Srinagar, Sep 22: Putting a huge burden on the state exchequer, it has become a routine for the bureaucrats posted in Kashmir division to travel unnecessarily to Jammu and various parts of the country.
Official sources said that heads of departments who have to stay in Kashmir are “unnecessarily” travelling to Jammu. “There travel expenses are costing lakhs of rupees to the government,” an official said.
The official said that each bureaucrat, who has to stay in Kashmir, is travelling at least five times in a month to Jammu. “Government directed the officials several times to avoid unnecessary expenditure but to no avail,” the official said.
In order to promote fiscal discipline, government had ordered its officials to avoid unnecessary expenditure in functioning of the departments.
The departments have been told that facility of video conferencing must be used effectively and travel for the purpose of attending meetings should be avoided to the extent possible. “But 90 percent departments didn’t use such facility and would travel to Jammu by flight that puts a huge burden on the state exchequer,” an official said.
“There are departments where employees are without salaries for months but their authorities would spend lakhs annually on travel expenses,” he said.
Further the officials have been directed to travel only by economy class regardless of entitlement within the country.
In all cases of air travel, the lowest air fare ticket available for entitled class is to be purchased/ procured, says the government instructions. “The Finance department had issued these instructions as most of the heads of departments have spent crores on travel within and outside the country. The functioning of several departments have been affected for want of funds due to unnecessarily expanses by several bureaucrats and politicians. Despite these instructions there is no change and bureaucrats travel within and outside country on the money of state exchequer,” a senior official of Finance department said.
Government had issued instructions in view of the increasing liabilities of various departments as bureaucrats and ministers had spent crores of rupees “unnecessarily” over the years thus putting a huge burden on the state exchequer.
Finance Department Jammu and Kashmir has also asked administrative secretaries to adhere to its instructions for promotion of fiscal discipline and to ensure balanced pace of expenditure.
Further, departments were asked to have utmost economy in organizing conferences, seminars and workshops. The departmental heads were instructed that only conferences, workshops seminars shall be held which are ‘absolutely essential’.
Meanwhile sources said that despite the state and central government having advised the officials to use video- conferencing as far as possible for their official work, with an eye on saving costs entailed in convening physical meetings, it has been seen that the large number of bureaucrats are still visiting from one station to another even on small meetings.
The departments have been told that facility of video-conferencing must be used effectively and travel for the purpose of attending meetings should be avoided to the extent possible. “But 90 percent departments didn’t use such facility and would travel to Jammu, or Srinagar by flight that put a huge burden on the state exchequer,” an official said.
Indo-Pak need to talk: NC
Srinagar, May 20: Jammu and Kashmir national conference on Monday said that India and Pakistan need to sit across the table and share each other perspectives notwithstanding the intricateness of the issue that has been plaguing the bilateral ties between the two neighboring countries.
A delegation of German diplomats on Monday called on political advisor to party vice president Tanvir Sadiq. Interacting with the delegation Tanvir necessitated for dialogue between India and Pakistan.
While speaking with diplomats Bastian Weber, Second Secretary Political Affairs and Protocol and Sakshi Aroro from the German Embassy, National conference leader and political advisor to Omar Abdullah, Tanvir Sadiq ?reflected on the wide range of issues of issues pertaining to the state and the region in general.
While calling for a Comprehensive Dialogue Process (CDP) and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) between the two countries Tanvir said, “We are hopeful that the new government in the country starts a process of dialogue with Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan should initiate CBMs in order to remove the cobwebs of mistrust. Many lives have been lost to the frenzy of conflict, now it is high time that both the countries seriously engage with each for the greater cause of peace and tranquility in the region.”
Emphasizing on the need of initialization of a peace process by addressing political issues of the state politically Tanvir said that National Conference had always been a votary of cordial Indo Pak relations. “It is the people of J&K, who directly come in-between the line of fire between the two nations. If the relation between the two countries becomes cordial it will noticeably bring relief to the people of our state. The people of our state are the straight beneficiaries of the good neighborly relations between New Delhi and Islamabad.”
Taking about the solution to the protracted issue of Kashmir Tanvir said, “Restoration of Autonomy to the state of J&K has been the bed rock of policy of J&K National Conference; the party will continue to work for the restoration of the autonomy to the state. It is the only solution that satiates the political and development demands of all the region of the state. We aren’t seeking anything new, we are asking for what has been guaranteed to us Constitution of India.”
While recalling the role of National Conference in political empowerment of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Tanvir talked about the initiatives taken in strengthening democracy and forging the bonds of amity between various sections of the people right from 1953. He said our party envisioned a strong, prosperous and secular Jammu and Kashmir.
Geelani pays tributes to May 21 martyrs
Srinagar, May 20: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Monday paid the rich tributes to the Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone and Mirwaiz Moulana Mohammad Farooq on their respective anniversaries.
Geelani in a statement issued here said that both the leaders played a glaring role for the ongoing movement for the right to self-determination.
Recalling his personal relationship with both the leaders, Hurriyat chairman said that he always treated them as younger brothers. They had immense leadership qualities and had dedicated their lives for the sacred cause of movement.
While memorizing their valuable contributions for the ongoing movement, he expressed his hope that their followers and fans shall lead their mission with zeal and zest and stand as a mountain against those who are hell-bent to exploit their sacrifices for their petty interests.
Terming Moulana Farooq as an Islamic scholar and great orator and Abdul Gani Lone a seasoned politician and a statesman Hurriyat chairman urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on May 21, 2019, and make “Eidgah Chaloo” programme a grand success to commemorate their martyrdom.
Hurriyat leader paid his tributes and reverence to all those martyrs who have sacrificed their honour, wealth and precious lives since 1931.
He also expressed his hope that the people of Kashmir shall remain vigilant to safeguard their exemplary sacrifices and shall not allow anybody sellout for petty political gains and shall rise to the occasion against oppressive and suppressive methods.
Two injured in Baramulla road accident
Srinagar, May 20: Two persons were injured on Monday after vehicle met with an accident on Uri Nambla road near Syedpora village of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Officials said that a chassis Eeco vehicle skidded off from the road and fell into a river near Syedpora village resulting injuries to two persons.
They identified the injured as Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Niloosa Bijhama and Mansoor Ahmad a resident of Balkote.
They said both the injured were shifted to SDH Uri for treatment.
Police have taken cognizance of the case, they added.