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SRINAGAR: State Mission Director ICDS, J&K, today conducted a surprise inspection of ICDS project Kangan during which three officials of CDPO office were placed under suspension for unauthorized absence from duty.

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Young Journalist Association (JKYJA) has lambasted the state government for extending Group mediclaim insurance policy to accredited journalists and their five family members only while ignoring an overwhelming majority that has been working on ground zero but is non-accredited. JKYJA called an emergency meet at its headquarters in Lalchowk and discussed the issue threadbare, calling the government decision regrettable.

JKYJA President Ajaz Ahmad War said: "JKYJA condemns this move that ignores a huge number of non-accredited journalists. Leaving out an overwhelming majority of journalists who are facing the daily risks of conflict zone is dangerous and shows the state’s attitude towards the fourth estate.” Terming the decision unfortunate, War said: “It is unfortunate to note that while the accredited journalists get all the benefits and felicitations from the state, apart from the huge revenue of advertisement and handsome salaries, non-accredited journalists are bypassed on every count and left to fend for themselves.”

Furthermore, JKYJA made it clear that committees run by the government to decide the accreditation standards are not working on professional lines. They should work in tune with the need of the time, read a JKYJA statement. The JKYJA urged government to address the issues pertaining to the working journalists and said that government should come clear on the overall paradigms of insurance and accreditation policy.

It said the policy pertaining to welfare of journalists in Kashmir framed by the government lacks substance, vision and matter. Scores of JKYJA members attended the meet. JKYJA vowed to carry forward the real issues faced by journalists and seek their solutions.

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JAMMU: National Conference Provincial Secretary, Jammu and former MLC Sheikh Bashir Ahmed on Friday expressed grave concern over inadequate diagnostic facilities, especially echo machines in the premier hospitals in the winter capital, saying the patients are put in a queue as per their turn without realising the gravity of cases.  In a statement, he said the Government Medical College Hospital is having just one echo machine, which is quite inadequate for taking care of huge number of patients, mostly referred from various districts of the Jammu region. He said this causes immense suffering to the patients, who are mostly forced to carry out such tests in private clinics at whopping charges. 

 

Sheikh Bashir sought echo machines in adequate numbers in GMC, Super-specialty, SMGS and Gandhi Nagar hospitals besides all the district hospitals at least to reduce pressure of referral cases here. He said health services being a priority sector, due attention is required to be given in order to make available diagnostic facilities and medicines to patients.  The Provincial Secretary urged the Governor’s Administration to look into this matter of immense public importance and take all necessary measures in making available necessary facilities to the patients.