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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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School Education Deptt regularizes services of 816 incumbents

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Srinagar, Oct 21: Department of School Education today regularized services of 816 officers in various cadres/disciplines through Departmental Promotion Committee headed by Commissioner Secretary School Education Sarita Chauhan.

The regularization orders in respect of 388 incumbents have been issued including Joint Directors, CEOs and Lecturers in the disciplines of Botany, Chemistry, Economics and Environmental Science whose cases were found complete in all respects.

In another decision, 2413 post-graduate Masters/Teachers have been placed as in-charge Lecturers in different disciplines as on date and elevation of more eligible incumbents are in pipeline, the statement added.

 
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Several delegations call on Adv Skandan

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Srinagar, Oct 21: Advisor to Governor, K Skandan today said that that the Government is committed to redress the demands and issues of the general public and necessary directions have been passed to the concerned for the immediate redressal of the same.

The Advisor stated this during his weekly public hearing programme at Governor’s Grievance Cell, Church Lane, Srinagar.

On the occasion, 40 individuals and deputations hailing from different parts of J&K put forth their demands and grievances before the Advisor and sought his intervention for early redressal of their issues.

 

The deputations which met the Advisor include: members of Civil Society, Safapora who sought sanction of Animal Poly Clinic and establishment of Horticulture zone, deputation of retired employees of JK Cements, who sought redressal of pending retirement benefits, deputation from Budgam who sought development of road, delegation of employees of Joinery Mills and deputation of Class 4th candidates from Baramulla and several other individuals also put forth their issues and demands.

After giving a patient hearing, the Advisor assured the public deputations and individuals that the administration would look into their demands and issues on priority. He assured that necessary instructions have already been passed to the concerned so that people do not face any difficulty and inconvenience.

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No merger on cards, J&K Bank has strong fundamentals:Chhibber

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Srinagar, Oct 20: Putting all the speculations about the J&K Bank’s merger at rest, J&K Bank Chairman and Managing Director R K Chhibber today stated, “The recent crisis of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank in the country has worried bank customers in general but the rumors of J&K bank’s merger by some vested interests has raised apprehensions among our depositors particularly in J&K. Let me put all those speculations at rest by assuring you that no merger is on the cards and the bank’s fundamentals are very strong.”

In a press statement, he further said, “Let me assure all the stakeholders of the bank that their beloved bank is in safe hands of more than 12000 strong J&K Bank family under the supervision and guidance of a professionally strong board of directors with a robust accountability framework in place for transparency and efficiency. The only way to go for the bank is up and above, towards higher levels of accomplishments.”

Commenting upon the effect of recent political developments in J&k upon the bank, he said, “We certainly believe that the recent developments that have taken place in state won’t affect the essence of this institution, which is to financially serve the people of J&K and catalyze the economic development of this region.J&K Bank has witnessed far bigger challenges in the past, and we believe, as always with the emotional equity of the people, support of J&K Government and unmatched commitment of our staff, we shall meet every challenge head-on and come out stronger and more successful.”

 

While reiterating that J&K Bank has strong fundamentals with all its major financial indicators performing well, the Chairman also asserted that few of the large loans, made some years ago that have turned Non Performing Assets (NPAs) and are being investigated; have been adequately provided for by the bank and shall have no impact on the profitability of the bank.

“Let me assure you that we are here to be with you and lead you towards a more promising and fulfilling economic future”, he said.

Reflecting upon the long and eventful journey of the bank, the Chairman said, “It has been a long, eventful and challenging journey of over eighty years that has shaped up not only this great institution but the very structure and the substance of J&K’s economy. For all this, we acknowledge and admit the instrumental role of our shareholders and customers whose unwavering trust and cooperation has been the guiding light for us during eight decades of our existence.”

Expressing his gratitude for the bank’s main stakeholders, Chairman said, “In particular we appreciate the unflinching support of our main stakeholders i.e.the J&K Government, the Board of Directors, and employees at large. J&K Government has always come forward to support the bank in all spheres and have already raised their stake to 59 pc in the bank by providing capital of Rs 532 Crfor business growth and regulatory requirement. Thegovernment has also indicated to extend additional capital support in near future to meet our Basel III capital requirements.”

Notably, thevery reason for the establishment of Jammu & Kashmir Bank by its founders in 1938 has been to empower the people of the state financially so that an era of development could be ushered in.Today we see that vision transformed into reality as J&K Bankleads from the front with market share of more than 65 pc, more than 12 million account holders from two million households and a total business around 1.65 lac Cr.

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