Snow paralyses Valley, Lt Governor remains away.
Murmu hasn’t seen the Valley even after after the region witnessed substantial snowfall on November 7 which paralysed life for days, with many places still fighting.
Civilian authorities in the erstwhile nation used to respond differently to such crises, with the main minister of the day racing to the Valley to take stock of the circumstance.
The secretariat shuttles between Srinagar and Jammu.
The Met office has called moderate to heavy snowfall around Kashmir out of Thursday. The Valley received intermittent rain on Thursday but there wasn’t any snowfall till late evening.
The absence of Lt Governor Murmu from the scene has come as a surprise since Modi had attracted attention to how”dynastic politics” from Jammu and Kashmir had stifled growth when promising to take the place to greater heights in the aftermath of scrapping the nation’s special status.
“I have complete confidence that the people (of Jammu and Kashmir) will achieve their aims with fresh enthusiasm in a feeling of good governance,” that the Prime Minister had stated in his speech on August 8 following the August 5 conclusion of the special status.
Murmu took over as the Union Territory’s initial Lt Governor on October 31 at Srinagar and spent a few days here during which he visited Anantnag and Baramulla districts.
“On November 3, the Lt Governor shifted to Jammu.
Murmu known as a review meeting on November 12 at Jammu and issued instructions to officers at the Valley through a video seminar.
An official spokesman said that the Lt Governor had directed officials to take”prompt action to alleviate the miseries of individuals due to the heavy snowfall”. Chief secretary B.V.R. Subrahmanyam along with other senior officers participated in the assembly.
During the meeting, Kashmir divisional commissioner Baseer Khan had claimed that”snow clearance in streets and restoration of electricity supply have been done in record time”.
“It was informed that 100 per cent of important streets and over 95 per cent of internal streets in every district of Kashmir were cleared for traffic movement. Approximately 95 per cent of their electricity supply in Srinagar district, 78 percent in Pulwama, 73 percent in Kulgam and 70 per cent per cent in Shopian and Ganderbal were restored,” the spokesman said.But reports by the earth suggested that the snowfall had caught the government napping as most streets in Srinagar city were not cleared of snow for the first fourteen days.
“Had there been a favorite government set up, the ministry could have been leading from the front. It seems the Lt Governor did not take the issue very seriously,” Lone told The Telegraph.
Lone praised the officers for working tirelessly to restore power connectivity in north Kashmir.
Locals at Baramulla, however, said power supply in several regions was yet to be restored. “Electricity in Baramulla town was restored following five days. Many areas are still without power,” that a Baramulla resident stated.
A middle-rung officer attracted a stark contrast with previous civilian governments at which main ministers would at least try to be seen working on the floor.
“Action would follow once the Met office could issue a travel advisory.