SC grants four weeks to UOI to decide on wages of Army Porters

A Division Bench of Supreme Court of India presided by the Chief Justice of India, Mr. Justice T.S.Thakur today granted four weeks to the counsel of Union of India to file final reply in the Supreme Court on the question of determining wages of Army Porters working in J&K.

Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate appearing for the Army Porters working in J&K has been pleading for the fixation of wages for the Army Porters who are being paid less than the minimum wages though they are working around the clock to assist the Army along the International Borders and sensitive areas of Line of Control in J&K.

The Chief Justice of India, Mr.Justice T.S. Thakur has asked the counsel for Union of India Mr.P.S. Patwalia to submit the final proposal before the court. the Union Counsel today ask for a little more time.

NPP hold protest demonstration at Jantar-Mantar, New Delhi demanding urgent Governor rule in J&K

NPP activists held a protest demonstration at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi demanding Governor Rule in Jammu and Kashmir State to save the crown of India from devastation. The hundreds of Panthers Party activists led by Prof. Bhim Singh Chief Patron NPP and other senior leaders including Delhi Pradesh President, Shri Rajiv Jolly Khosla, Vice-President Shri Romesh Khajuria, General Secretary Mr. Beig and others made a strong protest at Jantar Mantar also five hundreds meter away from the Parliament House demanding imposition of Governor rule in the interest of general public and national interest without any delay.

The NPP demonstrators called on the President of India, Shri Pranav Mukherjee to exercise his exclusive power under article 370 of the Indian Constitution which empowers him alone to command Governor of J&K under section 92 of the J&K Constitution to impose Governor Rule in J&K by dismissing the state government in the national interest and security of the state.

Prof. Bhim Singh appealed to the Parliament of India and the national leadership to support this voice for the security and safety of the entire nation which is under a serious threat today. Prof. Bhim Singh also declared that Panthers Party shall sit on fast in front of Prime Minister House if Governor Rule is not imposed within 24 hours.

Dogri Research Scholars in JU call on Prof. Bhim Singh, with their memoranda on their problems

jammu-=pressNearly two dozen Ph.D Scholars of Dogri Language Department in Jammu University met Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of NPP this morning with their strongly built memoranda on their problems they have been facing as scholars in Jammu University.

The scholars in their interaction they pleaded with Prof. Bhim Singh for  Panthers Party support to ensure a workable and genuine solution to the problems being faced by the scholars in Dogri language and the students in Jammu province. The scholars pleaded that Jammu Province is not provided educational facilities in Jammu Province. It is sad that districts of Poonch, Rajouri, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban have not been provided a single school or college in the above said five districts when each district is having a sizable percentage of Dogri speaking state residents. The scholars told Prof Bhim Singh that there are 512 educational institutions in Jammu Province whereas with Dogri is start only in 60 institutions. The scholars said that this is tragedy that the Central University Kashmir is heaving ‘Kashmiri language’ as a subject in the list of syllabi. The biggest discrimination is noticed that the Central University in Jammu has not cared to include Dogri Subject in its syllabus.

  1. The Dogri Research Scholars submitted a memorandum demanding that Dogri should be included as a compulsory subject in all the colleges of Jammu Province.
  2. The Dogri scholars demanded that Dogri should be taught in all the higher secondary (10+2) schools in Jammu Province where Dogri has a prominent place among the local language.

iii.                              The Dogri scholars also demanded that Dogri should be included in the syllabus of 10+2 courses throughout Jammu Pradesh.

  1. The scholars also wanted that every educational institution where Dogri is included in the syllabus (60 colleges and several schools) as a compulsory subject.  The scholars regretted that the government of Jammu and Kashmir has proposed only four posts for teachers job in Dogri ignoring completely the demand for such teachers in the educational institutions where Dogri is included in the teaching syllabus.  Selecting four teachers for Dogri is not only discriminatory against the Dogri language but also an unforgivable fraud against the people of Jammu Pradesh.
  2. Those Dogri scholars of JU who were present in the meeting included Gopal Singh, Sonika Jasrotia, Manisha, Sheetal Sharma, Deepika Sharma, K. Khajuria, Rituraj Sharma, Sunil Kumar, Meenakshi, Asha Rani and others.
  3. Several senior leaders of the Panthers party were also present in the meeting included  Ms Anita Thakur State General Secretary, Rajesh Pargotra Provincial President, S. Paramjit Singh Marshal President PTU, Manoj Gupta, Shanker Chib and others.

