Working in the Civil Secretariat has severely been impacted after the chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was admitted in AIIMS hospital in New Delhi, as the Ministers have reportedly been lax while dealing with public works. People who are going to the power corridor of the state told KNS that among the Ministers, nobody is taking public grievances or other works seriously. “The ministers feel as if they are not accountable to anybody after the chief minister’s has been taken to New Delhi for health check up. The civil secretariat seems headless, and the Ministers present there don’t pay heed to our requests to redress our grievances,” said Mohammad Lateef, a resident of Doda, who was in civil secretariat for his work. Even employees in the secretariat admit that the work has been affected from the last week. “It is true that Ministers are not taking peoples grievances seriously after the chief minister was taken to New Delhi. We are the employees of the secretariat, our work is not resolved. So, how will they get peoples work done,” Union President of Civil secretariat employees, Ghulam Rasool said. However, he said that the secretariat officials are facing immense hardships due to the lack of accommodation. “Our issue of accommodation has not been redressed till yet. We approached several higher ups in this regard but nothing has been done,” Rasool said. Accusing that the political system in the civil secretariat has been hi-jacked by a few bureaucrats, Rasool while talking to KNS over phone said that even the files sent by Ministers to bureaucrats goes missing thereby leaving the people or officials to suffer. The Chief Minister undertook six-hour-long tour of Srinagar city last week amidst intense cold, after the authorities said that he complained of exhaustion. The CM then was airlifted to New Delhi from Srinagar and was admitted in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
2015 Kashmir Despatch