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Streamline JK’s teaching cadre:SAC approves switchover of SSA teachers to regular cadre

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Jammu, Dec 9: In a land mark decision aimed at streamlining the teaching cadre in Jammu and Kashmir, the State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the Action Pan recommended by the Committee constituted vide G.O No 1263-GAD of 2018, Dated 13.08.2018.

The Committee was mandated to devise a comprehensive strategy to review the issues of all school teachers in the School Education department including those funded under the on-going Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ (SSA) and suggest possible solutions

Over the years, School Education department has been facing immense difficulties due to multiple cadres of teachers, requirement of additional funds to meet out salary of both SSA and RMSA teaching faculty and a host of other related issues, which were directly or indirectly impacting upon the quality of education in Government run schools and leading to avoidable chaos and confusion among the teaching fraternity.

 

To address the issue in its right perspective and humanely, the State Government constituted a Committee vide G.O No 1263-GAD of 2018, Dated 13.08.2018.

The Committee submitted its recommendations in the form of an Action Plan to the Government. The SAC considered the departmental proposal based on the recommendations of the Committee and broadly accepted the Action Plan proposed by the Committee.

The SAC approved the creation of a separate cadre of teachers who will get the pay scale of Rs.29200-92300 (L-5) 7th Pay Commission from 1.09.2018 in the School Education Department.  These posts shall be filled up 100% by selection out of regularized Rehbar-e-Taleem ‘Teachers (RReTs) with qualification “Graduate from any recognized University”. This cadre of teachers is created exclusively for the purpose of adjusting RReTs and will gradually get extinguished/abolished over a period of time.

The School Education Department will amend the Jammu and Kashmir School Education (Subordinate) Service Recruitment Rules, 2008 as may be required to give effect to this decision.

RReTs will transition into teachers as procedure laid down in the Action Plan.

The Action Plan envisages formal merger of 526 posts of Headmasters and 3132 posts of Subject Specific Masters created under RMSA with Headmasters and Masters in the School Education Department, conversion/Up-gradation of existing 4522 direct quota vacant non-teaching posts in different categories as Teachers, creation of 28,363 supernumerary posts of Teachers with the stipulation that these supernumerary posts shall subsist till completion of appointment/transition of eligible RReTsas regular teachers, and thereafter shall cease to exist on the adjustment if these supernumerary posts against normally arising vacancies.

The School Education Department has been authorized as a onetime exception to fill certain vacant posts of lecturers by promotion of eligible PG Teachers/Masters in the relevant disciplines to enable utilization of the resultant vacancies of teachers for appointment/transition of RReTs as Teachers.   This initiative is being taken in the larger interest of the teaching community and purely as a welfare measure.

The School Education Department has been granted one-time exemption for making regularization/confirmation/ promotion of the officers (backlog and fresh) in respect of each gazetted category without referring the cases to the JKPSC/DPC.

The 4522 posts of non-teaching staff shall be restored to their original position as and when they become available after adjusting/subsuming all the supernumerary posts.

The School Education Department will encourage such RReTs as do not possess the requisite qualification to acquire the same within a specific timeframe so as to up-scale them as regular teachers.

Further, all vacancies of lecturers/teachers referred to PSC/ SSB where advertisement notices have not been issued or selection process has not been initiated or written test has not been conducted as on 07.12.2018, shall stand withdrawn.  This shall, however, not apply to the posts for which selection lists have been published or where document verification is in process.

The SAC directed that a Committee of Officers under the Administrative Secretary, School Education Department with Director, School Education Kashmir/Jammu, representatives of General Administration and Finance Department not below the rank of Additional Secretary to Government or equivalent level will oversee the entire process of appointment / transition of RReTs as Teachers.

The School Education Department will nominate a Nodal officer to maintain a complete record of the vacancies of the lecturers/teachers or in the non-teaching category to ensure proper accounting of the posts created / converted / reverted, supernumerary posts, their adjustment against regular posts, vacancies arising from time to time, etc.

The Action Plan also envisages creation of a Human Resource Management (HRM) Branch in the School Education Department, Civil Secretariat to deal with Human Resource Management (HRM).

