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JAMMU: National SC,ST,OBC Student & Youth Front(NSOSYF) in collaboration with the State Unit of All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organisations organised a one day “Adhikar Bachao Sammelan” on 18-11-2018 at Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust, Narwal Byepass, Jammu to save the constitutional rights of students and youth. The Students and youth from all over the state belonging to SC/ST/OBC communities participated in huge numbers.

This was the first ever Sammelan to discuss the problems being faced by Youth and Students in threadbare. The problems being faced by unskilled and skilled labour youth were also highlighted .The constitutional rights which are being denied to these students and the youth were also discussed in this sammelan.

The eligibility for income criteria has been fixed and the most of the children of employee class have been debarred as such. The marks criteria has been fixed for the poor labour class people whose children go to Government schools where the quality of education is quite poor which is reflected by their results. The results of the Govt schools are poor because of poor quality education and illiterate background of parents of hese school going children as well.

This makes these students non-eligible from the scholarships meant for them. Moreover in the Govt schools there has been as system to promote all the students upto 9th standard and in the 10th standard majority of the SC/ST/OBC students become dropouts from the schools. There has been no system in existence for upliftment for these dropout students like free coaching/tuition for these dropout students.

The educated youth also highlighted their issues in which they pointed out that a large number of backlogs have been created by successive state governments in the state. Out of total 5 lakhs Government employees, there are only 17000 SC employees,34000 ST employees and 5000 OBC employees working in the state government, The number of backlog vacant posts in the state are 23000 for SC, 16000 for ST,5000 for OBC which should be immediately filled up so that the unemployed educated youth can be absorbed. The skilled youth is being deprived of reservation in private sector. They are being deprived of loans and other schemes offered by banking sector. The State as well as Central Universities are not implementing reservation rules in their recruitment process as well as education process which is further aggravating the situation.

State President of the Confederation R.K.Kalsotra in his address appreciated the efforts  of the Co-ordinators of NSOSYF in organising such a grand Sammelan and stated that the problems of the students and youth will be highlighted before the Government and urged upon them to be united to fight for saving their constitutional rights.He urged upon the students and youth to come forward and join the mission of Confederation & NSOSYF to achieve the desired goals. Kalsotra informed the gathering that although the time has been sought from Hon’ble Governor through Advisor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai for highlighting the demands of the confederation viz.

Restoration of Reservation in Promotion,  clearing backlog vacancies of SC/ST/OBC's through SSRB and JKPSC only and immediate constitution of committee for filling of these vacant backlog posts, Implementation of Mandal Commission report in toto i.e 27% reservation for OBC’s, Single OBC certificate valid in state as well as Centre, welfare schemes for Safai Karamcharis and constitution of a committee on the lines of the committee that has been constituted for enhancement of creamy layer criteria to look into the working conditions of these categories as well as to enhance their socio-economic status to bring them into mainstream, declaration of holidays on 15th August & 26th January for Safai Karamcharis ,providing uniforms to them on regular basis, opening of Schools for them on the pattern of Police Public Schools and working mothers of the school going children should be given 2 hours exemption in morning from their job and many other community related demands.

The proposed gherao of the Civil Secretariat on 5th November was deferred on the assurance of Advisor Ganai. Kalsotra said that the issues of youth and students will be discussed in threadbare with Hon’ble Governor  along with other demands of the Confederation. Moreover the national level issues of the students and youth will be raised during 3rd Dec National Rally of Confederation to be held at Ram Leela Ground,New Delhi.

 Kalsotra further added that the Confederation is a frontier organisation which is fighting in the state as well at national level for the protection of constitutional rights and it is due to the untiring efforts of the confederation that many of the suggestions of the confederation have been accepted by various state and central governments consequent upon which many amendments have been made by the State as well as Central Governments.

Kalsotra reiterated that the there can be no “Rashtra Vikas” without the “Dalit Vikas”. Kalsotra questioned that how the Dalit youth and student can progress if the opportunities are not made available to them? He assured all that the Confederation will leave no stone unturned to highlight the issues of Dalit youth and students and will keep on fighting till the desired results are not achieved. He informed the proposed National Rally for Protection of Rights on 3rd December to be held at New Delhi under the chairmanship of Dr. Udit Raj, National President All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC Organisations.

