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JAMMU: Exposing the  casual approach and lethargy of official machinery and bringing a ray of hope for the inhabitants of Sub division RS Pura, a border area in Jammu district, an RTI application has revealed that only 136 Permanent Resident Certificates were issued to the people of the area in a period of over 09 months.  In a shocking expose’ that came through  information received under RTI  Act,  it’s been revealed in the reply that people of RS Pura were denied of their constitutional right of having Permanent Resident Certificate most commonly called as ‘State Subject Certificate ’ for months together and their applications were gathering dust before the RTI plea. 

 

In an official communication vide office letter  no SDMR/RTI/2017-18/1308 dated 17/11/2018 signed by Sub Divisional Magistrate, RS Pura served to the RTI activist Raman Sharma in response to his application under Right to Information Act, it is being informed that a total 6514 PRC’s have been issued to the applicants in last two years.  It is also informed in the RTI reply that 2165 PRCs  were issued in last one year, out of which 2029 were issued only after the submission of  RTI application and only 136 PRCs were issued by the SDM office in 09 months before the RTI.

 

In the reply, the  tall claims of the government about providing transparent and accountable governance are also exposed because the SDM’s letter also states that there is no single window mechanism available in the Sub division and the files of the applicants are submitted directly to the concerned  Tehisldaars.  Blaming the shortage of staff and overload of work, the official reply also exonerated the itself for the delay in issuing the PRCs well within stipulated period of 30 days as prescribed under the rules framed by the government in the light of Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Gurantee Act 2011. Under the J & K PSGA 2011, there is a provision of penalty against the designated officers for delay and deficiency in any service besides compensation provision for the eligible person who is deprived his right to public service. 

 

 

Expressing happiness over the success of his RTI application that has compelled the officers to expedite the process of issuing over 2000 ‘State Subjects’ within such a short span of less than two months, applicant Sharma urged people to file RTI applications to seek their right and to expose corruption, nepotism and lethargy of the official machinery.

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JAMMU:  Jammu and Kashmir Government has not only notified but made compulsory, a scheme for state employees which is not less than looting employees on the name of welfare to generate revenue, as the scheme is being made compulsory for every employees. Each employees of the state has to pay yearly premium of Rs 359.90. The amount of Rs 359.90 includes GST at the rate of 18%.  The entire component include basic premium of Rs 305 while as the GST part would be Rs 54.90.

The state has in total, 3.50 lakhs employees and charging Rs 54.90 as GST from each employee which amount to a total of Rs 1,92, 15,000 ( One crore, ninety two lakhs  and fifteen thousand). By this scheme the state government is generating nearly Rs 2 crore revenue, which on the name of welfare scheme, will be winkled out from the pockets of employees by force, as the policy is made compulsory.

Relevant to mention here that, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday accorded sanction to tie up for Group Personal Accidental Insurance policy for the employees with M/S Oriental Insurance Company Limited. The tie-up will be for one year commencing 1 December 2017 to 30 November 2018 (midnight).

As per the order issued, the policy shall cover employees of the state government including employees of PSUs, Autonomous Bodies, Local Bodies, Universities, daily rated workers, casual workers, consolidated workers, contractual / contingent paid workers, adhoc employees and SPOs.

The order further states that the DDOs of the government shall deduct  Rs 359.90 from all categories of employees from the salaries of November 2017. The DDOs of the autonomous bodies shall do the same thing in their respective institutions and remit the deducted amount to the Finance Department by cheque drawn in favour of the Principal Secretary, Finance Department.

According to the order, a detailed Memorandum of Understanding / agreement indicating the terms and conditions and other related details shall be executed between the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and M/s Oriental Insurance Company Limited.

Meanwhile, the Finance Department has also accorded sanction to the advance drawal of Rs 12, 59, 65, 000 @ Rs 359.90 per employee under Major Head 8235 for subsequent release of the amount to the M/S Oriental Insurance Company Ltd as premium for Group Personal Accidental Insurance Policy one year from the date of payment of premium. 

