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Srinagar, July 16: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday ordered a major reshuffle in the administration.

An order issued through General Administration Department (GAD) said with a view to ensuring smooth functioning of various Departments/Organizations for assured public service delivery, fill up critical positions, posting of such officers as are awaiting orders of adjustment and to meet other administrative exigencies, certain changes in the administration have become imperative.

“Therefore, the following transfers and postings of officers are hereby ordered with immediate effect till further orders,” it said.

 

Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, IAS (JK:1993), Principal Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, shall also hold the charge of the post of Administrative Secretary, Transport Department, in addition to his own duties, relieving . Saugat Biswas, IAS (JK:2006), Transport Commissioner, J&K of the additional charge of the post.

Shahid Anayatullah, IAS (JK:2000), Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Revenue Department, shall also hold the charge of the post of Financial Commissioner, Revenue, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.

Farooq Ahmad Lone, IAS (JK:2009), Chief Executive Officer, Economic Reconstruction Agency, J&K, holding additional charge of Chief Executive Officer, SPV, Srinagar, is transferred and posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Social Welfare Department. The officer shall look aRer the charge of Administrative Secretary, Social Welfare Department, relieving . Asif Hameed Khan, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Social  Welfare Department of the additional charge of the post.

Syed Abid Rashid Shah, IAS (JK:2012), Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, shall also hold the charge of the post of CEO, Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for Srinagar City for implementation of the Smart City Project, under the Smart City Mission.

Satesh Razdan, DevelopmentCommissioner (Works), shall hold the charge of the post of Chief Executive Officer, Economic Reconstruction Agency, J&K, in addition to his own duties, till further orders.

Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, IAS (JK:2010), awaiting orders of adjustment in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, is posted as Director, Area Planning and ex-officio Special Secretary to the Government, Planning, Development and Monitoring Department, against an available vacancy.

Doifode Sagar Dattatray, IAS (JK:2014), Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, is transferred and posted as Special Officer in the Cell for Monitoring Flagship Programmes and Mega Projeds.

Owais Ahmed, IAS(JK:2014), Additional Secretary to the Government, Finance Department, under orders of transfer as Director, Tribal Affairs, J&K, is transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, vice . Showkat Aijaz Bhat, KAS.

G.A. Sofi, Secretary (Technical) in the Transport Department, is transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K Horticulture, Produce, Marketing and Processing Corporation, vice Syed Abul Qasim, who is repatriated to his parent organisation.

Rehana Batul, KAS, Additional Commissioner in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Director General, Rural Development, Jammu, vice . Mohammad Mumtaz Ali, KAS.

Zubair Ahmad, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Home Department, is transferred and posted as Chairman, J&K Services Selection Board, against an available vacancy.

Ravi Kanth, KAS, Secretary in the J&K State Water Resources Regulatory Authority, is transferred and posted as Member, J&K Special Tribunal.

Asif Hameed Khan, KAS, Special Secretary to the Government, Social Welfare Department, looking after the work of Administrative Secretary, Social Welfare Department, is transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K Tourism Development Corporation, relieving . Shamim Ahmad Wani of the additional charge of the post.

Amit Sharma, KAS, Regional Director, Surveyand Land Records (ex-officio Settlement Officer),Udhampur, is transferred and posted as Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs,Jammu, vice Choudhary Rashid Azam Inqalabi.

Tasaduq Jeelani, KAS, Director, Estates, is transferred and posted as Director, Tourism, Kashmir, relieving . Mehmood Ahmad Shah, KAS, Joint Director, Tourism, Kashmir of the additional charge of the post.

Abdul Rashid War, KAS, Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, holding additional charge of the post of Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, is transferred and posted as Mission Director, State Rural Livelihood Mission, J&K, vice . Bakshi Javaid Humayaun, who is repatriated to his parent organization.

Rahul Sharma, KAS, Member, J&K Services Selection Board, is transferred and posted as Additional Commissioner in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, vice Ms. Rehana Batul.

Hashmat Ali Yatoo, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, is posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Power Development Department.

Choudhary Rashid Azam Inqalabi, KAS, Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Special Secretary to the Government, Higher Education Department.

Shabnam Kamili, KAS, Director, Technical Education, J&K, is transferred and shall await further orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department.

Rajinder Singh Tara, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, is posted as Director, Urban Local Bodies, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

Tariq Hussain Ganai, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, is transferred and posted as Director, Estates, vice . Tasaduq Jeelani.

Showkat Aijaz Bhat, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, is transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, vice . Tariq Hussain Ganai.

Arvind Kotwal, KAS, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Surinsar-Mansar, is transferred and posted as Commissioner, Jammu Municipal Corporation, against an available vacancy.

