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Mainstream political parties lash out at UP CM’s statement on Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 30: A day after BJP leader and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath said that Hindus and Sikhs were no longer safe in Kashmir; the mainstream political parties in Jammu and Kashmir said that the statement has hurt the sentiments of people here.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a function had claimed that Hindus and Sikhs were safe in Kashmir till it was ruled by a Hindu king, but that was not the case today.
Talking to media, PDP chief spokesman, Rafi Ahmad Mir said that the statement made by UP CM will hurt the sentiments of people in the state thus can harm the communal harmony of Jammu and Kashmir.
Mir said that such statements would surely harm the communal harmony in JK as the statement hurt the sentiments of people. “I believe the statement he has made was totally distortion of facts and unfortunately the statement has been given by a CM whose party is ruling almost every state of the country at present,” he said.
He said that JK people and leadership always followed the secularism. Political wars were fought here but there was no communal war till date in the state. I believe such statements can harm the fabric of the country and people of JK get further alienated due to it,” he said.
He said that the people irrespective of their religions are equal in Jammu and Kashmir.
National Conference (NC) General Secretary, Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh should focus on the situation of his own state as the communal situation there has never taken place in other states. “He is trying to divert the attention from his state. JK doesn’t need anybody’s sermons. Kashmir is known for communal harmony and brotherhood, people of Kashmir showed communal harmony when people of Kashmir stood alert for the safety of Sikhs and Hindus and even ensured safety of minority with the toy weapons. People of Kashmir bore everything for the safety of minority,” he said.
He said that the Hindu rule in JK was very bad as compared to other rules in the state. “The statement he has made was only aimed to gain votes for the upcoming elections. I believe these statements will not harm the communal harmony as people belonging to minority are very much safe in JK,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice-president and MLC, G N Monga said that it is their (BJP’s) agenda to touch the communal feelings. “At present they are touching the communal feelings here keeping in view of the upcoming parliamentary elections,” he said.
Monga said BJP do not know the history of JK. “People here were safe always but since BJP took over, they created a wedge and communal atmosphere here and now they want to cover it up,” he said, adding that the statement UP CM has made was nonsense on part of Yogi Adityanath, saying as being a CM he should not have made such statement. “What can we expect from him as their PM has also spoken such language,” he said while condemning UP CM’s statement.


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Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works

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Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.

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Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed

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Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.

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Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt

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Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.

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