The Committee of Officers constituted vide Government Order No.1263-GAD of 2018 dated 13.08.2018 will also examine the cases of 7706 under-graduate teachers who do not possess the qualification as ‘Graduate’ for their appointment / transition as regular teachers. The Committee will submit its report to the government within a period of one month.

The landmark decision will enable streamlining the cadre of RReTs by transitioning them in the regular cadre of teachers and meeting the salary deficit of SSA and RMSA teachers, which is over Rs 1400 crores per annum,  out of the state budget. Thus all teachers will henceforth get regular monthly salary on time consequent to the assimilation of various cadres of teachers into one regular teaching cadre. This will result in greater accountability, discipline and capacity building of teachers and improve the quality of education in the state.

 

Approves setting up of Special Security Force for Guv’s security

Jammu, Dec 9: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal MaliK approved the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Governor’s Special Security Force Bill, 2018’’.

The Bill contains provisions related to the constitution and regulation of a separate security force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir for providing proximate security to the Governor, members of his immediate family and matters connected therewith.

The legal framework related to constitution and regulation of a separate security force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir for providing proximate security to the Chief Minister, members of his immediate family and other connected matters, is contained in the Jammu and Kashmir Special Security Group Act, 2000.

There is no provision contained in the said Act related to matters, for providing proximate security to the Governor of State and his immediate family members. A need has been felt to have an effective mechanism in place for constitution and regulation of a separate security force in the State of Jammu and Kashmir for providing proximate security to the Governor and his family members.

 

Brings in legislation to tackle Benami transactions

Jammu, Dec 9: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the ‘Jammu and Kashmir Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Bill, 2018’.

The Bill is a comprehensive law aimed at tackling Benami transactions in the State. The Bill provides for creation of the requisite administrative structure for enforcement of the law and empowers the Designated Authorities to attach and confiscate any property which is held to be Benami.

Panel provisions incorporated in the Act provide for imprisonment of persons found guilty of offence of Benami transactions which shall not be less than one year extendable to seven years, besides fine equivalent to 25% of the market value of the property can also be imposed.

 

Approves Code of Civil Procedure Bill

Jammu, Dec 9: The State Administrative Council (SAC) under the chairmanship of Governor, Satya Pal Malik approved the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill- 2018.

The Bill seeks to introduce such provisions in the Code of Civil Procedure, Samvat, 1977 which will help in the disposal of cases in a time-bound manner.

These provisions relate to fixing time-frame for filing a written statement and forfeiture of right of defendant to file written statements after the prescribed period.

Besides provision regarding costs have been attuned and a new provision of case hearing management is being introduced.

These modifications are aimed at speedy disposal of civil cases in courts which tend to linger on unnecessarily. Litigants will save time and costs.

 

 


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Hand and Plough to go hand-in-hand

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Jammu, Mar 20: Sealing an alliance after days of hectic parleys, the Congress and National Conference Wednesday announced they will fight two and one Lok Sabha seats respectively, while agreeing on a “friendly contest” on the rest three constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir.
In a joint press conference here, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and NC patron Farooq Abdullah told the media that while the Congress will contest on the Jammu and Udhampur seats, the National Conference will fight from Srinagar.
There will be a “friendly contest” between the two parties on the Baramulla, Anantnag and Ladakh seats, Abdullah said.
“I will contest from the Srinagar seat,” he told the press conference.
State Congress chief Gulam Ahmed Mir and AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni were also present during the presser.
The state sends six Lok Sabha MPs.
The arrangement was worked out after a four-member Congress team led by Azad visited the residence of Farooq Abdullah at Bhatandi here.
Senior National Conference leaders were present in the meeting.
Azad declared that keeping in view the stature of Farooq in the national and the state politics, the Congress will not field its candidate against him from Srinagar Lok Sabha Constituency.
He lauded the crucial role being played by senior Abdullah in the national politics in strengthening secular forces and isolating the divisive parties, which pose grave threat to India’s unity.
He said India has been hugely heeding to the advice of the National Conference leader which was greatly witnessed during the Opposition conclaves in various parts of the country including Kolkata.
Farooq advised the Congress to stich alliance with the like-minded parties elsewhere in the country in order to meeting the challenge posed by divisive and communal forces.
He said India is passing through a difficult phase and there was urgent need to unite and foil the machinations of the inimical forces.
While the Congress team comprised senior leader Ambika Soni, Pradesh Congress President Ghulam Ahmed Mir and former minister Nawang Rigzin Jora, the National Conference was represented in the meeting by senior leader Mohammed Shaffi Uri besides Provincial Presidents Devender Singh Rana and Nasir Aslam Wani.

