Srinagar, Nov 24: Jammu and Kashmir Civil Society Coordination Committee (JKCSCC) on Saturday urged all the political parties, Civil Societies and Bar association to come together and formulate a joint strategy to fight the evil designs who are hell-bent to erode special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a press conference, JKCSCC member and ANC senior vice president, Muzaffar Ahmad Shah said that the civil society played a vital role to compel the parties to form the next dispensation in the State.
He said that the JKCSCC met with several mainstream party heads, urging them to form the government while some among didn’t give them a time to listen to the civil society.
“I appeal Dr Farooq Abdullah to also come forward as I believe he is the only person who can do anything over the case in SC,” he said, adding that “we hope that the right thinking people in PDP and NC will come together and formulate a strategy to fight for the rights of people.”
However, he said that a recent step taken by the PDP to forge an alliance to form the next dispensation in Jammu and Kashmir was a joke, saying that the party had no numbers to form the government.
“The party should have reached the Governor’s house and staked claim their instead of befooling people by sitting at home and claiming stake,” he said, adding that the party announced ‘good news’ soon in the morning, saying that if the party was serous then keeping in view of administration in Kashmir should have reached the Governor’s house and staked claim to form the government.
Similarly, he said Sajad Lone who also staked claim had also no numbers. “I challenge him to name five members who he had,” he said, adding that those who claim themselves as well-wishers of people are welcoming RSS in the State.
Shah said that on January 10, the case at top court of India will start again and ten applicants have filed the intervention application at SC but “I appeal all the applicants to come together and formulate a joint strategy to fight the evil designs,” he said.
While reacting over the dissolution of State Legislative Assembly by Governor Satya Pal Malik, Shah said that it was the ‘murder of democracy’.
Lashing out at Congress, Shah said that the party has dual policies. “The party is claiming one thing and doing another,” he said, asking the party to clear their stand on Article 370 and 35A.
“They (Congress) fought the elections even after the identity of Jammu and Kashmir was at stake,” he said, adding that what people have to do with the elections when their identity is being snatched.
Reacting over the statement made by former ministry and new Peoples Conference (PC) entrant, Imran Raza Ansari, Shah said that “Ansari has raised finger on Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah but let me tell him, when Sheikh Abdullah died, his father Molvi Iftikhar Ansari was there in the corner and put his head on my shoulder and was crying.”
“It is unfortunate that the children are playing politics on the support of RSS,” he said, adding that a well-known leader is being criticized by the children.
Shah was accompanied by other JKCSCC members including APSCC Chairman, Jagmohan Singh Raina, Advocate Javaid Mir and others.
Govt to build old-age homes in every district
Jammu, Dec 14: Secretary, Social Welfare, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone Friday reviewed the modalities for ensuring effective implementation of J&K Maintenance & Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act-2014.
The Act provides for comprehensive legal framework for elderly care system in the State including establishment of Old Age Homes and Senior Citizens Welfare Fund. It also provides for constitution of Maintenance Tribunal, Appellate Tribunal, State Advisory Council and Conciliation Officers to address the issues of Senior Citizens.
Executive Director/Secretary, State Social Welfare Board, Dr Khalid Hussain Malik informed the meeting that the proposals for establishment of Maintenance and Appellate Tribunal have been moved to Planning/Finance Department by the Administrative Department.
It was decided that till formal appointment of Conciliation Officers, the concerned CDPOs shall be designated as Conciliation Officers in their respective areas of jurisdiction while District Social Welfare Officers shall be designated as Maintenance Officers in their areas of jurisdiction.
The meeting also reviewed the modalities for constitution of State Advisory Council and District Committees for the effective implementation of the Act.
Secretary Social Welfare called for effective implementation of the Act on the ground so that its benefits reach to the intended senior citizens in need of care.
He said the project of old-age home at Jammu is in progress at a cost of Rs 9.73 crore and all Deputy Commissioners have been asked to identify land at the earliest for establishment of Old-Age Homes in their respective districts.
The meeting also discussed the modalities for institution of Welfare Fund for Senior Citizens to implement programmes for welfare and rehabilitation of senior citizens and to meet their medical exigencies.
Representatives of pensioners’ associations present in the meeting also gave their suggestions on how to make elderly care system more effective in the State.
Among others Commissioner Disabilities Mohammad Iqbal Lone, Director Social Welfare Department Jammu Dr Bharat Bhushan, Additional Secretary Social Welfare Department, Babu Ram, Director ICDS, Veer Ji Hangloo, Officers of Social Welfare Department and representatives of Pensioner’s and Senior Citizen’s Association attended the meeting.
