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PAGD writes to President Kovind, seeks action against ‘erring officials’

The People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration (PAGD), a conglomerate of J&K political parties, has sent a letter to President of India Ram Nath Kovind about Monday’s controversial Hyderpora’ encounter’, urging him to ensure that involved “erring officials are brought to book and punished under the law”.

Under fire, the J&K government on Thursday night exhumed the bodies of the two civilians killed in the gunfight and returned them to their families even as LG Manoj Sinha ordered a magisterial inquiry into the ‘encounter’.

News agency KNO quoted a letter by the PAGD shot to the President of India saying the “tragic incident at Hyderpora, Srinagar on the evening of 15th November 2021 has evoked enormous public anger”.

“In this unfortunate incident, three civilians got killed in suspicious circumstances. The incident calls for a time-bound judicial probe to unravel facts and brought into the public domain. Needless to state that such unfortunate incidents widen the gulf between the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Government of India and, therefore, are to be avoided at any cost,” the letter said.

“We would remind Your Excellency that the administration of Jammu and Kashmir is being run in the name of Your Excellency by the Lt. Governor acting as an agent and, therefore an onerous responsibility is placed on Your Excellency to ensure that the rule of law prevails and the involved erring officials are brought to book and punished under the law,” it added.

“We would also bring to your notice the practice of taking away bodies of the victims of such incidents and depriving their families of the right to organize their burial by religious practices. In the unfortunate incident of Hyderpora, the bodies of three civilians were taken away by the Security forces and reportedly buried 100 KM away from their residences. Your Excellency, the right to decent burial is well recognized in the Constitution of India as well as in the international humanitarian law.”

The PAGD said the dead bodies “could not be denied the right to burial under any circumstances including the so-called law and order problem. The bereaved families likewise also have a right to organize the burial of the dead body by their religious practices. In the previous few years, such rights have been violated with impunity. In the present case, these rights are being denied”.

“We would request Your Excellency to intervene in the matter and ensure that the dead bodies are returned to their families so that they can perform their last rites by their respective religious practices. The matter is of grave concern and calls for urgent action,” it added.

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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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Centre extends COVID-19 restrictions till February 28

On Thursday, the Central Government extended the existing COVID-related restrictions until February 28 because of the rising COVID-19 and Omicron variants.

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued the order directing all the states and the Union Territories (UTs) to instruct their local and district administrations to promptly take containment measures against the threat of the Omicron variant based on their assessment of the situation.

Taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at the district and local level, as conveyed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the MHA order mentioned that COVID restrictions “will remain in force till February 28, 2022.”

“In exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 10(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the undersigned hereby directs that the Order of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ of even number dated December 27, 2021, to ensure compliance to the normative framework for taking evidence-based COVID-19 containment measures at district and local level, as conveyed vide Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) dated December 21, 2021, will remain in force up to February 28, 2022,” the order mentioned.

According to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday, the order was issued when India logged 2,86,384 new coronavirus infections, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 40,371,500.
As per the order, containment measures have been extended to February 28.

“Due to the current COVID wave, led by the new variant, Omicron, there has been a steady increase in the number of COVID cases in the country and the active cases have increased to over 22 lakhs. Though a majority of active cases are recovering fast and a low percentage of cases are in hospitals, it is still a matter of concern that 407 districts in 34 States and UTs are reporting a positivity rate of more than 10 per cent,” the order said.

Therefore, looking at the current trends of the COVID virus, the order said there is a need to exercise caution and vigilance.

Against this background, the order issued by Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said, “I would like to reiterate that all the states/UTs must observe all precautions and not let the guard down”.

“Based on the normative framework, mentioned in the MoHFW dated December 21, 2021, and assessment of the situation, local/district administration should continue to take prompt and appropriate containment measures.”

The order directs “imposition and lifting of local curbs or restrictions dynamic and based on the case positivity and hospitalisation status at the local level”.

It also emphasised that there should be a continued focus on the five-fold strategy– Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination and adherence to COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

“The state enforcement machinery should strictly enforce the norms of COVID Appropriate Behaviour– wearing of face masks and maintaining safe social distancing in all public areas/gatherings,” the order further reads.

Further, states and UTs are advised to continue holding regular media briefings to disseminate the right information and discourage any misinformation on new variants of concern.

It is also urged to issue necessary directions to the districts and all other local authorities concerned to take the measures required for prompt and effective management of COVID-19, strict compliance with various advisories issued by the MoHFW on the new VOC and strict enforcement of COVID Appropriate Behaviour.

