Jammu, Nov 30: Polling for Phase-VI of Panchayat Polls-2018 will be held on Saturday at 3174 polling stations including 410 in Kashmir division and 2764 in Jammu division.
According to the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, ShaleenKabra, 771 polling stations have been categorized as hypersensitive including 410 in Kashmir division and 361 in Jammu division.
He said 7156 candidates in the fray for 406 Sarpanch and 2277 Panch seats in Phase-VI while 111 Sarpanchs and 1048 Panchs have been elected unopposed in this Phase.
He said in the areas going to polls in Phase-VI, electorate of 597396 electors will be voting for Sarpanch constituencies and 457581for Panch constituencies. “Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling station,” he said.
Kabra said in Phase-V which went to polls on November 29, the State witnessed a polling percentage of 71.1% including 33.7% in Kashmir division and 85.2% in Jammu division. In Poonch district, he said, repoll for Sarpanch seat in Sanai Panch Halqa of block Surankote witnessed a turnout of 79.78% and deferred polling in Panchayat HalqaNonabandi witnessed a turnout of 92.23%.
He said in Phase-IV, the state witnessed a polling percentage of 71.3%, including 82.4% polling was witnessed in Jammu division and 32.3% in Kashmir division. In Phase-III, the State witnessed a polling percentage of 75.2% which includes 55.7% in Kashmir division and 83.0% in Jammu division.
In the Phase-II of Panchayat Polls held on 20 November 2018, overall 71.1% polling was witnessed across the State with an overwhelming 80.4% polling in Jammu division and 52.2% in Kashmir division.
Similarly, in the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls held on 17 November 2018, 74.1% polling was recorded across J&K including 64.5% in Kashmir division and 79.4% in Jammu division.
He said results have been announced for all these Phases by the respective Returning Officers.
Kabra said the orders have been passed in various complaint cases as well as directions of the Courts and wherever necessary Notifications reappointing the election schedules have been issued. “All such orders/notifications are available at website of CEO J&K,” he said.
Kabra said Basic Minimum Facilities (BMF) have been ensured in all the polling stations across the State for Phase-III. Photo Voter Slips have been distributed among the voters to inform them of their polling stations.
He said senior government officers have been appointed as General Observers to oversee the smooth, fair and orderly conduct of Panchayat Elections, 2018. Also, Expenditure Observers are keeping a watch on the expenditure by the candidates. In addition, for the poll day, Micro Observers have been placed in polling stations, particularly those considered hypersensitive. Besides, the Zonal and Sector Magistrates too have been deployed.
CEO said Control Rooms have been established in all the districts across the State to respond promptly to any complaints of violation of the Model Code of Conduct as also to disseminate information to the public. Security arrangements have been made including deployment of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).
He said the Government has declared holiday on the day of poll in the panchayat areas going to polls so as to enable the voters to cast their vote. He said special casual leave shall also be granted to the employees who have to go to other areas to exercise their right to franchise. As per standing guidelines, the Central Government offices shall not be closed but the employees who are electors of the poll going wards and desire to exercise their franchise shall be offered reasonable facility to do so.
The Chief Electoral Officer, J&K appealed the voters to come forward and exercise their right to franchise in order to choose their local self-government to address their local needs.
Human Rights Day: Parents of disappeared persons again protest for justice
Srinagar, Dec 10: On the Human Rights Day observed on Monday, the parents of disappeared persons pledged to carry on their struggle for justice.
They staged a sit-in at Press Enclave here under the banner of Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) to register their protest.
Abdul Rahim, a protester who had travelled from his home in Bijbehara, Anantnag, said he would continue his struggle for locating his son who has gone missing 24 years ago.
“On the fateful day, 2-3 persons came to my home to ask for my younger son. They took him along. Since 1994, I have no information about his whereabouts. He was studying in class 9,” Rahim said.
Rahim, father of three children, said he went from pillar to post to find his son.“I went everywhere but couldn’t find him. His mother continuously searched him for almost two years in every nook and corner. She still hopes that he will come,” said Rahim, a fruit vendor.
“At least we should know whether he is alive or not.”
Chairperson APDP, Parveena Ahangar, said they would continue to demand whereabouts of their children.
Ahangar, whose son is one of the estimated 10,000 victims of enforced disappearances in Kashmir, said, “The state has not only denied the phenomena of enforced disappearances but it has also legalised laws like AFSPA. It has provided full impunity to the perpetrators, protecting them and thus creating hurdles in acquiring justice.”
“No government addressed the issue of enforced disappearances. We would continue to seek the whereabouts of our children till our last breath.”
Condemning the use of “excessive violence” against the civilians, she asked the world community to press New Delhi to stop all kinds of “human rights violations”.
