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Vyas meets public deputations in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Dec 03: Advisor to Governor, B.B Vyas, on Monday said that a prompt grievance redressal mechanism has been put in place in view of the ensuing winter and harsh weather conditions so that people do not face any inconvenience viz-a-viz essential services and their deliverance.

HoDs and their representatives were present in the interaction who facilitated the on-spot disposal of public grievances and those who were not present were directed telephonically for immediate resolution of issues pertaining to the public.

Listening to the grievances of a number of delegations and individuals during his scheduled public Darbar programmes in Srinagar, Vyas asked officials to reach out to the people and address their issues at an earliest. Keeping Kashmir harsh winter in mind, grievances of the people which get doubled must be addressed without any delay.

“The officials need to understand that people with grievances have high expectations from the government, especially from their concerned officials,” he said. The Advisor said, “Therefore, it is our duty that the concerned officials meet the expectations of these people.

He asked people to come forward and contribute to the development of the State. He said he was overwhelmed to see people in many areas addressing their issues on the community level rather than complaining about the system.

Vyas listened to the grievances of over 50 delegations and scores of other individuals from different districts of Kashmir division—who met him here at Church Lane, Srinagar under the aegis of Governor’s Grievance Cell for redressal of public grievances.

During the camp, Vyas said that functioning and service delivery of government departments have been revamped so that the grievances of people are redressed at an earliest and flagship schemes and welfare programmes are fast-paced. The delegations comprising from various districts Kashmir region apprised the Advisor of their grievances and sought his intervention in ensuring outcome-based redressal.

The grievance redressal camp was attended by senior officers, Revenue, FCS&CA, Agriculture, Horticulture and other allied departments and wings of the administration.

A delegation from central Kashmir’s district Budgam demanded a hike in compensation for the land acquired for the ring road project. A delegation led by Dr GN Tantry demanded the construction of drainage, sewerage system at Friends Lane, Lal Bazar. A delegation of students from Budgam demanded relief in admissions on Bed course.

A delegation from north Kashmir’s Gurez area demanded compensation or jobs for the stakeholders whose families were dislocated in NHPC’s ongoing projects.

A delegation of south Kashmir’s Tral town raised many issues with the Advisor to which Vyas assured prompt redressal. A delegation of senior assistants from the Department of Rural development raised the issue of promotions with the Advisor.  The Advisor assured that he would soon hold a conference and examine their issues.

Meanwhile, deputy mayor, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Shiekh Imran called on Advisor Vyas and discussed issues pertaining to Srinagar city.


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APSCC holds Mehbooba responsible for internal bickering in PDP

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Srinagar, Dec 13: All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) today said that the internal bickering and disintegration of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken place due to the wrong polices of present party President and former chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti.

In a statement, APSCC Chairman Jagmohan Singh Raina said that Mehbooba Mufti failed not only as chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir, but also as President of PDP. Raina said that Mehbooba could not pursue the agenda as set out by her father Late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and it is due to reason that PDP has disintegrated like a pack of nine pins.

The APSCC Chairman said that Mehbooba played truant with the Sikh community of the state by denying them rights that were due to them under the National Minorities Act. He said the PDP President in fact sabotaged the extension of minority status to Sikhs of the state by filing a counter affidavit in the court of law and that too at the highest level.

“Before 2014 assembly elections Late Mufti Sayeed promised before a huge gathering of Sikhs that he would give minority status to Sikhs of Jammu & Kashmir and the same formed a part of the party manifesto for those elections. However, for three and half years the powerful Kashmiri Pandit lobby ensured that Mufti does not fulfill the promises made to the Sikh community,” said Raina.

The APSCC Chairman said that after being elected as CM of state in 2016, Mehbooba was keen to implement the central policies in state. He said her advisor Prof. Amitabh Mattoo manipulated certain orders and rephrased the same so that the Kashmiri Pandits get benefitted out of the revised orders.

“It is a pity that all the legislators knew about this, but none among them raised a finger against the same. Mehbooba led state government filed an affidavit in Supreme Court and opposed the extension of National Minority Act to Jammu & Kashmir. She also issued SRO 425 by virtue of which employment benefits due to Sikhs were given to the Kashmiri Pandit youth,” said Raina.