Extended evening flight timing at Sgr, Jmu airports from Jan 1
Jammu, Dec 14: To give a big push to the tourism sector in particular besides further improving the connectivity with other parts of the country, the Government has decided to extend the timing of evening flights at Jammu and Srinagar airports from 1 January 2019.
“The Air Force authorities have been asked to extend watch hours from 8 am to 9 pm at Jammu Airport and 8 am to 8 pm at Srinagar airport to facilitate operation of flights during late hours,” Principal Secretary Civil Aviation Rohit Kansal said at a high-level meeting convened here today.
The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma, Commissioner Civil Aviation, J&K, Capt S Katoch, Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Air Officer Commanding Jammu, Directors of Jammu and Srinagar Airports, Chief Engineer R&B Jammu, SSPs (Anti-hijacking) Jammu and Srinagar, besides Chief Managing Director Pawan Hans Ltd.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Kupwara, Bandipora, Rajouri, Poonch, Kishtwar, Doda, Leh and Kargil also attended the meeting through video conferencing.
Kansal asked the Srinagar and Jammu airport directors to direct the airlines to start early morning and late evening flights on Srinagar and Jammu sectors.
To ease the connectivity to different regions of the state affected by the weather vagaries, Principal Secretary Civil Aviation reviewed helicopter services of all approved 10 routes besides directing restoration of services for Ladakh within a week.
While reviewing the helicopter service, the meeting called for giving wide publicity to the helicopter route schedules besides publicizing the contact numbers of nodal officers of all helipads in print and electronic media.
The concerned deputy commissioners were asked to ensure toilet, water and other basic facilities at helipads.
Pawan Hans Ltd authorities were also asked to adhere to the already publicized schedule in operation of services to avoid inconvenience to passengers.
The meeting also asked Pawan Hans to construct hanger at earliest so that helicopters can be stationed at designated helipads.
Meanwhile, Air force authorities were asked to facilitate hanger facility for helicopters till the completion of ongoing works of their own facility.
Regarding the runway extension of Jammu airport, boundary wall, the meeting was informed that works are going on in full swing and will be completed within stipulated time.
The meeting also discussed other issues related to acquisition of land at various places for extension of airports.
Regarding the operation of service under Regional Connectivity service from Kargil, the Deputy Commissioner Kargil and Director Airport informed that all the arrangements have been made to start the RCS flights.
The meeting also discussed the project for development of civil terminal and a new green filed at Jammu airport.
Eviction notices to follow if politicians don’t vacate accommodations by Dec 21
Srinagar, Dec 14: Though under the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department, the politicians including ex-minister and ex-legislators are bound to vacate the accommodations presently under their occupation one month after the dissolution of the assembly on or by December 21 but they have not vacated their accommodations including Bunglows and flats so far forcing the Estates department to issue eviction notices any time after December 21.
Top sources revealed that only a few have vacated but majority of the occupants are occupying Estates Bunglows both in Srinagar and Jammu and are not vacating their accommodations as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Estates department.
Those who have vacated in Srinagar or Jammu by now include Abdul Majid Bhat Larmi (Ex-MLA), Private house Rajbagh, Imran Raza Ansari (Ex-minister), private house Hyderpora, Murtaza Khan (Ex-MLA), Private house friends enclave Humhama, Bali Bhagat (Ex-Minister), M-2 Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, Devender Singh Rana (Ex-MLA), G-3 Gupkar road, Abdul Gani Kohli (Ex-Minister), M-4 Tulsi Bagh Srinagar, Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar (Ex-MLA), 6-D SF Road Srinagar, Anup Khajuria (political person), 21-C TSK Jammu, Peerzada Mansoor (Ex-Legislator), 7-A Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Nazir Ahmad Mir (Political person), 13-H New BS Jammu, Sanaullah Dar (Political person), 138 Janipur Jammu, Peer Mohammad Hussain (Political person), 21-C-Gandhi Nagar Jammu, Usman Majid (Ex-MLA), 19 Rehari Staff Jammu, Shaheena Begum (Political person), 16-D Nehru Market Jammu.
Rest all the Ex-ministers and Ex-Legislators are yet to vacate the official Bunglows and flats both in Srinagar and Jammu.
A top government official said that Estates department is bound to serve eviction notices and charge rent as per penalty clause if the occupants including ex-ministers and ex-legislators don’t vacate their accommodations by December 21.