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Regularisation of Under-Grad SSA teachers:Committee yet to submit its recommendations to Govt

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Srinagar, May 17: Despite elapsing six months, the Governor Administration has remained indecisive about the conversion of the under graduate erstwhile SSA teachers. The inordinate delay has left the teachers in a state of distress and great despair.
The graduate SSA teachers into teacher Grade II cadre were converted on basis of the recommendation of an official panel. Later, the same panel was given an extension of one month on December 25 and was entrusted to examine the issue of undergraduate SSA teachers for their conversion Grade II teachers.
The same committee had earlier given recommendation to regularise erstwhile SSA teachers possessing graduation as their minimum qualification.
However, the aggrieved under-graduate teachers who are working in the department for past more than 13 years said the government has remained indecisive about their conversion into Grade II, creating uncertainty among the left out lot.
“The committee was supposed to complete the process by one month, but till date there has been communication between the government and the committee,” said Hilal Ahmad a teacher from Kupwara district. He accused the government of putting the issue at the back burner.
They said over 7000 undergraduate teachers have been left out by the governor administration after it issued State Administrative Council (SAC) decision for regularisation of graduate SSA teachers, RMSA masters and head-teachers.
“We fail to understand why government is delaying the process. Government has disowned us despite utilising our services in schools and by deputing for other non-teaching jobs at time of election or census,” Adil Hamid, an aggrieved teacher from Anantnag, said.
They said a major chunk of under graduate teachers are at the verge of retirement and can’t go for graduation course at the present stage. “It is not only SSA teachers but in past department has recruited under graduate teachers through SSRB selection.
They are working without any stress and there is no condition set for them to enhance qualification as graduate. Government has victimised only SSA teachers,” the teachers said.
In 2018, the governor administration accorded sanction for creation of teacher grade-II cadre with effect from September 2018 in school education department for filling these posts by regularised Rehbar-e-Taleem (ReT) teachers with a graduate degree from a recognised university. Under-graduate teachers were not considered for the same and their issue is still lingering with the department.
Secretary school education department, Sarita Chauhan said the department is working on the conversion of undergraduate teachers into Grade II cadre. “The issue has not been shelved but we are at it. Committee has already convened a meeting and second meeting is likely to be convened in coming week,” she said. (KNO)


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Guv admin concerned over slow pace of developmental works

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Srinagar, May 25: Expressing serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration has directed the heads of departments to remove the bottlenecks for the execution of the works at the earliest.
Funds worth cores of rupees lapse annually due to its non-utilization in the state.
Despite clear directions for the timely utilization of funds, the developmental works suffer mainly due to the lackadaisical approach of the authorities.
An official document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the Advisors to Governor, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary to Finance Department, in a meeting with the administrative secretaries, expressed serious concern over the slow pace of developmental works.
“Principal Secretary expressed concern regarding the pace of expenditure during the first month of current financial, primarily due to the Model Code of Conduct. He emphasized the need to catch up with the lost time,” the document reads.
The Advisors directed all the administrative secretaries and deputy commissioners to point out “issues faced by them” in execution of the works in a time-bound manner.
Chief Secretary directed the deputy commissioners to identify causes of delay in the works in consultation with all the departments and resolve the problems.
“All the Advisors stated that allotment of works on nomination was highly undesirable. Principal Secretary Finance stated that such practice defeats the purpose of actual discovery of price and is against norms and canons of financial propriety, and should be strictly avoided,” the document reads.
Officials also pointed out that the bills are not being furnished on time for the incomplete projects. This was viewed seriously by the senior officers and administrative secretaries were requested to own up these works at the earliest.
Sources said the dismal performance under PMDP was also viewed seriously and departments were advised to identify and remove bottlenecks so that works under the project are executed on time.
Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Arun Kumar Mehta, also wrote to the district development commissioners to furnish the yearly district action plans.
“All district development commissioners shall initiate tendering process immediately after the end of model code of conduct to ensure that process is completed before March 31. The annual maintenance contract should be based on the rate of contract as per laid down rules and regulations,” the order reads.

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Kashmir University: Sunday exams as per schedule, Monday’s postponed

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Srinagar, May 25: All Kashmir university examinations to be conducted on Sunday will be held as per the schedule while the examinations scheduled for Monday have been postponed, said an official of university.
“All the examinations scheduled on Sunday will be as per schedule. However, the examinations scheduled on Monday have been postponed and will be held on 29 June now,” Controller Examination, Professor Farooq Mir told The Kashmir Monitor.
“We learnt that due to the internet blockade, students were not able to download their admit cards, so we have rescheduled examinations that were held on Monday,” he said.
Kashmir observed a complete shutdown for two day following the death of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Chief, Zakir Musa on Friday morning. Authorities had imposed restrictions in various parts of the valley and closed all the educational institution will remain till Sunday.

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Restore administrative seniority as per recruitment rules: DAK to Govt

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Srinagar, May 25: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Saturday welcomed the steps taken by the administrative department of Health and Medical Education (H&ME) department regarding restoration of administrative seniority in health department.
In a statement, DAK spokesperson said the decisions “will instill new energy and confidence among medical officers and consultants.”
“Even though the pace in restoration of administrative seniority is slow, doctors across the state hope that the steps so initiated in last couple of months will be taken to the logical end,” the spokesperson said.
President, DAK, Dr Suhail Naik, as per the spokesperson, said that that the Association has, time and again, demanded the restoration of administrative seniority in health department as per regulations drafted strictly in recruitment rules for appointing such officers.
“In peripheral hospitals it has been observed that it becomes difficult for senior doctors to work under administrative officers, who are junior to them, which leads to indiscipline and unworthy work culture,” Dr Naik was quoted saying by the DAK spokesperson.
The spokesperson said it has been brought into the notice of DAK that some junior doctors “for their vested interests are using their relatives to garner support in front of higher ups so that they can be again re-appointed as administrators in health department.”
“We request the authorities that neither any relative of any doctor nor the general public must influence or interfere in appointing any junior doctor as administrator, this cannot be accepted nor tolerated,” the DAK spokesperson said.
DAK urged Advisor, K Vijay Kumar and Principal Secretary Attal Dullo to further look into the matter and bring some pace in restoration of Administrative Seniority in Health Department as per recruitment rules so that this long pending demand of the doctors is met once for all.

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