Point to be noted here, the premium amount to be charged from the state employees includes the amount of GST at 18%, but the company OIC, seems have been deliberately exempted from GST as the amount of GST too is being extracted from the pockets of employees, and the company is exempted, which otherwise is supposed to be paid by them and as this is a welfare scheme, employees should have been exempted. 

 

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LIST OF SERVICES AT NIL RATE..........................................................................................................

Description of Services Rate

36 Services of general insurance business provided under following schemes –

(a) Hut Insurance Scheme;

(b) Cattle Insurance under Swarnajaynti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (earlier known as Integrated Rural

Development Programme);

(c) Scheme for Insurance of Tribals;

(d) Janata Personal Accident Policy and Gramin Accident Policy;

(e) Group Personal Accident Policy for Self-Employed Women;

(f) Agricultural Pumpset and Failed Well Insurance;

(g) premia collected on export credit insurance;

(h) Weather Based Crop Insurance Scheme or the Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme,

approved by the Government of India and implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture;

(i) Jan Arogya Bima Policy;

(j) National Agricultural Insurance Scheme (Rashtriya Krishi Bima Yojana);

(k) Pilot Scheme on Seed Crop Insurance;

(l) Central Sector Scheme on Cattle Insurance;

(m) Universal Health Insurance Scheme;

(n) Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana;

(o) Coconut Palm Insurance Scheme;

(p) Pradhan Mantri Suraksha BimaYojna;

(q) Niramaya Health Insurance Scheme implemented by the Trust constituted under the provisions of

the National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and

Multiple Disabilities Act, 1999 (44 of 1999).

41 Services provided to the Central Government, State Government, Union territory under any insurance

scheme for which total premium is paid by the Central Government, State Government, Union territory.

  1. A suitable clarification will be issued that (i) services provided to the Central Government, State Government, Union territory under any insurance scheme for which total premium is paid by the Central Government, State Government, Union territory are exempt from GST under Sl. No. 40 of notification No. 12/2017-Central Tax (Rate);  (ii) services provided by State Government by way of general insurance (managed by government) to employees of the State government/ Police personnel, employees of Electricity Department or students are exempt vide entry 6 of notification No. 12/2017-CT(R) which exempts Services by Central Government, State Government, Union territory or local authority to individuals.

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  • Worth mentioning here that the total amount a student has to pay for class 9th admission, if he is a new admission is Rs 450+485= 935 (if the student is a boy) and in case of a girl student only registration fee of Rs 485 is applicable and the components of School fee are exempted as per the government policy. There are a number of schools in Kashmir Province who are charging fee at their own will between Rs 1000 to 1300  from boys students and Rs 600 to 800 from girl students, which is more than the real notified. 

JAMMU: No doubt Jammu and Kashmir Education Department is doing wonderful job in imparting education which is indeed eminent from securing 2nd place by India Today in ‘state of states ranking’. 

Yet there are few (many few) things which are destroying the roots of education system particularly in Jammu and Kashmir state which indicates the department is either ignorant or helpless.

This noble profession is being dented by not all but few who run various affairs at different levels in their individual or in small associations.

When it comes to act, the authorities at the top level, sometimes ignore where they are supposed to act in the larger interest of public while  they act where they are supposed to ignore obviously either because of political influence or for personnel interests.

Some time, if any issue of corruption or misappropriation of money of fleecing the students is brought into the notice of any concerned Authority,  they either fail or are helpless to act due to the absence of documentary or verbal proofs for which they themselves are responsible, as on the right time they never took the right initiative .

Though, there are a number of such issues which we are intending to bring into the notice of authorities with the motive to reform the system for larger benefits of people and students instead of department only.

With a hope that the department will come out with a wider public information campaign to aware the parents and the students about the real issues so they can be pulled out of dark.

Keeping other issues aside for a while, which we would touch next time, let us start from the foremost basic step, which is admission.

No doubt the department from time to time issues notices, circulars and orders and keep their files well updated.  But until and unless the general public is made aware about the circulars and notices, they can’t resist any move of fleecing by any employee of the department as they don’t have the right kind of knowledge.

Comparatively, the private institutions are far better accountable for the money they receive, as they issue a proper receipt against the fee charged from the students.

