Srinagar, Feb 13: A delegation of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation Wednesday called on the J&K Bank Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed at the bank’s corporate headquarters.
The delegation led by President KTMF Mohammad Sadiq Baqal discussed a range of issues faced by the business community in presence of the bank’s Executive Presidents P K Tickoo, R K Chibber, Abdul Rashid Sheigan, Presidents, Arun Gandotra, Mohammad Maqbool Lone and Mohammad Younis Pattoo.
Welcoming the delegation Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed said, “Every communication is incomplete without the response or feedback and that is what makes meetings like these very important for us as a bank. We get proper and unadulterated feedback directly from our valuable customers and credible people of our society. And we will take your criticism as well as appreciation as part of our learnings for making this institution healthy and vibrant to stay ahead of its times.”
The delegation apprised the chairman about various issues pertaining to the business community like insurance, collaterals to business loans and the need for expeditious sanctioning of various loans especially to the youth. The delegation underlined the difficulties faced by relatively smaller shopkeepers in getting credit facilities from the bank. The difficulties faced by the pensioners were also highlighted by the visiting delegation.
The Chairman issued on the spot instructions for redressal of issues highlighted by the delegation. The Chairman impressed upon the need of creating a simplified complaint registration system enabling people to convey their grievances in an easy and convenient manner. He said “It is extremely important that we remain sensitive to the difficulties faced by our customers and the only way to stay close to our customers is to provide them a convenient channel of communication for expression of their issues”.
The Chairman directed President Credit to have a look at the schemes targeted at the youth of the state, adding, “the youth of the state have always been a priority for the bank and we have been at the forefront in their engagement directly through recruitments and indirectly through various credit products.” The Bank is again going for a massive recruitment drive in the coming days, he highlighted.
The bank executives assured the delegation that bank is open to discuss insurance related matters in case of pending claims even when it has already started to settle genuine claims in favour of the beneficiaries. Acknowledging the concerns of the delegation the bank executives made it clear that all genuine grievances shall be looked into as customer convenience is paramount for the bank.
Other office bearers of KTMF included general secretary Shahid Ahmad Mir, Senior vice-president Hilal Ahmad, Chief Co-ordinator Haji Nisar etc. The delegation expressed their gratitude to the chairman for issuing on-spot instructions to the concerned regarding issues facing the business community.
Rasheed protests against attacks on Kashmiris
Srinagar, Feb 16: Members of Awami Ittihad Party (AIP) led by the President, AIP, Er Rasheed on Saturday carried out a sit-in protest at Press Enclave Srinagar against the attacks on Kashmiris and Jammu Muslims in India.
The protestors were holding banners and placards that read “Stop targeting Kashmiri people living in India”, “Give protection to Kashmiri people in Jammu”, “Solve Kashmir issue by self-determination”, “Don’t celebrate killings” and raised slogans against Jammu police and its administration for not taking stern action against the people attacking Kashmiris.
While talking to media, the president of AIP, Er Rasheed appealed the administration of Jammu to discharge its duties towards the masses and take stern action against those who are involved in arsenic and violence against Kashmiri community and damaging their property.
He said they also condemn the Pulwama attack but that doesn’t mean that the people of Jammu and other parts of India will attack innocent Kashmiris in its reaction and try to give it a communal angle.
“It is shameful that the goons and fringe elements are being given free hand and no stern action is being taken to protect life and property of Muslim community in various parts of Jammu and other places,” he said.
Er Rasheed raised questions as to how it was possible for the miscreants to damage huge properties and set ablaze dozens of vehicles when a call for the Bandh was given a day before and the administration was supposed to be prepared to meet any eventuality.
He said, “Through this approach, it is evident that the government of Jammu is working as an extension wing of RSS and Sangh Parivar.”
“Making Pulwama attack on CRPF as an excuse, a section of radical elements wants to implement its nefarious designs against the Muslim community.”
While expressing solidarity with the civil secretariat employees, Er Rasheed said, “The attacks on employees are unacceptable, unethical and un-civilized and government must move beyond words and all those involved in attacks on secretariat employees, stranded Kashmiri passengers, damaging vehicles should be booked under Public Safety Act.”
