Srinagar, Sep 23: Teachers’ Joint Action Committee (TJAC) President, Abdul Qayoom Wani, today urged Governor of state Satya Pal Malik, to resolve the issue of disbursement of salaries of SSA Teachers as per the 7th Pay Commission recommendations.
In a statement, Wani hoped that the Committee headed by the Finance Secretary will make early recommendations for de-linking of salaries of SSA Teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters from the erstwhile Central flagship scheme, which is a long pending demand of the teaching community.
“We are sure that the new Governor would have discussed the issue with concerned authorities. We appeal to for immediate resolution of issue as per the aspirations of the teaching community,” he added.
Referring to the fruitful discussion held with Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie yesterday, Wani said the ongoing hunger strike of teachers is justified for the implementation of the legitimate right of 7th pay commission which is a part of salary and for restoration of honour and dignity of the teaching fraternity.
While addressing the teachers, President TJAC said there is no justification to deny the 7th Pay Commission to the SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters who have been regularised by a transparent process and are getting the benefits of 6th pay commission besides time bound promotions, regular increments.
While speaking to the peaceful procession of teachers, he said that we are hopeful that after the meeting with Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Gananie the justified and genuine legitimate issue of 7th pay commission will be implemented.
Wani said that TJAC will continue its chain hunger strike till the government makes a formal order/announcement for implementation of 7th pay commission in favour of the affected teaching fraternity.
While speaking, Wani referred to the discussions with the Principal Secretary Finance Naveen Choudhury in which he briefed him about the injustice meted out to the SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters and also ignoring their legitimate claim of 7th pay commission that too a part of salary.
EJAC President expressed confidence that the committee headed by principal secretary finance will accede to the justified and legitimate demands of teaching fraternity at an earliest without wasting any more time so that teaching fraternity will prefer to be in the class rooms for shaping the future of their students instead of opting the path of agitation.
Wani condemned the police action on peaceful demonstration of teachers who were marching from Pratap Park to Raj Bhavan to submit a memorandum to Governor of Jammu and Kashmir for early redressal of 7th pay commission issue. He while speaking to the media persons before his arrest along with hundreds of activists and leaders of TJAC said that our genuine and justified struggle will continue till the issues will be resolved TJAC never believes in confrontation and prefers resolution of issues by negotiations but Delay delaying policies and pressure tactics of the government are the main cause for opting agitational path.
President TJAC appealed the teaching fraternity to be united at this crucial juncture irrespective of their position and posts and to show Solidarity with the SSA teachers, head teachers and RMSA masters at all levels.
He thanked all the teachers and the leaders of TJAC who participated in the mega protest and maintained discipline and showed patience in a difficult situation. He also thanked the people from and electronic media for their positive approach in highlighting the legitimate issues of teachers.
Government response to LD incident inadequate: Justice Masoodi
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.
Samoon reviews relocation of Sheep Breeding Farm Dachigam
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.
DSEK holds meeting with CEOs about PMSSS
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.