SRINAGAR — BJP Municipality Committee Chairman for Devsar Block of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district allegedly created a scene and rebuked officials including District Development Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner Development Kulgam for not recommending his name for the award as he claimed that he has working ‘hard’ during COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources said that a large number of Sarpanchs, Panchs, and Municipal Committee members from Jammu and Kashmir arrived here at SKICC Srinagar to interact with Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha.
On the sidelines of interaction, BJP Municipality Committee Chairman for Devsar Mushtaq Ahmed created ruckus for not nominating him for the COVID-19 award. Insiders said that Mushtaq Ahmed created ugly scenes and accused District Development Commissioner Kulgam, Showkat Aijaz and ACD Kulgam, Muhammad Imran Khan of ‘bias and fraud’.
“This BJP man shouted at DDC and ACD Kulgam in front of all. He was claiming that he worked very hard in this COVID-19 pandemic and was expecting an award but the ACD Kulgam didn’t nominate him,” said a Panch from Devsar Block.
Another Panch said that ACD can recommend names under Panchayat Raj Institution while BJP member Mushtaq Ahmed’s name can’t be recommended as he is part of Municipal Committee.
He said BJP Municipality Committee Chairman stooped low and his actions embarrassed officials from Kulgam district including District Development Commissioner.
An official wishing anonymity said that Independent Block Development Chairman from Pahlu Block of Kulgam, Javaid Ahmed Shaksaz was supposed to receive the award, but it was cancelled after the ugly scenes created by BJP Municipality Committee Chairman.
“We didn’t hand over the award to Mr Shaksaz as it would have created trouble. Shaksaz has done a fabulous job in the COVID-19 pandemic without publicizing his efforts,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Rural Development Department officials in presence of Lieutenant Governor released two books ‘Kulgam-The Rice Bowl of Kashmir’ and ‘Jammu and Kashmir-Discovering New Horizons’ after the LG’s interaction with Sarpanchs, Panchs, and Municipal Committee members from Jammu and Kashmir.
Insiders said that during the interaction, participants demanded security from the government.
LG, Manoj Sinha while hailing the role of these Sarpanchs, Panchs, and Municipal Committee members advised them to follow the directions of police and civil administration. He assured security cover on the basis of threat perception.
“I don’t want to discuss security related matters in public. I advise you to follow the directions of the government. Security will be provided on the basis of threat perception,” Sinha said.
He added that there will be no discrimination and everyone is equal before his administration.