In a glaring example of official apathy several departments in Ganderbal district are either headless or without full-fledged incharge for past several months only hampering the smooth functioning of these departments but causing immense hardships to people.
Sources said that the government has failed to create the post of the Assistant Commissioner Development (ACD) for Ganderbal district for almost nine years since Ganderbal was carved out from Srinagar district and was accorded a district status in 2007, adding that the ACD's of other districts like Srinagar, Bandipora are given additional charge to look after Ganderbal district. They said that the recent outgoing ACD who was heading the department for Bandipora as well as Ganderbal districts retired on 30th November last months and till now no one has been posted as the new ACD Ganderbal, though a senior official of Rural Development Department posted in Srinagar has been given additional charge and asked to look after as ACD Ganderbal also, who has only twice visited office since assuming charge.
Similarly, the district is without Assistant Director Handloom and its charge has been given to General Manager DIC Ganderbal. Not only this the district is without District Panchayat Officer (DPO) for last six months while as the post of Assistant District Development Commissioner (ADDC) is lying vacant for almost two years now.
Similarly the district is without District Information Officer (DIO) and also the charge of Divisional Forest Officer (Wildlife) Ganderbal has been given to DFO Wildlife Srinagar.
Sources further said that the District youth services and sports officer is not available in the district for last over one year and it's charge has been given to Director physical college Ganderbal.
"How can these officers do justice with their additional jobs? Due to failure of the Government to depute regular heads for these important departments people of the district have to suffer," the residents asked.
MLA Ganderbal Sheikh Ishfaq Jabbar said that he has taken up the issue with the higher authorities including General Administration Department.
Minister for Rural Development, Abdul Haq Khan told Greater Kashmir that they will look into the issues, adding that a new ACD will be posted for Ganderbal soon.