Cong surrendered to NC’s ‘pro-separatist’ agenda: BJP
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Srinagar, Mar 20: The Jammu and Kashmir BJP Wednesday alleged that the Congress had conceded to the National Conference’s (NC) “pro-separatist” agenda after the two parties announced a pre-poll alliance in the state.
The Congress and the NC finalised arrangements for the six Lok Sabha seats of the state earlier in the day.
“The NC-Congress alliance is an eye wash and a wakeup call for Jammu,” BJP spokesperson Brig (retd) Anil Gupta told reporters.
“The Congress has not only surrendered to the National Conference but also conceded to the pro-separatist, Kashmir-centric, communal and divisive agenda of that party,” he said.
He added that the “opportunistic” alliance was aimed at promoting “Kashmiri hegemony”.
With the NC insisting on contesting from all the three seats in Kashmir, the party’s couldn’t-care-less attitude towards Jammu is obvious, Gupta said.
The BJP spokesperson claimed the Congress, like the NC, will oppose granting citizenship to West Pakistan refugees and inheritance rights to the state’s daughters.
The Congress-NC combine will put an end to anti militancy operations and revive the over ground support network, Gupta alleged.
“They will revoke the ban on Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir and promote radicalisation in Kashmir. They will ensure that Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims are given permanent residence so that the demography of the region is changed and Jammu also becomes insecure like the Valley,” he warned.
“People of Jammu will do a great disservice to their future generations if they vote for the communal and divisive agenda of the NC-Congress alliance,” Gupta said.
“It would not be surprising if the Peoples Democratic Party also joins hands with them to further marginalise the voice of Jammu,” he said.
While the Congress will contest on the Jammu and Udhampur seats, the NC will fight from Srinagar, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said at a joint press conference here with NC president Omar Abdullah.
There will be a “friendly contest” between the two parties on the Baramulla, Anantnag and Ladakh seats, Abdullah said.

 

Notification issued for Srinagar constituency
Monitor News Bureau
Srinagar, Mar 20: With the Election Commission issuing notification for general elections to the 2-Srinagar Parliamentary Constituency, the Returning Officer (RO) for the Constituency, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, has issued guidelines to candidates for filing of nomination papers.
The guidelines state that nominations for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat can be filed at the office of the Returning Officer from 11 am to 3 pm adding that number of proposers allowed are one for candidates of national and state parties and ten for unrecognized parties and independents.
It further states that the maximum number of persons allowed at the time of filing of nomination by a candidate are 5 including the candidate whereas the maximum number of vehicles allowed for each candidate are 3.
The candidates will also have to have separate bank accounts opened before filing their nominations.
The guidelines state that no column on the nomination form must be left blank.
The candidates have been advised to go through the latest guidelines of the ECI or approach the office of the RO for further clarifications to avoid shortcomings in the nomination papers.
ADC Srinagar KK Sidha has been appointed as the nodal officer for facilitating nomination of candidates.
Pertinently, as per the election notification for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat, the last date for filing of nominations is 26 March 2019 while the scrutiny of nomination papers will be conducted on March 27.
The last date for withdrawal of nominations is March 29 whereas the polling will be held on April 18 (from 7 am to 6 pm).
The Srinagar Lok Sabha seat is spread over three districts of Srinagar, Budgam and Ganderbal. It has 12,90,318 voters who are eligible to cast their votes at 1,716 polling stations set up in the constituency.
The RO said that 26 polling stations will be set up for migrant voters of the Lok Sabha constituency including 21 in Jammu, 1 in Udhampur and 4 in New Delhi.

