Jammu, April 11: Thousands of displaced Kashmiri Pandits residing in different places across the country failed to cast the ballots during the first phase of election for Kashmiris District Baramulla- Kupwara parliamentary constituency on Thursday.
Sources told KNO that in spite of having filed up M-forms as per the requisite norms for migrant voters to exercise their franchise outside the Valley, the Kashmiri Pandits could not trace their names in the voter book list.
KP migrants alleged that it was a deliberate attempt that the number of KP migrants were restrained from right to vote, saying that several numbers of voters have figured with wrong insertion in their names or parentage was difficult task for a voter to identify himself or herself before the polling day authorities.
Moreover, it has been also been noticed by them that online serial number of migrant voters were not matching up with those of hand book list that was available within polling stations.
The process of such type of franchise though was taken more time for Migrant voters to trace their names from the list and use of precious time could not found approachable positively in favour of number of voters found themselves in missing list.
Sources revealed to KNO that a large number of voters returned back to their homes as they could not trace their names in the list of recognized registries
Outside the polling station at Jagti Township, a citizen told KNO that due to find fondness process, a number of old age voters could not stand up in queue for several hours in this summer zone area and finally returned back to their homes devoid of cast their votes.
Official sources said that polling places were professionally organized in order to ensure the smooth and conduct the elections but during the process only those voters were allowed to cast their votes who are registered and confirmed in list of hand books is made available within them.
The preliminary reports confirmed that four polling booths were arranged within the jurisdictions of Nagrota area for Kashmiri migrants displaced community voters to cast their votes during the first phase of parliamentary election get held on Thursday.
Sources said that more than 220 voters were registered within polling station at Govt Migrant HSS Nagrota and around 208 voters were registered at polling booth Govt migrant middle School Jagti Township, similarly 939 and 763 voters were registered within other two polling booths positioned at Government Hr. Sr School at Jagti for migrant to exercise their franchise opportunities.
Meanwhile, around more than 60 percent turnout recorded in Nagrota jurisdiction till 6 pm out of registered votes only.(KNO)
Govt committed to revive pristine glory of water bodies: Div Com
SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 19: Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today said that government is committed to revive the pristine glory of water bodies in Kashmir valley.
The Divisional Commissioner said this while taking stock of revival measures for Wular Lake, Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands at a meeting here.
He directed WUCMA to conduct a survey with Wildlife and Revenue authorities in peripheral areas of the Wular Lake for identification of encroached spots.
For Hokersar and Kreentchoo-Chandhara wet lands, Deputy Commissioners of Srinagar, Budgam and Pulwama districts were directed to prepare a complete demarcation and encroachment report of the wetlands within 20 days.
It was said that concerned Deputy Commissioners will conduct an outer tour of the water bodies along with officers, Panchayats and Municipal Committees and propose a separate land fill site for dumping solid waste on scientific lines.
The Divisional Commissioner directed Deputy Commissioners to involve local Panchayats for safeguarding and conservation of water bodies.
Additional Commissioner Kashmir, Chief Wildlife Warden, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar and other concerned officers were present in the meeting where as Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora, Budgam and Pulwama participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
Govt inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu & Kashmir
Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.
How can PSA be slapped against Farooq Abdullah: Hasnain Masoodi
How can PSA or Public Safety Act be slapped against National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah who has been in public life for 50 years, someone who has been an MP, and a three time Chief Minister, asks National Conference MP Justice Hasnain Masoodi in an interview with IANS.
“Dr Abdullah has put forth the Kashmir case for India before the international fora. Can he be a risk to the public order and security of the state? Nobody will agree to this,” Justice Masoodi said.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi and his fellow National Conference MP Akbar Lone, who held a meeting with Dr Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah last week said that Farooq Abdullah is not keeping good health, while Omar Abdullah is in good spirits.
“Dr Farooq Abdullah has some health issues. On August 3, there were some concerns about his health. His health may not be worse as compared to the first week of August, but he is not keeping good health. Omar Abdullah is in good spirits,” Justice Hasnain Masoodi said.
Justice Hasnain Masoodi said that the revocation of Article 370 is neither in favour of the state nor the country.
“The scrapping of this Article will widen the gulf between Kashmir and the rest of the country,” Masoodi said.
He said there has been no significant improvement in the situation in Kashmir since August 5, when the article was scrapped and this is drawing international attention.
“Things are the same in Kashmir, though some public transport is plying, mobile phone service continue to remain blocked. There is an information blockade. Landlines have been opened up, but because of the shift to the digital world, most people have disconnected their landlines,” Justice Masoodi said.