Demanding hike of 50 percent in passenger fare, the transporters of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday staged a protest against Union Territory administration.
Assembled at Jammu’s BC Road, scores of transporters led by T S Wazir, Chairman of the All J&K Transport Welfare Association alleged that government order to cap the seating capacity in public transport at 50 per cent amid the COVID-19 pandemic is illogical their trade and they demand a hike in passenger fare for the survival.
According to the news , the protesters set ablaze a tyre and chanted slogans in support of their demand. Private transporters went on an indefinite strike on April 21 to protest the administration’s order capping the seating capacity at 50 per cent in passenger vehicles. They say it is not feasible for them to ply their vehicles at 50 per cent capacity as the fuel prices are skyrocketing and they have already suffered huge losses since the outbreak of the pandemic.
“It is very unfortunate that the administration of a Union Territory is behaving like it’s an autocracy. On the third day of our strike, we held a meeting with the transport commissioner and submitted our proposal to the government but no decision has been taken as yet,” Wazir told reporters.
He said they were forced to take to the streets because the administration is not paying heed to their demands. “We suffered huge economic losses last year on account of the pandemic and the latest unilateral decision of the administration, without enhancing the passenger fare, is bound to hit the industry badly,” he said.
Wazir appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the issue on humanitarian grounds and “save the people associated with the industry from starvation”.
Last year, he said, the administration had enhanced the fare by 30 per cent after capping the seating capacity in public transport at 60 to 70 per cent.
“We are ready for talks but let the administration come forward. It is not viable for us to ply our vehicles at 50 per cent seating capacity,” he said and regretted the inconvenience being faced by the public due to the non-availability of transport.
The protesters threatened to intensify their agitation in the coming days if the administration doesn’t reconsider its decision.
“We are living in a democracy and not under autocratic rule. If you do not hear the voice of the public, they will come on the roads. We will intensify the agitation in the coming days and park our vehicles on main roads,” Wazir said
Jammu Kashmir – Three militants killed, one surrendered in Shopian, Operation is still on
In a brush between militants and security in the Shopian district of Jammu And Kashmir, 3 militants were encountered by the security. One militant has surrendered. His name is said to be Taufik Ahmed. According to the News Agency ANI the search operation is still on. It was said that the brush has started in Kanigam of the Shopian district and that some militants have been cordoned by the security forces.
Before this, Jammu Kashmir had informed that Shopian where the brush is currently happening, Al Badr hired four militants have been cordoned off. According to the Police, they are trying their best that the militants surrender their themselves along with their weapons.
Last month the security forces had arrested a militant belonging to the Al BADR group seizing weapons and gunpowder. The militant was identified as Gulzar Ahmed Bhatt, resident of Bathpora Arvani Anantnag.
Security Forces had attained great success in March in Sapore of the the Baramula district. In the brush between the militants and the security forces, the latter had encountered the divisional commander Ganai Khwaja of the militant group Al Badr. Weapons and loads of gunpowder were seized from the killed militant.
J&K Is Ready To Tackle The Pandemic: Advisor RR Bhatnagar
Today, the advisor to LG JK RR Bhatnagar arrived at Samba District hospital to review the oxygen generation plant which can be made functional at any time.
While talking to JK Media he said “this plant is under testing phase and soon he will be commissioned. Rest all other arrangements are under placement. For those people who are in isolation, we are providing support to them and soon they will get a tele-consulting facility. Apart from this, we have talked with the CMO to provide oxygen and oxygenated beds to the beds that are in need of it. I request everyone who is eligible for the vaccination must get vaccinated. People should wear a mask and should follow the SOPs.”
The in-charge of the oxygen generating plant said that the plant is ready to function and all the arrangements have been done. Earlier DC Anuradha Gupta has also reviewed the oxygen-generating plant.
With Hospital’ s Negligence A Mother Loses Her Unborn Child
Sad news coming from SMGS Hospital, Shalamar where a woman has lost her unborn child and the family is alleging that they’ve lost their child due to the hospital’s negligence.
While talking to the media a family member said “today morning around 12:30 we arrived at the hospital. The lady is my sister who has arrived from Punjab. Earlier also she has come here for a check-up. Today, she has come for the check-up and during the check-up, the doctor asked her that they have to immediately operate on her, but before the operation, she has to undergo a RAT test. When she went for the test the doctors there told her that they will start the test at 2 pm but they did the test at 2:30 pm and that too when we insisted. After getting the negative report we went to the operation theatre. At the operation theatre, the doctor asked us that first, they have to prepare the file. To complete the file they took around 2 hours. The pulse rate of the unborn child at 12:30 was around 126 and before the operation, they tore the report and again did an ultrasound and that pulse rate was the same. Then they refused to operate and eventually the child died inside the womb. Still, they are not operating. My sister is also in a critical situation.”
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