Finance Department And PDD Review Compensation Issues In Case Of Accidental Deaths Due To Electrocution
On the directions of Governor N.N. Vohra, a meeting was convened under the Chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Sh. Navin Kumar Choudhary to discuss the compensation issues in case of accidental death due to electrocution while repairing the electric lines. Mostly the casual labourers of the Power Development Department have lost their lives in the process. Sh. H. K. Singh Commissioner, Power Development Department, and senior officers of the Finance and Power Development Department participated in the meeting.
It was informed that on an average 15–20 persons loses their lives while dealing with the live electric lines at the time of repairs or other works. Most of them are casual labourers and their families are not covered under SRO–43 benefits. Some time back, Management Committee of the PDC had decided to fix a compensation of Rs. 3 lakh in such cases.
The issue was discussed threadbare and it was felt that the present compensation policy is adhoc as well as inadequate. Accordingly, it was decided that the Power Development Department with the prior concurrence of the Finance Department will submit a proposal to the SAC for enhancement of compensation in such cases.
The Committee also decided that the cases of permanent disability as a result of electrocution also deserves suitable compensation which as a matter of principal should be half of the amount as in the case of death to be decided by the SAC.
In order to create a fund from where such compensation could be paid will be created with sizeable seed money to be provided by the Finance Department. Further, PDD may levy suitable surcharge to be deposited in the fund on the power bills above the certain threshold.
Commissioner, PDD informed that he will accordingly bring a draft cabinet note within a period of week’s time for consideration of the SAC.
Rifle Of A Police Cop Snatched In Kupwara By Unknown Persons
Unknown persons on Tuesday overpowered a cop and snatched his service rifle in Kandhar area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
A report said that the policeman, identified as Mohd Ishaq (belt no. 436) of 4th IRP BN, was deployed for the security of former minister and MLA Abdul Haq Khan when the incident took place in Kandhar area of Maidanpora in Lolab.
Soon after the incident, a joint team of army and Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir launched a hunt to nab the attackers.
New Governor To Be Appointed Soon In Jammu And Kashmir: Report
Jammu and Kashmir will get a new Governor as the government of India (GoI) has decided not to continue with NN Vohra, NDTV reported on Tuesday quoting sources. Vohra, 82, who has handled the charge of Jammu and Kashmir for more than a decade, will not be given another term. As per the report search is on for a new face and one of the contenders is former home secretary and current Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under Governor’s Rule since June 20, after the BJP ended its coalition government with Mehbooba Mufti’s People’s Democratic Party or PDP, saying it was “untenable” to continue because of security concerns.
‘BJP Ends Alliance With PDP To Attract Hindu Voters’
Perceived resentment among Jammu’s Hindu voters over spiralling violence in the valley and “favouritism” towards Muslim-majority Kashmir made BJP, in consultation with RSS, break its ruling alliance with PDP, to give itself time to woo Hindu voters across the country, including those in Jammu, before general polls, reported CNN News 18.
The aim was to give “government room to manoeuvre to restore stability and rebuild Hindu confidence as well as burnish the party’s nationalist credentials among Hindu voters in the rest of India,” a book on RSS titled ‘RSS: A View to the Inside’ published by Penguin claims.
“Escalating violence in Kashmir and a perceived favouritism towards the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley were eroding the confidence of Hindus in the Mehbooba Mufti government. The RSS’ information-gathering apparatus would have picked up on the growing restiveness of the Hindu community,” the authors Walter K Anderson and Shridhar Damle claim in the book.
They add, “With the general elections fast approaching, the national leadership, in consultation with the RSS and others, decided to withdraw from the alliance and impose Governor’s rule…The BJP, with support limited to the Jammu region, can only come back to power by working out another alliance with a party that draws much, if not all, of its support from the state’s Muslim majority.”
CNN News 18 quoted Ram Madhav, a key architect of the coalition with PDP, saying that the reasons for doing so were a failure to observe a ceasefire during Ramzan, deteriorating law and order, “discrimination” to Jammu and Ladakh, and the murder of Shujaat Bukhari. The same reasons were given by BJP president Amit Shah in a rally held in Jammu four days later.
The book also provides an explanation on why RSS gave its nod to BJP allying with PDP in the first place.