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State polls delayed as JK sought addt’l 70k troops

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New Delhi, Mar 20: The Jammu and Kashmir Assembly elections were deferred as the state administration asked for over 70,000 paramilitary troops for conducting simultaneous polls, a demand which could not be acceded to, officials said Wednesday.
A home ministry official said the Jammu and Kashmir administration’s demand of about 717 companies of paramilitary personnel could not be met as a large number of forces would be required across the country for general elections.
A company of paramilitary comprises about 100 personnel.
The state elections may be held any time after the Parliamentary polls, the officials said.
The Home Ministry and the administration of J&K, which is currently under the President’s rule, had apprised the Election Commission of the security situation in the state when a team of the poll panel had visited there on March 4-5.
The EC team had gone there for assessing the situation and checking poll preparedness in the wake of the February 14 militant strike in Pulwama in which over 40 CRPF troopers were killed.
The J&K administration’s demand could not be met as a large number of personnel would be required for deployment across the country during the Parliamentary polls, therefore, the state elections were deferred, the official said.
The demand on behalf of the Jammu and Kashmir administration was placed by the then Addition Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police Muneer Khan, who was recently appointed as State Chief Information Commission.
The National Conference, the PDP and the Congress, had sought simultaneous polls and criticised the EC decision. The Jammu and Kashmir unit of the BJP had also pitched for holding the polls together.
Higher deployment of forces may be necessitated during the polls as they have to secure the routes to be taken by the candidates for campaign, the venue of rallies, besides the security of candidates itself.
During the 2014 polls, a little more than 10,000 polling stations were set up, while the EC has announced the number will be 11,316 this time, requiring additional forces to secure them.
While 77 candidates were in the fray for the six Lok Sabha seats in 2014, 831 fought the state elections a few months later to elect 87 MLAs.
In the 2014 state assembly elections, a total of 428 companies of paramilitary forces were deployed and 47 were managed from the existing counterinsurgency grid, another official said.
During the last Parliamentary elections, the security situation had improved considerably and about 300 companies were deployed of which 126 were drawn from the counterinsurgency grid.
Before that, during the Parliamentary elections of 2009, altogether 300 companies were deployed on poll duties and 58 were again mobilised internally.
In the 2008 assembly elections, 218 companies were sought from the Centre and in addition 58 were mobilised internally by the then state government, the official said.
Another official said the large number of security personnel would be required for the Assembly elections too as Pakistan-based militant groups would make all out efforts to disrupt the process not only in the Kashmir Valley but in border districts such as Rajouri, Poonch and Doda.
During the last assembly elections, the government had provided about 100 SUVs to the candidates and requirement of such vehicles would be more this time, the official said.
The final assessment on holding the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be taken by a three-member panel set up by the Election Commission.
The governor’s rule was imposed in in the state on June 19, 2018 when the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP-BJP government was reduced to minority following withdrawal of support by the 25-member BJP.
Initially, the assembly was kept in suspended animation, but the governor on November 21 dissolved the 87-member house after the PDP, supported by the Congress and arch-rivals National Conference, tried to stake claim to form a new government.
When the governor’s rule expired on December 19, 2018, President’s rule was imposed in the state as under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, there is no provision for extension of governor’s rule.

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Valley shuts against Rizwan’s custodial killing

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Srinagar, Mar 20: A complete shutdown was observed in Kashmir valley on Wednesday against the alleged custodial killing of Rizwan Assad Pandith, a principal of a local public school in Awantipora who was detained on Sunday.
All the business establishments were closed and public traffic was off the roads.
The shutdown was observed in all the district headquarters in the Valley.
Heavy contingent of forces were deployed in old city Srinagar to thwart any rallies and protests. Internet in various areas was slowed down.
Rizwan died in police custody after he was a suspect for questioning in militancy related case.
Reports said that the family is associated with Jamat -e- Islami and his father, Asadullah Pandit is a member of the organization.
JeI has been declared unlawful and most of their leadership has been jailed. Joint Resistance leadership called for a shutdown against what they termed as ‘custodial killing of a teacher’.
Rizwan’s body was handed over to the family late last night and thousands participated in his last rites before he was laid to rest amid massive pro freedom, pro Islam and Pro Pakistan sloganeering.
Meanwhile, authorities have suspended Train service for security reasons after receiving an advisory from divisional administration and police.
A railway official said that no train will run on Srinagar-Badgam and Baramulla in north Kashmir. Similarly, no train will also chug on Badgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.

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