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‘Regularised’ KGBV teachers demand new posts

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Srinagar, Feb 14: Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) teachers have not yet been appointed on new posts, even as the government claimed 18 months ago that it had “regularised the teachers’ services”.
The School Education Department had in July 2016 said that it utilised the vacancies in the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) schools to regularise the services of the KGBV teachers.
However, State President KGBV Teachers Forum, Mymoona Khan, said that, despite the order, they have been working at the KGBVs with only their salaries released by the SSA.
“We have not been shifted to the SSA schools yet,” she added. “While the government regularised some of the KGBV teachers, the files of several teachers, who have submitted them to the Directorate of School Education Kashmir in March, are still pending.”
“This only happens in Kashmir. In Jammu, every single KGBV teacher is regularised after applying at the Jammu directorate,” she said.
Saying that the posts in the SSA to be occupied by the KGBV teachers were “still vacant”, a teacher said, “Contractual staff shall have been appointed in the KGBV schools to relieve the regularised teachers”.
“The teachers are still serving at the KGBVs.  Although the govt claims that deputation of teachers has been done away with, these mainstreamed teachers who serve at the KGBVs on the basis of deputation contradicts the authorities’ claims,” the teacher said.
“If the KGBV teachers were really mainstreamed, they should have been posted in the SSA schools and the vacancies thus created at the KGBVs should have been fulfilled through a contractual staff, which would be funded by the central government. This would also ease the burden on the state government,” added the teacher.
A top official in the School Education Department said the regularisation of the KGBV teachers “is not possible” as the latter were not in the state’s domain and were “appointed by the centre’s KGBV society”.
“If the KGBV teachers are really to be regularised, the government would have to create special posts for them,” the official added.
Director School Education Kashmir, G N Itoo could not be contacted for comments over the matter as he denied calls made by this reporter.


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Violence against Kashmiri students, traders shameful, unacceptable: NC

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Srinagar, Feb 20: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has termed the enduring incidents of violence, intimidation and harassment of Kashmiri students, professionals and families putting up across the country as unacceptable saying that the culprits must be nabbed and brought to justice.

Party’s provincial spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar while expressing concern on the unremitting attacks on Kashmiris as deplorable said, “Such attacks are a physical manifestation of the hate mongering being perpetuated against Kashmiris on social media networks. The assertions of the governor of Meghalaya Tathagatha Roy have also come as a surprise to us. Inevitably what he and other s are saying will inevitably vitiate the atmosphere and provoke the lumpen elements to intimidate the innocent Kashmiris across the country,” adding “The assertions of Mr. Roy does not behoove the constitutional position which he holds. His assertions are of grave concern and should not be taken as impel bout of anger. Similarly there are others who are openly calling for boycott of Kashmiri students and traders. This smear campaign against a community has put lives of innocent Kashmiris at risk.”

Imran said that Kashmiris have been at the receiving end of the violence born out of the impending conflict. “The bullying, harassment and intimidation elsewhere in the country will push the already distressed people of Kashmir to wall. By denying safe spaces to Kashmiris across the country to pursue their vocations, the lumpen fringe is explicitly telling them that they have no prospects elsewhere in the country.”

 

Imran maintained that the party president Dr Farooq Abdullah is personally overseeing the relief measures of the party following some incidents of targeted violence against Kashmiris in Jammu. “The party leadership is in touch with various state chief ministers to ensure the safety and security of the Kashmiris putting up outside state,” he said adding, “however nothing substantial has been done towards providing our people a sense of security. The incidents of violence are unremittingly going on.”

Imran while castigating the laid-back attitude of the GOI in ensuring safety of Kashmiris said, “No strong word of condemnation has come from the central government against the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris. The all party meet too was rather mute on the unjustified attacks on Kashmiris across the country. On the country senior ministers are denying any attack on Kashmiri students.”

While censuring certain media channels on harboring hate against the Kashmiri, he said, “Certain sections of media have also been fanning passions of the people. By creating alternate realities by mixing hate with rhetoric, certain sections of media have also done great disservice to the unity of the country,” he said.

Imran while seeking an immediate seize to the ongoing attacks on Kashmiris urged GoI and State governments across the country to ensure that people who are involved in the incidents of arson are arrested and persecuted. “The incumbent governor administration has failed to ensure the safety of Kashmiris in Jammu, given the fact that the policing, law and order comes under the effective control of state,” he said adding, “ the central government is duty bound to provide safety and security to all. The GOI cannot shut its eyes towards their constitutional obligations.”

 

 

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BJP brazenly trying to gain political mileage out of Pulwama attack: Congress

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Srinagar, Feb 20: Describing the current situation in Jammu and elsewhere in the Country in the wake of recent Pulwama episode as extremely disturbing, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has expressed grave concern over the intimidation of students and other citizens from the valley putting up in different States.

He also said that BJP is brazenly trying to gain electoral mileage out of the unfortunate Pulwama incident.

In a statement issued to media, G.A. Mir reiterated that Govt of India has miserably failed to restore sense of security among the people, urging that more effective measures need to be taken to ensure safety of people especially the students and businessmen living in other parts of the valley.

 

The Centre Govt has miserably failed to restore calm, rather the lack of interest in dispersing the crisis on its part has added problems to the already complex situation in Jammu and other parts of the Country, for which BJP first then Centre Govt is directly responsible, he said.

He lashed out at BJP for fishing in troubled waters, saying that it is the BJP RSS which is fanning the fire aiming to serve their dirty political ends, but at the same time, G.A Mir felt confident that handful of troublemaking forces won’t be able to control the entire democratic system in the country, he warned of serious consequences in case they do not mend their ways.

He said the security of people should be of a paramount importance for the Centre and no one should have been allowed to intimidate the innocent people especially students who are studying in different parts of the country, emphasizing that stern action must be initiated against those vitiating peaceful atmospheres in the country to serve their vested interests.

Hundreds of students from the State have almost completed their studies and were preparing for final examination, but the intimidation is forcing them to leave their studies, which is a matter of grave concern, he added and urged upon both State & Centre Govt to take more effective measures to restore confidence among the students and businessmen from valley, besides the College authorities in different be directed to ensure every facility enabling them (students) to complete their studies.

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EJAC to protest on Feb 27 against suspension of employees

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Srinagar, Feb 20: Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) has decided to stage a protest against the government for suspending two of employees who as per them raised their voice against the corruption.

EJAC leaders told media that ULB Employees United Forum had raised their voice against the corruption but the leadership of the forum was suspended.

“It is unfortunate that those who raise concern and voice against the corrupted officers are being suspended,” EJAC said.

 

Meanwhile, EJAC under the leadership of its acting president Fayaz Ahmad Shabnum has decided to stage protest on February 27 at Srinagar’s Press Colony against the suspension of two employees.

However, they said EJAC will launch agitation in case the demands of union are not met.

The employees association also appealed Governor led administration to constitute a committee to verify the involvement of officers in corruption.

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