Bureaucrats Skip Duties Ahead of Durbar Move

SRINAGAR — Many bureaucrats are skipping duties ahead of the annual Durbar Move during which government offices including Civil Secretariat will shut here on October 27 and open in winter capital of Jammu on November 6.

Three days ahead of the closure of offices, a large number of officials have preferred to keep away from their offices here.

“Most of the bureaucrats skip their duties or stay for only one or two hours in office. It seems that there is no accountability,” said Habib-ul-lah,  a resident of Srinagar.

Showkat Ahmad, a resident of Handwara, has been trying to meet a top official in the Industries and Commerce department here but found him missing from the office. “From the last three days I have many a times visited the Industries office, but every time the officials told me that he is not available,” Showkat said.

Officials said that though lower ranking officials attend the offices, but work has been hit in the absence of supervision. They further added that some “low ranking officials prefer to go on leave or don’t attend offices due to the lack of supervision.”

The people have expressed displeasure over the functioning of government offices and rued that officers receive salaries and other benefits but fail to perform duties.

Waseem Ahmad, a Baramulla resident, said he had been trying to meet a “top babu here for the last few days, but every time I could not find him in the office.”
“Hardly any work is being done these days. The bureaucrats have packed their bags even though three days are still left for the Durbar to remain functional here,” he said. There are complaints that some officials skip their duties or come to office after 1 pm. Also the senior officers are not adhering to the office timing “resulting in the work in offices” getting hit. “Government has cracked a whip on lower rung officials and suspended many who skip their duties. But there is no check on the administrative heads and Heads of Departments (HODs),” said an official.

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