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Kashmir parties slam domicile order, call it insulting

Meanwhile J&K Peoples Conference has in a statement said the order falls way short of expectations even for those who expected some relief and reconciliation.

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Srinagar, April 1 : Taking a strong exception to the central government order defining domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir, the Apni Party (JKAP) president Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday demanded that the order be put in abeyance till the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

“It is most unfortunate that such an important order has been issued at a time when the whole country is battling for its survival and is under strict lockdown to stem the spread of deadly Coronavirus disease. While JKAP had been vehemently demanding Domicile Rights on land and jobs for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the order issued by the union government reflects a casual exercise carried out at bureaucratic level without taking aspirations and expectations of people into consideration,” Bukhari said.

He demanded that the order be put in abeyance till the country is out of dangers arising out of COVID-19. “This Order in its entirety is a casual attempt, cosmetic in nature, to hoodwink the people of Jammu and Kashmir who genuinely believed that post October 31, 2019 their rights and privileges in the matter of employment and other rights would remain as it had been,” the JKAP president remarked.

He said that being a government issued order and not a law made by the Parliament, the new gazette notification regarding domicile rule for J&K is not immune to any judicial review. “The order issued is totally unacceptable to JKAP. In the matter of employment, “non Gazetted, Gazetted posts in the service and admissions to professional colleges, a tangible legal and constitutional mechanism was supposed to be put in place to safeguard and protect these privileges of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who had been the permanent residents of J&K,” Bukhari observed.

Commenting on various vague sections of the order, the JKAP president demanded threadbare discussions with all stake holders of Jammu and Kashmir to be held at an appropriate time to remove these anomalies.

The section of the Order pertaining to “The Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Decentralization and Recruitment) Act” providing protections to jobs for the residents of Jammu and Kashmir up to a definite pay scale (Level 4/25500), Bukhari said the same has left other level of government jobs free for all, which is totally unacceptable to JKAP.

“This section of the order is antithesis to what was promised by the Prime Minister and Home Minister on the floor of Parliament assuring a better domicile law for the residents of J&K than what is being enjoyed by the people in other states of the country,” he added.

Bukhari said that the order has also paved way for inclusion and declaring children of those central government officials, all India services officers, officials of PSUs and autonomous body of central government, public sector banks, officials of statutory bodies, officials of central universities and recognised research institutes of central government who have served in Jammu and Kashmir for a total period of ten years or children whose parents fulfil any of the conditions mentioned in the order, as domiciles of J&K, which has diluted the purpose of privileges enjoyed by the J&K residents prior to October 31, 2019.

The JKAP president said the introduction of clause expanding to include those who have studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K is totally contradictory and provides a tunnel for the non residents of J&K to easily encroach upon the job protections which were available to them prior to October 31, 2019.

Meanwhile J&K Peoples Conference has in a statement said the order falls way short of expectations even for those who expected some relief and reconciliation.

It said the new definition of ‘domicile’ is humiliating and insulting and adds insult to injury.

“Doing away with district and divisional recruitment is an affront to the concept of affirmative action. We had no expectations but this particular order has made the disappointment even more intense. The government of the day has embarked on an erroneous path and seems to be in no mood to rectify wrongs and instead is content to be deluded in the world of “we know the best” for J&K and its people. The lowest rung in jobs has been reserved for locals – not even non-gazetted but Class IV jobs. There seems to be a clear intent of conveying yet another serving of humiliation and insult to the people of J&K after what transpired in August 5,” the statement said.

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Bihar: DGP reveals killing of Indigo Airlines station manager was over airport contract parking

Nitish Kumar has also taken full information about the investigation of the case. DGP said the police have almost completed the investigation into the Rupesh murder case.

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The killing of Indigo Airlines station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh because of the contract at the airport. In Bihar, DGP Sanjeev Kumar Singhal has disclosed that Rupesh Singh was murdered because of the contract of airport parking. He said there was a big controversy over the contract. The DGP claimed that the police are very close to the revelations of the murderers in the case.

