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NHM employees’ row: Can’t regularise 8k people in one go: Govt




Jammu, Jan 05: Minister for Health & Medical Education, Bali Bhagat on Friday held second round of talks with the representatives of the NHM employees and discussed all their issues and demands.
The Minister said that Government has already taken sympathetic view on their all outstanding issues, including regularization and moving gradually to address these complex issues.
He said as per the outcome of previous meetings with the NHM employees, the Government had constituted a Committee of officers to examine their all issues on merit and the said Committee, along with other issues also recommended regularization of employees in a phased manner as it was difficult to regularize more than 8000 employees in one go, who are presently working in NHM and other related schemes in Health & Medical Education Department across the state which roughly involves a financial implication upto Rs. 225 crore annually.
To begin with, under first phase, the Health & Medical Department also referred the case of 1020 employees to the Finance Department for its consideration which involved a financial implication of Rs. 27.41 crore annually. This development was also conveyed to the representatives of the employees from time to time.
Taking humanitarian view on their demands, the Government has also initiated some fresh welfare measures for the NHM and similarly situated employees, including extending the benefits of Accidental Insurance Scheme, EPF, paid medical leave for 15 days in an year, maternity leave in favor of the female employees which were not applicable to them earlier.
Those drawing salary upto Rs. 15,000/- per month will be entitled for the benefits of EPF and Government will contribute the mandatory employer’s share as well. Besides, the government has already sanctioned 5% increment to all categories of employees and also proposes to enhance another 1% over and above, said the Minister.
He said “prolonging strike is unjustified and will not yield any result, but further aggravate the problems of the patients in the government health institutions”. He urged them to resume their work immediately as their all genuine demands will be addressed in a phased manner with all sympathies. He said NHM is a purely Government of India scheme and entire funding comes from the Centre and State Government has no direct control to tinker with this scheme. This fact is well known to all employees as well. As and when the recruitment under NHM is done, it is specifically mentioned in the advertisements that these posts are purely on contractual basis under a specific Central sponsored scheme, and that is whey an Affidavit is mandatorily obtained from each appointed employee so that they cannot stake their claim for regularization, he asserted.
However, keeping these things aside, the government is sympathetic to their demands and wants to address these, but adopting the tactics of putting unnecessary pressure on Government by way of frequent strikes and hampering health services is quite unjustified and uncalled for and Government views it seriously. He said, if the employees continue to strike even after the clear cut assurances from the Government, it reserves the right to take action under law against such elements who are instigating the innocent employees to resort to agitation path.
The representatives of employees, however, did not give any indication to call of their strike immediately, but said that they would apprise the employees about the latest development and take a decision accordingly.
Principal Secretary Health & Medical Education, Dr. Pawan Kotwal, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Dr. Mandeep K. Bhandari, IG Jammu, SD Singh Jamwal, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Kumar Rajeev Ranjan, Mission Director, NHM, Dr. Mohan Singh, Additional Secretary, K.S. Chib and representatives of NHM, RNTCP and NACO employees were present in the meeting.



BSF officer killed, 4 soldiers injured in cross-LoC firing

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Jammu, Jan 15: An Assistant Commandant of Border Security Force (BSF) was killed in a ‘sniper fire’ by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Samba district of Jammu on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, three BSF personnel and an army soldier were injured in separate incidents of firing along Rajouri and Kathua districts of Jammu.

Quoting a police official, news agency GNS said that Pakistan army opened sniper fire upon the BSF posts along the fence at around 10:50 am on Tuesday resulting in serious injuries to the officer identified as Assistant Commandant, Vinay Prasad.


He was immediately taken to a nearby health facility of army, from where he was airlifted to military hospital Satwari, Jammu, the official said.

“The officer succumbed to the grave injuries in the evening,” the officer added.

Meanwhile, three BSF troopers and an army soldier were injured, two of them critically, after the armies of India and Pakistan traded fire along the Line of Control (LoC) and international border in Rajouri and Kathua districts.

Official sources said that two BSF men and an army soldier posted along the LoC near Sunderbani sector of Rajouri were injured in the firing.

“One among the injured BSF men was identified as AnirbanChatterji, who suffered critical injuries and has been shifted to military hospital Satwari Jammu,” officials said.

The army soldier identified as Akash of 6 Jat Rifles and other BSF personnel, whose identity could not be immediately established, have also been admitted to hospital.

