Srinagar, Sep 26: The state government on Wednesday agreed to implement 7th pay commission for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) teachers, who have been on a hunger strike since September 3.
As per official sources, the decision came after a meeting between Governor Satyapal Malik and Teachers Joint Action Committee (TJAC) President Abdul Quyoom Wani, Advisor Khurshid Ganaie, Secretary Education Department Ajeet Kumar Sahu and, Director SSA, RMSA and Director School Education Kashmir, G N Itoo.
Following the announcement by the Advisor, who visited the protesting teachers at Pratap Park here, they called off their hunger strike in both the divisions of the state.
Addressing the teachers, Ganaie said the implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of SSA teachers would begin from this month.
He said a committee has also been constituted to look into their other demands, which include delinking of salaries from MHRD.
“Government has considered all the aspects and agreed to implement the 7th pay commission from September. The demand was in our consideration for the last two months,” he said.
“Governor personally has sought the immediate report from the committee headed by Secretary Finance with Secretary Higher Education and Secretary School Education as its members,” Ganaie said.
The Advisor to Governor said the financial implications have been delaying the implementation of 7th pay commission for teachers till now.
“We had already constituted a committee headed by Financial Secretary and Secretary Education to find solution about tackling with these financial issues. But now we have reduced these implications and all the teachers should call off their strike now,” he said.
The teachers ended their hunger strike by accepting the water offered by the advisor.
President TJAC dedicated “the success” to “the dedication” of the protesting teachers.
“During the meeting the entire issue was discussed and we firmly put our point of view before the Governor that a part of our salaries are not being released. The meeting was a positive one and Governor finally announced about the implementation of 7th pay commission,” Abdul Qayoom Wani said.
“The committee will look into the 7th pay commission amount, which was not paid to us since its implementation in April. So, with this announcement, our hunger strike culminates today.”
“We are hopeful that rest of our legitimate demands will be also met,” Wani added.
The announcement has proved to be a breather for the teachers, who chanted slogans in favour of their association.
“It was discrimination with us. But with the effort of Qayoom sahib and teacher fraternity we have finally succeeded,” said Mushtaq Ahmad a teacher.
Mehbooba red-flags ‘arming residents’ in Chenab valley
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Saturday flayed Centre and state governments for their plans to “arm civilians” in sensitive Chenab Valley saying that such attempt will set a dangerous trend.
“Reports about administration trying to arm civilians under the garb of creating Village Defence Committees in Chenab Valley are disturbing and alarming especially at the time when the government has to be inclusive to avoid further alienation of youth across the state,” Mehbooba said in a statement.
She said that similar experiments of “arming civilians” under anti-militancy grid in 90s led to “complete chaos.”
“The wounds inflicted upon the general masses due to such move are still fresh.
“In communally sensitive areas like Chenab Valley the plans are fraught with only dangerous consequences,” she said.
Mehbooba added that the union government recently had planned to wind-up all such defence committees.
“… but suddenly, they are taking a U-Turn. Not only such committees are being strengthened but even fresh arms being were issued, that too to the people with a particular political ideology,” she said.
The PDP president condemned the registration of a “false and frivolous” FIR against the party leaders including its former legislator and senior leader Firdous Tak and Youth District President Kishtwar Wasil Doolwal for seeking immediate roll back of such plans.
“The party leaders have represented the sentiments and aspirations of the people but it seems that the local administration was working under pressure from a particular political organisation. The registration of the case only speaks about the sorry state of affairs in Chenab Valley. The registration of the case seems to be a step taken under political compulsions and it should be rectified,” she said, while demanding immediate withdrawal of the case.
Monitor News Bureau
Srinagar, Jul 20: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti Saturday dissolved the party’s top decision-making Political Affairs Committee (PAC).
The move comes less than a week ahead of the PDP’s 20th foundation day anniversary scheduled to be observed on July28.
“Mehbooba Mufti has dissolved the PAC and a new body will be reconstituted in near future,” a PDP spokesman said.
While no reasons were assigned for the sudden decision of the PDP president, sources in the party said it was done in the wake of number of senior party leaders including several MLAs and former ministers quitting the party.
Those who have left the PDP include Mohammad Khalil Bandh, Altaf Bukhari, Haseeb Drabu, Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari and Abbas Wani (all former MLAs).
Cop turned drug peddler arrested
Srinagar, Jul 20: J&K Police Saturday arrested a drug peddler in Srinagar who turned out to be a cop.
A spokesperson said that Srinagar police intercepted and arrested one drug peddler at a checkpoint near Batamaloo.
The peddler, as per the police spokesperson, was identified as Mohammad Altaf Rather son of Akbar Rather resident of Panzan Chadoora.
“It is learnt that the arrested person works in Police department as Head Constable and has been accordingly placed under suspension,” the spokesperson said, adding the police seized 650 gms of charas and cash amount Rs 19,150 from his possession.
Accordingly case FIR No. 64/2019 under relevant sections of law was registered in the matter.
“He was shifted to Police Station Batamaloo where he remains in custody. One motor cycle bearing registration number JK01S-2152 also has been seized,” the spokesperson said.
The police requested people to come forward with any information regarding drug peddlers in their neighbourhood.
Drugs trap to spoil Kashmiri youth: Farooq
Srinagar, Jul 20: Member of Parliament and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah asked the youth of J&K to stay away from rising drug menace.
“The rising drug menace in Kashmir is a trap used to spoil the future of Kashmiri youth. I urge youth to stay away from it,” Farooq said while addressing a convention of NC workers at Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Farooq added that “if the special status of Jammu and Kashmir will be removed, all the presidential laws will come to an end by itself.”
Member of Parliament Hasnain Masoodi, Member of Parliament M Akber Lone, General Secretary Ali M Sagar, former MLA Handwara Choudhary M Ramzan, provincial president Nasir Alsam Wani and Sharif-ud-din Sharik were present on the occasion.