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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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Valley prepares for snow

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Srinagar, Jan 18: With the MeT department’s weather advisory predicting moderate to heavy snowfall from January 19 to 23,The Kashmir Monitor spoke with various people at Lal Chowk to find out how Valley is gearing up for the tough week ahead.

 “I have stockedup grocery items for a week in my home,”  Pedestrian, Basharat Jabeen

 

Keeping in mind, the work would be slow in next few days, I decided to give off to our employees. For home, I have brought extra groceries and necessary food items for children.   Owner, Caliph Restaurant, Mushtaq Ahmad

Apart from grocery items, I brought extra coal and fire wood for heating purposes–Alluchi Bagh resident, Fazal Ahmad

 

Have covered water pipes and hoses with the wool insulations and plastic to ensure running supply of warm/cold water pedestrian.Besides, I have also purchased extra battery for inverteras there is no guarantee of power supply during snowfall.Aquib from Mazhama

 

I purchased extra cooking gas cylinder as an alternative, incase of power supply is not restored immediately. Besides, have also purchased some cough syrups and antibiotics.  Rasiq Manzoor, Sonwar resident

 

 

Brought groceries for a week– Saliq Parvaiz Rangreth resident

 

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Govt keen to tap Ladakh’s immense tourism potential: CS

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Leh, Jan 18: Chief Secretary, B.V.R Subramanyam Friday said that Leh district of frontier Ladakh region possesses immense tourism potential and the Governor’s administration is keen to upgrade its tourism-related infrastructure to attract increased tourist footfall to the region.

The CS made these remarks at a meeting with Executive Councillors of LAHDC, Leh headed by Chairman and CEC, JamyangTseringNamgyal here.

Expressing happiness over the increasing trend of tourist inflow to Leh, touching around 3 lakh mark last season with 50,000 foreigners, the Chief Secretary stressed on LAHDC Leh to work out a master plan for guiding tourism sector towards inclusive and sustainable development of the district.

 

On the occasion, CEC Namgyal thanked Chief Secretary for his intervention in fulfilling long pending demands of Leh district including sanctioning of Cluster University for Ladakh, Khaltse Degree College, filling up of 33 posts of Medical Officers and up-gradation of SNM Hospital from 150 to 300 bed  capacity.

A charter of demand and issues were taken up with Chief Secretary by CEC, Deputy Chairman and Executive Councillors, like inclusion of villages along ALC bordering China in Changthang region under reservation policy for recruitment to various posts, grant of 10% SDA in favour of State Government Employees serving in Leh for which the State Government has in principle agreed.

Besides, special consideration for regularization of casual labours of PWD Circle Leh and PDC Leh in view of the peculiar working condition in the District, inclusion of left out villages in BADP schemes, creation of posts  in LREDA.

They further sought creation of separate Hydraulic PWD Circle, Leh and three more Hydraulic Special Sub Divisions, creation of 124 posts of Bhoti  and Arabic  teachers, up-gradation of PHCs of Nyoma and Khaltse  to SDH, creation of posts for Nubra Development Authority,  PRC signing authority for Khaltsi and Liker Sub Divisions, financial support for organic project of Leh district and release of funds from higher education to EJM College Leh, establishment of Ice Hockey Academy at Leh.

Responding to the demands, the Chief Secretary assured to give due consideration to all the projected demands.

Principal Secretary, Planning & Development RohitKansal, Deputy Chairman Gyal P Wangyal, Executive Councilor for Agriculture, PhuntsogStanzin, Executive Councilor for Health TseringSandup and DC/CEO, LAHDC, Leh AvnyLavasa were also present in the meeting.

 

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Hurriyat (g) protest against prolonged detention of Hurriyat leaders

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Srinagar, Jan 18: Hurriyat (g) Conference leaders and activists on Friday held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention and the “ill-treatment” meted out to Hurriyat leaders especially deteriorating health condition of Hurriyat leader Peer Saifullah in Tihar jail.

In a statement issued to the media, the spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference leaders and activists including Abdul Ahad Parra, Bilal Sidiqui, Molvi Bashir Ahmad Irfani, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder, Mohammad Yasin Ataie, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Khawaja Firdous, Mohammad Maqbool Magami, Arshid Aziz, Mubashir Iqbal, Showkat Ahmad Khan, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Rameez Raja, Abdul Hameed Elahi and Abdul Rashid Lone organized a peaceful protest at Hyderpora Srinagar against the inhuman attitude meted out towards the political prisoners in and outside state especially in Tihar Jail.

Hurriyat leaders while condemning the pro-long detention of political prisoners said that suppressing even the pro-freedom voice and curbing their peaceful activities is no bravery but shameful, which government itself is responsible for the consequences.

 

While demanding the immediate release of all political prisoners including leaders lodged in and outside state particularly in Tihar Jail include Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Dr. Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Asia Indrabi, Nahida Nasreen, Fehmeeda Sofi. Hurriyat leaders said that by pushing people to wall Delhi will achieve nothing; they should face the political leaders and workers on political turf.

Hurriyat Leaders appealed Amnesty International, Asia Watch, and other international organization for human rights to break the silence and take cognizance of the plight of people in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged to fulfil their obligations in accordance with human rights specified for the political prisoners.

Meanwhile, All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly condemned the raids on the houses of Muslim League leader Rafiq Ahmad Ganie and political activist Sabzar Ahmad of ArinhalBijbihara and said that Jammu and Kashmir have been turned into a police state, where political leaders and activists are regularly harassed by the men in uniform.

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