Army chief honors DrQasba for 'selfless service' during floods

Army chief honors DrQasba for 'selfless service' during floods

The award was given away by Chinar Corps Commander, Lt General SubrataSaha at the BadamiBagh Cantonment during a function held to felicitate SMC head.

Chief of the Army Staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag on Saturday honored Srinagar Municipal Corporation Commissioner Dr GN Qasba for his “selfless service” during September floods which devastated the summer capital. 

The award was given away by Chinar Corps Commander, Lt General SubrataSaha at the BadamiBagh Cantonment during a function held to felicitate SMC head, some other officials and 13 “brave heart civilians” for their work during floods. But DrQasba was the only one to get commendation from Chief of the Army Staff.

“To commemorate the commendable and relentless efforts made by the stakeholders during floods towards rescue, relief and restoration as also those who contributed in various ways towards a constructive change in Kashmir, a felicitation ceremony was organised by the Chinar Corps where in one Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card, four Army Commander`s Commendation Cards and thirteen Corps Commander Medallions were presented to the deserving Govt officials and youth icons of the valley,” said a defence communique. 

“Among the recipients of commendation cards, the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card was conferred to (Dr) Ghulam NabiQasba, (Commissioner Srinagar Municipal Corporation), the Army Commander`s Commendation Cards were conferred to Arun Kumar Mehta, Secretary Power Dev Deptt J&K, DrPawanKotwal, Irrigation & Flood Control Deptt, SreyasMangan Bhai Patel, CEO BB Cantt and Randeep Kumar Rana, DIG NDRF New Delhi,” the handout added. 

“The Chinar Corps Commander Medallions were conferred to 13 Youth Icons of Valley who made commendable contributions during flood, in the arena of sports, education, medical or spreading peace and harmony amongst the youth of Valley.”

Highlighting the role of SMC Commissioner during floods, Lt General SubrataSaha said “It is an apt recognition of your hard work, sincerity of purpose and devotion to duty during the recent floods which struck Kashmir Valley in Sep 14. I am sanguine that the award will be harbinger for further strengthening of cooperation between the Civil Administration and the Army.” He said the history of Jammu and Kashmir would remember role played by DrQasba during the crisis."And Army will never forget it."

Cutting across individual ideologies, people from various walks of life have often appreciated the role of SMC in the post flood sanitation. With over 80,000 structures damaged, from households to merchandise at shops, floods had reduced almost everything to muck dumped on roads. While thousands of tons of garbage was mounting, health experts had feared epidemic post floods.

As if this all was not enough, the SMC head office and machinery yard was submerged. For the civic body the colossal operation to clean Srinagar virtually started from makeshift office erected on a main road. While private load carriers too were roped in, garbage lifting remained a 24-hour exercise with more of work being done at night hours. The civic body says till now some 90,000 metric tons of garbage have been removed while more continues to pour in from affected structures.

While trade and commerce fraternity has been hailing the civic body for the post flood sanitation, noted medico and SK Institute of Medical Sciences Director DrShowkat Ali Zargar opines that SMC played a key role in preventing epidemic.

13 civilians were also felicitated at BadamiBagh Cantonment function. As per the Army, handout those felicitated on the occasion include: Raes Ahmad Dar son of  Shamshudin Dar Turktachlu, Adil Ismail son of Muhammad Ismail Amlar, Zamin Jalal  Malik son of Jalal Din Malik Sonwar, Altaf Hussain son of Gulam Mir GanaiPazwalpura, Ejaz Ahmad Mir son of Abdul Khalid Mir Kakrosa, Fasil Ali Dar son of Muhammad Shafi Dar Bandipur, Miss SamreenDilawar daughter of Muhammad Dilawar Malik, BoniyarAabid Bashir son of Late Abdul Salam Old Baramulla, Malik Iqbal son of Bahu Ahmed Malik Kupwara, Basir Ahmad Lone Son of Gulam Haji Lone Karalpora, DrAnayat Mir son of  M A Mir BomaiSopore, DrItinder Pal Singh Bali son of  Janak Singh Bali KanliBaghBaramulla and MsKulsumaAhad daughter of  Abdul Ahid Mir Haiderbeg.

Meanwhile Lt General SubrataSaha also flagged off ‘Sailab Se SalamatiTak’, a cycle rally from Srinagar to Delhi for Kashmir youth.