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NHM employees refuse to budge to govt threats

Says strike will continue till demands are not met

Sakeena Banday

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Srinagar, Feb 08: National Health Mission (NHM) employees on Friday refused to call off their strike despite government warning them of terminating their services.

The NHM employees have been on strike from the past 26 days to get their demands fulfilled. They have been demanding for equal wages for equal work and regularization of their services. The government has warned them of action if they don’t resume their duties. Refusing to budge from their stand, the employees on Friday took to the streets for redress of their demands. They took out a protest rally from Srinagar’s Press Colony to press for their demands.

Rouf Ahmad, spokesperson of NHM said, “We held a protest for 34 days last year, following which government constituted a committee of four members and then the health minister, Bali Bhagat told us that they have forwarded the regularization file to the finance department for the consideration, but to no avail.”

 

He claimed that authorities were pressurizing them to call off their strike and issuing termination notices.

“We will not succumb to the pressure tactics till our demands are not met,” he added.

Dr. Mudasir Nabi, who was part of the protest, told The Kashmir Monitor, “We signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Bali Bhagat and he assured that more than 1000 employees will be regularized in the first phase and the rest will be absorbed in the second phase. The MoU that was drafted had certain conditions regarding the job security of employees, maternity leave, social security benefits.”

He said, “We are extending our strike and we won’t report to our duties because we were assured that our demands will be fulfilled. We are meant to serve mankind. We don’t want our patients to suffer and we will work voluntarily whenever the administration will be in need.”


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Violence against Kashmiri students, traders shameful, unacceptable: NC

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Srinagar, Feb 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has termed the enduring incidents of violence, intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families putting up across the country as unacceptable saying that the culprits must be nabbed and brought to justice.

Party’s provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while expressing concern on the unremitting attacks on Kashmiris as deplorable said, “Such attacks are a physical manifestation of the hate mongering being perpetuated against Kashmiris on social media networks. The assertions of the governor of Meghalaya Tathagatha Roy have also come as a surprise to us. Inevitably what he and other s are saying will inevitably vitiate the atmosphere and provoke the lumpen elements to intimidate the innocent Kashmiris across the country,” adding “The assertions of Mr. Roy does not behoove the constitutional position which he holds. His assertions are of grave concern and should not be taken as impel bout of anger. Similarly there are others who are openly calling for boycott of Kashmiri students and traders. This smear campaign against a community has put lives of innocent Kashmiris at risk.”

Imran said that Kashmiris have been at the receiving end of the violence born out of the impending conflict. “The bullying, harassment and intimidation elsewhere in the country will push the already distressed people of Kashmir to wall. By denying safe spaces to Kashmiris across the country to pursue their vocations, the lumpen fringe is explicitly telling them that they have no prospects elsewhere in the country.”

 

Imran maintained that the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah is personally overseeing the relief measures of the party following some incidents of targeted violence against Kashmiris in Jammu. “The party leadership is in touch with various state chief ministers to ensure the safety and security of the Kashmiris putting up outside state,” he said adding, “however nothing substantial has been done towards providing our people a sense of security. The incidents of violence are unremittingly going on.”

Imran while castigating the laid-back attitude of the GOI in ensuring safety of Kashmiris said, “No strong word of condemnation has come from the central government against the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris. The all party meet too was rather mute on the unjustified attacks on Kashmiris across the country. On the country senior ministers are denying any attack on Kashmiri students.”

While censuring certain media channels on harboring hate against the Kashmiri, he said, “Certain sections of media have also been fanning passions of the people. By creating alternate realities by mixing hate with rhetoric, certain sections of media have also done great disservice to the unity of the country,” he said.

Imran while seeking an immediate seize to the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris urged GoI and State governments across the country to ensure that people who are involved in the incidents of arson are arrested and persecuted. “The incumbent governor administration has failed to ensure the safety of Kashmiris in Jammu, given the fact that the policing, law and order comes under the effective control of state,” he said adding, “ the central government is duty bound to provide safety and security to all. The GOI cannot shut its eyes towards their constitutional obligations.”

 

 

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BJP brazenly trying to gain political mileage out of Pulwama attack: Congress

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Srinagar, Feb 20: Describing the current situation in Jammu and elsewhere in the Country in the wake of recent Pulwama episode as extremely disturbing, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has expressed grave concern over the intimidation of students and other citizens from the valley putting up in different States.

He also said that BJP is brazenly trying to gain electoral mileage out of the unfortunate Pulwama incident.

In a statement issued to media, G.A. Mir reiterated that Govt of India has miserably failed to restore sense of security among the people, urging that more effective measures need to be taken to ensure safety of people especially the students and businessmen living in other parts of the valley.

 

The Centre Govt has miserably failed to restore calm, rather the lack of interest in dispersing the crisis on its part has added problems to the already complex situation in Jammu and other parts of the Country, for which BJP first then Centre Govt is directly responsible, he said.

He lashed out at BJP for fishing in troubled waters, saying that it is the BJP RSS which is fanning the fire aiming to serve their dirty political ends, but at the same time, G.A Mir felt confident that handful of troublemaking forces won’t be able to control the entire democratic system in the country, he warned of serious consequences in case they do not mend their ways.

He said the security of people should be of a paramount importance for the Centre and no one should have been allowed to intimidate the innocent people especially students who are studying in different parts of the country, emphasizing that stern action must be initiated against those vitiating peaceful atmospheres in the country to serve their vested interests.

Hundreds of students from the State have almost completed their studies and were preparing for final examination, but the intimidation is forcing them to leave their studies, which is a matter of grave concern, he added and urged upon both State & Centre Govt to take more effective measures to restore confidence among the students and businessmen from valley, besides the College authorities in different be directed to ensure every facility enabling them (students) to complete their studies.

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EJAC to protest on Feb 27 against suspension of employees

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Srinagar, Feb 20: Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) has decided to stage a protest against the government for suspending two of employees who as per them raised their voice against the corruption.

EJAC leaders told media that ULB Employees United Forum had raised their voice against the corruption but the leadership of the forum was suspended.

“It is unfortunate that those who raise concern and voice against the corrupted officers are being suspended,” EJAC said.

 

Meanwhile, EJAC under the leadership of its acting president Fayaz Ahmad Shabnum has decided to stage protest on February 27 at Srinagar’s Press Colony against the suspension of two employees.

However, they said EJAC will launch agitation in case the demands of union are not met.

The employees association also appealed Governor led administration to constitute a committee to verify the involvement of officers in corruption.

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