 

Prof. Bhim Singh in a strong note to Shri Raj Nath Singh, the Union Home Minister urged to take this issue for consideration without delay so that the Dogri language which is in 8th schedule in Indian Constitution shall not fall victim to the conspiracy being hatched by handful of Congress–NC–PDP leaders who have been exploiting the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their personally interest and interest of some agencies working behind to sabotage the union of the state with the rest of the country.  Prof. Bhim Singh assured the scholars that he shall take up the matter before the Supreme Court of India to ensure justice and equity to the students of Dogri language.

SC adjourns Pak-prisoners petition against illegal detention Bhim Singh urges deporation of all illegal prisoners

A Division Bench of Supreme Court of India comprising JJ J. Chelameshwar and Mr. Abhay Manohar Sapre today directed that the petition filed by Prof.Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate against the illegal detention of about 800 Pak-prisoners shall be listed a week after for final hearing. The Supreme Court made this observation when Prof.Bhim Singh arguing the petition submitted that he filed a petition in 2005 against the illegal, unconstitutional and malafide detentions of nearly 800 Pakistanis while who had infiltrated to India by crossing borders from Pakistan side.

          Nearly 500 Pakistani prisoners have been deported back to Pakistan by the order of the Supreme Court of India on the writ petition filed by the Panthers Party connected social organizations and legal aid committee. The Supreme Court directed that the petition (Writ Petition No.310/2005 along with other writ petitions) filed against the illegal detention of Pakistani boys may be taken after a week.

          The Supreme Court had also directed Union of India and the State Govt. to move out all the foreign prisoners (most of them are Pakistanis) to the centres and shall be taken out of the prisons. The Union of India and State Govt. have been claiming that the foreign prisoners were not lodged in the prisons/jails. The Union of India in its affidavit filed this morning before the Supreme Court admitted that 59 Pakistani prisoners who have completed their sentences or against whom no offence was registered are still continuing in different lock-ups/jails in the country. Though, Sewa Sadan at Lampur, New Delhi has been set up but there are only two Pakistani prisoners namely Mohd. Kamar, s/o Mohd. Ameem and Abdul Jabar@Sikander, s/o Musa Ibrahim. Though, they have not been identified till date. The affidavit filed by the Union of India also admitted that there are two detenus in Alwar (Rajasthan) jail. They are Mr. Hamid, s/o Mohd. Hussain and Javed Isaim, s/o Mohd. Bux (no nationality mentioned). The affidavit filed this morning before the Supreme Court, the Union of India has admitted that there are about 20 foreign prisoners who have been detained in Amritsar prison in Punjab for several years with no offences registered against them. Interestingly, their addresses or country or origin has not been mentioned. Out of 20 unknown/with unknown citizenship there are three goongas (Deaf and dump) because they are goongas. This matter was referred by the Supreme Court of India to the Union of India to trace out the original connection of these prisoners. According to the information these prisoners have been lodged in detention centres along with other 16/17 Pak-prisoners in Amritsar jail called as Detention Centre Amritsar.    

          Prof.Bhim Singh has been arguing this case for years he also handed over several copies of judgments of the Supreme Court of India to the Pakistani lawyers and functionaries of Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association. The Lawyers Congress of Pakistan in Lahore headed by Zulfiqar Ali Jehangir, Advocate in the Lahore High Court has been working hard to ensure that Govt. of Pakistan may trace out the relatives of these goongas.

          According to the affidavit of the Union Home Ministry there are 22 prisoners from Pakistan who have been in jail for several years and detained in the so-called Detention Centre, JIC, Bhuj in Gujarat.

          The Supreme Court of India in its strict order had directed all the states and Union of India to shift all such foreign prisoners who are not convicts and have no case pending against them to some independent areas. It is unfortunate that there is only one such centre in New Delhi called Sewa Sadan Lampur which has only two foreign prisoners. The Union of India has admitted this day in the affidavit that there are 59 foreign prisoners who are not wanted in any case and are not involved in any offence. Only two of them are kept in Sewa Sadan, Delhi. 57 foreign prisoners are still detained in jails/prisons which is evident from the record which has been supplied by the Union of India to the Supreme Court. There is no Detention Centre even in J&K, Goa and several other states. This is admitted by the Union of India that five foreign prisoners (Pakistanis) have been detained in different jails, Rajouri, Lalaya Khan, s/o Shareen Khan, Central Jail, Kotbhalwal (Mrs. Rubina, w/o Mohd. Noor), in District Jail Jammu two foreign are detained namely Mr. Akhtar Hussain, s/o Noor Rehman and Mohd. Shafeeq, s/o Mohd. Shareef wheras Mohd. Iftikar, s/o Barhan Ali Khan has been detailed in Poonch District jail, J&K. They have been kept in illegal detention and in violation of the Supreme Court order/judgment.