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J&K govt orders transfers, postings in civil administration

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The J&K government on Thursday ordered transfers and postings in the civil administration.

As per an order issued to this effect by the General Administration Department, Syed Yasir Farooq, Assistant Commissioner

Revenue, Anantnag, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Home Department.

Ms Shavi, Deputy District Election Officer, Udhampur is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Handlooms, Jammu, against an available vacancy while Mohd Idrees, Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, District Employment and Counselling Centre, Doda, against an available vacancy.

Towfeeq Ahmad Gazi, BDO, Lar, Ganderbal, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Beerwah, against an available vacancy and shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar, Beerwah, till further orders.

Sanjeev Sharma, Field Officer in the Directorate of Rural Sanitation, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Sunaina Saini, DPO, Udhampur, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Hospitality and Protocol (Stores), relieving Ashima Sher of the additional charge of the post. Peerzada Farhat Ahmad, DSWO, Anantnag, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Pulwama, against an available vacancy.

Arun Kumar Badyal, BDO, Mughal Maidan, Kishtwar is transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Gandoh, relieving Mr Mohd. Ashfaq, Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Doda of the additional charge of the post. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar Gandoh, till further orders.

Syed Nadeem Iqbal Andrabi, BDO, Dadsara, Pulwama is transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Rural Sanitation, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Akhil Sadotra, BDO, Marh, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Akhnoor against an available vacancy. He shall also hold the additional charge of the post of Sub-Registrar, Akhnoor, till further orders.

Mumtaz Ahmad Pir, BDO, Tujjar Sharief, Baramulla has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Baramulla and shall take over the charge of the post on the retirement of Rafiq Ahmad Lone on January 31 this year.

Reyaz Ahmad Shah, BDO, Pulwama, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Anantnag, vice Nissar Ahmad Malik, who shall report to the General Administration Department for further posting.

Piyush Dhotra, DPO, Kathua, has been transferred and posted as General Manager, JKRTC, Jammu against an available vacancy.

Tariq Ahmad Reshi, BDO Chrar-i-Sharief, Budgam has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Sopore, relieving Parvez Sajad Ganai Additional Deputy Commissioner, Sopore of the additional charge of the post.

Suheel Ahmad Lone, BDO, Pampore has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Pulwama.

Shoaib Noor, BDO, Nowgam, Bandipore, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Anantnag.

Shakoor Ahmad Dar, BDO Keller (Shopian) has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Health and Medical Education Department.

Anshumali Sharma, DPO, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as General Manager, Medical Supplies Corporation, Jammu, against an available vacancy.

Shabir Ahmad Hakak, State Taxes Officer, Circle F, Srinagar, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Budgam.

Syed Farooq Ahmad, BDO, Awantipore, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Srinagar, against an available vacancy.

Bashir Ahmad Padder, State Taxes Officer, Budgam has been transferred and posted as General Manager, JKTDC, Kashmir, against an available vacancy.

Vishal Singh Parihar, Tehsildar, Khour, Jammu has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar Vijaypur, relieving Vinay Kumar, JKAS, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Vijaypur of the additional charge of the post.

Bashir Ahmad Bhat, BDO, Aloosa, Bandipore has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Ganderbal against an available vacancy.

Afroza Bano, BDO, Budgam, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Ganderbal.

Maxiumn Gorkie, Assistant Director, Employment, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Rural Sanitation, Jammu.

Umesh Shan, AD Tourism, NH Batote, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Reasi, against an available vacancy.

Bashir Ul Hassan, BDO, Qazigund, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Kulgam.

Phulail Singh, BDO, Bhalla, Doda, has been transferred and posted as Project Officer, Wage Employment (ACD), Doda.

Arshad Ahmad Khan, BDO Noorkhah, has been transferred and posted as Sub-Registrar, Handwara relieving Nazir Ahmad Mir, JKAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Handwara of the additional charge of the post.

Vishav Partap Singh, BDO, Bhomag, Reasi, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary to the Government, Tourism Department.

Tanveer Ahmed Tanveer, State Taxes Officer, Kupwara, has been transferred and posted as Sub Registrar, Anantnag.

Ranjeet Singh, Deputy Registrar, Cooperatives, Jammu, has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner Panchayat, Udhampur against an available vacancy.

Akshaya Rajan, Tehsildar Marheen, has been transferred and posted as Deputy Director, Motor Garages, J&K.

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