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Labour dept finally gets online portal

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Jammu, Nov 26: The Labour Department Tuesday went online offering host of services as Advisor to Governor Khursheed Ahmed Ganai launched the departmental portal here before taking a review of performance of its different wings.

The portal jointly created by Labour department and SICOP will offer 31 services of twin organizations, including benefits under various welfare schemes for the workers, payment of various kinds of fee, besides information about labour laws and rules.

Following an elaborate presentation on the working scope, workers’ welfare schemes, employment generation progammes being implemented by Entrepreneurs development Institute (EDI) given by Commissioner Secretary, Labour and Employment, Saurabh Bhagat, the Advisor asked the heads of different wings to explore the department’s massive reach by thorough understanding of laws, rules and schemes meant for benefiting huge population of working class.

 

The meeting was attended by Labour Commissioner, Director Employment, Senior functionaries of various boards and corporations working for emancipation of workers, women, promotion of entrepreneurship and self-employment schemes.

“The department is only second to Education sector in terms of the coverage as it is meant to serve lakhs of workers in organized and unorganized sector. You can reach them only by understanding the nerve of services, schemes and the laws and rules governing the same” Ganai asserted while addressing the officers. For this, he asked them to work hard and stretch their functioning beyond the conventional working hours. “Understanding the laws and rules is very important for effective delivery of services and realize lasting results for this extremely wide and large constituency,” he maintained.

He hailed the introduction of e- governance and IT enabled services by the department but at the same time stressed on the need to have trained people down the line for effective operation of the system.

Asking EDI to continue with its good work, the Advisor asked the functionaries to explore the scope for improvement, learning and better delivery.

Earlier, Commissioner Secretary, through power point presentation elaborated on the services being provided through the newly launched portal for the benefit of varied category of stakeholders, achievements in extending social security, insurance and health coverage services to the workers through chain of dispensaries.

The Advisor asked the department to reach out to huge population of workers in Lassipora Kashmir, Udhampur and Kishtwar districts in Jammu.

The Secretary also informed about the ESI hospitals for workers proposed to be built at Srinagar and Jammu.

The Advisor suggested for building these facilities at accessible places.

Saurabh Bhagat, further elaborated on the initiatives taken for better management of PF, creation of payment gate for disbursement of benefits to workers and other services.

He also listed the services and initiatives being offered and proposed for reaching out to the Un- organized Construction and other workers through the Board constituted for it.


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Accord sense of security to people: PDP to Guv

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Srinagar, Feb 18: The People’s Democratic Party Monday urged the Government to ensure protection of rights of People of J&K.

In a statement issued to media, Party’s Chief Spokesperson said that aftermath of Pulwama incident, has shown signs of communal violence and misunderstandings where the common Kashmiri is suffering.

Mir said that “central government should ensure that the secular fabric of the country is upheld, the disturbing reports of denying admission and entry to Kashmiri students in various institutions is unconstitutional and no democratic government would ever allow such discrimination to happen which will eventually alienate the people further.

 

Mir said that we urge the Governor that the rights of people of Valley should not be jeopardized, we appreciate setting up of helpline for students but the Government also needs to accord a sense of security to the people, that concerns their social security. Mir said that civil society including that of mainland country must step in to ensure that communal harmony prevails and the tensions is not escalated by targeting Kashmiris in particular.

Mir said that party is grieved at the Pulwama incident and believes that the cycle of violence has only added to the loss endured. He said that “this is not the time to play politics from positions of polarity, where the anger and outrage is directed towards a common Kashmiri, Mir said.

He said that we earnestly appeal Governor sahib to ensure social security of Darbar move employees in Jammu and particularly Kashmiri students across the country, He said that the axe is unfortunately falling on innocent people who have nothing to do with politics of the state.

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Students stage protest in Sopore against attacks on Kashmiris outside Valley

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Srinagar, Feb 18: Students of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) of north campus at Wadoora Sopore in north Kashmir on Monday staged a protest demonstration over growing incidents of harassment and attacks on Kashmiris by rightwing extremists in Jammu and outside the state.

The students protested inside the college premises and demanded an immediate release of Kashmiri student who was detained in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.

“Kashmiris are not safe outside and this is not for the first time that our brothers and sisters are being targeted, harassed and detained,” a group of agriculture students while talking to media said.

 

Scores of students studying in different tuition centers in Parraypora area of Srinagar also staged a protest against the attacks.

The students also expressed serious resentment over the growing attacks on Kashmiris and demanded an immediate end to it.

They also demanded the withdrawal of sedition and other cases the students in different parts of India.

The students also demanded the safety of Kashmiri students outside the Valley.

Pertinently, on Sunday police detained Tahseen Gul of Kashmir, a B.Tech student of Chitkara University in Baddi on the charges of allegedly glorifying suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar who was behind the Pulwama attack in which 49 CRPF men were killed and several others were injured on Thursday.

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Invest in establishing educational institutions in Kashmir: Rasheed to political parties

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Srinagar, Feb 18: After the Kashmiris were attacked in different parts of the country, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) President Er Rasheed on Monday have appealed the regional political parties to assure and include in their manifesto that they will ensure opening of new professional and technical colleges in the state in the private sector and will make the legal procedure for the same easier.

Quoting Rasheed, the spokesman said that while state already lacks good professional colleges and institutions, but the ongoing assault and harassment against Kashmiri students in other states have created more need for establishing such institutions in public and private sector.

Rasheed said that many local investors have been trying hard to get permission from the competent authority to establish various much-needed colleges in Kashmir valley but unfortunately bureaucracy has been creating barriers and thus not allowing education sector to flourish beyond a certain point. It is high time for all those regional political parties who are in the race of power to make sincere and concrete promises that they will not only allow investment in the education sector without creating hurdles but will also create a huge network of professional and technical colleges in every district and region of the state.

 

“Unless main political parties including NC and PDP do not promise to make the process of establishing these institutions time-bound and easy by making necessary amendments in the laws, the aim cannot be achieved,” the spokesman quoted Rashed as saying.

Meanwhile, Rasheed welcomed actor turned politician Kamal Hassan’s statement asking New Delhi to revisit its policies and resolve Kashmir dispute by holding a plebiscite so that peace returns in the entire sub-continent.  He said, “It is good to see credible voices speaking sense and understanding the significance of finding peaceful resolutions rather indulging in spreading venom against each other”.

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