheduled on 24 October 2019. They were informed that there are 12 blocks in district for which 36 candidates are in fray. All the arrangements have been finalised for the smooth conduct of elections in the district, DDC said.
Later on, as part of public outreach programme various deputations and public representative met Chief Secretary and Div Com and projected their demands. The deputations demanded completion of District Hospital, Bus Adda, Putushay Power grid Station and beautification of town. The demand of Bandipora Bypass road was also reiterated by the deputations. The development of town drainage system on modern lines and boosting of tourism was also projected by the representatives. Deputation from Bonakoot demanded completion of Bonakoot-Pannar Bridge for which on spot directions were issued by the Chief Secretary for removing bottlenecks in its completion.
The Chief Secretary assured the deputations that necessary steps will be taken to redress their genuine problems and asked the DDC to look into the public issues on priority and ensure that their genuine demands are fulfilled in a time bound manner.
Earlier Chief Secretary reviewed security scenario of the district with the officers from police and other security agencies.
Centre ₹5.5 lakh package for PaK families who settled outside JK after Partition
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a one-time payment of ₹5.5 lakh as a resettlement package for the 5,300 displaced families who had come from Pakistan-adminestered Kashmir and initially settled outside Jammu and Kashmir but later relocated to the State.
A “historical wrong” has been corrected by the government, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said while briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
In 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the resettlement package for those PaK families who had settled in Jammu and Kashmir after partition on separate occasions.
The families which had come from PaK but had settled outside Jammu and Kashmir were left out of the package, Javadekar said. These families had later resettled in Jammu and Kashmir.