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.
Sajad alleges NC, PDP of drifting towards power at cost of Art-35 A
Srinagar, May 21: Peoples Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Tuesday castigated the twin traditional parties for trivializing the sentiments of the people of Kashmir and their inherent tendency to lie to suit their interests.
Sajad said the moral pretense of NC and PDP, the high stentorian rhetoric of Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti stands ridiculed today.
“You boycotted the ULB elections and termed it as a ‘sham’ election under the fig leaf of Article 35-A. Just answer one question. How seriously would New Delhi take you given that the theatre both of you enacted prior to the ULB polls. Those assertions of aspirations, those assertions of boycott to safeguard article 35 A- was that all a sham? Were you all along lying. We just pray that Delhi does not take your non seriousness about Art 35 A as a reference point. Your covert participation and now overt acceptance makes mockery of the cause that you were supposedly advocating—God save us all from advocates as murky as you”, he added.
Sajad said that both parties are now drifting towards power at the cost of the cause that they were purportedly advocating.
“This is a section of the Kashmiri leadership which was in headlines all across the country for boycotting the ULB polls—now it transpires that on one hand an avowed boycott and on the other a lust for power. The national leadership today has a good idea about the seriousness of these leaders and their tantalizing lust for power—they today know they would sleep with the devil for the sake of power and would sacrifice and belittle any cause that they advocate”, he added.
Sajad emphasized that Peoples Conference has a clear and simple majority in the Srinagar Municipal Corporation and will continue to deliver on its promises of delivering change in a city that has been neglected by the twin traditional parties.
“Both the traditional mainstream parties need to see the writing on the wall- that Srinagar is changing and taking strides towards hope and positivity under an overarching goal of self empowerment and accountability. PC Mayor and Deputy Mayor as well as all our Corporators will continue to play a very positive and enabling role in the SMC and will deliver effective change on the ground and try to transform Srinagar into a world class tourist city”, he added.
High prices force Kashmiris to purchase lesser dates this Ramadan
Srinagar, May 21 : Unlike previous years, the prices of dates have increased in the Kashmir markets in the ensuing holy month of Ramadhan, thanks to the major decrease in supply mostly due to suspension of cross LoC trade. The soaring prices of dates have forced the people of Kashmir to go for the less purchase of dates.
Bashir Ahmad Sheikh, a wholesale dealer of dates explained that less arrival of dates this year was responsible for the prices to increase by 15 to 20 per cent. “Kashmir has recorded the arrival of less date as compared to same time last year mostly due to suspension of cross LoC trade. Almost 20- 30 per cent decrease in arrival has caused the prices to go up” said Sheikh.
According to traders, prices of non-branded as well as branded dates have increased by at least 15-20 in the local markets. While last year one kilogram of unbranded dates was sold at Rs 90- Rs 100, this year it is sold at Rs 150- Rs 200, said the traders.
Farooq Dagga, a dates’ merchant told KNO that there has been some impact due to levy of 12 per cent Goods and Services Tax on the market prices of dates for last couple of years. “While there is almost increase of Rs 20 – Rs 30 per kg due to GST, dates which used to arrive through LoC trade mostly in form of dry low priced dates is witnessing a shortage,” said Dagga.
Even Ajwa dates, considered as pious and rich in medicinal value by Muslims across the world, priced anywhere between Rs 2000- Rs 2200 per kilogram in the local markets has seen an increase in prices. 40 plus varieties of dates that have arrived in Kashmir for Ramadhan this year which commenced on May 6 have seen an increase in prices proving to be a burden on common people.
Dates merchants at Parimpora fruit mandi said dates from Oman, Algeria, Iran and Iraq among other Muslim countries also find many buyers in the local market. These varieties which include Rabi, Razan, Kaas, Nawar, Jumar, Barari priced in the range of Rs 150 to Rs 2000 per kg have also seen an increase of 15 – 20 per cent, said another trader.
“Dates from Iraq and Pakistan used to find many takers in the local market but due to suspension of cross LoC trade there supplies have dried up. Even Israel exports dates across the world and this produce used to be also available in the Valley,” Muhammad Saleem Bhat, a fruit merchant told KNO.
Congress remembers Rajiv Gandhi on his death anniversary
Srinagar, May 21: The Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) in a meeting of Senior Party Functionaries & Prominent Leaders remembered Former Prime Late Rajiv Gandhi on his 28th death anniversary and paid floral tributes to departed leader.
The party said that martyrdom of Bharat Ratna Rajiv Gandhi would continue to lead the nation at the path of unity, harmony and development.
The meeting was presided over by J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) President G.A.Mir, who paid floral tributes to Rajiv Gandhi, recalling his selfless services and sacrifices to the Nation and said the departed leader shall always be remembered for the services he has rendered to people irrespective of their caste or religion.
Addressing the meeting, G.A Mir described Rajiv Gandhi as a tallest leader of the Country under whose leadership the Nation touched the new heights in respect of development, education, science and technology etc, there was no looking back after Rajiv Ji introduced Computer Education bringing the Nation at par with other developing countries in the world, he said.
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