Syed Basit Qadri, Assistant Executive Engineer, Electric Sub Division Rajbagh passed away after a brief illness on Wednesday evening.
An electrical engineer by profession, Qadri had graduated from REC Srinagar in 1989. He started his career with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd as sales manager in early 1990s and then joined Power Development Department. His friends describe Engineer Basit as a “competent electrical engineer, pious and a compassionate person with a pleasing and charasmatic personality and always a source of joy bringing smiles to people around him,”. Qadri has also served as president All J&K Electrical Engineering Graduates association for a long time and has always worked for the upliftment and welfare of the fraternity. He was also socially well connected and would be missed in social circles, said several PDD officials.
He did his BTech from Regional Engineering College Srinagar, now NIT, in 1990. He joined Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd where his contribution and achievements were appreciated. Engineer Basit joined PDD in 1993 and since then has worked in various capacities both in executive and controlling positions.
With his vast experience from maintenance to transmission, he had developed a niche for himself across rank and file of the department. “Besides working on engineering activities, Engineer Basit was instrumental in transforming J&K Electrical Engineering Association into visible and vibrant force which had otherwise remained dormant for years since 1988 because of unfavorable conditions in J&K,” one of his colleagues said.
Because of his leadership and employee friendly qualities he was twice elected as general secretary of J&K engineers association. Under his leadership new lease of life was injected to working towards employee issues. “He was solid and candid in highlighting various issues before the authorities which gained lot of respect for him in department as well as in administrative circles.”
Entire engineering fraternity has expressed deep sorrow over the sudden death of a friend, a veteran, guide and mentor to many and above all a great human being. Late Qadri worked in JKPDD for almost two decades. Rich tributes were paid to the deceased from all sections of the society and condolence meetings were held to pay homage to him. His friends and colleagues prayed for strength to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss. A condolence meeting was held in premises of Division Office ED-2nd which was presided over by Er Manzoor Ahmad Dar (Executive Engineer). On the occasion, the staffers condoled the demise of Er Basit and extended sympathies to his family. Meanwhile, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmed Khan has expressed grief over the demise of Er Basit.