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SRINAGAR: In a major relief to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Department of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir has quashed the appointment of two Assistance Professors in the department with ordering the recovery of salary and other benefits from the date of appointment. The appointment that was made in 2010 vide government order no: 34 of SKIMS 20-10-2010 has been termed ‘illegal’ by thecourt saying that the both the doctors did not possess the required qualification to hold the post.

 

The sources said that these two doctors were working in the department without having the required qualification, which is a grave violation of norms. The matter was then taken to the court which quashed the appointment these two doctors, however, the sources said that they continued to hold the posts so far. The court had earlier also quashed the appointment order, however the then Director SKIMS , Dr Showkat Zargar had filed a review petition  (RPPIL NO 43/2014) in the High Court against the judgement.

 

The double bench of high court at Srinagar heard the Review Petition and dismissed it vide order passed on dated 30-03-2018, thereby maintaining the order of quashing the appointment of Dr Ab Hamid Rather and Dr Javid Sheikh as Assistant Professor in the department. ‘Kashmir Vision’ has earlier published a series of stories; questioning the appointment of these two doctors as Assistant Professors even after lacking the required the qualification as prescribed by the Medical Council of India (MCI).

 

The Double Bench, also in Contempt Petition number 42/2015 filed by Mohd Sayed Shah (petitioner) versus Dr Showkat Zargar, the then Director SKIMS, heard the case and upheld that the continuance of these two doctors was illegal and unwarranted. “It appears that despite the orders passed by the court, the said respondents continued all along, which is clearly illegal and unwarranted,” reads the court order, upholding the quash order, on March 30. 

 

The court also passed orders of recovery of salary and other benefits paid to these docs by the Director/ Directors from 11-07-2014 till date, which have all along permitted the continuance of the said respondent doctors during the period from 11th July 2014 till date. The court has further asked the two doctors to come up with the details about the salary that they have withdrawn from the date of appointment till last they were holding the post.

 

“In this regard, the respondents shall give the details as regards the exact amount released in favour of respondents from 11thJuly till today,” reads the judgement. Further the court has also sought the details of the Director/Directors of the SKIMS who were in place with effect from July 11, 2014.

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SRINAGAR: With Jammu and Kashmir government approved the implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations, the educated unemployment youth in Kashmir expressed dismay over the move saying this amounts injustice with their carrier. Pertinent to mention here, In a major decision, the state cabinet that met here today under the chairpersonship of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti approved implementation of 7th pay commission recommendations for state government employees and pensioners with effect from January 2016.

 

The decision would benefit around five lakh employees and pensioners in the state. The 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.

At a time when the business has crippled and unemployment is getting out of control, the voices are saying that implementing Seventh Pay Commission looks all but improper. Mudasir Muran , a handicrafts businessman stated – “The business environment is dead and we are dying under heaps of financial stress as under the burden of loans we are suffocating .The government employees do not have such great output for the economy and society evident from ever growing debt of the state and greater dependence on center. A large chunk of educated youth continue to remain unemployed and no real policy is coming how to accommodate them. On the otherhand, the salaries of govt employees are already huge and incentive after incentive without any concrete output is a matter of concern.”

Inam un Nabi, Socio-Political activist states – “ The seventh pay commission recommendations have been implemented in the state when the realities are negative,  the economy is as good as dead and youth are not getting any constructive engagement  or vision from the government. When we have scores of educated youth unemployed,  no opportunity for doing business the pay commission recommendations  looks all but mockery..”

Unemployed youth are also aghast over the government decision of implementing seventh pay commission recommendations.” Thousands of unemployed youth  have been continuously witnessing tough times without any hope of betterment as the policy makers and those in governance continue to remain in slumber towards the problems faced by we the unemployed youth . Perks after perks are being showered on the government employees but not much heed is given to improve business atmosphere or provide effective solutions to unemployment.” 

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SRINAGAR: Four militants and two cops were killed in a deadly gunfight between militants and government forces in Kashmir’s Pulwama district at Lam village of Tral on Tuesday. Sepoy Ajay Kumar of 42 RR, who was injured in the initial firing exchange, succumbed to his injuries at Army's 92 Base Hospital in Badami Bagh Cantonment area here. Latief Ahmad S/O Ghulam Hassan R/O Tral of Jammu and Kashmir Police also succumbed to injuries.

Reports reaching Kashmir News Bureau that four militants were trapped during a joint operation launched by the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Lam forest area of Tral.  “The encounter broke out between Indian security forces and the militants in Lam Tral, Pulwama, earlier today after militants fired upon an army patrol from a nearby orchard,” said an official, adding, slain are foreigners while the fourth one is believed to be a local.

During the encounter, incriminating materials including arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot. The search in the area is going on at the time this report was filed. Separately the wreath laying of the policeman Latif Gojri was held at DPL Awantipora where among others IGP Kashmir S.P. Pani, DIG SKR Amit Kumar and others SFs participated.

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