The Centre is planning a series of political initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir which may include discussion with mainstream parties of the Union Territory and elections to the assembly in the early part of next year, officials said here on Friday.
The delimitation commission, which was set up immediately after passage of Jammu and Kashmir reorganisation bill by Parliament under the chairmanship of Justice (retd) Ranjana Desai, is likely to expedite its work and submit its report.
The commission was set in February 2020 and has been given an extension of one year in March.
The central leadership may even invite the National Conference headed by Farooq Abdullah, PDP chairperson Mehbooba Mufti, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari and People”s Conference”s Sajjad Lone for discussion in the coming weeks.
The possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the meeting is not ruled out, the officials said.
The state units of the BJP and the Congress are also likely to be part of these discussions which are seen among a slew of measures to restore democracy in the Union Territory that was formed by bifurcating Ladakh on August 5, 2019 when the Centre abrogated special status of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir.
Barring Bukhari, other leaders have also served a spell of detention following the August 2019 decision.
The NC and six other parties including its arch rival PDP and People”s Conference had joined hands last year ahead of the District Development Commission polls and the alliance surged way ahead of BJP and its allies including JKAP by bagging 110 seats out of 280. The BJP was the single largest party with 75 seats and the NC won 67 seats within the alliance.
The political mainstream of the union territory, especially those having a strong base in the valley, has been critical of successive administrations of the union territory for neglecting the demands of the people and raising questions on the development slogan raised post August 2019.
Education Department’s warning, online classes to be conducted on scheduled timings
Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir has warned the Schools to conduct online classes in the scheduled timings. According to reports, legal actions would be taken against the School authorities if they don’t abide by these orders.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, Schools got shut and the studies continued with online classes from home. Due to prolonged classes, some children weakened their vision power while many others were targeted by mental stress.
Education Director Jammu Ravi Kant Sharma informed that many parents and Non-Government organisations complained about children’s health problems due to mobiles and laptops.
Sharma has directed Chief Education Officers to register the complaints from the parents living in their regions and take a strict legal action those not following the guidelines. He has also called for a survey in different areas.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Centre releases 15 pc amount under Covid emergency response package to states
The Centre has released 15 per cent of the amount under the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness (ECRP-II) Package to the states to improve health infrastructure, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday.
He said an amount of Rs 1,827.8 crore has been sent to the states and Union territories. The amount constitutes 15 per cent of the total allocation of Rs 12,185 crore under the package.
In a tweet, the minister said, “15 per cent of the total amount of ”Emergency COVID-19 Response Package” fixed by the Central Government to empower the country to fight COVID-19 which means Rs 1827.80 crore has been sent to the states and UTs. This package will prove helpful in the development of health infrastructure across the country.”
He also shared infographics that showed the allocation to all the states and Union territories out of Rs 1,827.8 crore.
The highest allocation of Rs 281.98 crore has been made to Uttar Pradesh, followed by Bihar (Rs 154 crore), Rajasthan (Rs 132 crore) and Madhya Pradesh (Rs 131 crore).
UGC extends deadline for NET qualified candidates to complete Master’s Degree, details here
University Grant Commission (UGC) has extended the deadline for NET and JRF qualified candidates to complete their Master’s program. UGC has decided to give extension to candidates who qualified December 2018 or June 2019 UGC NET examination, or those who cleared JRF under the UGC scheme but could not complete their Master’s program, as per Times Now report.
For candidates who qualified December 18 UGC NET and Joint CSIR UGC Test, the date has been extended to June 30, 2022. While for June 2019 UGC NET and Joint CSIR UGC Test qualified candidates, the last date to complete Master’s program has been extended to December 31, 2022.
The official notification read, “In the interest of the affected candidates, UGC has taken a decision to extend the last date for completing the Master’s degree or equivalent course with requisite percentage of marks as per the eligibility conditions of NET till June 30, 2022 for December 2018 UGC-NET / Joint CSIR-UGC Test and December 31, 2022 for June 2019 UGC-NET / Joint CSIR-UGC Test.”
Candidates who are pursuing their Master’s degree or any other equivalent course are allowed to sit for UGC NET 2021 as well as those candidates who have already appeared for the Master’s Examination and are awaiting their results, can also appear for the exam.
The extension will also be applicable for those candidates who have qualified for the post of Assistant Professor, or Lectureship and have not been able to complete their Master’s program due to the COVID-19 pandemic and any other unavoidable circumstances.
Meanwhile, UGC is yet to declare the schedule for UGC NET 2021 examination. The candidates should keep a tab on the official website of UGC at ugcnet.nta.nic.in for more details.
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