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RReT issue: Job aspirants stage protest against SAC decision

Claim decision will affect future employment prospects of JK’s educated youth





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.




Violence against Kashmiri students, traders shameful, unacceptable: NC



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



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



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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