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J&K public sector employees, workers federation protest at Press Enclave, demand release of pending salaries

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‘Will launch massive agitation if govt fails to release pending salaries’

Sheikh Danish

Srinagar, Jan 19: Scores of representatives of Jammu and Kashmir Public Sector Employees and Workers Federation Tuesday held a protest demonstration at Press Enclave Srinagar, stating that they are without salaries for the last several months.

They alleged that they are on the verge of starvation as their salaries are pending for the last several months and they do not have any resources to feed their families.

According to the news agency—KNO, federation president, Wajahat Hussain said that the representatives of all the PSUs, which are functional here, have assembled for a symbolic protest.

He said that when article 370 was abrogated, PM Modi announced on national television that all demands of employees will be fulfilled, however, they are still without salaries from the last several months, thereby forcing them to come out on roads.

He said that employees of SFC are without salaries from the last 6 months, employees of JKSRTC are without salaries from the last 4 months, employees of JK Cements, Handloom Development Corporation, arts emporium and JKTDC are without salaries from the last 22 months, 5 months, 8 months and 2 months respectively.

“Government had made big promises but despite that, we are without salaries and are on the verge of starvation. These PSUs have been working as frontline warriors during the COVID-19, however, our salaries are not being released,” he said.

Wajahat said that their children and other family members are suffering as they don’t have any other resources to feed their families.

“Government should come clean that whether they want to continue with the PSUs. If they want to continue these PSU, they should frame a proper policy for that. We don’t want to die of starvation at our homes. We have now decided to hit roads to seek justice for ourselves,” he said.

He said that the government had given them assurances but despite that their salaries are not being released. “Yesterday three of our colleagues who were working in JK Cements died because their salaries were not being released and they had no money to buy medicines,” Wajahat said.

He said that they have lost patience now and if the government did not budge they will hit the roads and launch a massive agitation to seek justice for themselves.

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Nitishwar Kumar posted as additional secretary in Union Women and Child Development Ministry

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Srinagar, Sept 25: In a significant development, the Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has posted Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to LG Manoj Sinha, as additional secretary and financial advisor, Ministry of Women and Children Development.

According to an order, a copy of which is in possession of news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Nitishwar Kumar, IAS (UP:96), presently on inter-cadre deputation, as Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, Ministry of Women and Child Development, by temporarily upgrading a vacant post of Joint Secretary & Financial Adviser in the Ministry.

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Two militants killed near LoC in north Kashmir: Police

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‘Identification of slain being ascertained’

Srinagar, Sept 25: Two militants were killed in an encounter near the Line of Control in Tekri Nar locality of Machil in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Sunday, police said here.

Kashmir zone police in a Tweet, informed that the identification of the militants was being ascertained.

Police also said that two AK-47 rifles as many pistols and 04 hand grenades were recovered from them.

“Army and Kupwara Police neutralised two #terrorists near #LoC Tekri Nar in Machil area of #Kupwara. Identification of the killed terrorists being ascertained. 02 AK 47 rifles, 02 pistols & 04 hand grenades recovered. Further details shall follow,” police tweeted. (KNO)

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Police attach residential house in Bandipora for wilfully sheltering, harbouring militants

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Bandipora, Sept 25: Police in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have attached a residential house for wilfully sheltering and harbouring militants after obtaining sanction from competent authority.

In a statement, cited by the news agency-KNO, a spokesperson said that police attached the residential house of one person namely Bashir Ahmad Mir of Wanpora Gurez at present Watrina after obtaining legal sanction from the competent authorities.

The statement reads that the house was linked to case FIR No.166/2021of PS Bandipora U/S 16,18,19 ,20,23,39UAPA ,307IPC ,7/27 IA Act, dated 26_09_2021 in which two hardcore militants were neutralised, who were involved in different crimes in Bandipora.

“The investigation proved beyond doubt that the said house was used for the purpose of militancy, sheltering, harbouring militants & such act was voluntarily and knowingly given by the member of the family. Many attacks on civilians and protected persons were carried, conspired and planned by militants while using this house as hideout,” it reads.

The statement reads that Bandipora police requests citizens once again not to harbour or give shelter to militants, failing which they will be liable to action under law including property attachment (movable/immovable) proceedings.

“In case of any forced and coercive entry by militants into any house or vehicle, the matter should be brought to the notice of police immediately, otherwise proceedings under law will follow against such houses or other properties,” it added.

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