Load ATMs with cash, open branches: HC to JK Bank

Load ATMs with cash, open branches: HC to JK Bank
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Directs SKIMS to ensure supply of medicine to cancer patients
SRINAGAR: The state high court on Wednesday asked Jammu and Kashmir Bank to load its ATMs with cash and open its branches to facilitate withdrawal of the money by its account holders.
A division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar impleaded the bank’s managing director as party in a Public Interest Litigation which was filed by an NGO—JK Peoples Forum though its general secretary M M Shuja—in the aftermath of the curfew imposed by the government since July 9.
The court passed the direction after noticing that the bank, having highest number of automated teller machines across the Valley, is not loading the ATMs and that its branches were not functioning to facilitate  withdraw of the cash by the account holders for their day to day emergencies.
While requesting the advocate general to communicate the order to the managing director, the court sought the status report about the availability of the cash and functioning of branch offices of the bank as it posted the PIL on July 23.
In another direction, the court directed SK Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, to file status report about the treatment of the cancer patients registered with the Valley’s only tertiary hospital.
The direction followed submissions by advocate general Janagir Iqbal Ganie, on instructions from professor and head of radiology, oncology SKIMS, that a total of 2379 patients are registered from 16 districts and that several among them visited the institute for chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
The advocate general assured the court the cancer patients who are unable to visit the hospital and collect medicine for a month will be supplied the medicine through district health officers and status report will be filed on July 23.
In another direction, the court also directed the advocate general that ensure implementation of its directions , issued in PIL titled syed Tahir Iqbal Geelani V state, regarding weeding as well as preventing of encroachments and dis-allowing of building materials in and around Dal Lake and filed status report in the pending PIL on July 26.
The directions followed submissions by the M M Shuja, the petitioner in the instant PIL,  about the illegal constructions in and around Dal lake. The advocate general also informed the court that five FIRs have been regarding asked as many persons for illegal constructions at Saidakadal Srinagar.
The court also directed Director CAPD to file status reports about distribution of the ration and other essential supplies to people.
Meanwhile, in compliance to court’s previous order, Director CAPD besides deputy commissioners of Budgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Ganderbal districts filed status report.
The director CAPD stated that in Srinagar, out of 400 sale centres including fair price shop depots, sale of food grains was conducted at 202 centres till July 19.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag said that out of total allocation of 63914 quitals, 24473 quintals of rice have been distributed. However, no data was given about the distribution of LPG cylinders.
Deputy Commissioner Budgam said that there is no shortage of ration while LPG distribution too has been going on as usual in the central Kashmir district.
DC Shopian stated that ration distribution was made through 19 centres  and that there is no shortage of LPG cylinders either.
Similarly, DC Ganderbal stated that ration is being made available to all the consumers and that there is no scarcity of LPG in the district.
Regarding Kupwara, the advocate general submitted ration depots are functioning properly in the north Kashmir district and that there is no dearth of sugar and LPG there.
The petitioner, M M Shuja, also acknowledged “perceptible” change in the distribution of ration in the curfew bound areas even as he urged the court to direct the authorities to ensure supplies of essentials in parts of Srinagar like Ziyarat Batamaloo, Dhobi Mohall Batamaloo, Kursoo Padshahi Bagh, Karfali Mohalla besides some parts of Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian.

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