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SAC dispenses with oral test for selection of 400 Vets

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Jammu, Dec 7: To fast track recruitment and bring in more transparency in the overall selection process, the State Administrative Council (SAC) the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the proposal of dispensing with oral test for selection against the newly created posts of Veterinary Assistant Surgeons.  The recruitment to these posts will now be done on the basis of written tests only.

Pertinently, the SAC in its meeting held on 12 September 2018 had accorded sanction to the creation of 400 posts of Veterinary Assistant Surgeons in the Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department for selection through JKPSC in a phased manner.

The SAC had further asked the Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department to examine as to whether the recruitment against these newly created posts can be conducted on the basis of written tests only.

 

The fast-track and transparent recruitment to these posts will fulfil the long pending demand for regularization of Animal & Sheep Husbandry trial centres besides infusing fresh professional talent in the Department for maintaining health & welfare of animals, thereby, enhancing mutton, milk & poultry production in the State.

 

Approves Nuclear Medicine Dept for GMC Jammu

Jammu, Dec 9: To strengthen the Cancer care services at the tertiary level, the State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik accorded sanction to the establishment of a separate Nuclear Medicine Department in Government Medical College (GMC), Jammu along with creation of 13 posts of various categories including 05 posts of faculty members, 03 posts of Registrar/ Medical Officer and 05 posts of Paramedical staff.

It is pertinent to mention that the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS)– “National Programme for prevention and control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke (NPCDCS)”  sanctioned two State Cancer Institutes’ (SCIs) in J&K, one in SKIMS Soura and other in GMC, Jammu. SKIMS Soura has received the 1st instalment of Rs 47.25 Crore for establishment of SCI.

To make SCI functional at GMC Jammu, establishment of Nuclear Medicine Department was mandatory so that funds under various components of the scheme are sanctioned by the Government of India including for procurement and installation of PET Scan Machine in GMC, Jammu.

Establishment of a Cancer care service at GMC Jammu will enable the patients undergo tests and treatment within the State for which otherwise they had to travel outside State much to their inconvenience and incurring large travel and treatment expenditure.

 

Approves addt’l staff to augment maternity centre Zakura

Jammu, Dec 9: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal MaliK approved creation of additional 14 posts of various categories including 02 posts of Medical Officers and 12 posts of paramedical /other staff to strengthen Maternity Centre Zakura, Srinagar to enable it to function on 24×7 basis.

There was a persistent demand from the public to make Maternity Centre Zakura, Srinagar functional on 24×7 basis.  Accordingly, the Department started infrastructure development works at Maternity Centre Zakura under which a new building has been constructed which is nearing completion. However, the manpower shortage remained a concern and therefore, SAC approved the creation of additional staff for the said hospital so that the healthcare services are delivered effectively.

SAC also approved upgradation of the Sub Centre at Utterbani, Block Purmandal, Jammu to the level of Primary Health Centre (PHC) along with creation of 09 posts of various categories including 01 post of Medical Officer and 08 posts of Paramedical/other staff.

Utterbani is a religious place where large number of pilgrims visit throughout the year particularly during the Amavasyas (every month), Kumb Mela, Chetra Choudhas (annually) and Maha Shiv Ratri.  On an average, 300-350 pilgrims visit the holy shrine on daily basis.

Owing to religious significance of the place and rush of pilgrims and public, there was a persistent demand from the locals to upgrdade the said Sub Centre to the level of PHC, which the SAC approved today.


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Stopping of trucks on Sgr-Jmu highway: Mutton, fruits, vegetables dealers suffer huge losses

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Srinagar, Apr 23: The mutton, vegetable and fruit dealers Tuesday claimed that they have suffered losses worth crores due to routine stopping of vehicles carrying these items by the traffic police on Srinagar- Jammu national highway.

The dealers said that trucks carrying livestock and other items are being stopped at various junctions on highway without any reason.

As per the dealers, the practice is prevalent from a long time, resulting in the escalation in the prices of essential commodities including mutton, vegetables and fruits.

 

General Secretary, All Kashmir Mutton Dealers Association (AKMDA), Kashmir, Mehraj-ud-din Ganie said that for the last three months, the truckers ferrying livestock to the valley are facing difficulties while travelling on Jammu-Srinagar national highway.

