Srinagar, Oct 31: For the Phase-I of Panchayat Polls, 1886 nominations have been filed for 547 Sarpanch Halqas and 6763 nominations for 4151 Panch wards across the State till the last date of filing of nominations on Tuesday. Voting and counting for Phase-I of Panchayat Polls-2018 is scheduled be held on 17 November 2018.
According to a spokesman of the office of Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, in Kashmir division, 713 nominations have been filed for 259 Sarpanch Halqas and 2383 nominations for 2021 Panch wards while in Jammu division, 1173 nominations have been filed for 288 Sarpanch Halqas and 4380 nominations for 2130 Panch Wards going to polls in Phase-I.
He said the last date for filing of nominations has been extended by four days in Gurez Block of district Bandipora in Kashmir division in view of the fresh snowfall in the area.
The spokesman said for Phase-I in Kashmir division, 204 nominations have been filed for 64 Sarpanch Halqas and 1051 for 498 Panch Wards in four blocks of district Kupwara including, Keran, Ramhal, Tarathpora, Teetwal and Tanghdar; 18 nominations have been filed for 20 Sarpanch Halqas and 88 for 148 Panch Wards in three blocks of district Bandipora including Gurez, Bakhtoor and Tulail; 223 for 72 Sarpanch Halqas and 767 for 584 Panch Wards in five blocks of district Baramulla including Kunzer, Uri, Parenpillan, Noorkhan and Kandi-Belt of Rafiabad; 15 nominations for 15 Sarpanch Halqas and 28 for 105 Panch Wards in Gund block of district Ganderbal; 8 nominations for 5 Sarpanch Halqas and 10 for 45 Panch Wards in Khanmoh block of district Srinagar; 38 nominations for 26 Sarpanch Halqas and 128 for 222 Panch Wards in Khansahab block of district Budgam; 133 nominations for 23 Sarpanch Halqas and 298 for 179 Panch Wards in six blocks of district Kargil including Durbuk, SingayLalok, Kharu, Nyoma, Rong and Rupsho and 74 nominations for 34 Sarpanch Halqas and 217 for 242 Panch Wards in six blocks of district Leh including Durbuk, SingayLalok, Kharu, Nyoma, Rong and Rupsho.
He said in Jammu division, 143 nominations have been filed for 50 Sarpanch Halqas and 592 for 358 Panch Wards in five blocks of district Kishtwar including Dachhan, Bunjawah, Marwah, Padder and Warwan; 229 nominations for 52 Sarpanch Halqas and 700 for 369 Panch Wards in five blocks of district Doda including Bhallessa, Changa,Jakhyas, Chilli and Pangal; 101 nominations for 27 Sarpanch Halqas and 355 for 195 Panch Wards in two blocks of district Ramban including Ramsoo and Khari;196 nominations for 42 Sarpanch Halqas and 869 for 332 Panch Wards in four block of district Udhampur including Dudu-Basantgarh,Latti-Marothi, Panchari and Moungri; 135 nominations for 29 Sarpanch Halqas and 505 for 209 Panch wards in two blocks of district Kathua including Bani and Duggan, 137 nominations for 35 Sarpanch Halqas and 532 for 273 Panch Wards in two blocks district Rajouri including Manjakote and Panjgrain and 232 nominations for 53 Sarpanch Halqas and 827 for 419 Panch Wards in two blocks of district Poonch including Bufliaz and Surankote.
He said the last date for withdrawal of nominations for Phase-I is, 2 November 2018 while polling and counting of votes for this phase will be held on 17 November 2018.
Congress alone can defeat fascist forces: Mir
Srinagar, April 25: Maintaining that Congress party was fully capable enough to defeat the communal & fascist forces both in the country and state hell bent upon to abrogate Special Status granted to J&K, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) & party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency G.A. Mir has said that Congress is fighting present elections against the divisive forces and communal agenda of BJP-RSS.
Mir also hit out at “opportunist parties” PDP, BJP and others for misleading people on various sensitive issues concerning J&K for electoral gains, saying that the policy of falsehood & deceit adopted by these opportunist parties has made the lives of people in Kashmir impossible and sought people’s support to put an end to the drama being staged by PDP, from time to time to generate sympathy after failing people on all fronts.
