Srinagar, Feb 4: Demanding revocation of the recent State Administrative Council’s (SAC) decision of adjusting Regularized Rehbar-e Taleem teachers (RReTs) in the cadre of general line teachers, scores of unemployed youth on Monday staged a protest here claiming the decision will affect their future employment prospects.
“We have come here to protest against the SAC’s decision where they have given a roadmap for the adjustment of RReTs. By the decision, degree holders like us will have less or no chance of getting employment because no recruitment will take place in next 20 years,” said an aspirant.
Chanting slogans against Governor Administration, the protesters were holding banners in their hands which read, “we want justice” and “revoke SAC decision save our future”.
Recently, SAC, under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik, in December 2018, had approved the action plan devised by the committee, setup in August 2018, for the adjustment of RReT teachers who were working under ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ – a centrally sponsored scheme into one regular teaching cadre so that all the teachers shall get regular salary at a time.
Another protestor said, “Whenever we get a new government, there is always a manifesto of ending unemployment but I think they are planning to end unemployed not unemployment by these policies.”
Dr. Hilal Qazi, who is doing a post doctorate from Kashmir University, said that it had come to their notice that the RETs would be regularized in the lecturers’ cadre. “If you have to recruit the undergraduates and graduates through these policies without any screening then what is the fun of us pursing our PhDs then? We appeal the Governor to ‘rethink’ about this decision,” Qazi said.
He further said that the Universities and Colleges should be closed then if RETs are regularised like this.
Danish, a political science student claiming to have qualified National Eligibility Test (NET), said “RET teachers are like our brothers and sisters. We don’t have any animosity with them but decisions like these are affecting us. Why was PM in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ wishing cricket bats and laptops to be in the hands of Kashmiri youth then? Policies like these are responsible for the radicalization of youth.”
The aspirants collectively appealed the Governor administration to revoke the policy as soon as possible so that the future of young generation, who wants to excel in academics, is also benefitted.
The Kashmir Monitor tried to contact to the concerned Higher Education Department officials but despite repeated attempts nobody received the call.
DC Shopian suspends two forest officials
Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.
Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties.
Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.
He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.
Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami
Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.
“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.
“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.
He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.
“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.
Dir Gen IMD meets Guv
Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.
Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.