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Police foil SSA teachers protest march in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Aug 09: Police on Thursday foiled the protest march Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) employees and detained scores of its members after they tried to march towards Civil Secretariat here to protest against the redressal of issue of SSA teachers, RMSA teachers and masters.
EJAC employees under the leadership of Senior JCC leader and President of EJAC, Ab Qayoom Wani assembled in Sher-e-Kashmir park and shouted slogans for implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of SSA, RMSA teachers and masters.
The protesters tried to march towards Civil Secretariat here but were stopped by heavy contingent of police already deployed outside SK Park.
Police used batons and water canon to disperse the protesting employees.
However, the EJAC statement issued to KNS reads that scores of leaders and activists were injured especially Lateef Ahmad Malik senior leader EJAC who was admitted in SMHS for treatment.
During protests, Wani along with hundreds of leaders and activists were bundled in police vehicles and detained in different police stations of Srinager.
Wani with other senior EJAC leaders were arrested.
The protesting employees demanded implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of SSA, RMSA teachers and masters and linking of their salaries with state sector.
Leaders of EJAC who addressed the gathering warned the government of dire consequences if humiliation to nation builders will not be stopped forthwith.
“In case the legitimate demands will not be redressed at an earliest, EJAC will be forced to intensify its struggle,” they said.
Wani said that govt is unnecessarily pushing teaching fraternity to the wall. “Teachers and masters working under SSA and RMSA are being humiliated by depriving them from their legitimate rights,” he said.
He said that the successive political regimes have deceived teaching fraternity by hallow promise and now teachers have pinned their hopes with the Governor administration for justice. “Although the administration seems to be positive but exercise for implementing 7th pay commission and linking of SSA, RMSA salary seems to be going on slowly and teachers do feel that justice delayed is justice denied,” he added.
Wani said that teachers don’t want to come on roads but ignoring their legitimate rights is main cause for opting agitating path. He said delay in resolution the 7th pay commission and liking of salaries of forty thousand teachers and masters working under SSA, RMSA directly or in directly will prove harmful for the academics in the schools.
He urged upon Governor of the state N. N. Vohra, Advisors Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie, B B Vyas, Chief Secretary B. V. Subramaniyam and Secretary Education for their immediate personal intervention so that this human issue may be redressed at an earliest.
Talking to media, Wani said if govt failed to resolve the issues of SSA, RMSA teachers and masters, the leadership of Teachers Joint Action Committee will have a crucial meeting on 13th of August and future course of action will be announced in the meeting.
Pertinently, similar protests were also held under the banner of EJAC at Divisional Commissioner office Jammu under the leadership of Ganesh Khajuria and press club Jammu under the leadership of Vinod Sharma and Kargil in which thousands of employees, EJAC activists participated and expressed solidarity with SSA, RMSA teachers and masters.


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DC Shopian suspends two forest officials

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Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.

Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties. 

 

Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.

He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.

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Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami

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Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.

“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.

“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.

 

He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.

“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.

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Dir Gen IMD meets Guv

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.

Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.

 
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