“For the last almost one week, 150-200 trucks have been stopped at Udhampur’s Jakhani area, resulting in loss to the tune of Rs 1 crore daily to the mutton industry, “he said.

Ganie added that “we have nothing to sell as our stocks are over.”

“We have taken advance from the customers, who require mutton for marriage purpose. We were not able to give consignments to them. If stock didn’t reach at an earliest, we won’t be able to provide consignments for next two days as well, “he said.

President, Jammu and Kashmir Goods Transport Companies Association (JKGTCA), Mohammad Sidiq Ronga admitted that truckers are being stopped for no reason.

“Attempts are being made to shatter our economy. The traffic police are stopping our trucks everyday. Usually trucks carrying goods reach Kashmir from Delhi in 24 hours but now it takes three to four days,”he said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Traffic, J&K, Alok Kumar said that “landslides at Manki Morh have been causing disruption in the traffic movement.”

“Earlier, we allowed traffic to move towards Kashmir but it resulted in congestion .Once congestion is over, we would allow them to proceed, “he said.

Meanwhile, traders at Fruit Mandi Parimpora are planning to go indefinite strike from Monday 29.

The Mandi comprises more than 300 shops and around 3000 people are directly associated with it for earning their livelihood.

President, New Kashmir fruit Association Parimpora Bashir Ahmad said that they have called an indefinite strike from Monday 29. “Every day our fruit and vegetables- laden vehicles are stopped unnecessarily in Udhampur by police. Fruits have short life and get destroyed due to stopping of our vehicles on highway. We understand that Losses are inflicted deliberately, the president claimed.

He said that though they raised the issue many times with the top authorities but no heed has been paid in this regard. “Now we have decided to shut our business till our problem won’t be resolved,”

He said that they are not satisfied with the assurances given by the government and therefore they have decided to go for strike.

He claimed that due to unnecessary stopping of vehicles, the traders at fruit mandi are losing crores every month. “Deliberately our trucks are being stopped in the Udhampur region. We have seen that when a truck offers money to the police, only then they allow them to move towards Kashmir,” Bashir Ahmad claimed.

He further alleged that even on Sunday when traffic was not allowed on highway, they received several vegetable and fruit- laden trucks from Jammu, and “they told us that they paid money to the police who later allowed them to move”.

Sources said that supply of vegetables and fruits could be hit, triggering a price rise, if the strike begins and continues.

The supply of vegetables, fruits such as onions, Potato, Mangoes, oranges, Grapes, chillies, cauliflower, cabbage and tomatoes is largely dependent on this mandi.

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ECI’s assurances over fool-proof security have fallen flat: Mir

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Srinagar April 23: Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President and party candidate from Anantnag parliamentary constituency, G A Mir Tuesday conveyed his gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag and hoped that the people of other districts will follow suit with great enthusiasm.

In a statement issued Mir also expressed serious concern over the lack of security arrangements in Anantnag, saying that the fool-proof security as was assured by the ECI were not visible on the ground, describing it as a lack of concern on the part of ECI.

Mir has expressed gratitude to voters for participating in polling in Anantnag, saying that he was pleased to observe that the day has passed incident free, which was matter of enormous pleasure for Congress party.

 

Taking a jibe at ECI for lack of security arrangements in the district during polling, Mir said the required security arrangements were not seen on the ground in the Anantnag. The assurances of ECI with regard to fool-proof security arrangements have fallen flat, which was a matter of serious concern and should not be repeated in coming phases in South Kashmir, he said.

Mir urged upon the ECI to look into the security aspect of south Kashmir and ensure that fool-proof security arrangements are put in place to ensure free, fair and incident free elections, he added.

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Geelani’s son questioned by NIA in funding case

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New Delhi, Apr 23: Nayeem Geelani, son of Syed Ali Shah Geelani, appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to funding of groups and separatist organisations in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said here.

Nayeem Geelani, who had been evading questioning by the NIA for long, appeared on Monday and a detailed questioning took place on Tuesday.

Geelani’s questioning comes days after the NIA quizzed moderate Hurriyat Conference chief Mirwaiz Umer Farooq in connection with the same case. The NIA probe seeks to identify the chain of players behind the financing of militant activities, stone pelting on security forces, burning down of schools and damaging of government establishments.

 

The case names Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front for the banned Lashker-e-Taiba, as an accused. It also names organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and the Mirwaiz, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Dukhtaran-e-Millat.

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