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Srinagar, Sep 17: The Advisor to Governor B B Vyas Advisor today impressed upon the Nodal Officers of various Government Departments to ensure timely and outcome-based disposal of public grievances.
Reviewing the status of disposal of grievances at a meeting of the Nodal Officers at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell here today, Vyas said the people are approaching the Government with huge expectations and it is the responsibility of the administration at all levels to address their genuine grievances in a responsive and responsible manner with a sense of urgency.
Earlier, scores of delegations and individuals met the Advisor during his weekly public grievances hearing at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell here today and apprised him of their problems.
They sought intervention of the Advisor in ensuring early redressal of their grievances.
Deputations from different areas of the city including Batamaloo, HMT, Bemina, Bhagh-e-Mehtab, Hawal, Lal Bazaar projected various issues related to Housing and Urban Development sector like drainage, sewerage issues and also construction of parks and other civic facilities in their respective areas.
Advisor directed the officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Housing board and UEED to immediately redress the grievances being faced by the people and also ensure that they are provided with quality civic amenities. He directed the officers to undertake extensive on spot visits to these areas and provide the necessary feedback about the issues besides taking steps for their immediate redressal.
A delegation from Zanskar, Ladakh, highlighted various developmental needs of the area related to, rural development, health, PDD, R&B and irrigation and sought their redressal. Maintaining that development of remote areas is the priority of present administration, the Advisor assured them that all their genuine issues will be addressed in a time bound manner. He passed the necessary directions to the concerned departments to ensure their redressal to the satisfaction of the people living in these areas.
The Disaster Management Professionals working in different districts under the aegis of Disaster Management Authority sought their continuation and creation of posts.
A delegation of Ring Road land owners from Budgam sought compensation of their land at par with other districts.
A delegation of teacher aspirants raised the issue of giving separate weight age to the MED qualification in the selection of teacher posts advertised by SSB.
A deputation of Patwar association raised their service related issues with the Advisor and sought their early redressal. The Advisor assured them that all their genuine demands will be addressed.
A delegation IMPA Faculty also sought early redressal of their service issues.
The deputations of accounts assistants deputed from different corporations to various departments demanded absorption of their services in finance department.
A delegation of draftsmen working in PDD also sought redressal of their services issues.
A delegation of employees of Jammu and Kashmir state power Development Corporation raised several issues related to their corporation like posting of Chief Engineer generation and regularization of daily-wagers working there.
A delegation of newly appointed employees working in different departments called for scrapping of clauses 8,9,10 of SRO 202.
The deputation of dislocated families of I G road Haft Chinar called for undertaking necessary measures for their rehabilitation.
Several deputations of employees working on need basis in different wings of PDD, Animal Husbandry, and Municipal committees’ demanded release of their salaries.
Besides, the Advisor also met several deputations and individuals who raised various issues related to Power, Housing and Urban, Finance, and Relief. He passed directions to the concerned to ensure their time-bound redressal.
While interacting with the deputations, the Advisor assured them the necessary instructions already stand passed to the administration to ensure the prompt redressal of grievances of the people, so that they do not suffer for want of quality services and civic amenities.
MLC Vikram Randhawa also called on the Advisor.


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Dearth of NEET SS centres in Kashmir: Candidates in fix, urge Guv to intervene

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Srinagar, May 23: Hundreds of doctors appearing in the upcoming National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Super Speciality (NEET SS) examinations from Kashmir are in a fix as the dearth of examination centres in the valley will force them to choose a centre outside the region or state.

NEET SS 2019 is a Super Speciality national-level exam being conducted by National Board of Examinations to offer admission in DM/MCh courses.

The exam is scheduled on 28 June in online mode and the registration has already started from 8 May.

 

The candidates from Kashmir, however, are unhappy by the “lackadaisical attitude” of the authorities in failing to get sufficient number of examination centres allotted to the valley. 

A doctor who is appearing in the exam said that last year almost 90 percent of the candidates were accommodated in examination centres in Kashmir but this time hardly 15 percent have been allotted valley-based centres.

“They have allotted only one centre for DM/MCh candidates here. Not more than 15 percent have got the examination centre in the valley. Majority of the candidates will have to travel outside the valley to sit in the exams,” the doctor said wishing not to be quoted by name.

He added that as most of these candidates are working in the various hospitals of the valley, they will have to take at least three days’ leave to travel out of Kashmir and sit in the exams.

“As a result, the hospitals will face a deficiency of staff,” he said.

The doctor appealed the J&K Governor to take up the issue with the NEET SS organisers.

Last week, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) too had taken note of this concern and had urged Governor Satya Pal Malik to take up the matter with the appropriate authorities.