‘RSS: A View to the Inside’ claims that RSS gave its nod to BJP’s alliance with PDP, its ideological antithesis, only because doing this would draw “India’s only Muslim-majority state more closely into the Indian Union”.
“The decision was part of RSS’s plans to make itself more appealing to members of upwardly mobile social groups, and the fact that Modi seemed to be fond of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed clinched the deal,” CNN News 18 reported.
“A sceptical RSS had gone along with the proposed alliance in 2015 for larger strategic reasons such as strengthening national integration (i.e., drawing India’s only Muslim-majority state more closely into the Indian Union) and making Hindutva more inclusive (i.e., including the state’s Muslim majority — and, by extension, Muslims everywhere in India).”
The book claims even a “sacrosanct Hindu nationalist doctrine — such as the abolition of Article 370” was set aside, in the Common Minimum Programme that BJP and PDP jointly drafted as their mutually agreed to guide document just after announcing their coalition, because “the RSS in Jammu and Kashmir was forced to balance the narrow interests of the state’s Hindu minority with its strategic imperative of integrating Kashmir into the Indian Union”.
Another reason for giving a go-ahead to the BJP to forge an alliance with the PDP was because “RSS also wanted to project a more inclusive image — one that would make the organization appealing to members of upwardly mobile social groups”.
The decision of the RSS to back the alliance with the PDP, CNN News 18quoted the authors as saying, “was another demonstration of its support for the BJP’s ambitions to represent all parts of the country…and to draw the state’s Muslims more closely into the national mainstream”.
Grenade Lobbed On CRPF Camp In Anantnag, Three Injured
Three Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) personnel were injured in a grenade blast in Sherbagh area of Anantnag on Monday.
Reports said that the militants lobbed a grenade at the CRPF personnel of 40 BN in Andarbagh area today evening leaving three personnel injured.
The injured personnel were shifted to District Hospital Anantnag for treatment, said an official.
He said the area was cordoned off to nab the attackers.
Hurriyat (G) Expresses Concern Over Use Of ‘Excessive Force’ On Civilians
Expressing his grave concern over the use of “excessive force” against innocent civilians, All Parties Hurriyat Conference general secretary Gh Nabi Sumji, said that intimidations and resorting to “repressive” measures on innocent people on one pretext or the other, is highly deplorable, saying it won’t force people to submission.
The spokesman in a statement said that Hurriyat leader while referring to “atrocities inflicted by men in uniform”, said that during CASO, youth were thrashed, subjected to worst humiliation, their mobile phones snatched and scrutinized. This is the worst type of arrogance and nowhere on earth, such type bullying ever existed.
Youth are being detained on fake charges, said he and strongly condemned the rampant use of infamous PSA and lodging countless FIR’s against youth to prolong their illegal custody, saying it is the direct assault on civil liberty and fundamental rights of common masses.
Denying liberty, dignity and subjecting to humiliation, tantamount to gross human rights violation, a spokesman said appealing international organizations for human rights for their cognizance asked to check the use of unbridled force and initiate an impartial probe against growing human rights violations in the state.
Strongly criticizing NIA, spokesman blamed the agency for “harassing” the resistance leadership, saying the raids on the residence of incarcerated leader Syeda Asiya is highly deplorable and unfortunate.
Driver Killed After Vehicle Rolled Down In Uri Area Of North Kashmir
In a tragic road accident in north Kashmir’s Uri one person was killed on spot on Monday.
Sources said that a vehicle bearing registration number JK05B 0346 skidded off and rolled down a gorge at Dhani area of Uri resulting in on spot death of the driver.
The deceased identified as Irshad Ahmed Tantray of Zogiyar Baramulla was driving a Tata mobile vehicle of Baramulla.
BUNG DESTRUCTION DRIVE CARRIED OUT BY DISTRICT POLICE GANDERBAL
Police Post Gutlibagh carried out a drive on bung destruction and destroyed Bung in the area of Gutlibagh.
The drive was carried out on the Directions of SSP Ganderbal Shri Fayaz Ahmad Lone JKPS under supervision of DySP HQRs Ganderbal Aashiq Hussain JKPS and assisted by DO Gutlibagh SI Sajad Ahmad with his party from Police Post Gutlibagh.
The locals of the area of Gutlibagh hailed the step carried out by District Police Ganderbal.
A Man Of Hajin North Kashmir Died Of Electric Shock