Withdraw FIRs lodged
against Army officers: JKNPP
JAMMU, APR 19: Peeved over assault and humiliation of valiant
soldiers by stone-pelters and other anti-nationals in Kashmir
followed by the State government slapping FIRs on them for
inexplicable reasons, Chairman JKNPP, Harsh Dev Singh condemned
bizarre situation, which had led to disparagement of security
personnel and brought disgrace to entire nation. He demanded
immediate withdrawal of all FIRs lodged against Army officers and
asked BJP-PDP combine to seek unconditional apology from defence
personnel for abominable behaviour.
Harsh was addressing a Press Conference in Jammu today.
While addressing media, Harsh Dev Singh divulged that the incumbent
Government had been resorting to appeasement policy towards frenzied
secessionists, anti-nationals and stone-pelters, thereby emboldening
them enough to assault and manhandle CRPF personnel on duty.
Inculpating BJP partnered dispensation responsible for turmoil and
disorder in the State, Harsh Dev Singh expressed shock over the FIRs
registered against Army and BSF by the State government for
inexplicable reasons. He wondered over criminal silence of the
Saffron party while the State Police slapped FIRs under sections
342/149/506 and 367 of RPC on Army's 53 RR unit for countering
stone-pelters during bye-polls in Srinagar on April9. "Army devised
strategy to successfully rescue security personnel and civil
officials trapped by a frenzied mob of 500 protestors at a Polling
booth but FIRs registered against Army officers by State Police has
only proved BJP's impuissance and its treacherous character", Harsh
regretted. He further maintained that an FIR under Section-302 of
RPC has also been registered against BSF personnel for countering
stone-pelting on security forces, which resulted in loss of life.
Harsh demanded withdrawal of all such absurd and frivolous FIRs
against defence personnel and cautioned State BJP that Panthers
Party would hold 'Gherao' of its Ministers, if it failed to seek an
unconditional apology from Indian Army and other security forces for
bringing disgrace to the nation.
Hospital celebrates 1st anniversary
JAMMU, APR 19: Just one year and more than one lakh patients were
benefited from treatment availed at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Narayana
Super-specialty Hospital located in Kakryal near Katra. This was
informed by CEO SMVDSB, Ajit Kumar Sahu while addressing a Press
Conference organized on the occasion of 1st anniversary celebrations
of Super-specialty Hospital in Jammu.
Celebrating its first anniversary, the tertiary care Super-specialty
Hospital highlighted some significant milestones and
patient-friendly initiatives taken during the year.
With high quality of care and affordable cost, the hospital has
touched lives of more than one lakh people of State apart from a
large number of pilgrims, who availed healthcare services here
during their Yatra to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. On this
occasion, CEO of SMVD Narayana Super-specialty Hospital, Dr Suneet
Marwah said, "Our focus has always been on patient and
family-centered care. In a short span of time, the hospital has made
a mark in a variety of specialties. We have Centers of excellence in
cancer and cardiac care apart from other key specialties."
As part of its neighbourhood initiatives, the Hospital conducted
many health screening camps in Jammu, Reasi, Sunderbani, Doda,
Poonch, Rajauri and Akhnoor with a primary mission of providing
exceptional acute and preventive medical care.
The hospital performs life-saving emergencies and elective
surgeries. It has offered many free and concessional treatments to
deserving patients from economically backward sections costing
around R 5.3 cr. Besides, Shrine Board also extended support and
assistance to the tune of s 2.9 cr to various categories of patients
including pilgrims, villagers, landowners and poor.
JKMEF protests for redressal
JAMMU, APR 19: In continuation to its series of protests in every
Block, medical employees staged a day-long dharna in the premises of
Govt Hospital Gandhi Nagar here today.
The dharna was organized under the leadership of Jammu Kashmir
Medical Employees Federation (JKMEF) State president Sushil Sudan.
Raising slogans, the protesting employees were demanding clearance
of DPC, promotions as seniority, immediate amendment of SRO 20 dated
24-02-1992, upgradation of the posts of Pharmacists, promotion of
Female Multipurpose Health Workers, removal of pay anomalies,
creation of the posts of Ophthalmic Technicians at PHC levels in all
Blocks, creation of posts of Technical Officer in SHTO Workshop,
risk allowance and issuance of Uniform to Field Workers, enhancement
of Risk allowance in favour of X-Ray Technician, increase in pay
scale of Junior Staff Nurses from R 4000-6000 to R 5000-8000
(pre-revised), creation of posts of CHOs in new PHCs and running
grade on the analogy of Doctors and release of two and half days pay
incentive in favour all non-gazetted employees.