“It is very unfortunate that every time we are made to beg to authorities to get sufficient number of examination centres to Kashmir so that our candidates are not made to suffer but it seems that our demands are falling to deaf ears,” Dr Suhail Naik, president DAK had said in a statement.

Atul Dulloo, Principal Secretary Health and Medical Education told The Kashmir Monitor that the doctors “should have informed the authorities about it when they were applying for the courses.”

“Now, they are coming up at the eleventh hour. We will still raise the issue with the concerned authorities and see what can be done,” he said.

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City areas waterlogged, again; SMC, works dept in slumber

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Srinagar, May 23: Once again a short-spell of rain submerged several city roads, exposing the faulty drainage system in Srinagar.

As predicted by the local meteorological department, the majority of the plains in Kashmir, Thursday witnessed a heavy downpour.

Soon, roads in Srinagar including the city-centre Lal Chowk and its adjoining areas were clogged with rainwater as the drainage system gave up within an hour or so of the rainfall.

 

Neither Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) nor Public Works Department has, in recent years, been able to resolve the issue which, time and again causes inconvenience to commuters and the business community.

Apart from Lal Chowk and its surrounding areas, those that witnessed water-logging included Karanagar, Nawabazar, Jahangir Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Gogji Bagh, Bemina, Mehjoor Nagar, Residency Road, Hazuri Bagh, Rambagh, Shalteng, and Batamaloo.

Pedestrians were seen saving their clothes from water splashed on them whenever any vehicles drove through the flooded roads.

Abdul Ahad, a pedestrian while walking near Hari Singh High Street was so annoyed that he started abusing the authorities for failing to permanently resolve the public issue.

Bikers were seen holding up their legs while driving through several inches of water on the intersection between Residency Road and MA Road here.

Rains had also made driving dangerous as the depth of water-filled potholes was impossible to predict for the motorists.

The overall public movement in the city was hindered to a large extent.

No employee of SMC or the Works Department was seen on the field.

Even after repeated attempts to contact them, no officer from SMC or Works Department was available for their comments.

In February, the then Executive Engineer Drainage, SMC, Muzaffar Kakroo had claimed to complete 80% of drainage infrastructure.

He had even said that “complete infrastructure of drainage system across Srinagar along with the water disposal infrastructure will be completed in the month of May-August 2019.”

Seeing the state of drainage on Thursday, it was safe to say that the same had not been achieved.

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Mir lauds NC for winning all three seats in Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 23: Reacting to the poll outcome of just concluded Parliamentary Elections 2019, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A. Mir hailed the rank and file of Congress Party for working tirelessly in just concluded 2019 elections and accepted the peoples’ verdict.

Mir also lauded NC for winning all three Lok Sabha Seats in Kashmir valley.

In a statement issued, the JKPCC President G.A. Mir has hailed the rank and file of Congress Party for fighting the 2019 Parliamentary Elections with great enthusiasm and said Congress cadres across the State fought well and they deserve all applause. Mir also thanked the people for voting in favour of Congress Party especially in South Kashmir who despite the unfavourable situation exercised their franchise adding that he accepts the peoples’ verdict with humility and respect.

 

“These elections were fight between the secular and communal forces in the country in which Congress party fought with great vigor and vitality, it will continue its fight against communal, fascist forces and their agenda,” Mir said. He said that Congress party will also continue to remain steadfast to serve the people to the best of its ability, besides ensuring equitable development of all the three regions of the JK.

Am happy that PC is second highest voter taker in Valley: Sajad

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Srinagar, May 23: People’s Conference president Sajad Lone has congratulated Narendra Modi for his historic second term and also thanked the voters who voted for PC.

He said that he was happy that PC has got second highest votes in the Valley.

“I thank all those who came out and voted. Win and loss r two sides of the same coin. M happy that PC is the second highest vote getter in the valley.”

“Congratulation to @narendramodi for a historic second term.” (

Altaf Bukhari congratulates Farooq Abdullah for his win

Srinagar, May 23: Former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Thursday congratulated the National Conference especially its president Dr Farooq Abdullah for winning Lok Sabha elections.  Bukhari also extended felicitations to Narendra Modi and BJP leadership for achieving a historic mandate on the second consecutive time in the country. 

In a statement issued here, Bukhari observed: “We must respect peoples verdict. There is yearning for change in Jammu and Kashmir. It is time for other parties to introspect for their dismal performance.”

He said the poll results in Kashmir indicate the electorate’s desire for a change. “For BJP leadership my earnest appeal would be to review its policies and try to reach out to the bruised psyche of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he remarked.

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