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Senior Congress leader and former Deputy Chief Minister,Tara Chand today said that statehood and right to job and land are the identity and protection of the Dogra identity and culture and the people of Jammu and Kashmir shall fight till last to secure their rights and status.

Addressing a public meeting at Khour in Chhamb Constituency Tara Chand urged the PM Narendra Modi to come true on his promise on the restoration of Statehood. He said the feeling of detachment among the people is growing, the Government should understand the anger and restore the snatched honour to the people and empower the people of J&K with the restoration of their rights.

Former DyCM said, the Delimitation exercise should be conducted in accordance with the Constitution and norms and procedure prescribed under the law taking into account various parameters of population, area, terrain, topography and other such considerations in order to ensure complete justice with each and every area. He said that the process should be completed in shortest possible time to pave way for early Assembly elections.

Congress leader said that the recent hike of LPG cylinders has come as a huge shock for the people, who are already under financial distress. This was one more nail in the cofin of the common man who is helplessly watching the spiralling price of essential commodities.

He said the rise in prices is coming at a time when employment and livelihood have collapsed. Many people who lost their jobs during the pandemic have not been able to find new employment. The government’s policy of increasing taxes on fuels was a big factor behind higher inflation. The causal workers, daily wagers, contractual and need based workers held protests seeking fulfillment of promises by BJP Government to them while in opposition and after assuming power but they are neglected by the government. It is very unfortunate situation and even the regular employees are not getting their salaries and dues etc on regular basis forcing them to come on streets.

Senior members Suram Singh, ML Sharma, Jagatar Singh, Jagdish Raj, Bodh Raj, Ved Prakash, Suraj Singh, Capt Mohan Lal and others were also present.

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After 12 years of wait, 27 JKPS officers inducted into IPS

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After more than a decade, a high-level panel headed by a Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) member, approved the induction of 27 Jammu and Kashmir Police Service (JKPC) officers into the elite Indian Police Services (IPS).

Among the officers inducted into the IPS, 14 have already retired while 13 are serving. Officials said the inductions were approved at a meeting in Srinagar chaired by TCA Anant, member UPSC and attended by J&K Chief Secretary Arun Kumar Mehta, Principal Secretary Home Shaleen Kabra, Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh and two representatives of Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

For the last 12 years, no JKPS officer had been inducted into IPS which had led to stagnation and resentment among the local officers as a number of them were working as SSPs even after 22 years of service or more. The last induction of JKPS officers into IPS was conducted in 2014 and the seats were filled up to 2009.

Significantly, out of 66 IPS officers in J&K, including those who are on Central deputation presently, all are direct recruits of IPS and there is not even a single JKPS officer inducted into the IPS due to delay in inductions because of variety of reasons — the litigations arising out of seniority disputes being one of them.

Earlier, out of a total of 147 IPS posts in J&K, 80 were reserved for direct IPS officers and 67 for JKPS, who are inducted into IPS. This was part of UPA government’s special formula for J&K under which 50 per cent posts each were reserved for direct recruits and JKPS officers.

However, after the abrogation of special status of J&K under Article 370 in August 2019, Narendra Modi government reversed the order and restored the previous formula of 67:33 bringing J&K at par with other states and union territories.

The induction of JKPS officers into IPS will lead to their promotion as DIGs, especially those who have completed mandatory service for the post, and taking into account available posts which will overcome the shortage in the rank of DIGs.

Sources said the JKPS officers, who have been inducted into the IPS, will get AGMUT (Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram UTs) cadre and can be posted outside J&K as well.

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Over 1.30 cr saplings proposed to be planted across UT in this year: J&K LG

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Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Friday said that 1.30 crore saplings are proposed to be planted across the Union Territory this year.

“During this year, a target of 1.30 crore saplings is proposed to be planted across the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir,” LG Sinha said after launching “Green J&K Drive-2021” from IIT Jammu in Nagrota area here in the city outskirts.

He said that the ‘Green J&K Drive’ aims at creating a people’s movement at a massive scale with the involvement of all stakeholders particularly Village Panchayats, Women, Students, Urban Local Bodies, Institutions, NGOs, and Civil Society.

“IIT Jammu and J&K Forest Department have taken up the Greening and Eco-restoration of forest land diverted for the purpose of creation of this august institution,” he expressed.

The Lieutenant Governor said that it is vital to ensure balance between Development and Conservation.
“The Forest and Tree cover of J&K is around 55percent which is substantially higher than the National average of 24.56 percent,” he asserted.

“Our aim is to bring two third geographical areas of J&K under forest and tree cover,” said Mr Sinha.

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Rescue operation resumes in cloudburst-hit Kishtwar after suspension due to rain

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The rescue operation to locate 20 people missing after a cloudburst in a village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar resumed Friday after remaining suspended for hours together owing to inclement weather, officials said.

Seven persons were found dead and 17 others were rescued in an injured condition after the remote Honzar village in Dacchan tehsil was hit by flash floods triggered by the cloudburst in the early hours of Wednesday, damaging 21 houses, 21 cow sheds, a ration depot, a bridge and a mosque.

The rescue operation was interrupted by heavy rains late Thursday night and resumed around noon after slight improvement in the weather conditions, the officials said.

 

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