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Submission of property statements: Guv unhappy, directs authorities to view lapse report seriously

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Srinagar, Nov 17:Following the observations that despite directions, employees are not submitting the requisite annual property statements to competent authorities, the Governor Satya Paul Malik has directed top authorities in the Civil secretariat to seriously view the lapse report and take strict action against those failed to furnish the statements in a time bound manner.

Sources told Kashmir News that the Raj Bhawan has received information that though the employees have submitted the annual property statements but there is still a huge default in the submission of the such statements by the employees of various departments.

Sources said that even several top officers have failed to submit property statements. “Irony is that many of these officers are themselves heads of departments,” sources maintained.

 

Recently the government in its circular has directed all the controlling/drawing and disbursing officers to direct all the officers/officials to furnish the statements. “ it has been noticed with concern that officers/officials are not submitting the requisite annual property return statements to the competent authorities resulting in to no compliance of standing government instructions issued from time to time in this regard,”

“It is Clearfield here that as per the Sub section 2 of section 9 of the Jammu and Kashmir Public men and public servant declaration of assets and other provisions Act, 1983 and clause (III) Rule 2 of the J&K public servants declaration of assets and other provisions Rule, 1998 read with SRO 415 of 2003 dated 11.12.2013 in which it has been clearly indicated that every public servant has to submit Annual property return statements of the assets held by him and his family members in the month of January every year and shall indicate the reason for increasing, if any, in the assets and source thereof,” the circular reads.

Sources here in the Raj Bhawan said that the Governor has told the top authorities to issue directions to all the controlling /drawing and disbursing officers to direct all the officers/officials working under the respective control/jurisdiction to furnish the requisite Annual property return statement to the respective competent authorities and that any lapse report in this regard shall be viewed seriously.

Meanwhile official sources said that property statements of various employees in government departments, if submitted, are not being put under examination and even more no check and balance have been maintained by the government.

One of the top employees of the government on condition of anonymity said that since the previous government was not much bothered to put the property statements to examination, the tainted employees take advantage of filling of the property statement as per their choice.

Sources believe that officers have also kept their assets secret by not divulging their property details to the government.

If the sources are to be believed then majority of the civil servants have kept their property in ‘Benami’ name or in their blood relations to avoid test of scrutinizing.

Meanwhile sources said that during the last few months the Raj Bhawan have got several complaints of alleged corruption and other wrongdoings against the tainted officials.

“People have more faith in Governor’s rule than an elected government. Let us see what action the Governor takes on such complaints. Otherwise, we have seen these accountability exercises in the past as well but no action has ever been taken,” said one of the social activists.


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Linking employers to skilled youth first charge of Employment Exchanges: Ganai

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Srinagar, Jun 16: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today urged the Employment Department to provide all assistance to unemployed educated youth in the State in their hunt for jobs in the ever-expanding domestic and global markets.

He said the focus of employment exchanges should be on vocational guidance and career counseling and these exchanges should link the employer with the registered candidates.

The Advisor made these observations while reviewing the functioning of the Labour & Employment Department and especially the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana (PM-SYM).

 

Commissioner/ Secretary, Labour & Employment, Saurabh Bhagat, Labour Commissioner, Bashir Ahmad Khan, Director, EDI, Tufail Mattoo, Director Employment, Y. P. Suman, Managing Director Women’s Development Corporation, Nahida Soz, CEO, BOCWWB, Peer Muzaffar and all district and sectoral officers of the Labour & Employment Department were present on the occasion.

Asking the Department to take a cue from successful start-ups in the country like paytm, urban clap, housing.com etc, the Advisor said new innovative ideas shall help in establishment of enterprises that have greater scope and market acceptability.

Laying stress upon providing better working conditions to the working class, Ganai stressed upon strict implementation of labour laws to protect the interest of the labour community. He said the officers of the Department should be well-versed with labour laws and new legislations so that they are better enforced in the larger interest of the working and construction class. 

While reviewing the newly-launched Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Mandhan Yojana, the Advisor asked the Department to closely monitor registration of workers in CICs. He suggested use of random checking to revalidate data which shall plug holes in computing errors while registering eligible persons.

Under PMSYM which offers regular pension to the labour class people after they attain the age of 60, as many as 56,313 registrations had been done and 46,927 cards printed so far in the State.

Presenting a detailed review of the three wings of the Labour & Employment Department, the Administrative Secretary briefed the Advisor about various schemes and welfare programmes launched for educated unemployed youth and the labour community. He informed the meeting about various schemes being implemented through J&K Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI).

The meeting was informed that during 2018-19, as many as 966 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) were registered which comprised 4188 engineers. As many as 2237 works worth Rs.191.54 crore were allotted to these SHGs.

Director EDI informed the meeting about Seed Capital Fund Scheme (SCFS), Youth Start-up Loan Scheme and giving term and education loans to youth through National Minorities Development and Finance Corporation. He said that projects worth Rs. 536.77 crore had been sanctioned under these schemes and as many as 13,464 enterprises were established generating employment for 43192 persons.