Meanwhile, Awami Itihaad Party (AIP) organised a daylong seminar titled ‘Allow international human rights organisations to visit J&K’ here.
The seminar was attended by the cross section of the society.
Addressing the seminar, AIP Leader and MLA Langate, Engineer Rashid, said the government of India should allow the world bodies to visit Kashmir.
“Recently, UNHRC in its report said that the human rights in Kashmir are violated. The security forces are getting indulged in worst human rights violations,” he said.
“India has been saying that everything is fine. If it is so, why is it not allowing the human rights organisations to visit Kashmir?” he asked.
Civil society member, Shakeel Qalander said India treated “Kashmir as its colony”.
“It should give up the colonial mindset,” he said.
Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam urged people to reject all voices speaking in different tunes at different places.
Columnist, Aijaz-ul-Haq said the rights of the Kashmiris have been kept hostage.“Even trees and animals have rights,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir State Rights Commission (JKSRC) also organised a programme on human rights and drug addiction in the auditorium of the Department of Information and Public Relations.
Among others, the function was attended by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir range, Swayam Prakash Pani, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Abid Rashid Shah, and Deputy Commissioner Budgam, Syed Sehrish Asgar.
Talking to the media persons, IGP Pani said police was doing “everything possible” to check drug menace.“As far as synthetic drugs are concerned, they are being transported from across the border,” he said.
Ahead of polls, BJP making strenuous efforts to polarize situation in J&K: PDP
Srinagar, Dec 10: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday said that Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) is making strenuous efforts to polarize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir
“As elections are in the offing, the BJP is making strenuous efforts to polarize the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as the party has nothing to show to its voters on developmental front. However, people are now well aware about the way in which BJP functions and how the party cares least about the national interest and state’s integrity while fulfilling its own agendas,” Former Minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Akhtar said.
He said that BJP has got a, “univocal agenda which thrives on hate and promotes tensions and that the party has got unnerved due to the recent political developments in Kashmir’s political landscape that unfolded new possibilities and eroded BJP’s blackmailing position”.
He added that the party is trying to malign the regional political groups of Jammu and Kashmir as ideologically there is a deep chasm between them and the BJP. “When in need the BJP handshakes with everybody and then back out on its promises. On the contrary, other political parties have exhibited maturity during the crucial times and have reached out to all sections of the society. As far as the PDP is concerned, the party will continue with its endeavor to work for everyone irrespective of caste, creed or religion,” said Akhtar.
While reacting to BJP leader Dr Jitendra Singh’s statement that Kashmir’s mainstream politicians are more dangerous than separatists, Akhter asked BJP to explain why it ignored its 25 MLAs and selected a CM candidate from Kashmir who has mere 2 seats in the assembly.
Akhtar questioned Dr Jitendra Singh’s assertions, asking that if there was such a lack of trust in other parties of the state, the BJP should have selected its own CM candidate from the party itself. “Why were you (Jitendra Singh) or Kulvinder Gupta or any other BJP leader not chosen as CM candidate of the party from the state. How can you people convince your own voters after such a decision has been taken by your party,” Akhtar asked.
Secy I&FC reviews progress on Phase 1 of Flood Management project
SRINAGAR, DEC 10: The Secretary to Government PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Department (I&FC), Farooq Ahmad Shah today reviewed the progress on Phase 1 of ongoing Flood Management project.
The re-sectioning of Flood Management project Phase 1 coming up at Rs 399 crore from Padshahi Bagh to Wular is aimed at increasing the discharge capacity of flood channel and is set to be completed by March 2019.
The Secretary was briefed that the salvage of the causeway at Mehjoor Nagar Bridge including pipes and pile heads are being removed at a fast pace.
He was also informed that the re-sectioning work is going on in full swing from Padshahi Bagh to Hokersar including Shariefabad. It was added that the re-sectioning of Flood Spill Channel at Naidkhai is also in progress and land acquisition is almost complete.
On seeking the details regarding construction of two bridges at NaidKhai and Shariefabad, the concerned officers assured the Secretary that the same will also be completed by March 2019.
Shah was further informed that the beautification of river Jehlum at Srinagar is on and the project costs about Rs 5 crore.
The Secretary said an advance action on Phase 2 has also been started for which project enforcing agency WAPCOS has assured that the DPR for it will be submitted within 15 days.
He said that the government has already committed to start the project by next season and all the concerned are directed to complete and wind up phase 1 by March 2019.
During the meeting, the procurement of pipes for Tral LIS was also discussed and the EX. Engineer S.E assured that the tenders will be finalized in 25 days.
The Secretary warned that no lapse would be tolerated in meeting the deadline of the projects.
He later visited Mehjoor Nagar Bridge and other sites for on the spot inspection of the ongoing works.