PDD forgets its employee, who lost both arms while performing duty
Mushtaq Ahmed Bhat, a daily wager in Power development Department (PDD), lost both his arms while discharging his duty five years ago. Since then he has been left to fend on his own by his own department PDD.
Mushtaq, 35, a resident of Larsun village, lost both his arms after he was electrocuted while repairing a High Tension (HT) 33KV power line here in central Kashmir in 2012. Though more than five years have passed Mushtaq is struggling to manage two square meals for his family. Till date he has not received any compensation from the PDD or the government. Even his wages are not released on time due to which his family is facing immense hardships. Family members of the victim alleged that PDD is least bothered about their plight and have ditched him (Mushtaq) after rendering him handicapped.
Recalling that fateful day, Mushtaq while talking to Greater Kashmir said, "It was a chilly morning in December 2012 and I was asked to repair the 33 KV High-Tension wire near Kurhama area. Before repairing the HT wire I repeatedly told the officials present at the spot to inform the concerned to snap the electricity till I complete the repair work. The officials present there assured me that they have informed the concerned staff members and there is nothing to worry about."
"As I went up to the electric pole and touched the wire I received a serious electric shock and fell unconscious. I regained my conscious in the hospital. I had suffered serious burn injuries. I was shocked when I came to know that doctors have amputated both my arms to save my life. Since then I have been struggling to survive," Mushtaq added.
He said that he hasn't received any help or compensation from the department due to whose "negligence" his life has become a hell and he has become handicapped. "I was the lone bread earner in family. Since the day my hands have been amputated I have sold my land to meet the expenses on my treatment and to support my wife and two children," he said, " The wages I used to get have been withheld for past six months without any reason."
Despite repeated attempts MoS Power Farooq Ahmed Andrabi could not be contacted in this regard as he didn't respond to the repeated phone calls by this reporter.