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SRINAGAR: Expressing concern over the frequent closure of Educational institutions in few districts of Kashmir Valley, PDP Vice President Mohammad Sartaj Madni has said that such a situation if allowed to continue will render us shallow and we will be committing a sin which claims no pardon. He said education is not about a career alone. It is essence of human race, cognition and consciousness, the virtues which provide the purpose to live as a cultured and civilized community or nation. This is a trust every race owes it to posterity.

Madni said the whole concept of life looses meaning if education is undermined or ignored. The beauty of life lies in making it splendid through pursuit of knowledge and learning and to cause or remain ignorant is a vice against very existence.

Madni said as a proud and responsible cultural entity we have been known as heritors of decent behavior and lovers of education. Our children as such have a right to grow, to live up to their reputation and avail best of the opportunities for harmonious development. I, as a parent, wish there is no distraction in achieving this goal through smooth and uninterrupted learning process. Unfortunately, at present, we see contrary is happening. He said it is shocking to be a witness to loss of precious days of personality building and peaceful orientation. Our heads bow in repentance and many parents like me should be suffering from anxiety.

Let us not express helplessness as loss of education is not reparable, he added. Madni made a fervent appeal to parents , the grown up students and to the community leaders to rise to the occasion and express themselves against the disruption in education. He said it is need of the hour that teaching community joins vocally in the effort to keep the academic centres functional so that learning process is not hampered to pave way for anarchy and a fruitless existence.

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SRINAGAR: The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday termed the implementation of the 7th pay commission in Jammu and Kashmir a historic measure, stating that for the first time in state’s history, the employees were accorded the due rights sans any chaos or confrontation. In a statement issued to KNB, the PDP General Secretary Mansoor Hussain said the fact has been hailed and endorsed by one and all that Jammu and Kashmir has become the first state in entire India which has implemented the pay hike - a decision that would benefit around five lakh employees and pensioners in the state.

 

Mansoor said that despite the financial constraints being witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir and the plethora of liabilities left behind by the previous government as its trademark, the Chief Minister Mehboba Mufti battled all odds to accord the employees their due rights. “It reflects the pro-people governance, selflessness and assiduousness in the system of functioning and invincible will to get the state out of the crises and ensure the system of fair play and justice prevails all across,” Mansoor said.

 

He added that despite the fact that financial implications for the implementations of 7th pay commission recommendations would be Rs 4201 crore annually while financial implications on account of one-time arrears would be Rs 7477 crores, the state government went ahead with the decision as it had promised with the employees that there wouldn’t be this time any need to hit the streets for the fulfillment of the demands.

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SRINAGAR: In significant development, traders body Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) on Wednesday urged Jammu and Kashmir government to take up the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel with the Union government. Pertinently, In a statement issued here, KCCI said state government should take up the matter to reduce petrol and diesel prices with the union government.

“…Kashmir being in a critical condition it was time to revisit the state levies on petrol and diesel. and also urgently take up the reduction in excise duty on petrol and diesel with the Union Government,” the statement quoted KCCI president Javed Ahmad Tenga as having stated. He said that prices of petrol and diesel in India were the highest amongst all the south Asian countries, and this was only due to taxes and levies accounting for half of the rate. The statement said even after collecting a “whopping” two lakh 42 thousand crores as excise duty, state government has failed to provide any relief to the common masses.

 

“The government after imposing the highest tax rates on petroleum products quietly withdrew and introduced the daily price revision system which gives autonomy to oil PSUs to revise rates dailys since June, 2017. The PSUs have been steadily increasing the rates by 10 paisa to 30 paisa which more or less goes unnoticed. The end result is the highest petrol and diesel prices since years,” said KCCI in a statement.

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