Electric wires pose threat to lives 

The residents of Government Housing Colony Ompura on the outskirts of Srinagar are facing a precarious situation for the past couple of months. The live electric wires often fall on the ground. The  electric wired running from pole to pole are old and have worn out. On top of it high voltage wires are running dangerously close to each other, at times they touch or fall resulting in huge damage to household electric appliances. Two sheep got electrocuted few days back in sector-A, and many children had narrow escape. Few electric poles are in a hanging position and can fall anytime.

In view of above grave situation the Power Development Department (PDD) is requested to take serious note of it. Though we appreciate their field staff who promptly come and repair the wires but it is a temporary arrangement. Kindly address the problem at the earliest to avoid any untoward human tragedy.

Residents of sector-A Through Arbaz Parray

Natipora residents seek CE’s intervention

We the residents of stadium colony Budshah Nagar Natipora Srinagar urge the Chief Engineer Power Development Department (PDD) to intervene and direct the concerned officials to address the power crisis in our area. Every now and then jumper in our area gets burnt due to entire colony being dependent on one transformer. We request the Chief Engineer PDD to allot one more transformer for our colony so that we heave a sigh of relief.

Mohsin Muhammad

1-year on, NYCs volunteers await wages 

We the 5500 National Youth Corps(NYCs) volunteers were re engaged in April 2018 through Youth Services & Sports department. We were deployed different departments i.e. Education, Sports Council, Revenue, Social Welfare, Culture, Disaster Management, & Physical Education. We are performing our duties since April 2018.But we are without salary from the date of our re engagement. Our family is on edge. We urge the Commissioner Secretary YSS & Director General YSS to release our long pending salary before Eid.

Malik Reyaz,Vilgam Kupwara

Address garbage crisis in Cantonment area

Heaps of garbage lying unattended in Sonwar and its adjoining areas for the past one month has put a question mark over the functioning of Cantonment Board.

Possibility of epidemic breaking out is giving sleepless nights to the residents. We the residents appeal the Cantonment Board and district administration to intervene and save us. 


Khidmat centre owners urge Governor to help J&K Bank rehabilitate them   

Khidmat centres established by the J&K Bank from 2009 to 2015 are facing existential crisis. We continue to wait for all those promises to get fulfilled under which the Khidmat centres were established. We left the best of other opportunities from time to time with the hope that the things promised will be delivered but nothing substantial has been done till date.

The J&K Bank has come to our rescue from time to time but without any support from the Government. But with technological advancements the Bank has to progress and to adopt innovation in its processes and reach. With the expansion of the J&K Bank and after adopting certain creative aspects in its overall functioning, the jobs we were performing till date have started to lose their relevance and our remaining sources of survival are under absolute threat.

After feeling complete insecurity we approached the J&K Bank many times where we discussed with the Bank the existential threat we are facing and the Bank while acknowledging our insecurities and miserable conditions in a series of meetings and discussions, has now assured us that it would rehabilitate us by securing our future in an arrangement which shall be permanent in nature where our dignified survival shall be guaranteed.

But the Bank has got certain apprehensions because of the fact that Khidmat Centres were initially established as Common Service Centres under e-governance plan. And for a permanent and secure arrangement to work, the Bank needs a nod from the Government of Jammu and Kashmir to proceed further.

Once this moral support from the Government is provided the process of permanent settlement of Khidmat Centre professionals would begin, we the owners of  Khidmat centres are going to collectively withdraw from the Common Service Centre role and the IT department/JAKEGA or any other concerned department/agency of the government whether state of central shall be free from any of our demands.

Our careers, lives and the future of our families are at stake and we are suffering continuously and any delay in appreciating the J&K Bank for being ready to take such a major step will aggravate the situation.

Now when the J&K Bank is ready to explore a permanent arrangement on its own wisdom to rehabilitate all of us, the Government which has been till date a mere spectator should now offer a moral support to J&K Bank to rehabilitate. 

We humbly request the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to please direct all the concerned quarters in the government to coordinate with the J&K Bank pro-actively so that the Bank could rehabilitate us.

Khidmat centre owners

Doodh Ganga water supply scheme ailing 

Doodh Ganga water supply scheme Kralpora supplies drinking water to a huge population (8 lakh plus) in Rangreth, Humhama, Pir Bagh, Hyderpora , Parraypora , Rawalpora , Chanapora , Bagh-e-Mehtab , Mahjoor Nagar, Natipora , Rambagh, Batlamoo, Jawahar Nagar etc.

The water lifted at Kralpora plant is contaminated as huge amount of solid and liquid waste get mixed with water of Doodh Ganga from Branwar to Barzulla via Chadoora. Mere chlorination cannot clean this water. We have been telling authorities to send a team of experts to see whether this water is fit for drinking purpose or not? We also filed a petition at State Human Rights Commission but got no respite. We have now sought intervention of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

The reason of rising liver and other gastro- intestinal ailments even kidney diseases is linked to intake of unhygienic water, but who cares ?  Our conscience is dead now. People don’t even question authorities what they are supplying to us?

Few STPs are urgently required so that liquid waste going into this river (nallah) can at least be treated? Solid waste generated around localities and villages located near Doodh Ganga right from Branwar to Barzulla (35 km stretch) should be cleared on regular basis by Rural Sanitation and Municipal authorities.

 Dr Raja Muzaffar Bhat