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Mechanism in place for effective implementation of Consumer Protection laws: Zulfkar

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JAMMU, JAN 22: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali today said the Department has put a mechanism in place for effective implementation of various provisions of Essential Commodities Act.
Responding to a Calling Attention Notice by Surinder Kumar Choudhary in the Upper House, the Minister informed that the Department has been regularly fixing prices of various Essential Commodities including Fresh Vegetables and Fruits, Confectionary/Bakery Items, Milk and Milk products, Mutton and Poultry products, various edible items available at class 2nd restaurant and tea stall, saloon etc.
He further informed that the Department has an elaborate monitoring and supervision mechanism in place wherein teams of officials headed by a TSO under the supervision of Assistant Director of the concerned District regularly ensure the implementation of the approved rates of the Department.
So far the Department of FCS&CA, LMD has inspected 93396 business establishments and 23,215 booked, besides Rs 101.33 lakh has been realized by the department.
Similarly, for the implementation of J&K Consumer Protection Act, department has taken several steps like Effective Enforcement for Dual MRP on packed items, Special drive for deceptive packs/unfair trade practices, Enforcement of ban on service charge and follow up in courts, Organization of meetings with traders organization for voluntary compliance and Comprehensive checking of prominent malls and Business establishments.
Besides, the Department is also using various platforms to educate the consumers through electronic and print media regarding the rates of essential commodities frequently.
Moreover, the Department is also disseminating the rates /scales of food grains, Sugar and Kerosene Oil provided by the Department to the consumers regularly through Print Media and Important Consumer related occasions like National Consumer Day etc. are also effectively utilized to educate masses with regard to their basic rights as a consumer and their legal implementations, he added.
The Minister also said that conscious consumer and involvement of society is essential to curb the violation of laws.
He further informed that the department has established grievance redressal mechanism in FCS&CA with dedicated toll free nos: 1967, 18001807011, 18001807106 and 18001807105.
Under End to End Computerization project, the Department has put in place an Online Grievance Redress Mechanism where complaint is redressed by the concerned in a time bound manner and the consumer is apprised of the disposal.
Moreover, the Department is effectively monitoring the cases of Hoarding and profiteering through its Enforcement Wings working in all the districts.
MLCs, Mohammad Khursheed Aalam and Naresh Kumar Gupta also raised supplementaries.


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Pitiable condition of city infra deflates admin’s tall claims: NC

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Srinagar, May 19: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Sunday asserted that the paucity of civic amenities in the Srinagar city and the appalling condition of city roads debunks the tall claims of incumbent governor administration on providing basic and effective amenities to the people of Srinagar.

While touring many localities of Khanyar constituency, party general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar said that the incumbent governor administration had miserably failed to rise up to the development demands of the city of Srinagar. “The government had claimed that RS 8000 crores have been air marked for the development of Srinagar city. We had sent 8 projects from this segment for the government’s approval but so far there has been no headway in that direction. Similarly, my colleagues had also sought approval for various projects in their respective constituencies. However, our repeated pleas fell on deaf ears. We didn’t see the incumbent governor administration invest in the vital projects of Srinagar. The urban life of Srinagar city is beseeching for basic amenities. The city roads, inner routes and alleys are dotted with potholes. There has been no advance towards upgrading the existing infrastructure. The street lights are non-operational on various arterials. The work on various community halls and vital projects has been held up as well.  The pitiable condition of city infrastructure deflates the tall claims of incumbent governor administration as far as development is concerned,” he said.

Sagar made stopovers at various localities in Khanyar constituency and interacted with the people who apprised him about the paucity of commodities in the city. “People are hankering for sugar and other items. The administration has failed to maintain price stability in the Srinagar city. In our times we used to deploy flying squads to check the price rise and other irregularities including black marketing. The festivities of Ramazan have been dampened by the rampant scarcity of mutton and other edibles. The skyrocketing prices of essential commodities is also adding to the mounting woes of people. The people have been left to fend for themselves. There is no accountability on the ground. The laid back attitude of the incumbent administration has aggravated the people who don’t know where to turn to for help. If this is the condition in the capital city of Srinagar, one can better gauge what the people living in other areas must be going through,” he said.

 

Sagar while censuring the administration for its antipathy for Srinagar said, “I have doled out funds for the up gradation and beautification of Ghats, street lights in my constituency from my Constituency development fund. Due to the model code of conduct in place the funds could not be utilized, however, I hope that the concerned agencies ensure that the funds are utilized now in a stipulated period of time.”

Sagar made stopovers at various localities of the Khanyar constituency including Kulipura, Nowpura and had interaction with the local residents. He issued necessary instructions to the officials of various concerned agencies on the speedy mitigation of the issues faced by the local people.

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Unemployment crisis:DMEF appeals govt to frame policy to tackle issue

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Srinagar, May 19: Darbar Move Employees Federation, J&K president Owais Wani appealed the government to form a roadmap policy to overcome the unemployment crisis in the state.

In a statement, he said that where the government is supposed to come up with a policy to accommodate educated and skilled, besides creating employment avenues. The educated youth is being compelled to take streets.

He said that every day there is different casual and contractual groups of employees taking streets to raise their voice and these days contractual teachers are protesting for an extension. It is utter humiliation of the teaching profession.

 

He added that irony does not end here professionals and PhD scholars are also suffering in this state. “Recently we came to know that media professionals hired by the Department of Information and Public Relation are being humiliated in the department because they are not permanent in the departments.”

He said the figures of Jammu and Kashmir are much higher than at all India level figures and highest among all state as per reports of National Sample Survey Office(NSSO) available up to NSS68th round.

He added that 5.5 lakh educated unemployed youth are already struggling to find employment in the state and the number is increasing every year, it seems never-ending process. “At the same time government is being harsh to the contractual employees and it seems in coming years there will be an economic mess in the state,” Wani expressed.

He said that the Administration, as well as the education system in Jammu and Kashmir, has failed to respond to the existing inter-generation gap.

“In Jammu Kashmir, there are many social problems due to more unemployment. Major unemployment population waste their major time in terms of corruption, gambling, bad smoking and entertainment,” Wani said.

Wani urged all district unions as well as secretariat unions to join hands to bring the ground situation into the notice of government so that a road map and policy is framed to tackle the issue of unemployment in the state.

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Delay in tracing out missing B’pora teacher admin failure: PDP

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Srinagar, May 19: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Qayoom Wani showed serious concern over the delay in tracing out the missing teacher in Bandipora district.

In a statement issued to media, Wani termed the delay total failure of administration who have not taken the case of missing teacher seriously.

He urged upon Governor Administration for immediate intervention in tracing out the missing teacher safely otherwise administration will have to face the brunt society in general and teaching fraternity in particular.

 

PDP leader showed sympathy with the teacher and his family. He also urged district administration to gear up their efforts in tracing out the teacher without any delay. Wani also showed sympathy with teaching fraternity at this difficult time.

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