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Move employees complain of inadequate accommodation facilities

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Srinagar, Dec 29: Though the Government is accommodating Darbar Move employees in quarters of Estates Department, but as per the officials, quarters are “inadequate” to meet the requirement of the move employees.
They are entitled for the government accommodation as per the laid down norms. The Government is also hiring private hotels and guest houses to accommodate the employees which cost crores to the state exchequer.
An official of the Estates Department told to a local news agency that government had decided to build the adequate accommodation for the Durbar Move employees in twin capitals of the state.
“We have a proposal for construction of 400 flats at Pampore. The department was in the process of acquiring 150 kanals of land near Tulsibagh,” an official of Estates Department said.
The official said that the Government has to provide accommodation to over 6000 employees for six months both in Srinagar and Jammu. Government had decided several times to utilize state land effectively where additional accommodation could be developed for these employees. “The building of own accommodation will end the practice of hiring private hotels and guest houses,” the officials added.
They however, said that all these things have remained a distant dream. Now the government instead building own accommodation is mulling to digitize both the secretariats.
“It has been decided that computer infrastructure for Jammu will remain stationed at Jammu and the same will be left at Srinagar while Durbar moving to Jammu. Funds have also been released for digitization of official records,” an official of Finance Department, said.
The Durbar move is a ritual of shifting the civil secretariat every six months from one capital city to the other.
An official of Science and Technology Department said that crores were being spent every six months on the shifting of files, which can easily be saved through digitalization.
“All departments are packing records in boxes after the working hours on the last working day after six months in Srinagar then in Jammu,” the official added.
The records comprise thousands of official files, documents and records, which can be digitalized, he added.
Dogra ruler Maharaja Ranbir Singh had started the practice of Durbar move in 1872 to escape the harsh winters of Kashmir and the scorching summer of Jammu
Every year in October-November, the Durbar moves to Jammu from Srinagar and in April-May, it shifts to Srinagar. The records’ convoy and employees leave separately and are escorted by police teams.


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Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.

In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.

Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.

 

While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.

Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.

Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.

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Farooq, Omar, Sajad condole deaths in Khardung La Pass avalanche

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah and Vice President Omar Abdullah on Friday expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in an avalanche that took place at Khardungla pass in Ladakh.

The party spokesman in a statement said that the duo has urged the administration to expedite the rescue operation and ensure all support to the families of the deceased.

Meanwhile, both Party President and Vice President urged the governor administration to gear up its men and machinery to meet any eventuality in wake of heavy snowfall as predicted by the local MET officials.

 

Impressing upon the administration to ensure that people don’t have to suffer due to the vagaries of weather, the duo urged the administration to ensure all arterial and other routes are kept open to avoid any suffering to people.

Meanwhile, Party General Secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar urged the administration to clear snow from roads on a priority basis. He urged the divisional commissioner to activate their field staff to meet any eventualities and exigencies arising after a snowfall.

Sagar impressed upon the administration to ensure all basic and effective amenities to people living in remote areas including Keran, Tangdhar, Tulail, Kargil, Machil and Gurez.

He urged upon the administration to provide a quick and efficient operational response to the vagaries of weather, said party spokesman in a statement.

Peoples Conference (PC) Chairman and former minister, Sajad Gani Lone has also expressed grief over the deaths occurred due to an avalanche in Khardung La Pass area of Ladakh.

Lone expressing sorrow over the incident, prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He also prayed for the courage to bereaved families.

He also urged the administration to expedite the rescue operation and ensure all support to the families of the deceased.

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Political uncertainty in valley outcome of broken promises: Hakeem

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Jammu, Jan 18: Saying that the prevailing socio-political uncertainty in the state was the result of broken promises, Chairman Peoples Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen has said that all political parties are equally responsible for the ongoing bloodshed and mayhem in the state especially in Kashmir valley.

In a statement issued to media, Hakeem Yaseen has said that political parties should take responsibility of the political mess created by their wrong Kashmir policies during last 7 decades adding that they should openly apologize before the people for their betrayals and follies instead of indulging in mudslinging against each other. He said all the parties equally responsible for the prevailing horrible situation in the valley.

“Instead of leg plugging, political parties at the helm of affairs should go for self-introspection as to how people of the state were repeatedly betrayed by them for satiating their power lust and how peoples interests were brazenly bartered to appease their mentors at the Center,” Hakeem Yaseen said, adding that people were promised right to self determination, internal autonomy and safeguard to Article 370 and whatnot but were always betrayed after getting their votes.

 

He said same parties are nowadays seeking massive mandate from the people on the plank of safeguarding Article 35-A but they forget that the memory of people was not so short-lived that they could be deceived and exploited once again this time. He said all the mainstream political parties in the state should rise above their political affiliations and join hands to jointly seek ways and means for taking people of the state out of the swamp of ongoing death and destruction.

“By changing colors like chameleons, they cannot befool the people of the state this time,” Hakeem Yaseen maintained.

“Omar Abdullah did not even protest when BJP-led government threw the autonomy resolution into dustbin. The NC can go to any extent to grab power,” he said.

Vakil in his statement lambasted National Conference leadership for exploiting people in the name of protection of Article 370.“ NC is one of the eroders of the Article 370,” he said.

He said Farooq Abdullah can stoop to any extent for grabbing power.

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