          It is also interesting revelation by the Union Home Ministry that there are some non-Muslim names (persons) who have been detained for years in Gujarat jail (Bhuj). They are mentioned as Hiralal, s/o Ranamal (Srl. No.45), Laduben, w/o Hiralal, Najesha, s/o Hiralal, Khiyan, s/o Hiralal, Nanji, s/o Hiralal, Jagdish, Laxman, Narayan (all sons of Hiralal) and daughter of Hiralal Raqtuben (all these information through an affidavit by the Union of India was submitted before the Supreme Court this morning).

          On 11.02.2014, the Union of India had admitted in its affidavit that there were 265 Pakistani prisoners in jails and 131 fishermen.

          Prof.Bhim Singh submitted before the Supreme Court of India that the Govt. of India should release the names with photos to the Pakistani High Commission as almost all of the unidentified prisoners sulking in prisons belong to Pakistan. He has made a submission that all the prisoners not identified should be given the choice to go as a refugee in the United Nations refugee penal and choose a country of their choice. He said that they are all human being and cannot be treated like cattle.

          Prof.Bhim Singh has decided to send the list of the names with pictures if he is allowed to picture the unknown prisoners, to the Prime Minister of Pakistan to trace out their connection and send his representatives to escort the Pakistani prisoners from detention centres in India to Pakistan.               

          Prof.Bhim Singh was assisted by the advocates, Mr. S.K. Bandhopadhyay and Mr. B.S. Billowria.

PM Modi fails to deliver at Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine conclave in Katra

“It was all anti-climax at the end of PM Modi’s speech at the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine University conclave this afternoon as Prime Minister Modi failed to mention a word about the PHE daily wagers numbering about 30,000, failed to address the sufferings and miserable plight of the hills of Mata Vaishno Devi now called as ‘baridars’ and have been literally turned as beggars in their own land. These baridars and their ancestors have been looking after the shrine for centuries without any benefit or gain.

          Several hundred Katra activists including their panches and sarpanches of Katra areas surrounding the university have been kept away under the threats of handcuffs by the police who have been protesting peacefully for their causes.”

          This was the reaction of Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party from New Delhi camp office about PM Modi’s visit to Katra and his conquest of the peasantry and the Vaishno Devi owners who have been suffering for decades and demanding justice and equity.

          Prof.Bhim Singh wanted to know from Prime Minister Modi why he failed to mention the plight of the people who have been suffering at the hands of his half-a-partner with PDP in the state. Prime Minister could not mention a word about the suffering daily wagers in PHE, he could not mention a word about the miserable situation the masters of Vaishno Devi Shrine have been facing since their humiliating ouster. Prime Minister also could not address the open meeting and had to direct the security forces to prepare a security covered up hall in the Katra University  ground costing more than, as estimated, Rs.20 crores.

          Prof.Bhim Singh wanted to know from Modi about the plight of the labourers working on different projects for the shrine and for the service condition of the Shrine Board employees. He wanted to know the benefit of the latest hospital to the Katra division and the poor people. He also expressed surprise that Prime Minister could not open the Stadium by travelling about 500 meters ahead from the Shrine Board camp. He said that Prime Minister pressed the switch to open to perform the inauguration of the stadium. Was it due to the security risk?

          Prof.Bhim Singh expressed surprise that Prime Minister of India could not say a word to appeal the students of Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University in Rajouri which was closed a few days back because of students unrest. The Prime Minister failed to say a word giving call to the students and youth in the Valley who have been staging demonstration against the state. Prof.Bhim Singh wondered whether Prime Minister Modi had any faint idea about the situation that has developed in different areas of J&K?

          Prof.Bhim Singh hoped that Prime Minister shall call an open meeting of the representative of all the recognized political parties in J&K including the representatives of the national parties functioning in J&K so that justice is done to all residents of J&K from all three regions. He said that Article 370 is a stumbling block in the way of integration of J&K with the rest of the country. He wondered why Prime Minister Modi is silent on this subject?