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NHM employees refuse to budge to govt threats

Says strike will continue till demands are not met

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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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KPs started reunion with Muslim population in Kashmir: Hasnain Masoodi

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Srinagar, Jun 20: Member Parliament from South Kashmir parliamentary constituency Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi Thursday said that Kashmiri Pandits (KPs) have started their reunion with the majority Muslim population in Kashmir as the leading schools and trading outlets have become venues of major attraction for Muslims in Kashmir valley.

Talking to media over phone from Delhi Justice (Retd) Hasnain Masoodi while referring to his encounter with the top BJP leader Subrahmanyam Swamy during a conclave on Kashmir issue at Hotel Shangrila in Delhi said, “I have a strong case to claim that Kashmiri pandits have started their reunion with Kashmiri Muslims almost two decades back and the process of their reunion with Muslims in Kashmir has almost come to a full circle as the biggest school in valley DPS Athwajan in the outskirts of Srinagar is the biggest attraction of school admissions for majority Muslim population and the two leading drugs outlets “Bindroo Medicate” and “Dhar Medicate” have become the flourishing drug retailing outlets in Srinagar.

He said the medicine not found anywhere in valley is easily available at Bindroo medicate near Iqbal Park and Dhar medicate near Lul Ded Hospital Srinagar.

 

Referring to the opening of one more business outlet by a Kashmiri Pandit on his return to Maisuma area Srinagar in uptown Srinagar during the just concluded holy month of Ramadan, the former High Court Judge turned top law maker Justice Masoodi said, “the opening of one more trade outlet in Maisuma area of Srinagar during the just concluded holy month of Ramadan was a demonstration of increasing reunion of Kashmiri Pandits with the Muslims in valley as dates were put on display for whole month at this trade outlet for Muslims by a Kashmiri Pandit as a mark of good will gesture on his return to Srinagar. Don’t forget Muslims eat dates to break their fasts during holy month of Ramadan.”

He said that with Kashmiri Pandits increasingly becoming part of education and health care facilities in Srinagar, people in rest of the country must accept the reality that Pandits returning to Kashmir are welcomed arms open and run their lives freely without any fear or intimidation. Justice (Retd.) Masoodi emerged as the giant killer of 2019 parliamentary elections in Jammu & Kashmir as he defeated PDP President and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti by a convincing margin of near 10,000 votes from South Parliamentary constituency a stronghold of Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party for almost two decades now.

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MeT predicts intermittent light to moderate rains for next few days

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Srinagar, Jun 20: With light rains continued to occur in most parts of the Valley, the Meteorological department here on Thursday said that intermittent light to moderate rainfall will continue to occur in the Valley for next couple of days.

However, the officials in MeT department said that they have not predicted any heavy downpour for next upcoming five days but there is possibility of intermittent light to moderate rains at isolated places.

Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad told local news agency that the weather conditions will improve on June 21 and 22 but intermittent light to moderate rainfall would occur at isolated places on June 22 and 23.

 

He said that MeT has not predicted any heavy downpour in the next five days, adding that the flood like situation won’t arise as the intensity of rainfall would be low.

Notably, the light rainfall accompanied by gusty lashed some areas in northern Kashmir today.

Earlier, reports quoting the Indian Meteorological department (IMD) stated that there will be heavy rainfall across Jammu and Kashmir for the next five days from tomorrow.

Pertinently, the water level in river Jhelum and other streams here increased due to the frequent rainfall in last couple of days. On June 12, the water was flowing above the flood declaration level following which the Government had declared flood alert in Srinagar and South Kashmir areas.

Reports said that Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) Department Kashmir had warned the people residing along the embankments of the river Jhelum, streams and low lying areas of south Kashmir and Srinagar to remain vigilant. However, Chief Engineer I&FC, Ashok Kumar Sharma said that there was no need panic, saying in case any such situation arises, the department is well equipped and well prepared to tackle the situation.

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Adv Kumar, CS visit Baltal Base Camp, review Yatra arrangements

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Ganderbal, June 20: Advisor to Governor, K. Vijay Kumar, Chief Secretary, BVR Subramanyam along with Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan and Chief Executive Officer SASB, Umang Narula Thursday visited Baltal Base Camp where they chaired a meeting to review the arrangements being put in place for the smooth conduct of ensuing Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra-2019 via Baltal route.

The meeting was attended by DGP, IGP, DIG Police, IGP, DIG CRPF, SSP Ganderbal, ADDC Ganderbal, ADC, Chief Engineers PDD, PHE, R&B & I&FC, Labour Commissioner, Director Health Kashmir, Director Information & Public Relations, representatives of SASB, officials from Army, SDRF besides other concerned district officers.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan apprised the meeting regarding the arrangements being put in  place by concerned departments  associated with Yatra for smooth conduct of the annual pilgrimage via Baltal. He gave a detailed overview of teams constituted like Camp Inspection Team, Contingency Plan, Communication Plan, registration of service providers, Disaster Management unit, etc.

 

The meeting  also reviewed the status of completion of track up-gradation works on Baltal route up to Holy Cave, improvements at the access control gates, establishment of camps, shelter sheds, medical camps and Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs)  at various locations, provision of drinking water supply, lighting, availability of essential commodities, Medicine and mobile connectivity besides establishment of Joint Control Rooms.

While reviewing the status of track, it was informed that 14.2 km track from Baltal to Holy Cave is already through besides wire meshing and railing is almost completed. It was also decided that final audit of the track shall be done on June 28, 2019.

Meanwhile, SSP Ganderbal also presented a detailed presentation regarding the security arrangements. After thorough discussion on security plan, the Advisor directed all the concerned security agencies to ensure that all necessary security arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Yatra are made well in time. He also stressed on holding joint meetings for better coordination.

With regard to installation of signages, the Div Com informed that from Pantha Chowk to Manigam, the installation of signages is completed and from Manigam onwards the installation work is in progress and shall be completed within a few days. On the occasion, Chief Secretary directed that signages should be displayed at prominent locations for guiding Yatris.

For ensuring clean and hygienic toilet facilities to yatris, the meeting was informed that at the identified transit camps toilet facilities would be increased pursuant to the decision taken in the previous meeting besides face-lifting, water connections, electricity and drainage is  ensured at the identified locations.

Both Advisor and Chief Secretary directed all the concerned Departments for ensuring proper quality sanitation facility at every camp location and maintaining cleanliness of entire track en-route to the Holy Cave. They stressed to ensure decomposition of wastes through Solid Waste Management.

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