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Official apathy in RDD: Block offices without BDOs

1 BDO for 5 blocks

BHAT ZAHOOR

Bandipora, October 16: Amid shortage of Block Development Officers, one BDO is looking after 5 blocks in  north Kashmir’s Bandipora District.

The newly created blocks including Hajin, Nowgam, Ganastan, Naidkhai and Sumbal are looked after by one BDO thus adding miseries of the people of the district.

Besides BDO offices, the district is without Additional Deputy commissioner as after his transfer no replacement of the said official was done. Locals said due to unavailability of ADC they are facing severe hardships as everyday they have to leave the office disappointed.

“Today, a sizable number of people were waiting in these respective blocks in order to clear their dues and  urgencies but it was so unfortunate on their part that they return to their home after waited for hours in order to have meet with BDO,” said an official in Sumbal. “ We are suffering day by day and no one is conscious about our grievances,” people added.

“Though govt is making efforts to ensure proper attendance of each and every govt office but it remains only on paper when it comes to district Bandipora especially with Tehsil Sonawari,” people complained.

Apart from BDOs and ADC Bandipora, Assistant Engineer (AE) of rural development is without office staff.

When contacted Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Sajad Hussain said,” I have forwarded the matter to concerned authorities verbally and they assured me to clear the matter soon,” he said.

Meanwhile MLA Sonawari Mohammad Akbar Lone also expressed concern over the issue and demanded appointment of BDOs to the concerned blocks.