Srinagar, Apr 12: Senior PDP leader Nizamuddin Bhat has appreciated the assertions of the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti against the obstructionists in the justice in Asifa rape and murder case as a just and fearless step behoving head of the Government.
In a statement issued here in response to CM’s tweet expressing her intention to act boldly, Bhat said she has sent a clear message that she will not be guided by political considerations in her discharge of duties as protector of rights of the people.
Bhat said immediately after the exposure of heinous crime, she had assured to dispense justice and she remained unfettered. “She did not succumb to pressures and to the nefarious designs woven to dilute her authority and tarnish her image.”
He said as the power lobbies indulged in communalization and politicisation of the dastardly act there was no hope that they will allow the accused to be brought to book. “However, the CM’s willprevailed during the investigation and the investigating agency did its job quicker than expected.”
Bhat said the resistance against justice has not ended and protectors of time are still making a shameless bid to subvert the judicial process, post challan. He said the so-called lawyers’ agitation in Kathua and continued Bandh calls are manifest of the design, more than what meets the eye. “There was an ugly effort to prevent the case to reach the corridors of the court and there is a strong lobby working to vitiate the proceedings during trial.”
Bhat said it is unfortunate that during the course of production of Challan, the local magistrate of concerned jurisdiction was pressurised not to entertain the Challan, which could shatter the judicial process. “But more unfortunate are the reports spreading that the concerned magistrate showed all the portents of obliging the supporters of crime and fulfilled his obligations only after the administrative intervention.”
Bhat said by all standards this gesture of weakness by a judicial authority amounts to dereliction of duty, which could undermine the judicial process and even spoil the work done by investigating agency.
He said that honourable chief justice of the state should take Suo Moto cognisance of this and should initiate action so that sanctity of the judicial system is upheld. “There is a growing impression in legal fraternity that judicial processes could be jeopardised under coercion. There is every apprehension that elements inimical to justice and fair play will gain ground if allowed to intervene in the proceedings through pressure and protests. Obliging judicial officers who do not have guts and strength to stand up against influences from unruly elements motivated by communal elements or power lobbies can inflict actual and irreparable damage to justice system if let unnoticed.”
Bhat said such trends need to be discouraged before these sustain to spoil the moral and judicial fabric. He said after a thorough enquiry, as head of the state apex court, it is desirable for such authority to take note of the dangers and initiate action which not only saves the justice system but clears the court corridors from weak and coward who could inflict serious damage to people’s faith in the institution of judiciary.
Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi
Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.
Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam
Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.
DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS
Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.