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THATHRI/JAMMU: Education Zone Thathri of Doda district which comes under the control of Zonal Educational Officer (ZEO) Thathri has once again invited the attention of authorities and public for its anti students approach. The academic session is about to end but the authorities at Zonal Educational Office (ZEO) Thathri have failed to provide uniform to students studying in the Govt Schools, thus denying them of their right to free uniform. 

Relevant to mention here that it’s a Govt policy to provide free uniform to the students of the Govt Schools. Talking to JK Monitor, ReT teachers’ senior leader of the Zone, Zakir Butt disclosed that funds have already been provided and transferred to the ZEOs accounts and with the start of academic session it was expected that students would get the uniforms during the month of March. 

Now the academic session is nearing completion but the concerned authorities in the Zone have failed to provide the uniform to the students.  The examination have commenced from October 15, and the students of class 5th of Primary Schools and 8th of Middle Schools of the Zone will have to take admissions in other schools for upper classes but they have been denied of their right to free uniform by the authorities at Zonal level. 

It will be worth pointing out here that if the funds for the same have already been provided and deposited in the ZEO’s account than why the students have been denied of their right to free uniform and where the amount meant for students welfare has gone.

This clearly indicates that the Office of the ZEO Thathri become a den of corruption which is being patronage by the superiors and the district level. The office has become free to do at will throwing all set norms, guidelines and rules to winds. The silence of the immediate higher authorities at the district level to make this office accountable and corruption free has raised many questions and gives rise to suspect their involvement too.

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FOCAL POINT: 

  • If one case has come into notice, it clearly indicates that the practice of forging most important document of an employee is being actively done by clerks and employee are offering money for getting undue favours and illegal entries.
  • The departmental inquiry will not be a solution, as such practices are not possible until having support from immediate boss.
  • An inquiry under District Administrator assisted by a wing of Police Deptt will unearth larger quantum of scams.      

THATHRI/JAMMU: The Education Department in Doda district has remained in news in the past too for varied reasons with corruption in offices at top followed by misappropriation of funds, forging records, attachments of teachers in offices and absence of teachers from duties. Though the entire district Doda has many stories to tell about the Education Department but Zonal Education Office (ZEO) Thathri has always played a lead role in such corrupt practices.

I the past too JK Monitor has played its role as a responsible media outlet to expose such practices which has sent shockers across the district A link to news available on internet exposing the corrupt practiced in ZEO office Thathri is given here for those readers who wish to read it again to refresh their memories. 

(Exam fees overcharging nexus EXPOSED in Thathri Zone: Dy. CM directs DSE-J for inquiry) 

(https://dagmedya.net/2013/09/15/exam-fees-overcharging-nexus-exposed-in-thathri-zone-dy-cm-directs-dse-j-for-inquiry/)    

Continuing the past practice, sources told JK Monitor that some clerks in the office of ZEO Thathri have been misusing their official position and pressurizing the teaching community to get their paper work completed. 

These clerks further use to extract money as bribe from teachers and those teachers who pay money as bribe are given undue favours by making or skipping entries in the service books and other documents signed. 

The need of the hour is the entire records of the ZEO office Thathri should be seized and a in-depth inquiry shall be initiated so the records forged, service books misplaced, entries made and skipped the service books is probed and the real culprit are booked under the rule of law. 

Some teachers from the Zone through their Zone leader Naseer Ahmed Butt informed JK Monitor, that in a fresh controversy some serious allegations of corruption and mismanagement have been leveled against a clerk of the said office. 

The screen shots forwarded by Naseer Ahmed Butt and now available with JK Monitor established that a clerk has take money from a teacher probably to do him a favour. 

According to Naseer, in an Official Whatsapp Attendance Group and Alam Group some teachers have admitted that one senior Assistant namely Chur Chand Sharma has taken rupees 44000 from a teacher namely Romesh Kumar. 

It is visible from the amount which is not small, that this money might have been taken to do some favour to the teacher or doing some kind of fraud. 

In the group it has been further claimed that out Rs 44000, Rs 12000 were returned back to said teacher to either to silence him or some unknown reasons.

According to Naseer, referring to Whatsapp Group, another Teacher namely Nayeem Sadiq has also admitted that Rs 4000 were taken from him and his another colleague Asif to update their service records. 

Many teachers of the zone have also leveled allegations of overwriting, cutting and tempering on their service books against the clerk Chur Chand Sharma.

The service book of the above named teacher Romesh Kumar has been misplaced by the said clerk when he insisted clerk to pay back his remaining balance.

The said teacher went from pillar to post to find his service book but all in vain. The matter was been taken up with the higher authorities for which an Inquiry Committee has been framed but the report is still awaited, informed Naseer. 

Teachers of Zone have repeatedly requested the authorities to take charge of Service Record from the said clerk and handover to some another official because the clerk is involved in corrupt practices but the authorities are still supporting him due to the reasons best known to them, said Naseer. 

The allegations of the corruption leveled by the teachers against the clerk is an eye opener to the public as well as the teaching fraternity. It gives the foul smell of the scams and corruption in the education department, particularly in ZEO office Thathri. These allegations are of very serious nature and clearly indicates how deep rooted is corruption in this office. 

Regrettably from time to time while an elected Govts’ were in place, officials at the helm of affairs saved their subordinates and promote them to continue such practices but now under Governors administration, it can be at-least hoped that corrupt officials who support corrupt n their offices are taken to task and an example is set for others. Unfortunately the victims of this corrupt system are poor students of the government schools.

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JAMMU: 999 Productions welcomed Miss Himalaya 2nd runner-up Miss  Ashima Sharma today in Press Club Jammu and  interacted with Miss Ashima Sharma. Speaking on her experience, she told that this was 6th edition of Miss Himalaya conducted by Mr Lobsang  Wangyal founder director Miss himalya pageant. Among 40 participants from all over region of Himalaya only 7 girls were selected as finalist and she is the first ever girl from J&K to qualify and selected for such prestigious pageant.

After selection she got grooming session in Machlodganj Himachal for 3 day during which she visited many places and got chance to interact with each other cultures of Himalaya region. Finale was held on 6th of October after 4 rounds-Talk round  in which she had to talk on a topic for 5-7 minutes, Talent round, traditional costume and interview  round judges gave their decision and she marked her 2nd runner-up place and was awarded  by the jury members. She also thanked to those persons who helped her to bag this crown.

Mrs Parul Bhateja (trained classical dancer and choreographer from Delhi), Mrs Neelam Kumari (Designer), Miss Mehak Sharma (Property Designer). During this press conference Parvinder Pal Singh owner 999 productions congratulated Ashima for her success and wished her luck for future events. She is first female fashion choreographer of J&K and recently awarded by Indian Institute of Science and Technology for her contribution in her field. Ashima is now national director J&k of Miss Himalaya peagent. After now she will send the contestant to this pegeant every year. Social activist Aditi Sharma present on the occasion congratulated Ashima for her success and also appreciated  her hard work to achieve that mile stone in early age of her career.