The APSCC Chairman said that despite meeting Mehbooba many times no headway whatsoever was made with regards to demands of Sikhs living in Jammu & Kashmir. He demanded that Election Commission of India should ban PDP since the party went against its own election manifesto by opposing minority status to Sikhs and that too in the apex court of country.

Raina said that Kashmiri Pandits can never be given minority status since Hindus are in majority and not in minority in India. He said that communities like Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists and Jains have been classified as minorities in India by National Commission for Minorities.

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NET aspirants demand exam centres within Kashmir

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Srinagar, Dec 13: Students here are up in arms against the National Testing Agency (NTA) for designating their exams centers for upcoming NET exams outside J&K state.

The NET (national eligibility test) exams are starting from December 19 onwards by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
From this year, the UGC established NTA as a premier, specialist, autonomous and self-sustained testing organization to conduct entrance examinations for admission, fellowship in higher educational institutions.

“The problem is that many students from Kashmir have their centres in Jammu, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab. It is discrimination with aspirants from Kashmir,” said one of the aspirants adding that the bad weather could prove fatal for the aspirants.

The aspirants told CNS that the candidates from Kashmir Valley had prioritized their exam centres in Baramulla and Srinagar district and had given alternate option for their centre in Jammu and Kathua.

“But most of the students have their exam centres outside J&K state,” he said.

The aggrieved students also said they it was not possible for them to afford air tickets to travel to other states and appear in exams.

The aspirants have sought intervention of Jammu Kashmir Governor, Chief Secretary and Advisors to Governor.

“Please establish exam centres for us in Kashmir Valley,” they said.

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PSAJK attends Int’l conference in Indonesia on quality Islamic Education

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Indonesia, Dec 13: In a first, a delegation of Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) participated in the International conference titled “Dawah and Islamic Education; Challenge, Concept and Policy,” in Indonesia.
The PSAJK delegation, which was only one to be invited from India, detailed the situation regarding education among muslims in the subcontinent in general and Kashmir in particular. They actively participated in sharing of ideas for achieving quality Islamic Education in tune with world standards.
The conference organised by Mu’allimin and Mu’allimaat Muhammadiyah (MMM), a leading non-profit and social group of Indonesia, was convened to discuss ways and strategies to elevate the quality of Dawah and Islamic education in the world.
“The conference was attended by leading academicians and educations of the Islamic world. All of them felt that the level of education in Islamic world, be it Islamic or Science, lags in quality,” said G N Var. “There were number of brain storming sessions aimed to devise ways to standardise the level of education in the Islamic world.”
According to the organisers, the grand conference, which was organised on the eve of centenary celebrations of the parent organisation, was aimed to become a media of aspiration and network among people and organisation of Dawah and Islamic Education institutions coming from various countries. The conference was attended by delegates from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Japan, India, United Kingdom and Turkey.
Institutions and organisations of these nine countries signed the MOU to promote value based moral education, student and faculty exchange programmes, reservation for meritorious and deserving students.
“The MOU was one of our biggest achievements. It has opened the gates of best educational institutes of nine countries for our students,” said Var. “The collaboration will also lead to increase in the professional capacity of institutes and quality of education. We will also be able to host students from these countries. It will have a far reaching effect.”
The speakers at the conference described the golden age of learning in Islamic world and described the reasons that led to downfall of the knowledge industry. There was a unanimous commitment toshare the knowledge and work hard to reclaim the knowledge centre status.
The conference agreed to rejuvenate the understanding and spirit of Al-Maun to inspite progressive Dawah and forward looking Islamic education in the new century.
While giving a presentation, the Director of MMM said that the institute models its education on renowned Islamic thinker KHA Dahlan’s four principles. The first principle is Ilm before Amal (first to understand and then apply), second being akhlaq or character building, third being competency building (skill development) and fourth being critical thinking. The last principle advocates student centred learning and encourages the students to question and debate.
KHA Dahlan was an Indonesian Islamic revivalist who established Muhammadiyah.
The conference also agreed to annually organise the conference at a global scale. The PSAJK put forward the name of Kashmir for the next round of conference to be held in 2019. After the deliberations, three finalists namely Kashmir, Malaysia and Turkey were shortlisted for the host candidates.
The final announcement of venue will be confirmed by 28 February 2019.
MMM is a major Islamic Non-Government Organisation of Indonesia with more than 9000 Schools and 184 Universities.
Muhammadiyah is the second largest Islamic organization in Indonesia with 29 million members and solely devoted to social and educational activities.

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