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Sorry State of Education in Kashmir: 5 out of 10 CEO positions vacant; several key positions headless

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The School Education Department (SED) is grappling with problem of filling key vacant posts in Kashmir that includes five out of 10 positions of Chief Education Officer (CEO) continue to remain vacant which is affecting the academic and administrative functioning in the districts.

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Official figures available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), suggest that there are around five out of 10 positions of CEOs, five out of 10 positions of Principal District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) are lying vacant in Kashmir division.

“Some vacant positions are manned by other equivalent rank officers while in some districts the department is completely headless,” an official said.

As per the official figures the post of CEO Baramulla, Bandipora, Anantnag, Pulwama and Srinagar are lying vacant in Kashmir.

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Also the post of DIET Principal in Sopore (Baramulla), Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kupwara and Kulgam district is lying vacant as well.

“The CEO Baramulla who retired in November ending was holding four positions at a time. Besides CEO Baramulla he was given additional charge of CEO Bandipora, DIET Principal Baramulla and Bandipora as well,” an official said, adding that CEO Ganderbal is manning the post of CEO Srinagar as his additional assignment.

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The official figures also reveal that around 12 positions of Zonal Education Officers (ZEOs) are also lying vacant in Kashmir.

The vacant positions at district and zonal level has badly hit the routine functioning of the department while the department has not taken any step to fill the vacancies.

“The government recently shifted the academic session from November to March and several decisions are to be taken at district and zonal level for smooth implementation of the government order. But 50 percent districts are without heads,” the official said.

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Notably, the government has kept the post of Chairman JK Board of School Education (BOSE) and Director SCERT vacant as well.

A top official in the administrative department said they were collecting vigilance clearance of the candidates for their appointment as CEOs.

“The CEO positions will be filled after getting vigilance clearance of these candidates,” he said, adding that the government is also working on appointment of Chairman JKBOSE and Director SCERT as well.

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No transparency in ongoing anti-encroachment drive: KCC&I

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Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCC&I) on Thursday said that there is no transparency in the ongoing anti-encroachment drive launched by the government.

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Addressing a news conference, Sheikh Ashiq, president of KCC&I, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), said that there is a need to set accountability in the ongoing anti-encroachment drive and that a formal order should be issued in this regard so that the people are aware about it completely.

“We have talked to the higher ups today after the shops were sealed at Aftab Market yesterday and we have been assured that no such measure involving the livelihood of people will be taken,” he said.

He said that they are not here to shield the land mafia and those who have grabbed the land, but the livelihood should not get affected and thus a formal order in this regard is imperative to end the chaos.

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“We have urged the government to come clear in this regard. We have been assured that the chaos will end soon,” he said.

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P K Pole is new JK Chief Electoral Officer

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The Election Commission of India has approved the appointment of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P.K Pole as Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir.

Also Read: Shops that were sealed at Aftab Market in Srinagar reopened

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In a notification issued by Secretariat of the Election Commission of India, a copy of which lies with Asian News Hub (ANH) reads, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 13A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950), the Election Commission of India in consultation with the Government of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir hereby designates Pandurang
Kondbarao Pole, IAS (AGMUT:2004) as the Chief Electoral Officer for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he takes over charge and until further orders in place of Hirdesh Kumar, IAS.

Pandurang Kondbarao Pole shall cease to hold and hand over the charge of all or any charges of work under the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, which he may be holding before such assumption of office.

Pandurang Kondbarao Pole while functioning as the Chief Electoral Officer, Jammu and Kashmir shall not hold any additional charge whatsoever under the Government of Jammu and Kashmir except that he should be designated Secretary to the Government in charge of Election Department in the State Secretariat, reads the notification.

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Shops that were sealed at Aftab Market in Srinagar reopened

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All shops that were sealed in Aftab Market in Srinagar yesterday were reopened on Thursday.

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An official told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that the shops were unsealed as the administration is concerned about the livelihood of the shopkeepers.

He said as the shops have been unsealed, rest of the process will follow.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Traders Alliance (KTA) president, Aijaz Shehaldar told KNO that he along with Lal Chowk Traders Association General Secretary Sheeraz Ahmad met Tehsildar South over sealing of 25 shops at Aftab Market.

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He said they were assured that the shops will be unsealed today.

Notably, 25 shops were sealed yesterday at Aftab Market after a complainant claimed that the land was illegally occupied where these shops were raised.

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