On the other hand, no government institution issues a proper receipt against the fee charged from a student of any class which is against the basics of right to real education. However, the government notifies the fees structure with bifurcation of components but without any instructions to issue proper receipt against the fee charged which  lets dealing employees go on charging the fee as per their will, due to which the students are fleeced and the corruption goes unchecked.

Interestingly,  if such issue are brought into the notice of State authorities, they will either ask you for identifying the school or the employee and if identified, an inquiry committee will be set up  and that will end up nowhere, with a closing note on the file as “ nothing adverse was found against the official during the inquiry and the allegations were found baseless”. It is obvious, as the records are updated with real notified amount and in the absence of proper receipt to the students, no documentary proof is available which otherwise would be of no use as they would have mentioned the real notified amount charged in that receipt. But on getting proper receipt, the students and the parents would have noticed the difference. Relevant to mention here that the Director School Education, Kashmir had issued a order bearing No. 113-DSEK of 2016 dated 02/02/2016 notifying the revised fee structure to be charged by the government schools of Kashmir Province with effect from January 2016 only on new admissions.

The committee comprised of Joint Director School Education (SE), CEO Baramulla, CEO Kulgam, Deputy Director Planning DSEK, Dy CEO Anantnag and OSD (IMW) DSEK. had notified fee structure as follows.

S.no

Name of fund

Class 1st to 5th

Class 6th to 8th

Class 8th to 10th

Class 10th to 12th

Remarks

1

School improvement fund

20

50

70

100

 

2

Red Cross Fund

5

5

10

10

 

3

Mutual benefit fund

10

10

20

20

 

4

Games fund

15

30

35

60

 

5

Adm. Fee

5

10

15

20

 

6

Printing Fund

5

15

20

50

 

7

Science Fund

0

10

30

50

 

8

Computer Fund

0

20

50

100

Where ever computers are provided.

9

Social Activity Fund

10

10

20

50

 

10

Sweeping charges

20

20

30

30

 

11

Magazine Fund

0

0

50

100

 

12

Library Dep. Fund

0

0

50

70

 

13

Forms and Prospectus

0

0

10

30

 

14

Electricity/Telephone

0

10

20

30

 

15

News Fund

10

10

20

30

 

G. Total

100

200

450

750

 

But it is unfortunate that several concerned admission in-charges are charging the fee at will to keep their own pockets heavy. As per this notified fee structure, if all components are applied, a boy student seeking admission in class 9th has to pay Rs 450 as school fee if he is a new admission and a girl student is exempted from all these components as per government policy. 

The boy student has to pay additional Rs 485 as registration fees which are charged by the Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education (JKBOSE). The amount being charged by the JKBOSE has been confirmed from the Joint Secretary Exam JKBOSE-Kashmir.

Worth mentioning here that the total amount a student has to pay for class 9th admission, if he is a new admission is Rs 450+485= 935 (if the student is a boy) and in case of a girl student only registration fee of Rs 485 is applicable and the components of School fee are exempted as per the government policy. There are a number of schools in Kashmir Province who are charging fee at their own will between Rs 1000 to 1300  from boys students and Rs 600 to 800 from girl students, which is more than the real notified. Unfortunately, no student can speak against the teacher and no parent can complaint as they don’t have the proof what they have paid for which the policy makers are responsible as they never enforced a practice of issuing proper receipts. As per our policy, we are not disclosing the names of such schools, as we don’t want to target those schools, our motive is public awareness. 

The amount is charged at will, the amount deposited in Government Treasuries is real but where the difference amount goes, Is there any one at the leadership level, bureaucracy level  or at the ministry level who can take an initiatives so these self run shops are closed from across?. The department has to utilise newspapers, radio, internet and school notices boards to propagate such things also by organising cluster meetings with parents by the officials from directorate levels.

Let the things be made open and transparent in public and student interest. Why the Government should allow few employees to practice corruption? It should act tough not by issuing just orders, circulars, notices but by making sufficient grounds for the general public to resist and speak against such practices.  The department has to come out with few innovative things to counter these deep rooted social evil.