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Power outages in J&K: AIPEF seeks Lieutenant Governor’s intervention

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The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has urged Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in the ongoing work boycott by 21,000 electricity employees and engineers of Jammu & Kashmir.

AIPEF spokesperson V K Gupta said in a statement said the Jammu and Kashmir electricity employees and engineers are on indefinite work boycott to press for their four-point demands.

The demands are — shelving a proposed joint venture between Jammu and Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Ltd and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd; a white paper on non-fulfilment of the recommendations of the unbundling report and the failure to create positions as mandated by the committee at Gazetted and Non-Gazetted levels; regularisation of daily wagers; and regularisation of all power development department engineers.
“The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) has sought the intervention of the Jammu & Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in the ongoing work boycott by the 21000 electricity employees and engineers of Jammu & Kashmir,” AIPEF said in the statement.
Meanwhile, Shailendra Dubey Chairman AIPEF reached Jammu on Saturday to support the All Power Employees and Engineers’ coordination committee and said that instead of coming out with a resolution of the issues, the government has cited termination and dismissal, without any reasons.
National Coordination Committee of Electricity Employees and Engineers (NCCOEEE ) held an emergency online meeting on Sunday and it has been decided that demonstrations will be held across the country from December 20 to 22 to support J&K’s power sector employees.
The memorandum will be mailed to the lieutenant governor with a copy to the home minister and the Union power minister by all the constituents on December 20.
It has been decided by the coordination committee of employees and engineers that if any employee is arrested or any punitive action is taken against any employee, all the power employees and engineers from Jammu and Kashmir will be forced to offer mass court arrest in the district headquarters the responsibility of this shall lie on the government.
Several areas of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed electricity outages as linemen to senior engineers begin their indefinite strike on Saturday against the government’s privatisation move and failure of two-round talks.
During the night-hours, there was a blackout in nearly 50 per cent of areas across J&K
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Delegation of Jammu University Teachers’ Association calls on Lt Governor

Today, the office-bearers of the Jammu University Teachers’ Association called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.

The delegation led by the President of the Association, Prof. Pankaj Srivastava, submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to various welfare issues of the teachers of the University including promotion under CAS; grant of earned leave and enhancement of the age of superannuation to 65 years in favour of teachers, and various other benefits as per UGC regulations, besides establishment of housing society exclusively for University teachers.

The Lt Governor, while interacting with the delegation members, advised them to make continuous efforts to create a conducive environment for learning and innovation in the University.

The Lt Governor assured them that the issues projected would be looked into meticulously for their early redressal.

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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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