This was stated by G.A. Mir while addressing various public meetings at Panzgam Nad, Varel Kund in Devsar Assembly Constituency in District Kulgam and appealed the people to remain vigilant about the designs of PDP and other opportunist parties who were fully dependent on falsehood and deceit to exploit people to serve their vested interests, but at the same time, he (Mir) felt confident that people of south Kashmir and elsewhere in J&K have realized as to what PDP was doing to mislead them again.
He was accompanied by Senior Congress Leaders Haji Ab. Rashid Dar, Mohd Amin Bhat, Hilal Ahmad Shah, Vinod Koul, Farooq Ahmad Bhat, Adv Hashim and others.
Asserting that it is the Congress, which can protect the Special Status of the J&K State and will ensure equitable development of all the three regions, G. A. Mir lashed out at BJP Chief Amit Shah over repeatedly raking up the issues of Article 370 in his election rallies aiming to mislead people on this count, the fact of the matter remains that BJP cannot even touch it, as that, the Article 370 works as a bridge between State & the Centre, besides that, it has the emotional binding with the people in J&K. Whatever Narinder Modi or Amit Shah say in their rallies for public consumption was far from reality. Both (Modi & Amit Shah) want to change the narrative, which will be defeated tooth and nail, G.A. Mir said.
He said the communal and fascist forces were hell bent upon to divide the people of JK on religious and regional lines, but the Congress being the only unifying force in the Country and State will thwart their designs.
Mir also hit out at PDP for ensuring inroads to BJP RSS in the State and said many right thinking people had advised PDP leadership not to align with the BJP on the basis that this party has remained hell bent upon to abrogate special status for gaining political mileage in the Country, but the PDP leadership turned deaf ear and compromised on their core agenda for the sake of coming into the power, which has disappointed people at large scale, G.A. Mir added and appealed the people to use the opportunity of the present elections to defeat the political exploitation & deceit on the part of PDP and others.
Mir also said PDP was fully responsible for prevailing situation in valley especially in south Kashmir, besides loss of lives and regular incidents of violence because of its betrayal and political exploitation.
Govt directs hospitals to display rate list of tests, lab investigations
Srinagar, April 25: Government has issued a circular to all hospitals and health institutions directing them to display rate list of all available diagnostic tests and lab investigations for easy access of people.
“It is impressed upon all the Heads of Hospitals/ Health care institutions to clearly display/indicate the various radiological examinations/lab. investigations/other tests conducted/available along with the rates chargeable within their respective laboratories/Hospitals, at designated areas and conspicuous places in clear fonts in English/Local language for the information of General Public,” reads the circular.
“These Instructions shall be followed in letter & Spirit,” it added.
The orders in this regard were issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department following several complaints that certain basic tests/investigations are being denied/ not carried out in health care Institutions of the State on one pretext or the other.
MCC an excuse to avoid redressal of burning issues: Rasheed
Srinagar, April 25: Asking state administration not to forget its duties towards common masses, AIP president Er Rasheed has sought immediate redressal of burning issues pertaining to common masses.
While interacting with people during his day-long visit in Kupwara Constituency Er Rasheed alleged that so-called model code of conduct has become an excuse and silly argument to those officers who don’t want to deliver and treat themselves beyond accountability.
Er Rasheed said, “Be it power crises or restoration of drinking water supply and other basic immunities, most of the officers have just one line answer that there is a model code of conduct in place. It is disgusting and shameful that the damaged transformers are lying in PDD workshops since months and concerned authorities don’t pay any heed towards genuine grievances of masses. The functioning of education, health and other prestigious sectors has been kept hostage to the model code of conduct. While there is no model or moral code of conduct for the corrupt Bhabus, even routine files of the common man are being thrown to the dustbin with the excuse that there is a model code of conduct in place.”
Er Rasheed urged the governor to take serious note of sufferings of masses and ensure that all essential services run without any interruptions and excuses.