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Advisor Vyas for outcome-based redress of public grievances

NIN NEWS SERVICE | SRINAGAR, NOVEMBER 13: Advisor to Governor, BB Vyas today chaired a meeting of officers from various departments to discuss the issues raised during the Public Grievance Redressal Camp held on November 12 at JK Governor’s Grievance Cell at Church Lane, Sonwar.

The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir Baseer Ahmed Khan, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar Dr Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, Commissioner SMC, VC SDA, Chief Engineer PDD, SE R&B, SC Projects (EMRI), Exen UEED and other concerned officials.

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PIL regarding better care of old age home DB ask to file Status report

JAMMU, November-12: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Viklang Chattra Trust seeking better care of old age home, A Division Bench of the State High Court Comprising Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe directed State to file status report.

          When the PIL came-up for hearing, Division Bench after hearing Adv Veenu Gupta for the PIL whereas Advocate General assited by Govt Advocate Sudesh Magotra appearing for the state observed that pursuant to the earlier order, this status report has been filed by  Chief Secretary. DB further observed that in the status report it is seen that the financial approval of the State Government for construction of old age homes for men, women as well as Bal Ashrams for boys and girls has been accorded as back as on 24th July, 2017.

          DB further observed that additionally, the financial outlay for working of the National Social Assistance Programme, which is a centrally sponsored scheme for poor and persons living below poverty line, to enable disbursement under the Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS), Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS) and Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS) has been placed on record.

          Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal further directed to inform the court that during the current financial year under the Integrated Social Security Scheme, which is a state sponsored scheme, 40,000 additional cases have been identified and approved for award of the benefits.

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Mehbooba pitches for dialogue with Pak, end to civilian killings


Srinagar, October 23:

Reiterating her appeal to centre for resumption of dialogue with Pakistan, former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti demanded end to civilian killings, adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (//ISoPs) by Security Forces in the state.

Mehbooba again appealed Centre for resumption of dialogue between India and Pakistan to end the present phase of acrimony and confrontation between the two South Asian neighbouring States. In her meeting with Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh here today, Mehbooba Mufti said good relations with Pakistan have a positive impact on the ground situation in the State. She said it also encourages reconciliation among stakeholders within the State which automatically results into decline in alienation levels of people. 

She reminded the Union Home Minister that in the past when the two countries were in the best of relations, Jammu & Kashmir not only witnessed an era of minimal violence but also reconciliation and peoples’ active participation in democratic and developmental processes. Expressing concern over the prevailing situation in the State, the PDP President also impressed upon the Union Home Minister to ensure that civilian killings and collateral damage during security operations are avoided at all costs, a PDP spokesman said. 

She told Ranjnath Singh that she believed every civilian killing not only adds to the alienation level of people here but also pushes the democratic and developmental process in the State to the back burner. She asked the Union Home Minister to direct all the security agencies to exercise maximum restrain and follow strictly the SoPs as laid down while dealing with the security situations in the State to ensure that civilian lives and property are not put to any risk in these operations. The Union Home Minister, it may be recalled, is on a day long visit to Srinagar today during which he met the PDP President and discussed the overall security situation in the State.

J&K Panchayat Polls-2018: CEO issues notification for Phase-8

Srinagar, Nov 12: The Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), J&K, Shaleen Kabra on Monday issued the notification for conduct of the eighth phase of Panchayati Polls-2018 to elect Sarpanches and Panches.
The notification has been issued for Block Hyhama and Kupwara in District Kupwara, Hajin and Nadihal in District Bandipora, Narwah and Boniyar in Baramulla District, Srinagar and Qamarwari in Srinagar District, B K Pora and Narbal in Budgam District, Achgooze and Pampore in Pulwama District, Imamsahib in District Shopian andQaimoh in Kulgam District of Kashmir Division.
In Jammu Division, the Panchayati elections will be held in the eighth Phase in Block Pouni, Reasi, Panthal and Katra in Reasi District, Barnoti, Mahanpur and Dhar Mahanpur in Kathua District, Rmagarh, Ghagwal and Rajpura in Samba District, R. S Pura, Miran Sahib, Dansal, Nagrota excluding Halqa Panchayat Marh, Satwari and Mandal Phallian in Jammu District and Kalakote & Moughla in Rajouri District.
According to the notification, the last date for making nominations is November 19, 2018, the date for the scrutiny of nominations is November 20, 2018, the last date for withdrawal of candidature is November 22, 2018.

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Govt withdraws order to purchase Geeta, Ramanaya books by education deptt


Srinagar, October 23:

The Governor administration has withdrawn the order directing School Education Department (SED), Higher Education Department (HED) and others to purchase Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta and Ramayana.

The order was withdrawn following criticism from different sections of society, besides political parties, including National Conference (NC) Vice President Omar Abdullah.  

“The Communication No: Edu/Genl/35/2013 dated: 22-10-2018 issued by the School Education Department to the Director School Education Kashmir/Jammu has been withdrawn ab-initio on the directions of the Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam,” an official spokesperson said.

Mr Abdullah has questioned Governor administration order, directing SED, HED and others to purchase Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta and Ramayana only.

“Why just the Gita & Ramayana? If religious texts are to be placed in schools, collages & government libraries (and I’m not convinced that they need/should be) then why is it being done selectively? Why are other religions being ignored?” Mr Abdullah wrote on micro-blogging site twitter.

The order issued on Monday said that a meeting chaired by advisor to Governor on October 4, 2018 took a decision in respect of SED.

It said the SED, HED, Director Colleges, Director Libraries and Culture department will consider purchasing sufficient number of copies each of Urdu version of Shrimad Bhagwat Geeta and Koshur Ramayan authored by Sarwanand Premi for making these available in schools, colleges and Public Libraries of the state.

“I am directed to request you to take further action as per rules and following all codal formalities required,” the order issued by under secretary to government SED had said.

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