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School, college exams to begin by Oct end

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Srinagar, Oct 9: Advisor to Governor, Farooq Khan Wednesday chaired a meeting to review the preparedness for the smooth conduct of forthcoming annual examinations of 10th, 11th and 12th classes in Kashmir and winter zone of Jammu division.

The Advisor directed the J&K Board of School Education (JKBOSE) Chairman to work out a detailed schedule for the smooth conduct of board examinations. He emphasised the need for proper coordination between the JKBOSE authorities, police and civil administration to ensure the hassle-free examinations.

The Chairperson informed that the examinations for 10th and 12th classes are likely to start from the last week of October. The detailed instructions will be issued to the supervisory staff for collecting of necessary material related to the exams from concerned police stations in accordance with the date sheet, classes etc to avoid any kind of pilferage.

 

The concerned Superintendents Examination shall deposit the answer book/packets in proper seal cover with respective police stations which shall be later collected by the BOSE staff, apprised the Chairperson.

The meeting noted that Section 144 will be imposed around all examination centres and adequate deployment of police personnel shall be made to avoid public interference in order to uphold the sanctity of the examinations. The Police department shall also ensure facility of communication and transmission of urgent messages during the course of examinations.

Commissioner/Secretary School Education, Sarita Chouhan, Chairperson JKBOSE, VeenaPandita, Director School Education, Kashmir, Mohammad Younis, Director School Education, Jammu, Anuradha Gupta and other senior officers were present in the meeting.

College exams to commence from October last week

In order to save the academic year of students, Advisor to Governor, Khursheed Ahmad Ganai Wednesday impressed upon the authorities to ensure the conduct of all ensuing University examinations before the onset of winters.

The directions came during a review meeting held today with the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and the Secretary Higher Education Department.

During the meeting, it was noted with satisfaction that the students are regularly visiting the Colleges for collecting study material and handouts about their subject curriculum.

The Advisor instructed to impress upon all College Principals to ensure providing of study material for the uncovered portion of syllabus to the students by 15th October 2019 so as to enable them prepare for the forth coming examinations.

The University authorities assured that the pending papers of the semester-IV 2017 Batch students as well as Semester 1st (2019 batch students) shall be conducted from the last week of October 2019.  The Advisor also directed that the work on the practicals of the various Science Subjects should be prioritized and completed well before the commencement of theory examinations considering that Laboratory oriented practical work has always been an essential part of all academic transactions.

He further underlined the need of ensuring all facilitation to the students to enable them towards completing their courses within the stipulated academic calendars.

On the occasion, the Divisional Commissioner assured the University and College authorities that students shall be facilitated in all ways including transport and utilization of Internet facility at IT kiosks at offices of concerned deputy commissioners to enable them for a time bound completion of their degrees.     It was also informed that all the PG exams of the Cluster University Srinagar shall be conducted in the first week of November while as study material to all the under graduate students of the University shall be issued through the Principals of the respective constituent colleges from 15th of October 2019


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Govt directs DCs, SSPs to provide security to Panchayat members

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Srinagar, Oct 22: Waking up to militant threats, Jammu and Kashmir government has directed district development commissioners and district police chiefs to provide security cover to Panches and Sarpanches during their visit to respective constituencies. 

The Kashmir Monitor had broken the story about Panchayat members’ reluctance to visit their constituencies due to alleged militant threats.

A top source in the divisional commissioner Kashmir’s office said Sarpanches and Panches have told government that they are scared to visit their constituencies.

 

“They have told the government they live under constant fear and are unable to review the developmental works,” he said.

Sensing danger, the government directed district development commissioners and district police chiefs to make adequate security plan for Panches and Sarpanches during their visit to constituencies.

“Prior to their visit, they have to inform the concerned SHOs so that necessary security arrangements are put in place,” the source added.

Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, and Security, Munir Ahmad Khan, said directives have gone to DCs and SSPs to ensure security of Panches and Sarpanches.

“Wherever they (Panches and Sarpanches) need security, they can approach concerned SSPs and DCs. They have been assured of security cover when they intend to visit their respective constituencies,” Khan told The Kashmir Monitor.

Centre has announced to release Rs 3700 crore for Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir, of which around Rs 1000 crore stand released so far.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently stressed for empowerment of Panchayats in Jammu and Kashmir.

 Panchayats, in addition to being involved in the selection of eligible beneficiaries for various government welfare schemes, can get Rs 50 lakh-80 lakh per year for implementation of key national schemes such as the National Health Mission, Samagra Shiksha, etc.

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ACB registers 60 cases in 2019: Top babus, politicians under investigation for graft

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Srinagar, Oct 22:  Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has gone whole hog against corrupt politicians and government officials and registered 60 cases under different anti-graft laws in 2019 across Jammu and Kashmir.

Official details accessed by The Kashmir Monitor reveal that the ACB has registered 29 cases in Kashmir and 31 in Jammu in 2019 so far. Some of the cases have been registered against top politicians and bureaucrats in the state.

Cases were registered against deputy mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation, J&K Bank and government officials for “illegal appropriation of subsidy with inflated project cost for establishment of CA storage at Lassipora, Pulwama”.

 

The anti-graft has also registered a case against former chairman of the bank for allegedly misusing his position. A case has also been registered against former Director Archives and Archaeology Department for allegedly misusing his position by ordering enhancement of consolidated wages without authorization.  

A case has also been registered against former directors of Rural Development Department Jammu for allegedly misusing official position and causing loss to state exchequer. The anti-graft body has also registered a case against former Managing Director JAKFED for misuse of official position.  It has registered a case against a Naib Tehsildar in Srinagar for allegedly misuse of official position.

The anti-graft body has registered a case against former senior town planner and former commissioner municipal corporation Jammu.  They have been booked for alleged criminal misconduct, abuse and misuse of their official position as public servants.

The ACB has also booked Divisional Manager of State Forest Corporation (SFC) Udhampur in a graft case. A case has also been registered against former Assistant Commissioner Development, Rajouri on corruption charges.

Last year, Governor Administration set up ACB to combat corruption in Jammu and Kashmir.  Later The ACB was given more teeth to take on highly influential people.

An official of ACB said that there are complaints against several top government officials for their involvement in corruption. “Some are still at an initial stage and action would be taken in next few weeks,” he said

Governor Satya Pal Malik had said that “Anti-Corruption Bureau won’t spare anyone even those who are part of big political parties.”

Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam had said the establishment of ACB would do away with the shortcomings and multiplicity of roles in the existing anti-corruption mechanism operational in the state.

“The ACB has been empowered. It is as powerful as CBI. The government has strengthened the ACB so it acts against powerful people,” he had said.

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Govt employees of UTs of J&K, Ladakh to get all 7th CPC allowances from October 31

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 22: The Union government on Tuesday issued orders announcing that the employees of the new Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh — will get salaries and other benefits as per the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission from October 31.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the proposal of payment of all 7th CPC allowances to the government employees of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, which shall come into existence from October 31, 2019.

The move will benefit 4.5 lakh government employees who are working in the existing state of Jammu and Kashmir and will become the employees of UT of J&K and UT of Ladakh from 31 October 2019.

 

The annual financial implications of 7th CPC allowances like Children Education Allowance, Hostel Allowance, Transport Allowance, LTC, Fixed Medical Allowance etc in respect of 4.5 lakh government employees of existing State of J&K shall be Rs 4800 crore tentatively.

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