While addressing the protestors, Sushil Sudan and Vinod Kumar Sharma
(Secretary General JKMEF) threatened to intensify the struggle if no
action was taken for redressal of their genuine demands.
Kavinder urges for organizing
regular cultural events for jail inmates
JAMMU, APR 19: District Jail Jammu, Amphalla today organized a
colourful cultural programme in its premises for the jail inmates.
Speaker, J&K Legislative Assembly Kavinder Gupta was the chief guest
on the occasion and DGP Prisons S K Mishra was the guest of honour.
The inmates presented colorful and enthralling cultural programme
communicating cultural diversity of Jammu and Kashmir and social
messages about various vices ailing the society.
The Speaker while addressing the gathering appreciated the
enthusiasm and effort of inmates and jail authorities in organizing
this wonderful performance. He urged the inmates to engage in
various initiatives launched for their development and welfare so
that they can be self reliant at the time of their release.
He asked them to make use of the educational training under adult
literacy programme and vocational training for skill development
including training as electricians, plumbers, handloom craftsmen etc
made available to them and develop necessary skills for their easy
rehabilitation in the civil society.
The DGP Prisons talking about cultural arts training being provided
to inmates said that music, art and culture should be promoted in
all the prisons and expressed hope that jail inmates after getting
required training will evolve as excellent performers.
The programme was conducted through Central Cultural Team of Armed
Police, J&K was witnessed by CRPF officers, Jail Officers, Jawans
and other officers and officials.
induction of Sikh Minister, nomination of Sikh MLC demanded
JAMMU, APR 19: The Chardikala Diwas of Dera Nangali Sahib Poonch was
organized at Gurdwara Digiana Ashram. Ragis and Religious Preachers
recited Gurbani and prayed for Mahant Manjit Singh of Sheromani Dera
Nangali Sahib Poonch for success, development and welfare of the
Sikh Sangat programme.
On the occasion, large number of people including various political
and religious leaders assembled at the Gurdwara to participate in
the event. All the leaders appreciated the role of Mahant Manjit
Singh in the field of education, religious unity among various
sections of society and drive against drugs. The speakers criticized
the PDP and role of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti against Sikh
Community for ignorance of their issues like Minority commission and
induction of Sikh Minister and nomination of Sikh MLC. Mahant Manjit
Singh presented Siropas to BJP MLC Pardeep Sharma and others who
attended the function.
Prominent among others present included Rangil Singh, ex-Minister;
Sudershan Singh Wazir, ex-president, J&K SGPB and President Sikh
United Front J&K; Sant Hardit Singh, Baba Kuldeep Singh, Pardeep
Sharma, newly elected BJP MLC from Poonch; Raman Bhalla,
ex-Minister; Narinder Singh Raina, Amrik Singh Advocate, leader of
various Sikh organizations including Sheromani Akali Dal, AISSF,
Bhai Kanhaya Nishkam Sewa Society, Sikh Welfare Society, Sikh
Naujawan Sabha and Members of DGPC Jammu.
Jammu chooses Bagh-e-Bahu and
Fish Aquarium as Best Tourist Destination
JAMMU, APR 19: In its ongoing 'Big Jammu Pride' series launched by
92.7 BIG FM, Bagh-e-Bahu and Fish Aquarium have been chosen as Best
Tourist Destination of the city.
The category for the month of April was Tourist Attractions in and
around Jammu in which people were asked to nominate their favourite
Tourist Destinations within Jammu City. On the basis of peoples'
vote and Jury members' benchmarks, top 4 destinations were chosen.
People were then asked to vote for their favourite one. Also, the
jury members including Ajay Khajuria, former Director Tourism, Jammu
and Harish Gosain, president Travel Agents Association Jammu, rated
the destinations as per their expertise. Public voting was done
through Whatsapp, Facebook and On-air Calls and the cumulative
results were in favour of Bagh-e-Bahu and Fish Aquarium.
