Durbar Move offices open amid protests

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/6/2018 12:25:01 AM

JAMMU, Nov 5: The Durbar Move offices opened in the winter capital on Monday amid a string of protests. Civil Secretariat and other offices opened here after a transit period of nine days, after their annual move from Srinagar on October 26.
Two groups of teachers Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan (SSA) and Rahbar-e-Taleem teachers staged sit-ins outside the Press Club demanding the release of their pending wages and the Seventh Pay Commission benefits.
However repeated attempts by different groups of protesters to march towards the secretariat from the Exhibition Ground were scuttled by policemen, who were deployed in strength in the city to maintain law and order.
“We had called off the indefinite strike last month on the government’s assurance that we will get salaries at par with other government teachers in accordance with the Seventh Pay Commission. But the government failed to keep its promise, forcing us to come on the roads again,” president of SSA Teachers’ Forum Younis Rahi said.
The Power Development Department’s (PDD) need-based and casual workers also staged a protest outside the Chief Engineer’s office, demanding the release of their salaries pending for the last several years.
A group of retired State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) employees took out a rally from the Exhibition Ground but was pushed back by policemen.
They sought the payment of Sixth Pay Commission arrears with effect from January 2006, cost of living allowance arrears (COLA) since 1999 and pension benefits.
Protests were also staged by Non-Gazetted Police Pensioners Welfare Forum and Khidmat Centres Association over different issues.
Inside the secretariat, the attendance of the government employees was very thin on the opening day as a large number of employees from Kashmir couldn’t travel to Jammu due to intermittent closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway and obstruction at Ramsoo near Ramban on Monday afternoon and the suspension of air traffic for last two days.
Earlier Governor, Satya Paul Malik arrived at Civil Secretariat where he was warmly received by the Advisors, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam, Director General of Police, Dilbag Singh, Administrative Secretaries, representatives of various employees’ unions and a large number of officers and employees of Civil Secretariat.
The Governor inspected the ceremonial guard of honour by a contingent of J&K Police and interacted with Advisors, officers and employees and enquired about their well being.
Later, addressing a press conference, the Governor reiterated the resolve of government for tirelessly working towards ensuring responsive and good governance at all levels.
Referring to situation arisen due to heavy snowfall and rains in Kashmir Valley and parts of Jammu region, he said the administration’s response was prompt in the restoration of services in the affected areas. He said the farmers suffered losses for which government provided them interim relief, while adding that further assessment was being carried out for providing compensation to the victims of the natural calamity. He informed that the assessment of losses would be completed within 2-3 days.
The Governor said that power supply to majority of areas of Kashmir valley was restored as 90 percent of restoration work was completed.
Governor later reviewed functioning of the government machinery in a meeting held at the Civil Secretariat here.
Khurshid Ganai, B.B. Vyas, K Vijay Kumar, Advisors to Governor, BVR Subrahmanyam, Chief Secretary, Dilbagh Singh, DGP, K B Agarwal, Financial Commissioner Housing and Urban Development Department, Umang Narula, Principal Secretary to Governor, R K Goyal Principal Secretary Home, Navin K Choudhary, Principal Secretary Finance, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary Planning and Administrative Secretaries of various departments participated in the meeting.
Malik directed for prompt action to alleviate miseries of people due to bad weather and heavy snowfall in some areas of the State and survey of damage caused to apple orchards due to the heavy snow. He reviewed adequacy of food items, fuel, supply of electricity and other basic amenities in areas of heavy snowfall.
Governor reviewed the schedules of examinations and preparedness of school education department to facilitate students taking exams in this harsh weather.
Expressing serious concern over the recurring motor accidents, Governor directed for strict compliance of road safety measures and sternly dealing with traffic offenders. He directed a stringent check on overloading and over speeding public transport vehicles. He advised the traffic regulating authorities and the Transport Department to carry our drives for screening of untrained and medically unfit drivers and not to allow unfit vehicles to ply on roads.
While reviewing Health sector Governor reviewed preparedness for launch of Ayushman Bharat - National Health Protection Mission in the State. Chief Secretary informed that the scheme would be launched on December 1 this year and all identified families would be provided insurance cover under the scheme by December 15, 2018.
Malik also reviewed the law and order scenario in the state and on ground work being done by the district administration Kishtwar to maintain peace and normalcy in the area.
Governor emphasised the state administrative machinery to function with speed, efficiency and accountability.



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