The DGP said that the police are examining all other aspects of the murder case. Nitish Kumar has also taken full information about the investigation of the case. He said the police have almost completed the investigation into the Rupesh murder case. DGP said the murder case was carried out by the contract killer.

The police have jointed all the open links of this incident. The entire development will be disclosed soon. DGP said that the airport parking contract is under thorough investigation.

Police interrogate female airlines employee

A special team of Patna police has questioned the female worker of another airline company. There was a dispute between the lady worker and the Rupesh about something. Later, the lady worker quit the job and joined another airline.

The police asked her the reason for the dispute. In addition, police have also questioned a former worker of Indigo Airlines. It came to the fore that the worker was removed from the job by Rupesh.

DIG said that the police have also questioned those who run the taxis at the airport stand. In fact, the police had come to know that there was a dispute over the stand a few days ago. The police, therefore, examined this aspect. However, during interrogation, any concrete motive did not come out in Police’s eyes.

Bihar: The raids for contract killers

Bihar Range IG said that the police team is engaged in solving this blind case. It is discovered that Rupesh has been murdered by the contract killers. Raids were launched at several places in their search. It is also being ascertained as to what is the cause of the incident. If the reason is known, the mastermind can also be easily reached.

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No more food subsidy at Parliament canteen: LS Speaker

Sources said that the savings could add up to almost Rs 17 crore annually with the removal of subsidised food at the Parliament canteen.

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New Delhi, Jan 19 : From the upcoming Parliament session beginning this month-end, there will be no food subsidy at the Parliament canteen.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday announced the new move, saying “Food subsidy at Parliament canteen has been completely removed”. Birla made the announcement addressing the media ahead of the forthcoming Budget session of Parliament that will begin from January 29.

Sources said that the savings could add up to almost Rs 17 crore annually with the removal of subsidised food at the Parliament canteen.

In the winter session of Parliament in 2019, Birla mooted a suggestion for it and the Members of Parliament unanimously decided to not avail of any subsidy at the Parliament canteen.

Birla later shared details about the time schedule of how Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will function in the upcoming session.

“Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Budget session will commence from January 29. Rajya Sabha will sit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Lok Sabha will sit from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Zero Hour and Question Hour will be held,” the Speaker said.

He made it clear that all MPs will have to go through RT-PCR test before joining the Parliament session and that they have been told to undergo the mandatory Covid-19 test.

The Budget session will commence with the President’s Address while the Union Budget will be presented on February 1. The session will conclude on April 8 with a recess in between from February 15 to March 8.

The President will deliver his annual address to a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament at 11 a.m. on January 29. The two Houses will meet separately for tabling of the President’s Address.

The Economic Survey will also be tabled in both Houses in this 30-minute sitting and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Union Budget at 11 a.m. on February 1.

Covid protocols will be followed in this session on the same lines as the Monsoon session.

The session is being held at a time when the government is grappling with the farmers’ agitation and vociferous demands from the opposition for the repeal of the three contentious farm laws.

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Alarming rise of crime against women in Assam: Congress

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

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Guwahati: The Assam Mahila Congress on Monday expressed concern over the “alarming increase” of crime against women during the last few years under the present BJP government.

The state has reported “the highest rate of crime against women for the last three years consecutively” and the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that it is constantly increasing, Assam Mahila Congress president and MLA Nandita Das told reporters here.

Incidents of registered violence against women were 20,869 in 2016, which increased to 23,082 in 2017 and to 27,728 in 2018, while in 2019, it again reported the highest crime rate “at 177.8 per lakh population”, she said.

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee General Secretary Bobbeeta Sharma highlighted incidents of rape and violence in the recent past, including the alleged rape and killing of a teenager and her aunt in Dibrugarh district.

The girl was sleeping with her aunt, who was killed, and the girl was dragged out of the house, raped and then killed by the miscreants, Sharma alleged.

“A house is considered to be the safest place but under this government, even the four walls are not safe for women in Assam,” she said.

Sharma said the fact that such cases are increasing proves that the state government and its agencies have failed to instil fear among the perpetrators.

She added that the Congress in its manifesto for the forthcoming polls will include several measures for the protection of women, including a woman police battalion force and women cell in all police stations.

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