An award function was organized in which Farooq Ahmad Shah, Director
General, Tourism was the chief guest. He appreciated the efforts of
92.7 Big FM for organizing such event for promoting the places of
Syed Mujtaba Ali Jaffery, Cluster Head 92.7 Big FM J&K and Punjab
delivered the vote of thanks.
The finalists included O P Sharma Vidyarthi- Director Environment,
Ecology & Remote Sensing from Environment Park; Raghuvir Singh
Pathania, Additional Secretary Amar Mahal Museum & Libraries and
Amit Sharma, Warden, Wild Life Division Jammu.
The winner's trophy was jointly received by Sunil Misri, Project
Director Bagh-e-Bahu and Masood Hussain Sheikh, Sr Project Officer
Fisheries for the Fish Aquarium.
Also present on the occasion was Programming Head Vikrant Sharma and
Sales Head Sidhharth Mahajan. Fun contests and games were held
during the awards ceremony where RJ Juhie and RJ Sarang put up a
great show and gave away more prizes to their lucky winners.
SKPA conducts lecture on
UDHAMPUR, APR 19: Additional Director General of Police (Hqrs) V K
Singh, today delivered a lecture on "Anger and Stress Management" at
Sher-e-Kashmir Police Academy (SKPA) Udhampur here today.
As many as 400 Police personnel including staff, BRTC (Lady
Constables) trainees and other senior officers of SKPA Udhampur
attended the programme.
On the occasion, ADGP Singh who was the chief guest, highlighted the
importance of anger and stress management, and said Anger and Stress
is linked to our lives and the police personnel need to be
sensitized about such an important issue which can help them both in
their professional and personal lives. He further advised the
participants to get rid of biases in them and ensure free and
The main objective of the lecture was to acquaint the
officers/officials as to how to manage anger and stress while
performing their duties in difficult, stressful and adverse
ADGP sensitized the participants about the importance of developing
a strong emotional quotient so that police officers could go about
their job with compassion and respect for others.
Singh also deliberated in detail on different aspects like self
awareness, self regulation, and empathy and relationship management.
DIG Udhampur Reasi Range Varinder Sharma, SSP Udhampur Shailendra
Kumar Mishra, along with a number of senior police officers also
attended the lecture.
At the outset, Director S K Police Academy Udhampur Mohammad
Sulaiman Salaria, welcomed the chief guest and other senior officers
who participated in the lecture.
Non-implementation of Court
JAMMU, APR 19: Justice Tashi Rabstan of J&K
High Court at its Jammu Wing today took serious note of not
implementing the court orders and directed the Chief Secretary of
J&K State to come up with a circular instruction in the name of
Heads of the Departments of the J&K State, requiring them to comply
with the orders of the Courts within fixed timeframe, so as to allay
the cost, men and machinery of the State and mental agony faced by
litigants due to non-compliance of the Court orders, which
resultantly would curtail unnecessary litigation.
While directing the Chief Secretary, Justice Tashi Rabstan observed
that every day contempt petitions pour in grousing non-compliance of
orders passed by this Court. What has been seen, that after their
diarizing and listing before the Bench, the Contempt Petitions are
dealt with casually, like regular matters, and the respondents-State
implore in a routine manner to file statement of facts/compliance.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further directed the Chief Secretary to file a
Comprehensive Proposal/ Circular instruction in the names of Heads
of Departments, on or before the next date of hearing.
This landmark order has been passed in a contempt petition filed by
one Kusum Bala who sought implementation of judgment in which High
Court allowed the petition to treat the petitioner to be in
continuous service in terms of judgment/order dated 25.04.1989
passed in SWP No.795/86. Consequently, the petitioner would be
treated to have been appointed on regular basis with effect from the
date Government Order No.1220-GAD of 1989 dated 11.09.1989 came to
be issued alongwith all consequential benefits on notional basis.
