Srinagar, Dec 05: The state government has not advertised vacant Dental Surgeon positions since 2009, leaving the fresh graduates in a fix.
In 2009, there was ‘realignment and rationalisation’ done in the healthcare system, leading to induction of Dental Surgeons into various hospitals.
Since then, no recruitment of qualified dental surgeons has taken place in the state, where two government and one private dental colleges produce 200 graduates every year.
In addition, a number of dental surgeons return to the state with degrees earned outside.
Waseem Ahmad (name changed), who did his post-graduation from a renowned college in Pune, said, “After post-graduation, we end up with the same career choice as an undergraduate, because of the lack of job opportunities and survival-of-the-fittest competition.”
“There seems absolutely no regulation by the dental council to limit the number of dental graduates and the level of unemployment increases because supply surpasses the demand.”
Aadil Ahmad (name changed) completed his Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Himachal Institute of Dental Sciences some years ago.
After unsuccessfully looking for a job in the valley-based hospitals for over three years, he began preparations for the post of a Probationary Officer in J&K Bank.
His parents spent almost Rs 12 lakh on the course, which they could have saved had he sat for the exam right after graduating from any college.
Adil lamented, “I am a 2015 pass-out, and I am seeking a job since then. In addition to this, I have been trying to appear in various exams.”
“The unemployment leads the pass-outs to either open their private clinics or go out of profession by joining the pharma companies or tourism industry.”
An official at the Srinagar Dental College said, “The authorities should include the dental surgeons under NHRM and RMSY schemes for taking oral health to the poor.”
“The problem has been compounded by poor state response, meagre GDP spent on our health sector, unorganised health care facilities and services, poor workplace planning, and allocation of professionals at grassroots levels. Intensive oral health care is needed.”
Principal Secretary Department of Health Education, Atal Dullo, was unavailable for comments.
BJP’s poll debacle: ‘Politics of division’, intolerance cost them, say NC, Cong
Srinagar, Dec 11: National Conference (NC) and Congress on Tuesday attributed the victory of Congress and other parties over BJP in 5 states to the politics of intolerance and suppression of the democratic rights of people during last four years of saffron rule in the country.
State Congress President Ghulam Ahmad Mir said, “Politics of intolerance has no place in India and people have delivered this message to BJP in all the five states which went polls recently. Congress is the only party committed to establish religious plurality in the country and any party tending to divide the people in the country will have to face the fate BJP faced today in the five states.
The results in five states are just a beginning and I am sure BJP will be decimated in 2019 Lok Sabha elections on its own failures including demonetization and politics of religious divides.”
Saying that people have seen regional parties failing on their commitments, Mir claimed that in Jammu and Kashmir too Congress will emerge as the single largest party in the coming assembly elections.
When contacted senior NC leader and party General Secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar said, “Jammu and Kashmir is a different state where the issues are related to its own identity which have to be maintained. People of the country have voted against Mandir-Masjid politics, religious intolerance, renaming of historical cities and cultural places just for vote bank politics.
The people in power have been denied the mandate on the divisive politics they were propagating for the last four years. Jammu and Kashmir Governor must take lessons from the verdict of five states and desist from triggering controversies by tinkering with the state laws and the key institutions.”
One lakh sanctioned for NoKs of slain pregnant lady of Pulwama: DC tells SHRC
Srinagar, Dec 11: Deputy Commissioner Pulwama in his reply submitted to the State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki stated that RS one lakh has been sanctioned as the ex-gratia and released in favour of the pregnant lady Firdousa of Pulwama who was killed in cross fire after an attack on 44 RR on October 10.
The reply has been submitted in response to the petition filed by chairman international forum for Justice and Human Rights Muhammad Ahsan Untoo under case number SHRC 367/Pul/2018 dated October 25.
The DC Pulwama in its report has said that an FIR number 92/2018 under section 307 RPC stands registered in police station Rajpora and investigation taken up. “The injured lady was taken to district hospital Pulwama where she succumbed to her injuries,” the reply stated, adding that the investigations into the case is going on.
The DC Pulwama said that the RS 1 lakh has been sanctioned in favour of Firdousa’s next of kin has been sanctioned and released.
Meanwhile, petitioner said ex-gratia relief is not justice with the killing. “It is the question of two lives as the lady was pregnant. One lakh compensation is just like adding salt to injuries,” he said and demanded that the guilty forces personnel of 44 RR should be booked as per the law.
Heritage sites depository of values: Advisor Ganai
JAMMU, DEC 11: Stressing on the importance of preserving heritage for younger generation, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmed Ganai today said that heritage sites are depository of values and status of civilization.
He was speaking here at a meeting convened to discuss the conservation and adaptive re-use of Mubarak Mandi heritage Complex.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner/Secretary, Culture Department, Mohammad Saleem Shishgar, Secretary Tourism Ringzin Samphel, Managing Director JKPCC M Raju, Director Archives, Archaeology and Museums, . Munir-ul-Islam, Director Tourism Jammu O P Bhagat, Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmed Wani, Executive Director, Mubarak Mandi Jammu Heritage Society, Deepika Sharma, representatives of Sanrakshan Heritage consultants and other officials.
Munish Pandit, director Sanrakshan Heritage consultants gave a detailed power point presentation regarding the measures under implementation for restoration of the heritage Complex.
The Advisor Ganai stressed that outcome of the exercise is to portray the long legacy and layers of cultural heritage of Jammu and Kashmir so that it can be promoted as an attraction for tourists and art lovers alike.
The Advisor Ganai also said that the Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex provides opportunity to craftsperson of all regions of state to portray their art and craft to visitors at one place.
The meeting was informed that work is going on in to turn the Mubarak Mandi as a cultural center with an aim to capture memory, revive traditions, revealing histories, reinforcing community identity.
Under the ongoing new project, the re-use of Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex revolves around six identified zones including Mandi, Knowledge centre, interpretation and collection galleries, life style, experiential spaces and crafts center.
He stressed on the need to execute the restoration work in consonance with heritage norms and as per the laid down specifications for such work.
Meanwhile, the meeting was informed about the redevelopment of connecting street and façade up gradation from Chowk Chabutara to Mubarak Mandi and Panjithirthi to Mubarak Mandi besides development of parking at Paanjitirthi and Peer Kho.