Govt appoints ADCs on rotational basis in Rajouri, protests continue

GJ Report
Jammu, Mar 9: Amid protests staged by the locals and shutdown in Nowshera town of Rajouri district demanding appointment of separate Additional Deputy Commissiners, Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday ordered appointment of the officers on rotational basis.
As per order issued by the General Administration Department under Order No 412-GAD of 2018, Dated:09-03-2018, in the interest of administration, Sachin Dev Singh, KAS, Additional Secretary to the Government, Labour and Employment Department, is transferred and posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Nowshera-Sunderbani.
The order read that the officer shall discharge his duties depending upon the convenience of the general public in a manner that he will be headquartered for one week at Nowshera followed by another week at Sunderbani.
Further, Kartar Singh, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Sunderbani and Abdul Sattar, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Nowshera, shall continue at their respective places of postings.
Meanwhile Shafiq Ahmad, KAS, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kotranka shall operate as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kotranka-Kalakote.
The officer shall discharge his duties depending upon the convenience of the general public in a manner that he will be headquartered for one week at Kotranka followed by another week at Kalakote, said an order.
Sanction is also accorded to the constitution of the following Committee to examine any such similar demand relating to posting of Additional Deputy Commissioners included Financial Commissioner, Revenue as Chairman, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, Revenue Department as Member, Commissioner/Secretary to the Government, General Administration Depart-ment as Member and Divisional Commissioner, Jammu: Members.
Earlier in the day Nowshera town of bordering Rajouri district observed shutdown over the demand of appointing separate Additional Deputy Commissioner while police have registered a case against some persons for raising pro-Pak slogans during the protest.
The residents of Nows-hera, Sunderbani, Kalakote and Kotranka have been demanding appointment of separate ADCs for these areas without holding a cabinet meeting.
Meanwhile Minister for Health Bali Bhagat on Thursday after meeting the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that two ADCs will be appointed in the Rajouri district who will look after two tehsils each on weekly rotational basis.
However, expressing resentment over non-appo-intment of ADC exclusively for Nowshera town, the locals on Friday staged protest amid shutdown.
They also raised pro-Pakistan slogans alleging that when their voice is not listened to and grievances are not addressed then it is better to go to Pakistan.
The protestors further raised anti-BJP slogans and lashed out at the BJP MLA from Nowshera for failing to get their demand fulfilled.
Meanwhile police said, “the shutdown continues in Nowshera town and we have identified the persons who raised pro-Pakistan slogans while a case has been registered in this context.”
The protestors also said that they did not raise the slogans out of their choice but the failure of BJP forced them to do so.