February 2008 News

KPs demand amendments in Hindu Shrines Bill

2 February 2008
The Daily Excelsior

JAMMU: Justice Nirmal Singh of State High Court today dismissed the petition challenging the premature retirement of then Executive Engineer Rural Engineering Wing Kathua. After hearing Senior Advocate D C Raina with Advocate Vikram Singh appearing for the petitioner-Rajesh Gupta then Executive Engineer Rural Engineering wing Kathua and Additional Advocate General B S Salathia appearing for the State, Justice Nirmal Singh observed that in the present case before passing the order impugned the State Government constituted a committee of officers under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary for considering the cases of various officers and officials. The committee held meetings on various dates in 2004 and 2005 and these meetings were attended by all the members. The case of the petitioner was considered by the committee on the basis of the report submitted by the Additional DG CID that the petitioner was having the property disproportionate to his known source of income. The property included a house at Krishna Colony Kathua built over 3 kanals of land, two shops in Kathua, 6 kanals of land in Kathua town, one kanal of land at Trikuta Nagar, two kanals of land at Trikuta Nagar Extension, 3 kanals of land at Greater Kailash Colony, 10 marlas of plot at Bithindi besides accounts and lockers in UCO Bank Ragunath Bazzar and Vijaya Bank Purani Mandi. The committee concerned also took into consideration the information provided by the Administrative Department in which the petitioner was working and as per this report, the petitioner was attached in the head-office vide Govt order May 9, 2003 for issuing back dated sanctions relating to the execution of departmental works, passing of bills and estimates in Jammu district. A departmental enquiry was also ordered against the petitioner vide Government order dated May 22, 2003. While dismissing the petition, Justice Nirmal Singh observed 'This petition is found to be without merit'. Warm send off accorded to retiring employees Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Feb 2 Several Government employees who attained superannuation after rendering meritorious services in their respective departments were accorded warm send off by their officers and colleagues on January 31. Warm send off was accorded to Des Raj Thapa (LSA) by Animal Husbandry Department who retired on January 31, after rendering 33 years unblemished services to the department. All wished him a happy and healthy life after retirement. Zila Sainik Welfare Officer Lt Col Karan Singh was given a touching send off on his attaining age of superannuation, who rendered meritorious services to Zila Sainik Welfare Board for the welfare of ex-servicemen, widows and war-widows with dedication, devotion and sincerity. Mrs Shakuntla Gupta, ZEO, Chowki Chowra, was given a warm send off on her retirement on superannuation, who rendered unblemished services to the Education Department for 39 years. Happy and healthy post- retirement life was wished to her by all those present on the occasion. A touching send off was accorded to S Niranjan Singh, Lecturer in English, Government High-er Secondary School Kathua on his attaining age of superannuation after rendering 34 years meritorious services to the Education Department in different capacities. All wished him a happy and healthy post- retirement life. KPs demand amendments in Hindu Shrines Bill Excelsior Correspondent JAMMU, Feb 2 Devasthan Prabhandak Committee Bijebehara (DPCB) has demanded amendment in the proposed Kashmiri Hindu Shrines Management and Regulation Bill 2008 on the ground that the proposed bill does not provide for proper and sufficient representation to the Hindus of Kashmir in the management Committees at state and district level. In a statement issued here, today, it said the DPCB held a meeting here under the chairmanship of its secretary, Prof M L Malla in which it demanded that district level committees be replaced by tehsil level committees. It said there shall be established management committee for every tehsil of Kashmir province consisting of 190 members who will be elected in accordance with the procedure as prescribed. It said besides this the existing local management committees of different shrines and temples be associated with special officers for making accurate survey of assets of Kashmiri Hindu shrines in the form of land , building, movable and immovable property.

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