The Jammu and Kashmir administration has announced 50 per cent attendance for employees of government officers in the Union Territory (UT) to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
J&K witnessed another grim day on Monday with 73 people, including 54 from Jammu and 19 from Kashmir, losing their lives to Coronavirus, the highest-ever daily fatalities since the outbreak in the Union Territory. As many as 3,344 new positive cases were also reported in the Union Territory, which has witnessed an acute shortage of COVID vaccine, particularly in Kashmir, during the last over 10 days.
An order issued by the administration said that all the officers of the level of Under Secretary and above shall attend office on all working days. “With a view to ensure adherence to social distancing norms in government offices across J&K, all Head of the Departments shall prepare a roster so as to ensure that 50 per cent of the staff attends office on every alternate day,” it said.
It further said that the staff which is not required to attend office on a particular day, shall work from home and shall be available on telephone and electronic means of communication. “This order shall not apply to officers in Civil Secretariat and move offices where staff has already been split by half,” it said.
“Bio-metric attendance shall continue to be suspended till further order,” the order added.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday extended the ‘COVID curfew’ by another week till May 24 in all 20 districts in the Union Territory though essential services were exempted from the lockdown. This was the fourth successive extension of COVID curfew in the valley since April 29. The extension in lockdown has come in the backdrop of unabated rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in J&K, particularly the summer capital, Srinagar, which has recorded the major chunk of positive cases during the last over a month
‘Not everyone can be called for the meeting’: Dr. Nirmal Singh on Ch. Lal Singh
Former Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Dr. Nirmal Singh had an interview with JK Channel executive Ashish Kohli. He talked about the All Party Meeting on 24th June in Delhi.
Q. Sir, what do you think would be the topics about J&K in the meeting?
On 5th August, 2019 a very big change happened for Jammu and Kashmir after 72 years. The meeting will surely involve discussions on post abolition of article 370, how J&K can achieve heights of progress and how people can participate in that through elections and delimitations especially the deprived people in J&K like POK people, Western Pakistani refugees, Kashmiri displaced, Gujjars, Bakarwals and Pahadis .
We’ll also talk about the agendas of specific political parties since 72 years which are against the will of J&K public. If they keep extending these topics, they’ll get nothing in return.
Q. Mehbooba Mufti told to talk to Pakistan even when few days back a 25 year old was killed by terrorists. Why this sympathy for terrorism?
This is Jammu’s misfortune that this agenda kept on going for years in the region and did nothing for the public of Jammu as well as Kashmir except handing over guns to the youth. The youngsters now want to work, they want good education and employment but still some parties with the same agenda are destroying everything.
Q. Very few leaders from Jammu have been called for the meeting and some like Choudhary Lal Singh have shown resentment about that. Do you think Jammu’s voice will be raised?
Jammu has a population of around 1.3 crore and every person thinks he’s better than the other. But everyone cannot be called for the meeting. BJP has always raised it’s voice for Jammu region and Nationalist Forces and it will continue doing that. All of us have seen a demo on 5th August. See people attending the meeting will be the ones who will represent National thinking and others will come with same old agendas. So, the meeting will have good and mature discussions.
Q. Lot of talks about Jammu becoming a separate state. Your views on that?
At this moment I feel we need to think how post 5th August we have to do the consolidation, make popular Government, walk towards delimitation and end the imbalance prevailing right now. Rest, everyone has different opinions and different agendas. These things keep going and are discussed in democracy.
Muskan Langoo, Content writer, JK Media
Jammu: Major accident reported as 3 vehicles collide
A major accident was reported at Gujjar Nagar near Jammu University, where a Haryana-based black-colored XUV bearing number HR51AP7191 collided with a truck. According to the car driver, another car was overtaking his car, and a truck parked on the roadside also started, due to which his car sandwiched between both vehicles. The driver has suffered minor injuries.
The front portion of the car has been wrecked. A JK Police team also reached the spot and is clearing the traffic. The truck was lifted from the road, and soon the car will also be lifted from the road.
J&K Police SPO dies, forest guard injured in road accident
A Special Police Officer (SPO) was killed while a forest guard was injured after the car they were on board met with a road accident near High School Manoie in Tehsil Chilli Pingal, Bhalessa of Doda district.
Report said that a car bearing registration number JK02CM-0885 met with the accident at Manoie.
In the accident, SPO Ashok Kumar (1053/SPO) posted at SPP Malikpora died on the spot and another forest guard namely Mohammad Ashraf, son of Mohammad Shafi Zargar of Bhaderwah was injured.
The injured was shifted to SDH Gandoh for treatment.
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