Er Rasheed appealed PM Narendra Modi not to forget that Kashmiris are worst victims of violence and need peace with dignity more than anyone else but it cannot be achieved without delivering justice and appreciated the statement of JCCI condemning violence but said that the saner voice in Jammu need to come out in open support of communal harmony and isolate the fringe element.
“If the government fails to do justice with the victims of Jammu, the Muslim community will feel further disheartened and isolated which may not be in the interests of the state,” he said.
He demanded full compensation to be announced by the government to all those whose property has been partially or fully damaged the same way it announces for other cases.
SKIMS resident doctors association demand suspension of fellow over his ‘killing’ post
Srinagar, Feb 16: Resident Doctor Association SKIMS has urged Director institute to suspend a doctor over his facebook post saying that Kashmir doesn’t need a healing touch but a ‘killing touch.
The doctor has been identified as Dr Amit Sharma, DM scholar cardiology at the Soura Institute.
The complaint against the doctor has been filed by Resident doctor association and has urged the authorities to put the said doctor on immediate suspension.
“We condemn such acts and demand legal action as per law against the same at the earliest,” the resident doctors said.
The doctors association has demanded suspension of Sharma with immediate effect as ‘he can be a threat to patients he may be attending to’.
“The post itself speaks of his hatred and communalism against Kashmiris. How such a person could be entrusted to treat the sick and needy people of Kashmir,” said the doctors.
The doctors said that matter may be put forthwith cyber Police cell and a proper enquiry and action be taken as per law.
The resident doctors of SKIMS have expressed deep anguish and anger against the said doctor and demanded the action at the earliest.
United Jammu, Kashmir will benefit its people: Tarigami
Srinagar, Feb 16: CPI (M) leader and former MLA Kulgam, Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami on Saturday said violence in Kashmir or Jammu won’t yield any results but can benefit the vested interests.
Addressing a press conference, Tarigami said that the two divisions including Jammu and Kashmir must stand united to get benefits, adding that the situation created by vested interests in Jammu doesn’t mean that all Jammuties want such situation to prevail.
“I have observed that like Kashmiris, people of Jammu also want peace and doesn’t want such kind of situation created by vested interests to prevail. Kashmiris have not got any benefit from violence and Jammu will not achieve anything by such means,” he added.
He said people from both the regions must stand united at this juncture to defeat the vested interests.
“We appreciate the role of JCCI and civil society groups of Jammu, who have clearly taken a stand against vandalism in Jammu by some fringe elements on Friday. By targeting minority community, fringe elements were vitiating peaceful atmosphere and unity of the state,” he said.
He said Governor’s administration must fix responsibility over the torching of vehicles of a particular community and vandalism in Jammu city on Friday. “Despite apprehensions about flare-up, authorities should have ensured adequate deployment of forces in the sensitive locations of Jammu,” he added.
Reacting over the Lethpora attack, Tarigami said “the attack on CRPF convoy at Awantipora on Thursday has shaken all those who are concerned about human lives and peace in the region. The loss of so many security personnel while on duty is being mourned across the country. We share the grief and sorrow of victim families of this attack.”
“CPI (M) has been consistently of this opinion that for addressing the legitimate concerns and aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, a meaningful and credible dialogue process is the only option. Such acts, like Pulwama, only amount to delegitimising genuine and democratic aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
“We appeal to different political shades of the state, civil society and media to use their influences to maintain harmony and brotherhood in the state despite provocations from fringe elements,” he said, adding that “we appeal to the political leadership of the country that at this crucial juncture, they must not allow the disruptive and divisive elements to divide the communities under the garb of this tragedy.”
People of Kashmir expect the leadership, both in the government and in the opposition, civil society and intelligentsia to play their role to maintain communal harmony and safeguard the lives and property of Kashmiris outside the Valley, he said.
“Let us not allow those, who want to deepen the wedge between people of Kashmir and rest of the country, succeed,” he added.
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