In another similar incident, a BSF trooper was injured when Pakistan troops fired on Indian pickets along the International Border (IB) in Hiranagar sector of Kathua district on Tuesday. The injured trooper has been taken to hospital for treatment.

There was a fresh exchange of fire between India and Pakistani army in MendharMankote and Balakote areas of Poonch and Kalal of Nowshera Rajouri.

In these areas, shells landed in some residential areas, following which the local moved to safer places.

An official of the BSF confirmed all these incidents and said that “our troops guarding the fence returned fire effectively and strongly”.

The officer said that in wake of growing incidents of ceasefire violation and sniper attacks, the Indian troops guarding the fence in all these areas has been put on high alert.

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Govt issues appointment orders to 921 medical officers



Jammu, Jan 15: To augment health care facilities in the rural and far flung areas of the state, Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department Tuesday issued appointment orders to 921 Medical Officers recruited on fast track basis.

To fast track the recruitment process, the H&MEDepartment had made relevant provisions in the rules and SRO, which paved the way for making the recruitment process a time bound exercise.

Pertinently, the department had referred one thousand vacancies of Medical Officers (MOs) of the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Family Welfare (Gazetted) Service to the J&K Public Service Commission (JKPSC) for making selections. After conducting the written examination, the J&K Public Service Commission finally recommended 921 candidates for selection as Medical Officers.


The H&ME department completed the process of recruitment in a record time of 3 months and issued appointment orders to the selected candidates.

Out of total 921 Medical Officers appointed by the department, 35 have  been  posted in district Anantnag, 18 in Bandipora, 58 in Baramulla, 28 in Budgam,119 in Doda, 33 in Ganderbal, 32 in Jammu, 52 in Kargil, 84 in Kathua, 46 in Kishtwar, 62 in Kupwara,  30 in Kulgam, 33 in Leh, 27 in Pulwama, 81 in Poonch, 56 in Ramban, 57 in Rajouri, 16 in Reasi, 08 in Samba,15 in Shopian and 41 in Udhampur.

Of these, 185 Medical Officers with specializations have also been posted in different districts of the state.

As per the Government order issued in this behalf, the appointees shall submit their joining reports to their concerned Drawing and Disbursing Officers (DDOs) within a period of 21 days and in case of failure to join within the stipulated period, the appointment shall be deemed to have been cancelled ab-initio without any further notice.

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik, Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar and Chief Secretary B.V.R Subrahmanyam have conveyed their best wishes to the newly appointed Medical Officers with the hope that they will work with zest and zeal to provide best healthcare services to the people, particularly living in rural and far flung areas of the state.

The selected candidates can visit for the selection list and to check the details of their place of postings.

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JNU case: Joint Hurriyat seeks withdrawal of charges against Kashmiri students



Srinagar, Jan 15:Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Yasin Malik has strongly denounced the sedition charges and filing of charge sheet by the Delhi Police against Kashmiri students pursuing studies at Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU).

The leadership said the charges will have serious consequences on the academic and future career of the students.

The Kashmiri students include Aqeeb Hussain, Mujeeb Hussain, MuneebHussain,UmairGul, Rayees Rasool, Khalid Bashir, Basharat Ali.


The leadership said the students only participated in the programme organized by JNU students Union in 2016 to condemn the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, who was hanged in Tihar Jail under shadowy circumstances without even informing his family members and in contravention to all established norms and rules.

The leaders said to book the students in 2019 clearly exhibit the vote bank politics of the ruling dispensation.

They said to harass the Kashmiri students pursuing studies outside Jammu and Kashmir is not a new practice, earlier in many universities and colleges Kashmiri students have been harassed  even beaten up, forcing them to drop the studies incomplete and return home

“The Joint Hurriyat appealed International Human Rights Organizations ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other humanity loving nations to take serious notice of these nefarious practices carried out to ruin the carriers of the Kashmiri students,” a spokesperson of the amalgam said.

JNU Case: Delhi court to consider chargesheet on Jan 19

New Delhi, Jan 15: A Delhi court Tuesday fixed January 19 for consideration of charge sheet against former Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar and others, including seven Kashmiri students, in the 2016 JNU sedition case.

The court put up the matter for hearing on the date as Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat was on leave Tuesday.

The Delhi Police had on Monday filed a chargesheet at a city court against Kanhaiya Kumar and others, saying he was leading a procession and supported “seditious slogans” raised on the varsity campus in February 2016.

Police also charged former JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya for allegedly shouting anti-India slogans during an event on the university’s campus on February 9, 2016, to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru.

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