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8 RDD employees suspended on graft charges

Eight Government employees at Rural Development Department (RDD) in Poonch district have been placed under suspension and a high level committee constituted to probe allegations of embezzlement against them. Sources informed that there were many public complaints against the suspended officials regarding corrupt practices in connivance with Sarpanch, Zainab Khatoon of Panchayat Sagra of Block Mankote in Poonch district.

Acting promptly against the complaints of grabbing public money, Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) Poonch, Rajesh Lakhan suspended the erring officials. After suspension of the erring officials, the ACD constituted a seven member committee to probe the matter and submit report within a month.

An order from the office of the ACD Poonch listed the suspended officials as Mohd Azeem, MPW (Multipurpose Worker) who worked as Panchayat Secretary at Balakote; Zaheem Mustafa, VLW (Village Level Worker) worked as Panchayat Secretary in Poonch; Vinay Kumar, MPW, worked as Panchayat Secretary at Sathra; Shaheen Akhter, NYC (National Youth Corps) at Mankote; Rizwana Mumtaz, GRS (Gram Rozgar Sahyak) at Mankote; Abdul Hamid, GRS at Mankote; Mohd Yaqoob, GRS at Mankote and Sohil Majid Ansari, TA (Technical Assistant) at Balakote. After suspension, all the erring officials have been attached with different offices at Poonch. A high level Committee has been constituted by the ACD to probe the charges of corruption against the erring officials. A report by a Committee constituted earlier mentioned about embezzlement, irregularity and misappropriation in Panchayat Sagra.

The order by the ACD further stated that the present Committee is mandated to go through preliminary findings of earlier Committee in detail and frame charge sheets incorporating all allegations raised against the delinquent employees.

Sources informed that the Committee will go in depth to find the exact amount of money embezzled by the erring officials. It will also scrutinize all the online/offline records for the period reported in the preliminary report and current year record with respect to all the major schemes implemented by RDD in Panchayat Sagra and pinpoint other delinquent employees along with quantum of charges.

The Committee is also mandated to physically verify the works taken up under different schemes of RDD in Panchayat Sagra and discreetly enquire and frame charge sheet against other officers/officials in addition to those suspended and before framing the charges the names of other erring officials be shared with the ACD Poonch for immediate disciplinary action.

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JKP Border Battalion aspirants submit memorandum to Div Com Jammu

Today, a delegation of aspirants seeking recruitment in the Jammu and Kashmir Police Border Battalion called on Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Dr Raghav Langer.

The Aspirants apprised the Divisional Commissioner that they had applied for the post of Head Constable advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Recruitment Board in 2019 and appeared in Physical and medical tests. But now, the JKP HQRS (police recruitment board) has reissued an advertisement notification for the recruitment of Head Constable in the border battalion.

The Aspirants demanded the withdrawal of the new advertisement issued by JKP HQRS. They further appealed to conduct the written examination of already qualified candidates and give a separate ad for more vacancies.

The Divisional Commissioner gave a patient hearing to the delegation and assured that the matter would be taken up with police authorities.

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Jammu Police Foils Bovine Smuggling Bid, 2 Arrested

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Nagrota police recovered six cattle from a stubble-laden truck going from Jammu to Kashmir. The accused had made a wooden box inside the vehicle. Although cattle were kept hidden inside this box, the top and front of the box were loaded with straw so that the police personnel posted at the checkpoints did not even know that cattle were being smuggled in the truck.

The vehicle driver, Obad-ul-Rehman resident of Belicharana and his companion Murad Ali resident of Belicharana, Satwari, were arrested. A case was registered against both of them at Nagrota police station for violating the order of the district commissioner and cruelty to cattle. The police are not even denying that the accused must have stolen these cattle from somewhere. The interrogation of both is on.

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On the midnight of Wednesday, Thursday, on strong information about cattle smuggling, police personnel blocked the Ban toll plaza on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. During this, vehicle number JK02AW-5753, carrying straw from Jammu to Kashmir, was stopped by the police personnel for investigation. However, when the people in the vehicle were asked about their destination, they could not answer satisfactorily.

Due to suspicion of the words of both the occupants of the vehicle, the police personnel searched the vehicle. When the stubble was removed, the police personnel found a wooden box inside the vehicle. When I looked inside the box, there were cattle there. After the cattle were recovered from the vehicle, the people tried to run away, but the police personnel did not let them escape. The vehicle was seized on the spot. Both the passengers in it were taken into custody.

Amish Mahajan

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Devender Rana calls on LG, raises issues of public importance

Former Legislator and BJP leader, Devender Singh Rana on Thursday called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhavan Jammu and raised various issues of public importance.

As per an official handout, Rana had a detailed interaction with the Lt Governor, wherein he projected several demands and issues pertaining to the release of pending payments under MGNREGA; age relaxation issue of the aspirants of Combined Competitive Exams; regularization of daily wagers; expediting pending Class-IV recruitment, besides joining issue of compilers and concerns of BSF/CISF aspirants and vocational trainers.

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The Lt Governor observed that the UT government is formulating development plans and policies reflective of the needs and aspirations of the people of J&K and assured him of due consideration of the genuine issues projected during the interaction, the handout read.

It further added that the Lt Governor urged Rana to continue his endeavours for promoting public welfare on all fronts.

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