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PSAJK appeals parents to pay fee for survival of schools

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Schools facing financial crunch, can’t expect unpaid teachers to conduct online classes 

(Asian News Hub) – Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) today appealed the parents whose wards are studying in various private educational institutes to pay the school fee as most of the schools are on the verge of closure due to the financial crunch.

The Association said that the fee paid by a student is the only source of income for a school and if that income won’t come on time then it creates a survival issue for the educational institute itself.

“As of now the physical classes in the schools are closed but every school is trying its best to compensate the loss by way of conducting online classes. Teachers have to do twice as much work to conduct these online classes,” said G N Var president PSAJK.

“When the same teacher can’t be paid on-time how can we expect him or her to teach the students. We know that online classes are no match to physical classes but still it provides something to rely on.”

The Association said that there are recurrent costs for school but the income is either stagnant or has drastically gone down. “Number of our schools are on the verge of closure. If the schools get closed in the absence of collection of fee, it will destabilise entire education sector. All our progress achieved during the last three decades will be lost,” said Var.

“The future of lakhs of students will be in jeopardy and livelihood of more than 60,000 persons will be lost.”

The Association said that it is a social issue and the society needs of come forward at this juncture. 

Lamenting on the role of government in saving the educations sector, the Association said that there seems to be no roadmap before government in this regard. “All packages, policies, guidelines etc seem to be on paper only.

We are yet to see government work on ground for saving the education sector especially securing the future of students and livelihood of more than 60000 teachers and other staffers,” said Var. “It seems education is of their least priority for the current officials at helm.”


The Association said that despite promises there has been no relaxation for schools with regards to official paperwork. “There was promise of grant of extension of registration and other NOCs but in reality everyday schools are being forced to get the certificates regarding affiliation, registration etc. Penalties are being levied on us.

There is no relaxation in taxation too. In short there is no relaxation given to schools and in return every school is being forced to teach students free,” said Var. 

The Association demanded that current registrations should be extended to 2022 due to the extraordinary situations we are facing.

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Won’t allow disruption of peace; damage to communal fabric of J&K at any cost: DGP Dilbagh Singh

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Says selected killings were aimed to trigger communal fissures, those involve to be dealt with sternly; pays homage to 375 police, security forces killed in last one year

(Asian News Hub) – Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbagh Singh Thursday said that killing of civilians and minority community members in J&K was a move to disrupt peace and to trigger a communal fissure in UT ‘but police and security forces will foil all such plans and won’t allow militants to succeed.”

Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan in Srinagar, the DGP said that some militants while acting on the advice of their mentors across the LoC resorted to disruption of peace by killing civilians and members of minority community. “These selected killings were aimed at triggering communal fissures in Kashmir. Police and other forces acted swiftly to foil the designs of militants and their mentors,” he said as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “We will not allow disruption of peace and damage to the communal fabric of J&K at any cost.”

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He said killing of civilians was not just to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere but also hit the livelihood of common masses of Kashmir and the tourism as well. “We have given a befitting reply to the enemies of peace and will continue to do that,” the DGP said.

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He said that this year so far 370 policemen and other security forces personnel were killed in line of duty across India. The DGP paid rich tributes to all the policemen killed in line of action stating that police are committed to protect the integrity of country and to keep the peace intact in J&K.

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Won’t rest till we root-out militancy from J&K soil: LG Manoj Sinha

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Says those involved in killing of civilians, minority community members have to pay heavy price; If someone tries to disrupt peace in J&K, we will give befitting reply; J&K police fighting on multiple fronts to keep peace intact in UT; won’t allow damage to communal fabric of UT; technology being upgraded to fight crimes

(Asian News Hub) – Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Thursday said that those involved in the killing of innocent civilians and members of minority community will have to pay the heavy price for their “inhuman acts” and that the security forces along with the administration won’t rest till militancy is eradicated from J&K soil.

In a veiled reference to the neighbouring country, the LG Sinha said if someone tries to disrupt the peace in J&K, they will be dealt with sternly and “there will be a befitting reply from ourside.” Addressing the police commemoration day function at armed police complex Zewan, Srinagar, the LG Sinha said police and the other security forces are doing a commendable job in keeping the peace intact. “Be it fighting Covid pandemic, implementing Covid appropriate behaviour, maintaining law and order or fighting militancy, the police are on the forefront. J&K police is not popular in UT only but in the entire country for its capabilities and responsibilities,” the LG thundered from the pulpit, as per news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO). “If there is a second name of J&K police, that is the responsibility.”

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The LG said that those involved in the gruesome killings of civilians and minority community members are enemies of peace. “Administration along with police and other security forces won’t allow anyone to damage the age-old communal fabric of J&K,” Sinha said. “Those who killed civilians and minority community members will have to pay the heavy price for their acts.”

Appealing to civil society and other prominent citizens of J&K to raise voice against civilian killings in Kashmir, the LG said that condemning the heinous and inhuman killings of civilians in one voice will help administration, police and other forces to speed up their operations against militants. “Today, I want to announce that the administration, police and other forces won’t rest till we root-out militancy from the J&K soil,” he said.

In a veiled reference to neighbouring country, the LG said that those trying to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in J&K to put a break on the developmental process need to know that India and J&K are capable of giving them a befitting reply as well. “If anyone tries to disrupt the peace, they will face the music,” he said without naming the neighbouring country.

Praising J&K police, the J&K LG said that police are working on multiple fronts. “J&K police has been on the forefront of fighting militancy and its men have protected the integrity of the country with their blood. I pay homage to all policemen who were killed in militant attacks, fighting militancy or in line of duty or action,” he said. The LG announced that Srinagar will have a hostel-cum-school facility for the children of police martyrs soon. He said that while crime cases are rising, police are upgrading its technical capabilities to deal and fight various social crimes inJ&K.

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J&K adopts Kalij Pheasant as UT bird; No change in State animal

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(Asian News Hub) – The administration of Jammu and Kashmir has adopted Kalij Pheasant as UT bird.

Talking to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), commissioner secretary, Forests, Environment and Ecology, Sanjeev Verma confirmed that Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos) has been adopted as UT bird. “J&K had to adopt new bird as UT bird because black-necked cranes are only found in Ladakh,” he said.

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Erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state had the black-necked crane and Kashmir stag (Hangul) as its state bird and animal respectively.

After reorganization of J&K, Ladakh adopted black-necked crane as its UT bird.

Verma said Hangul would continue to remain as UT animal of Jammu & Kashmir.

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