‘Har Ghar Tiranga’: Now, GMC Baramulla Seeks Funds From Staff, Students

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Srinagar- The controversy over the government’s much hyped ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign refuses to die down as the Government Medical College (GMC), Baramulla on Wednesday issued a circular directing the employees to contribute “voluntarily” for the contribution of the campaign.

The Chief Accounts Officer, GMC Baramulla has issued a circular on the directions of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Baramulla seeking voluntary contribution of all officials/ non-officials for the ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.

According to the circular, a copy of which lies with Kashmir Observer, the Gazetted employees have been asked to submit an amount of Rs 100 each toward the accounts officer while as the non-gazetted employees has to submit Rs 50 each, self Help groups Rs 20, school students Rs 10, each and beneficiaries / trainees of various schemes Rs. 10/- each.

The order further reads that the “all HODs/ Section Heads are hereby asked to collect Rs 100/- and Rs 50/- in cash from Gazetted and Non-Gazetted employees respectively and submit the same in Accounts Section along with the list by or before 28.07.2022 (2 PM) for its further deposit at District Treasury Baramulla,”

Principal, GMC, Baramulla Dr. Ruby confirmed to Kashmir Observer, that the order has been issued by the GMC administration.

“..But it is not compulsory, rather voluntary. Whoever wants to contribute, can submit the fund to the accounts officer, GMC,” Dr. Ruby said.

Earlier, a similar circular was issued by the education department in Budgam asking the students to pay Rs 20 towards the government’s ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign.

The circular was issued by Chadoora Zonal education officer (ZEO) to all schools in the area on July 16, directing the heads of these institutions to collect the money from every student and staff member for the campaign launched as part of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.

On Sunday, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti posted a video on Twitter in which employees of an urban body in Anantnag were purportedly making announcements on a public address system asking the shopkeepers to contribute Rs 20 each for the flag in order to ”avoid trouble”.

Following the controversy, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K. Pole told Kashmir Observer that the “Har Ghar Tiranga” is totally a voluntary initiative and there is no compulsion and insistence.

On July 22, the chief education officer, Anantnag also issued a circular for schools in the district, asking students and teachers to pay the Rs 20 fee. The circular was withdrawn after being shared widely on social media.

On June 30, the government nominated nodal officers in respective districts for the implementation of “Har Ghar Tiranga” initiative in the Valley.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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