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Mandatory health insurance from Reliance for JK Govt employees raises eyebrows

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Srinagar, Sep 28: The Governor’s administration in J&K rolled out group mediclaim health insurance scheme for employees, pensioners and accredited journalists on September 20.

Interestingly, the employees have been asked by the Central government to buy health insurance from Reliance General Health Insurance Company Ltd. instead of the state-owned insurance group Life Insurance Company (LIC).

The order issued by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir read, “The policy has been tied with M/s Reliance General Health Insurance Company Ltd on annual premium of Rs 8,777 and Rs 22, 229 (for employees and pensioners respectively).”

 

“The policy is mandatory for all the state government employees (Gazetted as well as Non-gazetted), State Universities, Commissions, Autonomous Bodies and PSUs,” it added.

Congress leader Salman Nizami also called out PM Narendra Modi for being invested to prop up Ambani-owned Reliance company.

“If you want an insight into how Modi is invested to prop up Reliance, look no further than J&K where all Govt employees are being forced to buy Reliance insurance policy but not Govt’s LIC wd out bidding. Premium collection wd be 8000 crore per Annum!” Nizami tweeted.

Furthermore, Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) in Jammu has also objected the move. “It is just to benefit a particular company that Govt employees are being made scape goats. It is totally unjustified and a big burden on State Govt employees in specific the non- gazetted cadre,” the employees body said.

It also claimed that same annual premium of Mediclaim Insurance Policy for all category of Government employees was “unfair, unjustified and unacceptable,” reported Dailyexcelsior.

“The annual premium was fixed nearly about Rs 5300 while giving the same amount of insurance cover but now a deal has been struck Reliance Insurance with more than 65% increase annual premium that is Rs 8770 of Reliance Insurance from Rs 5300 of ICICI Bank, we smell a rat in it,” the daily quoted the committee as saying.

Allegations of crony capitalism against the Narendra Modi government have gained much media attention lately. First, reports suggested that the BJP government bent rules to award Institute of Eminence award to Ambani-owned Jio Institute.

Similar allegations surfaced with respect to the Rafale deal struck by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which benefits industrialist Anil Ambani’s companies which have no experience in defence or aircraft manufacturing.

 

 


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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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Two engineers of PDD suspended in B’pora for dereliction of duty

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Bandipora, April 22: An Assistant Engineer (AE) and a Junior Engineer (JE) of Power Development Department (PDD) were on Monday suspended for dereliction of duty and putting general public to inconvenience in north Kashmir district of Bandipora, official sources said this afternoon.

They said the engineers were suspended after they failed to adhere to the orders of Deputy Commissioner’s office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience in Ahstengoo village of Bandipora.

They said the inhabitants of village Ashtangoo staged a protest and blocked Bandipora-Sopore Road today against PDD for not replacing the power transformer. However, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Bandipora Shahbaz Ahmad Mirza directed both the engineers telephonically to reach on spot and sort-out the issue with the agitators who had blocked the road.

 

However, the engineers did not adhere to the orders of this office and put the public to avoidable inconvenience. Later it was also found that the concerned JE was absent from duties without any leave as confirmed from the Executive Engineer.

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