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Tarigami submits resolutions demanding ban on pellet guns

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Jammu, Jan 04: CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami has submitted three resolutions in Jammu and Kashmir State Assembly to urge upon the state government to ban the use of pellet guns, urging Center and State governments to fix minimum wages of workers not less than Rs.18000 per month urging upon the government to take effective measures for eradication of corruption.
“This House urges upon the Govt.of Jammu and Kashmir to ban the use of pellet guns by security forces to meet any law and order situation,” says a resolution submitted by Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami.
The second resolution states that, “This House urges the Government of India and Government of Jammu and Kashmir to fix minimum wages of workers not less than Rs.18000/- per month.”
The third resolution reads that “This House expresses its grave concern on ever-increasing corruption in public life and urges upon the government to take effective measures for its eradication.”
The CPI(M) leader also submitted Jammu and Kashmir Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2017, Artisans’ Social Security Bill, 2018 and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
“The Jammu and Kashmir Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2017: By virtue of Constitution (86th Amendment) Act, 2002, Article 21-A has been inserted in the Constitution of India to provide that the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children at the age of 6-14 years in such manner as the State may, by law, determine. The said Constitutional Amendment is not applicable to the State of Jammu and Kashmir. In order to achieve the laudable objective behind the Constitutional Amendment, the Jammu and Kashmir Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2017 provides that every child of the age of 6-14 years shall have right to free and compulsory education till completion of Elementary Education,” the first bill reads.
The second bill states: “The Artisans’ working in our State constitute a considerable percentage of total employment in the State. On account of their un-organize nature, these artisans’ do not get adequate social security. Despite implementation of some schemes for their welfare there is a huge deficit in the coverage of artisans’ in the matter of labour protection and social security measures ensuring there welfare and well-being. The Jammu and Kashmir Artisans’ Social Security Bill, 2018 aims to provide for social security and welfare of the artisans’ and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.”
The third bill state: “Section 53 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir provides that six months shall not intervene between its last sitting in one session and the date appointed for its first sitting in the next session. The said section does not provide for the number of sittings of the State Legislature. To strengthen the democratic process in the State, the Legislators have to be armed with sufficient opportunities to discuss the issues of public importance and for that adequate time has to be allotted to raise the issues of public concern. The present number of sessions and sittings are quite inadequate to carry on debate over the issues. There has been a persistent demand from Legislators across the country to fix the minimum sittings of the State Legislature in a year. The matter was discussed and agreed by the Presiding Officers of the State Legislatures of the Country on a number of occasions. As such, the sittings of the Legislature need to be increased to atleast 100 in a calendar year.”
Besides, three bills submitted by Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami are under consideration in the Leganslative Assembly. They include: Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety (Amendment) Bill, 2016, Jammu and Kashmir Ecology Fund and Environment Cess Bill, 2016 and Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir (Amendment) Bill, 2016.


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Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi

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Srinagar, Jan 20: Justice Hasnain Masoodi (Chairperson Selection cum Oversight Committee) has expressed dissatisfaction with the response of State Government to LD hospital incident.
In a statement issued, it is pointed out that restricting the enquiry to one Doctor on duty would not suffice in view of gravity of the incident. He has demanded full-fledged enquiry into overall working of Associated Hospitals in general and LD Hospital in particular.
It is stated that the recent incident should not be taken as an isolated incident but one depicting insensitivity of the Hospital administration to Juvenile issues and Rights of the Children as also failure on part of the Associated Hospitals Administration in inculcating the sense of discipline and responsibility on part of the Medical staff while dealing with such emergencies.
Justice Masoodi has reiterated that the Right to be born and Right of Survival are important Rights of the Child and as is being emphasized while implementing the Integrated Child Protection services (ICPS) in the State.
In the present case it is stated that both the Rights of the Girl Children were infringed. The statement also underlines the importance of a broader enquiry to look into the Non Availability of Medical care to pregnant women and new born babies at District Hospitals, so that the steps are taken to ensure that unnecessary pressure is not mounted on Tertiary hospitals like LD hospital.
Child Welfare Committee Srinagar has been directed to monitor and come up with the update of Investigation in the matter. SCOC proposes to bring the incident to the notice of High Court as well as the High Court Juvenile Justice Committee, so that recurrence of such incidents is ruled out in future.

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Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam

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Srinagar, Jan 20: The Principal Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon today reviewed functioning of Sheep Husbandry Department and stressed for early setting up of Sheep Breeding Farm at Khimber.
Seeking details regarding the Khimber project, the Director Sheep Husbandry Dr Mehraj ud Din informed the Principal Secretary about the status of establishment of Sheep Breeding Farm project at Khimber both in terms of funding by NABARD and issuing of NOC’s by allied departments.
Dr. Samoon took up the issues with NABARD regarding the funding of the project and directed them to release the first installment of the funds at an earliest and ensure that the next two installments are also released at appropriate time so that the project is completed well in time.
The Principal Secretary asked Secretary Lakes and Waterways Development Authority to issue NOC regarding the fencing of the Sheep Breeding Farm and directed Chief Engineer R&B and the concerned Executive Engineer to accelerate the works forthwith so that the said farm is made operational well in time.
The meeting was attended by Additional Commissioner Kashmir Dr. Abdul Salaam, Chief Engineer R&B Sami Arif, Secretary LAWDA, Assistant Commissioner Revenue, representatives from NABARD and other allied departments besides departmental officials.
In another meeting, the Principal Secretary reviewed functioning of Transport Department and directed the concerned officials to provide relief to private transporters owning condemn vehicles by providing capital subsidy of Rs. Five lac for procuring new vehicles.
The meeting discussed the operationalisation of SRTC complex at Tourist Reception Center by the government.
Seeking details regarding the SRTC Complex, the Principal Secretary was informed that earlier the work on this complex had got stopped due to construction of Tehzeb Mahal at the site but now government has cancelled that project and SRTC has once again taken it back in its own possession to restart the work.
The meeting was also informed that Indian Oil Corporation has readily accepted to fund the construction costs of the complex.

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DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS

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Srinagar, Jan 20:Taking forward the awareness campaign with regard to Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), Director School Education, Kashmir, Dr. G N Itoo today convened a meeting of all Chief Education Officers for their direct interaction with Professor Ajeet Angral, Consultant PMSSS, AICTE (MHRD).
Professor Angral sensitised the participants about the features and mechanism of the scholarship scheme. While giving a detailed presentation about the benefits of the scheme, Professor Angral highlighted the different components of the PMSSS under which various general and professional courses are sponsored by the MHRD for the eligible students of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this occasion, Director School Education, appealed the eligible students to take maximum benefit of the scholarship scheme. To reach out to the students in larger number, the Director enjoined upon all Chief Education Officers to organise mega counselling/awareness programmes about PMSSS and it was agreed upon in the meeting that from first week of February 2019, series of counselling programmes shall start in all districts of Kashmir so that the eligible students are made well aware about the scheme before the AICTE portal opens on 10th April, 2019 for registration.
Pertinently, an online counselling programme was organised by the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, with Processor Angral through ICT Labs on 19th Jan 2019 in which more than three thousand(3000) students of 83 Higher Secondary Schools across Kashmir participated and a Tele Classroom counselling on PMSSS was also aired through DD Kashir today in which students interacted online with Professor Angral and Director School Education, Kashmir.
Joint Director (Central and North) and other officers of Directorate were also present in the meeting.

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