Bureaucrats, top cops feel the heat post poll debacle

  • Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 26, 2014 22:06 IST

The National Conference's (NC) rout in the parliament polls, just six months ahead of the assembly elections, has infused a sense of anxiety in both bureaucracy and the police department as senior party leaders are reportedly gunning for a major reshuffle.

Sources said NC's three top leaders holding key state ministries --- Sakina Yatoo, Akbar Lone and Mir Saifullah --- are pushing for a major reshuffle in the police department to begin with.

All these three leaders were defeated in their assembly segments by the Peoples Democratic Party and Peoples Conference from Noorabad, Sonawari and Kupwara respectively.

Sources privy to the party meetings said these leaders are pushing for favourable names at the helm of affairs and are for a completely new police department's face ahead of the assembly polls, scheduled around October later this year.

The murmurs of a major reshuffle are hampering the security arrangement of the upcoming 44-day-long Amarnath Yatra, starting on June 28 in south and north Kashmir's Pahalgam and Sonamarg areas.

Police sources claim that no police officer is sure about his posting, hitting the arrangements and finalisation of security arrangements. However, the police have already chalked up an elaborate plan for the yatra to provide a foolproof security. With the sword of transfers hanging, implementation of the plan is likely to be affected.

The mood in Srinagar's civil secretariat is no different. Anxiety is visible after, out of the blue, transfer of chief town planner, Kashmir, Iftikhar Ahmad Hakim, assigned to review Master Plan for famous tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

The transfer has come at a time when the finalisation of master plans were in their last leg as the high court has asked the government to speed up the process. The move seems to accommodate and incorporate suggestions of the influential people ahead of the assembly polls.

Sources said the officer has already completed master plans for Baramulla, Sopore, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kokernag, Achabal, Verinag, Yousmarg, Doodhpathri, Kulgam and Manasbal tourist spots.

However, commissioner secretary, housing and urban development, Satish Nehru, denied any hanky panky in the move saying, "It is not a single person's job to review the Master Plan but a team effort."

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