Sajad Hussain Ganai, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Vice-Chairman, Srinagar Development Authority, relieving . Abdul Majid Raina of the additional charge of the post.

Anoo Malhotra, KAS, Excise Commissioner, J&K, is transferred and posted as Director, Technical Education, J&K, vice Ms. Shabnam Kamili.

Manmohan Singh, KAS, Managing Director, J&K Housing Board, is transferred and posted as Managing Director, J&K State Road Transport Corporation, vice Afroz Ahmad Mir, who shall report to the Department of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs for further posting.

Bhawani Rakwal, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, is posted as Managing Director, J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation, relieving . Rakesh Khajuria, Director, Finance, J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation Limited of the additional charge of the post.

Smita Sethi, KAS, Director, Tourism, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Administrator, Associated Hospitals, Jammu, vice Ms. Shubra Sharma, KAS, who shall await orders of adjustment in the office of Divisional Commissioner, Jammu.

Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Appeals), Srinagar, is transferred and posted as Additional Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Administration), Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Mehmood Ahmad Shah, KAS, Joint Director, Tourism, Kashmir, holding additional charge of Director, Tourism, Kashmir, is transferred and shall await further orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department.

Ajaz Abdullah Saraf, KAS, Secretary, J&K State Commission for Women, is transferred and posted as Secretary, J&K Khadi Village and Industries Board, relieving, . Rashid Ahmad l Qadiri, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, J&K Khadi  Village and industries Board of the additional charge of the post.

Shiv Kumar Gupta, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Information Technology Department, is transferred and posted as Additional Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Administration), Jammu, relieving . Prediman Krishen Bhat, KAS, Additional Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Tax Planning) of the additional charge of the post.

Qazi Sarwar, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Power Development Department, is transferred and posted as Director, Rural Development, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Khurshid Ahmad Sanai, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Bandipora, is transferred and posted as Additional District Development Commissioner, Budgam, against an available vacancy.

Mohammad Nazir Sheikh, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Director, Panchayati Raj, Rural Development Department, Civil Secretariat.

Mohammad Mumtaz Ali, KAS, Director, Rural Development, Jammu, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Housing and Llrban Development Department.

Sudershan Kumar, KAS, Additional Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.

Tufail Matoo, Director, Llrban Local Bodies, Kashmir, is transferred and posted as Project Director, Sarva Shiksha AbhiyanIRashtriya  Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, vice . Abdul

Bashir Ahmad Lone, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, General Administration Department, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Home Department.

Nagendra Singh Jamwal, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Home Department.

Narinder Khajuria, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Housing and Urban Development Department.

Suraj Parkash Rukwal, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction.

Mohammad Farooq Dar, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, holding additional charge of Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Development Authority, Doodpathri, is transferred and posted as Deputy Excise Commissioner (Executive), Srinagar, relieving . Akramullah Tak, KAS, Joint Director, Employment, Kashmir of the additional charge of the post.

Abdul Satar, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Khurshid Ahmad Shah, KAS, Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir, is transferred and & I posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, sudsam, vice .  Mohammad Farooq Dar.

Kuldeep Krishan Sidha, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, presently on deputation, on short-term basis, to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, is posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar. He shall join after the completion of Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2018.

Ghulam Hassan Sheikh, KAS, Secretary, J&K Services Selection Board, is transferred and posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, vice . Parveez Ahmad Raina.

Ranjeet Singh, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Secretary, J&K Services Selection Board, vice . Ghulam Hassan Sheikh. 48. . Parveez Ahmad Raina, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kulgam, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, General Administration Department.

Ghulam Jeelani Zargar, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Recoveries), Srinagar, relieving Ms. Ulfat Jabeen, KAS, Deputy Commissioner, Commercial Taxes (Stamps), Srinagar of the additional charge of the post.

Arun Kishore Kotwal, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, Power Development Department.

Vir Krishan Dhar, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, is transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Relief Organization (Migrants), Jammu, against an available vacancy.

Des Raj Bhagat, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Additional Secretary to the Government, PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department.

Peer Manzoor Ahmad, KAS, Deputy Secretary to the Government, Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department, is transferred and posted as Chief Executive Officer, Urban Development Agency, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Prem Singh, K4S, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, presently on deputation, on short-term basis, to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, is posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue,Jammu Municipal Corporation, against an available vacancy. He shall join after completion of Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2018.

Mohammad Shafi Dar, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Custodian Trade Facilitation Centre, Salamabad, Uri, relieving . Baseer-ul-Haq Chaudhary, IAS (JK:2015), Sub Divisional Magistrate, Uri of the additional charge of the post.

