.Ahead of Durbar move, Cabinet to meet on Monday..*
*‘Vacant posts likely to be filled’..*
Srinagar, Oct, 20 ÷ State Cabinet, which is meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Monday is likely to order postings in the civil administration besides taking decision on the routine administrative agenda.
Official sources said that Cabinet is scheduled to meet Civil Secretariat, Srinagar at 3 PM on Monday, and this would be the last meeting of the highest decision making body before the closure of Durbar at Summer Capital of the State.
Sources said that many Departments particularly in Kashmir valley have been lying vacant during the past quite long time and cabinet is likely to fill up the same. The departments lying vacant include Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Regional Transport Office Srinagar Kashmir.
Farooq Ahmad Rather, Regional Transport Officer, Kashmir, was transferred on September 20 and posted as Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Watershed Management Programme, J&K, against an available vacancy.
Irrigation and Flood Control Department Kashmir is headless for the last two weeks.
The previous Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control got retired on September 30 and since then government has failed to appoint the new head of the department. “The dredging work has been severely affected as we don’t have Chief Engineer who could issue orders for various important decisions,” an official of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department said.
The official said that presently the Chief Engineer Public Health Engineering was holding the additional charge of Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
Sources believe that there was tussle between the PDP and BJP over appointment of Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control Department. The BJP wants that Chief Engineer should be from Jammu while the PDP wants that a Kashmiri should be appointed there.
Meanwhile quoting some examples, sources said that cabinet may also fill up the post of secretary tourism, floriculture, parks and gardens. Similarly sources said that departments, including revenue, disaster management, relief rehabilitation and reconstruction and science and technology may also be filled.
Sources said that the possibility of Cabinet ordering transfers and postings in the Police Department cannot be ruled out.
One of the BJP minister confirmed that Cabinet meeting will be held on Monday in the civil secretariat. However the minister said that the agenda of the meeting was not yet circulated……(muzaffar khan Srinagar)
Mentally challenged person mistaken as braid chopper thrashed in Sopore, rescued..*
*FIR registered, culprits identified: Police..*
Srinagar, Oct, 20 ÷ Sopore police got information that a mob had got hold of an alleged braid chopper in fruit Mandi area. Immediately a police party rushed to spot and found that a mob was beating one person ruthlessly.
The miscreants had also burnt some grass and were trying to set the person ablaze. Some miscreants were trying to run a tractor over him.
The person was rescued and identified as Wasim Ahmad Tantray reportedly mentally challenged Son of Ghulam Nabi Resident of Shakwara at present Puth Khah Nowpora Sopore.
The said person was immediately rushed to SDH Sopore. Condition of injured is stated to be critical and has been referred to Srinagar……(Muzaffar khan Srinagar)
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Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was placed under house arrest on Friday ahead of his scheduled visit to Charar-e-Sharif shrine..*
A spokesman of the amalgam said that a posse of policemen arrived at the Nigeen residence of the Mirwaiz and informed him of his detention.
Mirwaiz was scheduled to address the Friday congregation at Charar-e-Sharif in central Kashmir’s Budgam district today in view of 598th death anniversary of Sheikh-ul-Alam Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Noorani (RA)..(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
.Anantang by-polls unlikely soon..*
SRINAGAR ÷ The Anantang by-polls are unlikely to be held soon in view of the precarious security scenario across Kashmir.
With Government of India (GoI) considering to advance the general Lok-Sabha elections which are due in 2019, officials said, the Anantnag by-polls are likely to be held along with that of other seats in the state. As per the rules the by-polls on Anantang seat have to be conducted before April 2018, a year ahead of the general elections.
“There is no indication about the holding of Anantnag by-polls any time soon. Technically speaking, the by-poll elections are to be held before April 2018, which is a year ahead of the parliamentary elections which are slated in 2019. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is the authority to take the final call,” said chief electoral officer J&K, Shaleen Kabra.
There are reports that the Election Commission of India (ECI) was willing to carry out simultaneous elections for some state assemblies and the Lok Sabha seats in 2018 to save funds that “can be used for development and poverty eradication.’’ However given the precarious security scenario and the view to hold the Lok Sabha polls across India in 2018 officials ruled out the possibily of holding Anantnag bypolls soon.
The Election Commission had cancelled the Anantnag bypoll which was earlier scheduled to be held on April 12 and deferred polls till May 25. Because of the large-scale violence on April 9, when polling was held on the Srinagar parliamentary seat, the polls were defered. Eight people were killed and the voter turnout was a record low of a little over 7 percent on Srinagar seat.
As the security scenrio deteriorated in South Kashmir, the May 25 Anantnag bypolls were also postponed for “indefinite period.”
Earlier the PDP-BJP government led by chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti, informed the Election Commission of India (ECI) that the situation in South Kashmir was not good and the overall “situation was not conducive for holding of polls.”
However with ECI yet to notify any dates the South Kashmir parliamentary seat continues to remain vacant. The seat got vacant after Mehbooba Mufti resigned and took over as the chief minister replacing her late father Mufti Muhammad Sayed. Mehbooba later won the Anantnag assembly bypolls- the seat which was left vacant after Mufti’s demise.
Earlier over the plan to defer elections, Nationa Conference working president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah had tweeted “It’s depressing to see how far we have regressed in Kashmir from the highs of the assembly polls of 2014 to the cancelled election of 2017”..(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)
Clashes erupted between youth and government forces in Hajin area of Bandipora district of north Kashmir on Friday, triggering spontaneous shutdown in the town..*
Reports and witnesses said that youth pelted a patrolling party of army with stones early morning in Hajin.
Later, police came to the spot and fired several tear smoke shells to disperse the youth, triggering brief clashes.
Meanwhile, a complete shutdown is being observed in the town following the clashes.(Muzaffar Khan Srinagar)