Ashok Attri Retd.DIG, Sarwar Chauhan Retd.SSP, Ch.Mohd.Shafi, Saif Ali and B.L.Bhardwaj,General Secretary Confederation also graced the occasion and encouraged the students and the youth. They congratulated NSOSYF and Confederation for organising such a grand Sammelan and told them to take the program to Tehsil and Block level also. They assured that the veteran intellectuals of the society will fully support the mission of NSOSYF and Confederation.

National Co-ordinator of National SC, ST, OBC Student & Youth Front (NSOSYF)  Pratap Singh Ahirwar who came from Delhi in his address highlighted the issues pertaining to youth and student community of the reserved classes. He said that the NSOSYF is part and parcel of the Confederation and the Confederation is the parent organisation of NSOSYF .He urged upon the students and youth to join the NSOSYF and to strengthen the Confederation. He added that his motive of coming Jammu is to bring the youth and students of J&K at national platform. He urged upon them to remain united to fight for the total implementation of their constitutional rights.He also appealed the youth and students to participate in 3rd Dec Rally of Confederation to be held at Ram leela Ground New Delhi.

Vikas Chowhan Co-ordinator Delhi NSOSYF also accompanied him and addressed the gathering. The State Co-ordinators of NSOSYF viz. Maheep Bhardwaj, Ajay Bhagat, Dushant Lakhnotra, Susheel Kumar, Touqir Ali Watal, Vaneet Panjgotra, Rajni Bhandari, Sunil Dogra, Shafait Ch, Sumit Kumar Sayal,Gaftar Chowdhary, Roshan Chowdhary and Gagandeep SIngh also expressed their views on the occasion.

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SRINAGAR: All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) on Sunday staged a protest in Srinagar for fulfilment of  their demands. Kashmiri pandits holding placards, “PM package is a failure”, ” My accommodation is not worth living”, assembled in Partap Park. APMCC president Vinod Pandit said under the Prime Minister’s package 6000 posts in government were kept for them. 

“We are demanding fulfillment of all 6000 posts, independent accomdation for all 6000 PM package employees and DPC in social welfare, Relief and other departments,” he said. “We demand the basic amenities and facilities should be provided to employees on priority and model schools should be opened in all transit camps,” he added.

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KARGIL: The second consultation meeting on the importance of university in Ladakh was held at Conference Hall, Tourist felicitation Centre Biamathang Kargil on Sunday. This was conducted by Students Educational Movement of Kargil (SEMOK). In this meeting, all the religious organisations, political parties and numerous representatives from different sections of the society were invited on this second consultation meeting. The representatives, intellectuals and social activists shared their ideas related to the need of Ladakh university for the people and students of Ladakh region. 

The consultation meeting is the second one among  the series of events connected to the long pending demand of the student’s community for a full fledged university in their own region.  There are almost six colleges in the region which are all affiliated to Kashmir University due to which the students have to face lots of issues whether it’s due to insurgency problem in Kashmir or discrimination towards the people of Ladakh. 

On this occasion various speakers who were new to the consultation meeting expressed their views and all of them agreed to the students cause and termed it as genuine one. One of the speakers said,that it is the basic right of the students as per the Constitution of India which is Right to Education (Article 21-A). Another speaker spoke on  emphasized on the introduction of some important courses like Language and Culture, apart from the regular courses and programs which are available in other universities around the country. After the speakers finished their opinions, there was an open debate cum discussion as to how to proceed in this journey step by step. Most of the speakers present agreed on the broad vision of SEMOK which was to keep fighting for the University in a normal pace, by taking all stakeholders of the society along with them.

Some of the eminents educationists of Kargil who were present in the consultation meeting also emphasized on the need of university in the region. They said, that there are more than 60 well qualified faculty members and enough students for the setup of a new university which is more than any other district. They shared their experiences and said that education should be on top priority in any place but unfortunately, in our region we see that education is on the bottom of any agenda or memorandum of all political parties. They suggested that our leaders should give more importance to the education sector. 

Social activists present in the meeting also put some light on the events and struggle that students have to go through to in different parts of the country to fulfill their demands. They emphasized on the fact that student community has a vital role to play in the future of our society. Today’s students would be tomorrow’s leaders and policy makers. So, it’s very important for the students to receive the best quality of education.  Later  it was decided that a memorandum should be forwarded to the higher authorities especially to the Hon'ble Governor with the support of all the religious organisations and the political parties.