Ghulam Nabi Bhat, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Pattan, against an available vacancy.

Mohammad Akbar Bhat, KAS, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Deputy Director, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Anil Salgotra, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu, an available vacancy.

Fareed Ahmad Kohli, awaiting orders of adjustment in the General Administration Department, is posted as Custodian Trade Facilitation Centre, Chakan-Da-Bagh, against an available vacancy.

 


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Budgam: NC worker of 4 decades stays away from polls

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Srinagar, Apr 18: Outside a two-storey Government Girls Higher Secondary High School in Ichigam village of Budgam, a man donning a chequered pheran loudly quipped at every person entering the polling booth to cast his or her vote on Thursday.

He argued with them over the performance of their elected leaders in the past as agents of political parties tried hard to convince him to cast his vote or stay away from others who wanted to.

Ghulam Hassan, in his 60s, has been an avid supporter of National Conference (NC) at Ichigam for the last 40 years.   

 

Having worked hard over the years to lure voters for NC, Hassan, Thursday, was one among those who sidelined from the party and preferred not to vote.

He said the previous regimes failed to develop his area due to which he had decided to boycott and also not to “befool” people in this Lok Sabha election.

“It was the only option available with me. I have been supporting the party (NC) ever since I became eligible to caste vote. But it didn’t benefit me nor people of my area,” he said.

Hassan, who as per locals, would often engage himself in heated arguments with political rivals during elections, was dejected over the state of roads and growing unemployment in his village.

“I have two sons, who are sitting idle at home. Many students here have completed their higher studies and haven’t got a job. These politicians appear only during elections and forget their promises once they are elected,” he said.

Hassan said the idea of boycotting the election was way better than living with a hope of some relief from the politicians.

“Under these circumstances, it is better that you vote for a candidate who is trustworthy. But we are short of such candidates,” he said.

When agents attempted “tricking” him by saying his vote would secure Article 370 and 35-A, he replied, “Many among you have voted and let us see how your vote will benefit Kashmir,” he said.

Few metres away in another polling booth in Ichigam, Ghulam Muhammad Dar voiced similar concerns but said he voted after trusting the candidate for one last time.

“I have been casting my vote for the last 50 years and have seen how these politicians befool people. But this is going to be my last vote if the candidate didn’t work for the development and safeguarding special position of Kashmir,” he said.

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Chrar-e-Sharief, Chadoora: Boycott, stone-pelting and ‘saviours of special status’

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Charar-e-Sharief (Budgam), Apr 18: The 15 km serpentine up-hill road from Chadoora to Chrar-e-Sharief shrine is surrounded by a breathtaking terrain. Several vantage points on this route offer a beautiful view of the karewas and blooming orchards.

The road is usually busy with Taveras and Sumos carrying passengers to and fro. However, on Thursday when Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency went to polls, the route was dead still.

The Chadoora and Charar-i-Sharief belt in district Budgam, one of the three central Kashmir districts forming the Constituency, witnessed voting in dribs and drabs as the majority heeded the Hurriyat’s boycott call.

 

As most youth chose to stay away from voting (if not the polling stations), a handful of elderly were seen discreetly entering the booths to vote for their favourite party.

In polling booth 29 A, housed in the Handicrafts building at a stone’s throw from the Charar-e-Sharief shrine, a large rectangular wooden hut had the EVMs set on one end and the officials settled on another.

Armed personnel of both paramilitary and J&K police were scattered within and outside the booth. A few of them jumpy and surveying everyone and everything entering the booth. Many at ease, lying on the dusty mat made out of twisted coconut tree fiber.

An elderly female, probably in her 80s, was walked in by her grandson.

The official at the polling booth stood up to guide her how to cast the vote: “Mouji , wechiv yem che nishaan alag alag partiyan hind, yath nishanass tuhe vote chu travun, teth seet yus batun chu su dabaeviv (Mother, these are the symbols of various parties, whatever symbol you want to vote for, just press the button next to it).”

The lady, however, was crystal clear what button she needed to press.

“Albaen haez (the plough),” she said.

At 10:20 am, 78 votes out of 928 had been polled at the station.

Roughly 200 metres away from this booth, a teenager came running towards his fellows shouting “Rakshak aai (Rakshak is approaching).”

Mahindra Rakshak is an armored military light utility vehicle, used by police in Kashmir to counter street protests.

The teen shouting was at the rear end of a group of youth who were pelting stones at another polling booth set in the Boys Higher Secondary School, Gulshanabad.

The youth had blocked the road by dragging some iron electricity poles right in the middle of the approach road to the shrine.

