'Mismanagement' mars SSC's 'run against child abuse'

A race organised by J&K State Sports Council (SSC) at Kashmir University (KU) got marred by “mismanagement and lack of arrangements” which prompted students to return without participating in the event on Sunday.

The “Run Against the Child Abuse” was organised for school children between three age group categories, five to eight years, eight to 11 years and 11 to 14 years. Around 10,000 students were expected to participate in the event.

Aghast with the poor arrangement and mismanagement by the SSC, the students staged demonstration outside the campus and left the venue without participating in race.

Many parents who were accompanying their children were also annoyed with laxity on part of the SSC.

The divisional sports officer Nuzhat Ara had informed the district administration about the event and sought assistance of departments concerned including Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC), PHE division Srinagar, traffic police department and other departments, for smooth conduct of the race.

“There was a complete mismanagement by organisers. No arrangements were made for the students. The event turned out to be humiliation for the students,” said a female student who wished not to be named.

Some students alleged that nobody from the SSC was coordinating the event.

“All the participants were asked to assemble inside KU premises but there was no coordination among the organisers. One student sustained injury in his arm after he was hit by a vehicle on road. There was no arrangement of first aid and no ambulance was kept to handle any injury,” the student said.

The secretary SSC ordered an inquiry by a team of officials including chief accounts officer and administrative officer of SSC.

“The committee shall furnish the report within a period of one week and fix the responsibility…,” reads the order.

Registrar Kashmir University (KU) ruled out the role of varsity in organising the the event and said the sports council had requested for only providing space inside the campus for allowing students to assemble there.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said the council had organised the event without seeking permission.

“It is not the matter of giving information but the question is who gave them the permission to organise the event. If they (SSC) would have applied for the permission we would have asked for report from departments like traffic police and asked health, fire and emergency departments  for their assistance as well,” he said.

“I have given directions for registration of an FIR against the event manager,” he said.