Before parting, court had also observed that the petitioner has been
hankering for justice for the last about 30 years, but the
respondents despite clear-cut directions from the Court in previous
writ petitions did not appoint the petitioner on regular basis in
terms of Government order dated 11.09.1989 (supra); rather they
rejected her claim on one or the other pretext, least bothering
about the fact that this is the fourth round of litigation and in
the melee about three decades have passed. In the given
circumstances, I really do not appreciate the manner in which the
official respondents took the judicial process for a ride and
rejected the case of petitioner on flimsy grounds. In the peculiar
facts and circumstance of this case, the State is directed to bear
and pay the costs to petitioner within a period of two months from
today after proper verification and identification, which is
quantified at rupees fifty thousand. It is made clear that in case
the official respondents fail to deposit the costs in the Registry
within the aforesaid period, Registrar (Judicial) is directed to
frame a separate robkar against them, and after issuing notice to
them, list the same before the Court.
When today the matter was taken-up, Justice Tashi Rabstan while
taking serious note observed that even after lapse of more than a
year, the judgment and order dated 24.09.2015 has not been complied
with and respondents seek extension of time.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further observed that It is pertinent to
mention here that non-compliance of orders that leads to piling up
of avoidable litigation, this Court is left with no option, except
to direct the Chief Secretary of the J&K State, to come up with a
circular instruction in the name of Heads of the Departments of the
J&K State, requiring them to comply with the orders of the Courts
within fixed timeframe, so as to allay the cost, men and machine of
the State and mental agony faced by litigants due to noncompliance
of the Court orders, which, resultantly would curtail unnecessary
litigation and directed Chief Secretary of the J&K State file a
Comprehensive Proposal/circular instruction in the name of Heads of
Departments, on or before the next date of hearing.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further observed that having regard to the
request made by Ravinder Gupta, AAG, and in the interest of justice,
two weeks' further time is granted to Director School Education,
Jammu to comply with the Order dated 24.09.2015, failing which,
Drawing & Disbursing Officer of the Directorate of School Education,
Jammu, shall not release salary of the Director School Education for
the month of April, 2017, till further orders from this Court.
Justice Tashi Rabstan further directed to transmit copy of this
order to the Chief Secretary J&K, the Secretary Law, Justice &
Parliamentary Affairs J&K, and Director, School Education, Jammu,
for compliance. (JNF)
Commr/ Secy PHE tenders
unconditional apology before HC
JAMMU, APR 19: In the much publicized contempt
petition in Gair Mumkin Khad case in which J&K High Court had
directed to frame water policy, today Sourabh Bhagat
Commissioner/Secretary who appeared in person offered an
unconditional apology for not being present in the court yesterday.
Upon this Division Bench directed him to appear on the next date of
hearing and come with concrete measures having taken towards the
framing of the Water Policy u/s section 4 of the Jammu and Kashmir
Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act, 2010.
Advocate A K Sawhney alongwith Advocate Aseem Sawhney appeared for
the contempt petitioner Rattan Parkash and submitted that the High
Court had passed a judgment on 12.2.2016 directing the State Govt
including the contemnor Sourab Bhagat and others whereby the Court
had directed to frame a Water Policy within two months. He submitted
that despite more than a year having lapsed the State has not
complied with the order of the High Court and is delaying the same
on one pretext or the other.
Moreover the Court had directed the Commissioner/ Secretary to Govt.
Sourabh Bhagat to appear before the Court when he filed an
application whereby it was submitted that he was in Delhi in
connection with official work. On this the petitioner's counsel
filed an affidavit of the assisting counsel Shiv Dev Singh Thakur
wherein it was submitted that the Commissioner/Secy Sourabh Bhagat
was in Jammu and was attending to his official work and had filed a
false affidavit. On this the High Court had taken a serious note and
had directed Bhagat to appear in person before the Court today with
his boarding pass.
On appearing the Court Commissioner/Secretary to Govt Bhagat's
counsels Sr Additional Advocate General H A Siddiqui and Deputy
Advocate General Ranjeet Singh Jamwal assisted the Court and
explained that he was in Delhi and had arrived only yesterday.
The Division Bench of J&K High Court had yesterday taken strong note
of non-appearance of PHE Commissioner in Court and also for not
complying with the Judgment dated 12.02.2016 and delaying
implementation from last 1 year 2 months and 5 days. An application
was also moved on his behalf through Additional Secretary PHE Ashok
Kumar Sharma who also filed an affidavit attested on 18.04.2017
itself. The Court told Deputy Advocate General Ranjeet Singh Jamwal
to enquire when Commissioner is coming back from Delhi and meanwhile
case was passed over to be taken up after lunch break.