As the Rakshak approached, the men in uniform, wielding batons and pump action guns, ran towards the bunch.

At least two youth couldn’t flee the approaching cops. They got a beating of their lives and were bundled in the Rakshak.

By 10:30 am, in four polling stations of Charar-i-Sharief, 201 votes had been cast out of a total 3206 votes, a mere 6 percent turnout.

As the stone pelting intensified in the area, the drib and drab turnout dwindled further.

At Chadoora, things did not seem as tense as they were in Charar. But here again, it was the elderly who were keen to cast their votes.

Wearing a white skull cap and a pheran (long cloak usually wore in winters), Maqbool Dar, in his late 40s, said he voted to keep the “communal forces at bay”.

“We are with Hurriyat and the boycott, but the situation in Kashmir right now demands that we vote to protect our special status,” he said.

Dar said if the people did not vote, the Central government run by BJP “will be successful” in abrogating Article 35-A and 370.

“When our representative would be in Parliament, he can take up the issue strongly,” Dar said.

Asked how he claimed so when in the past the “representatives” had hardly done anything for the Kashmir issue, Dar said: “Then the situation wasn’t this bad. These days our existence is under threat.”

Like Dar, Ghulam Mohammad Shah (90), said he voted “for NC to keep BJP out.”

“(Late) Mufti Sayeed sowed thorns on the streets of Kashmir allying with BJP. By voting against them, we want to pull out those thorns,” the elderly said. 

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Why vote? ‘To keep BJP at bay’

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Srinagar, Apr 18: Amid poll boycott and low turnout for Srinagar Parliamentary seat, most electorate across Srinagar city Thursday said they cast their votes to “keep BJP at bay and to safeguard Article 35-A and 370.”

Ever since BJP came to power, it has been maintaining that the party would abrogate the Article 35-A and 370 granting special status to the state.

In its recently released manifesto, it asserted that the party would abrogate the Articles by 2020.

 

As such, majority of voters in Srinagar said they were exercising their right to “save Kashmir” and “stop” the saffron-party’s “growing foot-hold” in the valley. 

“Nobody wants BJP in Kashmir. I have voted so that I don’t again get to see BJP at the helm. Ever since Modi came to power in 2014, we have been suffering miserably,” said a voter, Mohammad Afzal at Khanyar polling station, which was  stationed at government higher secondary school, Khanyar.

At a polling booth stationed at government girls’ higher secondary school, in Saida Kadal here, a youth Bilal Ahmad, a marketing professional in his 30s, said he was voting for the first time.

“The youth has suffered the most because of Kashmir issue. It should be resolved, once for all, then only development is possible,” he said, adding that erosion of Article 35-A and 370 will not be acceptable to   people.

At the same polling station, a polling agent, Ghulam Mohammad (name changed) said that majority of voters have come to vote because of the “imprudent” policies of  the BJP with regard to Jammu and Kashmir.

At Meerbehri polling station near Mamta hotel, close to Dalgate, people were furious over the polling station being set up in a tin shed.

They said that polling booth could have been stationed at a local school.

 “We have been casting votes since decades but our basic problems continue to remain unaddressed. Those elected so far have not lived to our expectations,” said a voter, Mohammad Latief.

“We have been living in the interiors of Dal Lake. We don’t have roads, have to travel by foot. I am voting with the intent that issues being faced by us would be addressed. Moreover, I believe my vote will safeguard our special status,” Latief added.

Terming unity as a greatest strength, a voter, Bashir Ahmad at the Batamaloo polling booth, stationed in a local government school claimed that “politicians have been dividing people just for their interests.”

“We have to unite for securing our future. Our future is at stake as people have been talking of eroding Article 35-A and 370,” he added.

At one polling station in Sri Pratap College, a voter, Mubashir Mir, in his 30s, said “nothing can happen to the Article 35-A and 370”.

“They are the basis of accession and will remain intact. It is not easy to erode them,” he said.

An official of Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar, after casting his vote at government girls’ higher secondary school, Rajbagh said he came on his own will.

“Yes I voted, my family will also vote. For 20 years, I have been working in Doordarshan Kendra Srinagar on temporary basis. So far, I have not been regularised. I hope that one who goes to the parliament, will ensure my regularisation,” he said.

“We don’t want to see BJP in Kashmir, it is after our identity. We can’t afford to lose our special status, the basis of our existence,” he added.

At Chanapora polling station, a retired government official, Mohammad Ashraf Allaqband, who has been voting for the last 35 years said: “PDP and BJP did nothing for people. We have firm belief that Farooq Sahib only be able to defend our special status, raise our issues in the parliament and seek their redressal,” he said.

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