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OP Shaw visits Hyderpora, requests Geelani to hold dialogue with New Delhi

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Srinagar, May 02: Under track II diplomacy, Centre for Peace and Progress Chairman and renowned Indian civil society member OP Shaw met Hurriyat (g) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani at his Hyderpora based residence here in Kashmir capital Srinagar on Wednesday.
“It was a fruitful meeting and we exchanged our ideas with regard to Kashmir with each other. I told him about the outcome of my recent visit to Pakistan where I addressed different conference in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad between March 4 to 23,” Shaw told news agency CNS after coming out from the residence of Syed Ali Geelani.
Shaw said he was pained to listen from Geelani Sahab that political workers are being harassed inside jails. “I immediately brought the matter into the notice of police. I, in fact, told Geelani Sahab that he will raise the issue with the Ministry of Home Affairs. Everyone is equal before law and nobody should be harassed on the one or the other pretext,” Shaw said.
“Geelani Sahab complained that some political workers are still languishing in jails given the fact they have spent their required period there. I will raise the issue with concerned quarters and hopefully the case of those Kashmiri prisoners who deserve freedom will be reviewed,” he said.
OP Shaw said that the main objective of his visit was to persuade Geelani to start a dialogue with Government of India. “I told Geelani Sahab that solution to every problem lies in dialogue to which he responded that nothing positive ever came up after they entered into talks with New Delhi.”
Shaw said that it was a lengthy meeting that lasted for about 2 hours. “I am leaving for New Delhi and will visit Kashmir again to hold meetings with Hurriyat leaders,” he said.
Responding to a question, OP Shaw said that he requested Geelani to start a dialogue as gun is not a solution to this long pending issue.


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No public transport in late hours; authorities say electric buses in offing

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Authorities have failed to provide inter and intra-district public transport service for the people of Kashmir, especially during the late afternoon and evening hours.

Each working day, commuters can be seen jostling for seats in private cabs here, a limited number of which ply to and fro the districts of Kashmir.
At Jehangir Chowk in Srinagar, people are seen anxiously waiting for a cab in late hours, knowing if they miss one, they may have to wait for hours for another.

A similar situation is also faced by the commuters on various city routes, who complain about the absence of passenger buses and cabs.

 

In addition to the hassle, the passengers pay a much higher fare than they would have had there been any government transport service available.
“After 5 pm, cabs running from Lal Chowk to Nishat are difficult to find and even after waiting for hours at Jehangir Chowk, we hardly find any transport in the evening,” said a resident of Nishat, who travels to the city-centre each day.

The problem, commuters say, aggravates in winters because of lesser daylight.“There is hardly any direct cab service between Lal Chowk and Soura. I travel by bus which moves very slowly, wasting a good hour and a half for the journey that can be completed within 30 minutes,” a resident from Soura said.

Principal Secretary Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon said the government’s plan to run eco-friendly, battery-powered buses will be rolled out in Jammu and Kashmir soon.“It will take some time because we need to set up electric charge-stations. Till then, by the month of March, 50 to 70 city buses should be started (sic),” he said.

Asked about inter-district transport, Samoon said: “We will try to start night services and transport services for long routes as well.”

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JK fully prepared for census of water bodies: Revenue Deptt

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Jammu, Jan 22: Department of Revenue today said that Financial Commissioner (Revenue), who is also Census Commissioner, has initiated all the requisite measures for smooth conduct of 6th Minor Irrigation Census and first census of Water Bodies with the reference year 2017-18.
The census is being conducted in Jammu and Kashmir along with other States by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.
For conducting the census efficiently, field functionaries of Revenue Department viz Tehsildars/ Naib-Tehsildars/ Girdawars/Patwaries/OQs have been imparted training at their respective District Headquarters in all Districts except Leh and Kargil by the Planning Cell in the Office of Financial Commissioner, Revenue.
The schedules along with Guidelines and Instruction Manual have been distributed among the Tehsils. Village directory required by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India has been prepared and sent to the concerned.
“Deputy Commissioners have been authorized as per plan of activities approved by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to procure Mobile Devices for each Tehsil as required for capturing photographs of water bodies, a statement of the Department said.
“A mobile-friendly app/software would be made available by the concerned Ministry.”
All enumerators have been kept in the state of readiness for field operation which shall commence as per the time schedule to be circulated by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, the statement added.

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DoB of illiterate Casual Workers: Finance Deptt for adopting proper procedure

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Jammu, Jan 22: According to Finance Department, the date of birth (DOB) of illiterate Casual workers/Daily Rated Workers is not determined and recorded correctly and instead, incorrect date of birth has been recorded in the relevant service records of certain employees based on certificates issued by authorities not competent to issue such certificates.
In this context, attention is invited to the provisions of Article 35-AA of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services Regulations, Volume-I, for determination of date of birth of illiterate persons.
In case of illiterate persons extracts from Birth Register duly signed by the concerned Executive Officer of the Municipality, Chairman concerned Notified Area Committee/ Town Area Committee, as the case may be, in case of those persons not falling within the Municipal/Notified Area Committee limits, the certificate should be signed by the concerned Tehsildar where the employee resides who will issue the certificate in the
A certificate, as per Finance department order should be in prescribed format issued by a Medical Board of the respective district where the employee is posted. The Medical Board shall comprise of Chief Medical Officer of the respective district, Radiologist and a Dental Surgeon.
In view of the clear-cut codal provisions, the Certificates issued by the non-designated authorities cannot be entertained for record of date of birth. Any instance, in violation of the laid down procedure needs to be dealt with for appropriate action against officers responsible for recording incorrect date of birth as well as the worker to whom it relates.
According to the order, all the Administrative Secretaries are requested to impress upon the field officers of the Departments to adopt proper procedure for recording of date of birth of such workers.
Any complaint received in this behalf should be thoroughly examined to ensure that no person manages to overstay in the Government service on the basis of incorrect date of birth recorded in service books and also ensure that the date of birth is recorded on the basis of prescribed documents/certificates.

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