While briefing the Advisor about the initiatives on labour welfare, the Labour Commissioner said a payment gateway would soon be launched to make online contributions for the benefit of subscribers. He said concerted efforts are on to register new subscribers and complete the disbursement of backlog claims and make recoveries from the defaulters.

The meeting was informed that all 5.10 lakh Provident Fund accounts had been digitized and the scanning of important subscribers’ documents would be taken up in the next phase.

The Advisor appreciated the role of Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (BOCWWB) in providing financial assistance to workers in the form of education and marriage assistance as well as in case of injury, death and permanent disability of workers.

The meeting was informed that against a corpus of Rs 899.66 crore, Rs. 371.79 crore were disbursed amongst construction workers since 2011. This includes education assistance amounting to Rs 266.82 crore, marriage assistance of Rs. 73.98 crore and death assistance amounting to Rs. 24.82 crore.

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Boulevard bicycle service refuses to pedal on

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Srinagar, Jun 16: The 2017 project to start a bicycle sharing service on the famed Boulevard road here is yet to see the light of the day.

In November 2017, the then minister of state for Housing and Urban development, Asiea Naqash had announced that the bicycle sharing service will be set around Dal Lake and its adjacent areas for tourists as part of the Smart City Project.

She had said that the service will help tourists in exploring the adjoining scenic spots and also generate employment avenues for the locals.

 

However, the service is yet to begun.

“Tourists especially foreigners enjoy experiencing the valley on two wheelers. Even before 90s, they used to rent cycles from private sources to explore Kashmir,” said adventure sports and travel consultant, Rauf Tramboo.

“This service could have proved as a major tourist attraction if started on Boulevard,” said Bashir Ahmad, 50, who runs a Kashmir Art shop at Dalgate.

If it had been started, the service could have been an eco-friendly and healthy solution to decongest the traffic on Boulevard.

The concerned authorities, however, feign ignorance about it.

“This project comes under Srinagar Smart City limited handled by the DC. I have no information regarding the current scenario for this service,” said PRO Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA),  Muhammad Azhar, who, interestingly,  was part of the meeting which addressed the modalities for introducing bicycle sharing back then.

Director tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmed Wani said he was “not aware” of the project.

DC Srinagar, Shahid Choudhary was not available for comments.

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AMK pays tribute to Shujaat Bukhari

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Srinagar, Jun 16: Terming Shujaat Bukhari, the slain journalist and editor-in-chief of ‘Rising Kashmir’, as one of the visionaries, poets, writers and intellectuals Sunday paid tribute to him at a literary function.

Organized by Adbi Markaz Kamraz (AMK) Jammu and Kashmir, the event was held at the auditorium of Department of Information, Srinagar to commemorate the first death anniversary of the slain journalist.

President Adbi Markaz Kamraz, Farooq Rafiabadi said: “Shujaat Sahab carved a niche for himself in the literary circle by promoting Kashmiri language in letter and spirit. Not only that, he also chose to be a social worker while wholeheartedly extending a helping hand during the devastating floods of 2014.”

 

“He was a man of small gestures that made him big. His welcoming smile, straight-forward nature and his relentless attitude to fight for his motherland made him all the more special,” he said.

Recalling his association with Shujaat, prominent journalist Mohammad Syed Malik said: “He was a keen political observer. That is the reason why his reportage holds more significance. Besides, his acceptability across the border is far more than any other journalist.”

“Documentation of the past is not an easy job. At a time when everybody is trying to become a historian, Shujaat Sahab would interpret the ongoing situation rather than delving into the history,” he said.

Malik stressed, “He understood the requirements of the subject and concretely wrote about issues like Indo-Pak and human-rights violations.”

Former Secretary J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages Aziz Hajni also spoke on the occasion.

Referring to the past, he said: “I remember once his health deteriorated and I rushed to the hospital. I advised him not to overburden himself with work. He smiled and said, ‘I can’t help but strive harder to serve my people’.”

The most endearing trait about him was that he believed in growing with others and not alone. His other beautiful trait was that he was a family man and knew how to strike a balance between personal and professional life,” he said.

He added, “His contribution to Adbi Markaz is beyond words. His love for his mother-tongue could be gauged that he literally ran from pillar to post to bring in a Kashmiri newspaper.”

Others who spoke on the occasion included Justice Bashir Kirmani, Basharat Bukhari, Mohammad Shafi Pandit, Professor Naseem Shifaei, Mushtaq Ahmad Mushtaq, and Dr Altaf. 

Adv Ganai pays rich tributes to Shujaat Bukhari

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Srinagar, Jun 16: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, today paid rich tributes to noted journalist and founder editor of Rising Kashmir Dr. Syed Shujaat Bukhari on his first death anniversary.

In a message, the Advisor recalled the outstanding contribution of late Shujaat Bukhari in the field of media. He remembered Shujaat as a brilliant journalist and a role model who made a huge impact in growth of media in the State.

Ganai said Shujaat Bukhari has left behind a huge legacy which will continue to inspire young and budding journalists in the State.

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