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SMC sweepers allege of working without winter gear

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Srinagar, Nov 05: The sweepers working with Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) have to work in extreme weather conditions without proper winter gear.

As the temperature in the valley has dropped drastically in last a few days, the sweepers are alleging that the corporation is not providing them any warm clothing, mask, gloves or shoes.

According to the sweepers, it is really difficult to delivering their duties in extreme cold with no arrangement to keep their bodies warm.

 

“Our day starts early in the morning irrespective of seasons. We are supposed to clear the garbage from our respective areas at an earliest. Yet, no one in top hierarchy is bothered to think if we have winter gear to keep us warm in this harsh winter,” SMC sweepers Supervisor, Lal Chowk ward, Umer Bhat told The Kashmir Monitor.

Bhat said that sometimes he provides rain coats to sweepers from his own pocket. “I cannot see them working in rain so I purchased few rain coats for them on my own.”

The supervisor alleged that department claims that they provide us with uniform but in reality they are “lying.”

He added that no one can recognize them as SMC employees.

Another sweeper, Bilal Ahmad delivering his duty at TRC said, “We work here from 6 in the morning and clean the roads and the drains, but department does not bother about our safety.”

He questioned if anyone bothers about the fact that a sweeper does not have an equipment to collect the garbage and is required to collect the dust with their bare hands. At times, it becomes immensely difficult, especially in winters, added Bilal.

Another sweeper, Tariq Ahmad rued that they have to bear a “step-motherly treatment.”

“Department is least bothered about the lower rung employees like us. We are neglected by them,” said Tariq holding long broom in his cold muddy hands.

“This is not just the story of winters only, even our summers are like this. We are not even provided with masks to protect us from the increasing pollution.”

However the officials’ claims that they provide their workers with uniform.

The Joint Commissioner SMC, Abdul Majeed Raina told The Kashmir Monitor that SMC provides them uniform, but they do not wear it.

He said that just a day before they have signed an order for purchasing winter uniform for their workers to meet their winter needs.

“The workers can come and take full uniform from the office,” assured Raina.


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People of Anantnag will defeat deceptive policies of BJP, PDP, others: Congress

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Srinagar, April 22: Asserting that people of Anantnag will defeat the divisive and wrong policies of Modi and Muftis in present elections, the J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has reiterated its appeal to people to ensure the defeat of deceptive policies on the part of PDP-BJP.

In a statement the Party spokesperson has expressed confidence that people of Anantnag will vote in large numbers against “divisive and wrong policies” adopted by PM Narinder Modi, Muftis and others, who were hell bent upon to divide people for electoral gains, but, at some time, he felt confident that they (people) have realized  how much damage has been caused to Jammu and Kashmir state in every respect by PDP-BJP unholy alliance to serve their vested interests.

Time has come to respond to their opportunist and divisive policies by ensuring their defeat in the elections, as that, will ensure peace and development in the State, Spokesperson said.

 

I would appeal the people of entire Anantnag to cast their vote in favour of Congress Party in large numbers to ensure that Communal, divisive and opportunist forces were defeated miserably.

Both PDP and BJP owe an explanation to people for betraying them and playing with their emotions for the sake of coming into the power, the spokesperson added and said the defeat of PDP-BJP in the present elections will be an appropriate response to their opportunism, exploitation and betrayal, Spokesperson said.

He said Congress Party will not allow PDP, BJP or any other political force to play with the sentiments of people for political mileage and is fully capable to defeat their designs. Congress Party has always taken care of urges and aspirations of the people in all the three regions and is fully committed to ensuring equitable development of J&K.

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Mehbooba hits out at PM over nuclear bombs remark

‘Pakistan has not kept their for Eid either’

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Srinagar, April 22: PDP president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing nuclear bombs in the political discourse, saying if India has not kept the nuclear bomb for Diwali, Pakistan has not kept its for Eid.

During a rally in Rajasthan’s Barmer Sunday, Modi had said India is no more afraid of nuclear threats of Pakistan.

“Otherwise every other day Pakistan used to give nuclear threats. What do we have? Have we kept it for ‘Diwali’? (Warna aay din nuclear button hai, ye kehte the. Hamare paas kya hai? Ye diwali ke liye rakha hai kya),” he asserted.

 

Mufti tweeted, “If India hasn’t kept nuclear bomb for Diwali, it’s obvious Pakistan’s not kept theirs for Eid either. Don’t know why PM Modi must stoop so low & reduce political discourse to this.”

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PDP demands more NEET centres in Kashmir

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Srinagar, April 22: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Monday demanded adequate number of exam centres for NEET aspirants in Kashmir so that the hardships they face by traveling outside Valley are avoided.

In a statement issued to media, PDP General Secretary Ghulam Nabi Lone Hanjura said that in view of the highway ban, inclement weather, dilapidated condition of national highway and sky rocketing airfares, the NEET aspirants are made to face immense hardships for appearing in the exams.

Hanjura said that keeping in view the predicament being witnessed by the student community at large in Kashmir Valley; it is high time for the Ministry of Human Resource Development to allot more number of NEET exam centres in Kashmir Valley so that without any hindrance Kashmiri students could appear in the exams.

 
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