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Govt cancels 224 backdoor appointments of GRS, computer operators

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The Governor’s Administration has cancelled all the 224 backdoor appointments of Gram Rozgar Sevaks (GRS), computer operators and technical assistants made in sheer violation of rules in the Rural Development Department in district Rajouri.
Highly placed officials sources told the Excelsior that Governor NN Vohra took serious note of the matter after the issue was projected by the `Daily Excelsior’ on August 3, 2018. He directed the Commissioner/ Secretary, RDD, Sheetal Nanda to take cognizance of the matter and quash all such backdoor appointments made illegally on the political and other considerations in district Rajouri during past three years as well as in other districts.
The Commissioner/ Secretary, RDD asked the Director Rural Development Department Jammu, Rehana Batul to hold inquiry and submit report within three days.
Sources said the Government took action after receiving preliminary report , stating that all these appointments were made under MGNREGA by the officers including ACDs/ BDOs etc in violation of rules. No public notices were issued and all these appointments were made on the recommendations of the politicians/ legislators/Ministers and also for monetary considerations.
The Government vide its order No. 203-RD&PR of 2018, dated 09-08-2018, directed that all the engagements made under the Scheme in contravention to rules / norms/ guidelines in vogue and without following due procedure shall be discontinued with immediate effect.
The Government also directed all the Deputy Commissioners to submit report regarding action taken in the matter within 15 days, if such engagements were made in their districts as well.
Not only this, the Government has also ordered inquiry into some illegal promotions of Incharge BDOs made by the former Director RDD Jammu, RK Bhat who has also been booked in a Vigilance case recently. The Government has directed to rescind all such placement orders of Incharge BDOs made by this officer, asking to look after the charge of BDO in gross violation of existing rules. Most of such orders were issued on the last day of his office in Jammu by the officer.
While the swift action of the Governor’s Administration has been widely appreciated by the civil society, but it has been observed that the guilty officers who made these appointments for monetary or other considerations, have been given a clean chit for this illegal act. No action has been recommended against them.
It is pertinent to mention here that throwing all the norms to winds, on the political considerations, about 224 persons were appointed in the Rural Development Department (RDD) in district Rajouri under PDP-BJP regime during last three years. The sources revealed that it was just a tip of an iceberg , as `224 favourites’ of PDP-BJP have come to lime light just in RDD in district Rajouri, the number may be more in the Department, if lists are compiled from all other districts, especially from Kashmir province.
Sources revealed that without bothering for the standing norms, the officers at the helm of affairs without issuing public notifications, mostly appointed these people depriving the other educated youth of the district an opportunity to get the Government job. Majority of these `blue eyed’ people appointed have been placed under MGNREGA Scheme for which Govt of India is providing huge funds.
Out of the total 224 people appointed in district Rajouri in RDD during this period, 125 were Grameen Rozgar Sevaks ( GRS), 72 Computer Operators/ Data Entry Operators and 27 Technical Assistants.
Director, RDD Jammu, Rehana Batul when contacted said that after the matter came to her notice, she ordered inquiry into the matter. The probe was conducted not only in Rajouri but some other areas as well and the inputs were forwarded to the Administrative department. She said the action was imminent and it happened today. At least in future, other youth will also get equal opportunity to apply for the posts when advertised.

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Soldier killed in Pak sniping

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Pakistani troops last night sniped a soldier along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tanghdar sector of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district while militants abducted and killed a man in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district and police today arrested two Over Ground Workers (OGWs) of militants involved in rifle snatching.
Pakistani troops last night sniped a soldier of 20-Jat Regiment deployed on Sangar post on the LoC in Tanghdar sector. Sepoy Pushpinder (320658L) was critically injured in the sniping and later succumbed to his injuries.
Sources said that Pakistan troops from Mujahid post opposite to Sangar post shot at the soldier during the night. The Army also fired back but there were no reports of loss on Pakistani side.
And militants last night abducted and killed a man in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district while two Over Ground Workers of militants involved in rifle snatching were arrested today.
The gunmen barged into the house of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Gani Bhat, resident of Murran, Pulwama and abducted him. His bullet riddled body was recovered in the morning. He was running an eye clinic at Bijbehara.
A police spokesman said here:”Terrorists in Murran Pulwama yesterday night barged inside the house of Gulzar Ahmad Bhat son of Abdul Gani Bhat, resident of Murran, Pulwama and abducted him.”
“Later, police recovered the bullet riddled dead body of Gulzar from the nearby fields of Murran, Pulwama. Police has registered a case and initiated investigation. Initial investigation in the matter suggested that in this incident Zahoor Thokar and Showkat Dar led group of proscribed terror outfit HM are involved in this killing”, the spokesman added.
In the meantime, police said that they arrested two OGWs of militants in connection with rifle snatching incident in Khrew, Pampore.
Police said that on August 10, two persons barged inside Jammu and Kashmir Bank Branch Khrew and attacked Bank guard Mumtaz Ahmad with pepper spray and sharp edged weapon in an attempt to snatch his 12 bore rifle. “But the security guard bravely resisted the attempts made to snatch his rifle thereby successfully foiling the rifle snatching bid,” police said.
The guard Mumtaz sustained injuries and was evacuated to Khrew hospital for medical treatment while the accused persons fled away from the spot.
“Consequent upon this, case FIR No. 57/2018 under relevant Sections of law was registered at police station Khrew and the investigation in the matter was initiated,” police said adding “during the course of investigation it came across that two OGWs namely Yasir Ahmad Wani son of Bashir Ahmad resident of Babapora and Yawar Sultan son of Mohammad Sultan resident of Shar Shali, Khrew were involved in commission of crime and were subsequently arrested”, police said

