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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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Improve teaching, research progs in Uni: Guv to VC SKUAST-K

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Srinagar, Oct 22:  Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) on Monday urged the University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Nazeer Ahmed, to ensure high attention is paid to improving the teaching programmes and research work in the University.

The Governor said this in his meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, (SKUAST-K), who called at Chancellor of the University, at the Raj Bhavan here today.

In an official press release issued here, the Governor urged the Vice-Chancellor to ensure that high attention is paid, on sustained basis, for improving the teaching programmes and achieving tangible outcomes in all the research areas.

Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor apprised the Governor about the overall growth witnessed by the University in recent years, besides various other expansion projects underway in the University. Besides, matters relating to University lands lying with the security forces, need for additional lands to establish apple nursery and KVKs , allocation of financial resources, re-organisation of available staff strength, filling up of vacant posts of scientific staff and implementation of academic reforms were also discussed.

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Principal Secy Fin chairs JKIDFC Board of Dirs meet

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Srinagar, Oct 22: Principal Secretary of Finance, Navin K Choudhary, Monday chaired the second meeting of the Board of Directors of Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Finance Corporation Limited (JKIDFC) at his office chambers here.

Navin K Choudhary, who is also the CMD of JKIDFC, reviewed the progress on 556 languishing projects that have already been approved for financing by the Corporation. Besides, other internal issues were also discussed in the meeting.

Directors of JKIDFC, Shailendra Kumar Principal Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Khursheed Ahmed Shah Commissioner Secretary PWD and Farooq Ahmad Shah Secretary PHE, I&FC, Executive Director, Nazim Zia Khan, General Manager, JKIDFC, Shafaat Yehaya and other officers also attended the meeting.

The Finance Secretary asked the PWD to designate the Chief Engineer as head of the Project Implementing Agency. He said the agency will have a separate escrow account.

During the meeting, Navin was briefed by officers about the activities of the Corporation. A committee was later constituted comprising of Executive Director, General Manager, Project Manager and Finance Head to work out a business plan and frame the policy for incurring expenditure with proper budgeting.

The Board cleared the appointment of Nimisha Abrol as Project Manager IT, JKIDFC and also gave a go-ahead for establishing a well-furnished and fully-equipped registered office of the Corporation.

The Board also gave consent for hiring of personnel for running day-to-day affairs of the Corporation including a Consultant Finance who should be of the rank of retired DG, Accounts and Treasuries along with other staff.

The meeting also resolved to utilize the services of agencies for maintenance and upkeep of assets of the Corporation, housekeeping staff, etc. Consent of the Board of Directors was also given for confirming design of the logo for the Corporation, besides other issues.

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Adv Vyas reviews progress on job package for Kashmiri migrants

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Srinagar, Oct 22: Advisor to Governor B B Vyas Monday convened a meeting with senior officers of Law and other departments to discuss issues related to job package for Kashmiri migrants under PMDP.

The meeting also discussed various issues facing by PoK refugees.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Disaster Management Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR), Farooq Ahmad Shah, Secretary Law Abdul Majid and and other senior officers.

The Advisor was briefed about the status of court cases of the special job package announced by Centre for Kashmiri migrants.

The Advisor stressed that legal proceedings should be expedited for disposal of these court cases.

The Advisor directed that all the pending issues of PoK refugees should be resolved on priority.

He also directed that residential quarters for Kashmiri Migrants should be renovated.

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