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4th pillar of democracy attacked in Jammu Patwari Naved Ahmad misbehaved with senior Journalist, snatched his Mobile, deleted coverage

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[ June 02, 2017 ] Media is often referred to as the watchdog to three pillars of democracy: Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary; has earned the title of the fourth pillar. As the saying goes, if a nation wants to be free, it should arm itself with free press. There is no explicit fundamental right which guarantees freedom of press in India, however the Indian Supreme Court has through a series of decisions held that the freedom of the press is a part of the fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression contained under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution of India.Notwithstanding the importance of freedom of press, it is unfortunate to note some Govt officials under the patronage of their bosses dare to attack fourth pillar of democracy. In a brazen attack on freedom of media today a Patwari namely Javed Ahmad deputed at PRO Office of Custodian Mushtaq Ahmad today misbehaved with senior Journalist in Jammu when he was doing his professional duty. As per the sources, after frequent complaints of harassment of Refugees of 1947, 1965 and 1971 claiming that the said Patwari is demanding money and virtually taking it from refugees for releasing their relief announced by NDA Govt, Senior Journalist visited the spot and recorded the statements of refugees approving the complaints and raising voice against the Patwari of torturing them by asking them to pay money for clearing their case for relief. The corroupt Patwari at this snatched the Mobile from the Senior Journalist and handed over to his college to delete the recording. After deleting the recording he handed over the mobile to Journalist after seriously misbehaving with him and also threatening him of dire consequences if he again visit the office. Surprisingly when all this was happening, Custodian did not take any action and infect found on the side of accused Patwari. Earlier after publishing of the story of misdeeds of Patwari and Custodian in the newspaper, the Custodian misbehaved with newspaper circulation head who had gone to deliver newspaper to the office with a hope that he will take action against the accused Patwari and himself will mend ways but all in vain. Contrary to this he took mobile number of editor of news paper from circulation head and misbehaved with editor and even threatened him of teaching him the lesson for fair reporting which was his professional duty in public interest. All this shocking as Govt can’t afford to allow this kind of behavior that too with senior journalists who were simply performing their professional duties who were misbehaved and threatened for fair reporting. It deserves mentioning here that distribution of ex-gratia relief amount among PoK DPs has become chaotic due to disorganized planning and execution. At every point PoK DPs are being harassed, none other than their own Government. It has been alleged by PoK Refugees that one Patwari namely Naved Ahmad demanding illegal gratification and taking it also and infect obliging those who are paying him up to the tune of Rs 20000. This Patwari at PRO Office of Custodian Jammu is doing it openly and brazenly without any fear as he is having the patronage of higher ups and may be taking their share by ignoring the complaints which have been raised against this Patwari for harassing and embarrassing the innocent PoKs who have been suffering for the last seventy years. There is no denying to the fact that Custodian Mushtaq Ahmad is very much aware of this and deliberately allowing it to continue otherwise there is no strong reason why no action has been taken against him so far. He is so rude towards them that he often misbehaves with them as helping them has become a liability for him. It has also been reported that he only entertains those properly and allows entering those who are willing to pay him as per his demand. Those who refuges to pay are being tortured by this monster. This definitely smells some sort of nexus from bottom to top as everybody there wants to make a hay while the sunshine’s. Govt of India has already clarified to the refugees that Rs 2000 crores was not end of the package. Time and again it is being reported by the Displaced of 1947 from PoJK that hardships are being faced with regard to documentation and formalities required for applying getting relief amount sanctioned by the Government. It has been complained that people have to wait for long time to get certified copies of more than 70 years old documents like Form ‘A’ and loan ledger etc from the PRO’ office, Jammu. Since the State Government has to furnish entire details of PoJK refugees like their total number, heads of families, complete lists of beneficiaries along with their account numbers and other requisite formalities as such the Central Government has still to remain dependent on the State Government for this purpose.As the task of disbursement has been taken in its own hands by the Central Government, it is hoped that the disbursement would be made to the beneficiaries shortly. The Government"s decision to approve a package of Rs2,000 crore for the development of refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) is commendable. The demand made by refugees was long overdue and successive Governments at the Centre had been dilly-dallying the same without giving a serious thought to re-settlement issues. Finally, the NDA Government has taken the bold step. However, it must see to it that the concessions promised to the refugees reach them on time. For long, these people, who migrated from west Pakistan, mostly from PoK, have been living in Jammu & Kashmir, but have not been allowed to exercise their voting rights in local elections. Ironically, they were allowed to vote for the Lok Sabha poll. Sadly, they were not included in the decision-making process in the Assembly election of the State. The current scheme, released by the Union Government for PoK refugees, includes concessions in special recruitment drives for induction into paramilitary forces, equal employment opportunities in the State, admission for children of the refugees in Kendriya Vidyalayas etc. At a time when the Government has taken the first step to offer relief to PoK refugees, many have argued that it should also make some policy guidelines for settling the Internally Displaced People (IDP).