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Yatra suspended for 3 days

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Holy Amarnath yatra was suspended from Jammu to Srinagar for three consecutive days from today for security reasons and no pilgrim was allowed to leave for holy cave from here.
The yatra will also remain suspended on August 14 and 15 from Jammu to twin base camps of Baltal in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir and Nunwan -Pahalgam in South Kashmir district of Anantnag due to security reasons, official sources said.
However, the yatra from Baltal plied normally today and 657 pilgrims paid obeisance holy cave of Swami Amarnath Ji on 47th day of darshan today, an Officer on yatra duty said.
He said till date 2,79,535 pilgrims performed darshan in the holy cave since the two month long yatra started on June 28.
The officer said no yatri was allowed to leave for holy cave from traditional Chandanwari track and yatra remained suspended from Nunwan Base camp also today.
He said, however, 153 pilgrims from Baltal base camp left for holy cave early this morning for darshan while 81 left by chopper during the day.
He said the traffic from both the base camps to Jammu will remain suspended  tomorrow and day after tomorrow due to security reasons and no pilgrim will be allowed to leave for Jammu during these two days.
Meanwhile, in connection with annual pilgrimage of Chhari-Mubarak, Swami Amarnathji, ‘Chhari-Sthapana’ ceremony was performed with chanting of Vedic hymn at Shri Amareshwar Temple, Akhara Building, Budshah Chowk, Srinagar this morning by a group of Sadhus led by Mahant Deependra Giri Ji, the sole custodian of the holy mace and the head of True Trust formed by him in 2004. It took more than two hours completing the rituals.
Chhari-Mubarak (holy mace), one depicting Lord Shiva and another Goddess Parvati shall be kept in the temple at Akhara building Srinagar for ‘darshan’ till it leaves for main course of pilgrimage on August 20.
Pilgrims and public in general have the privilege to have ‘darshan’ of holy mace kept in Shri Amareshwar Temple, Dashnami Akhara Srinagar during these days.
Traditional ‘Chhari-Pujan’ will be performed on August 15 on the occasion of ‘Nag-Panchami’ (Shravan Shukla Paksha Panchami) at Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar.
‘The True Trust’, founded by Mahant Deependra Giri Ji has made all the necessary arrangements like yester years for Sadhus and needy from the general public coming from across the country to join Chhari-Mubarak of Swami Amarnath Ji Yatra for their food, accommodation and transportation during the annual pilgrimage.
Then Charri Mubarak which will leave Dashnami Akhara on August 20 will reach Pahalgam on the dame day after performing puja enroute at Durga Nag temple lying in the foothills of Shankracharya hill lock in Srinagar, Shiv temple of Pampore, Awantipora, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Sun temple of Mattan, Ganeshbal before reaching Pahalgam. After having two days halt at Pahalgam, the holy mace will leave for cave shrine situated at an altitude of 3880 meters in deep Himlayas on August 22 to reach there in the wee hours of Shravan Purnima coinciding with Raksha bandhan festival on August 26.
After performing the puja for the whole day in the holy cave the Chhari Mubarak will leave for Panchtarni in the evening same day. After a night halt at Panchtarni it will leave for Pahalgam next day where with the performance of immersion ceremonies and other rituals on the bank of river Lidder in a traditional way, the holy mace will return to its abode Dashnami Akhara, Srinagar marking the end of two month long annual Amarnath yatra.

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Wanah Organic launched

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JAMMU: Wanah Organic Food Products (P) Limited was launched today in a grand function at Hotel Ramada, KC City Centre Jammu.
The launch was done by the reputed dignitaries including former Minister and MLA Inderwal, GM Saroori, DCC president, Kishtwar, Mohinder Parihar, noted entrepreneur, Tahir Rufayee, State president, NSUI Raqeeq Khan,Dr.Mubashar Mir and founder and CEO of the Company, Thakur Randeep Bhandari.
On the occasion, e-commerce website of Wanahorganic.com was also launched. Speaking on the launching ceremony, MLA Inderwal, it is high time for youth to start something productive which can benefit the society.
While speaking on the occasion, CEO of the Company told the gathering that it was his dream project and after working hard for 2 years he has become able to launch the company and its e-commerce website. He said that Wanah Organic will be selling the organic products which are specially found in J&K through their e-commerce website.

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