Advocate A.K. Sawhney appearing for the petitioner enquired about
the whereabouts of the Commissioner PHE and came to know that he is
attending his office at Civil Secretariat, Jammu. In order to verify
the fact Advocate A. K. Sawhney deputed Advocate Shiv Dev Singh
Thakur to verify the fact and pay visit to Civil Secretariat, Jammu.
Later it was verified that Sourav Bhagat was attending the office
and is in Jammu on 18.04.2017.
Advocate A. K. Sawhney filed an affidavit of the Advocate Shiv Dev
Singh Thakur alleging that Deputy Advocate General has made a wrong
and false statement on behalf of Commissioner/ Secretary PHE and
Advocate A.K. Sawhney yesterday also submitted before the bench that
Court has been taken for granted by the Commissioner who has made a
wrong and false statement that he is in Delhi and it amounts to
committing fraud with Court proceedings just to delay the
implementation of the Judgment dated 12.02.2016. (JNF)
Transparent distribution of
adequate ration is Govt's priority: Zulfkar
KISHTWAR, APR 19: The Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer
Affairs (FCS&CA) Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali has reiterated that providing
adequate supply of ration to the people in a fair and transparent
manner is government's priority.
The Minister said this while chairing a meeting of the FCS&CA
department to review stock and supply position in this hilly
district here at New DC office Complex here today.
The Minister of State for Transport and R&B, Sunil Sharma,
Legislator Firdous Ahmed Tak, Secretary FCS&CA Shafiq Raina, ADC
Kishtwar Kishori Lal, SSP Kishtwar Sandeep Wazir, CPO Yasir Balwan,
Assistant Director FCS&CA Kishtwar Athar Amin Zargar besides other
district officers and sectoral heads were present in the meeting.
Reviewing the performance of the department, the Minister was
informed that ration up to March 2017 has been distributed in all
the blocks of the district while distribution for the current month
is under process. He was also informed that the ration in the cut
off of areas of the district is available up to May 2017 as the same
has been stocked well in advance before the advent of winter.
While highlighting the status of ration under NFSA, the chair was
informed that 98% of the ration has been distributed whereas under
MMSFES, 85% distribution has been made till date and the rest is
available in stores.
Acting upon certain complaints received from different quarters, the
Minister ordered to seize the Store and stock register of TSO
In this regard, he directed ADC to conduct a physical verification
of stock position within 3 days. He further directed ADC to remove
encroachment at FCS&CA ration store in Kishtwar besides taking up
the issue with RDD for construction of retaining wall of ration
store at Padder.
While reiterating the government's commitment to provide quality
ration to the people Zulfkar said that ration supply to the state
have been increased from 7.56 lakhs metric ton to 12 lac metric ton
besides number of BPL beneficiaries have been increased by 60%.
The Minister said that strict action would be taken against those
indulging in black-marketing and pilferage of food grains and
further directed the district administration to monitor vigilantly
all the shops on regular basis.
The Minister laid stress on strengthening the online public
distribution system by linking it to biometric system of
distribution and said the act shall bring transparency in
distribution of food grains to the needy.
Veeri for speedy disposal of
issues of public importance
JAMMU, APR 19: Minister for Revenue, Relief, Rehabilitation and
Reconstruction, Abdul Rehman Veeri has stressed upon speedy disposal
of issues of public importance. The Minister was speaking at a high
level meeting of the department here today. The meeting was attended
by Financial Commissioner Revenue Lokesh Dutt Jha, Commissioner
Secretary Revenue Mohammad Ashraf Mir, and Divisional Commissioner
Jammu Pawan Kotwal.
The Minister further impressed upon the officers to firm up their
recommendations alongwith the solutions in a time bound manner for
the benefit of the public. He stressed upon the officers to seek
periodical reports from the field officers about the timely land
mutations in their respective areas.
"Land mutations should not be a cumbersome process for public.
Revenue officials should facilitate the process effectively while
Deputy Commissioners and SDMs should take periodical review of land
mutation process in their respective areas to avoid unnecessary
pendency of cases at any level," he said.
The meeting further decided to conduct refresher training for the
officers of the department during the one day conference to be
organised on 25th of this month. Senior officers and retired old
hands will update the officials about revenue laws and other
functions of the department, the meeting decided.