October 28, 2020

Misuse of govt’s public facility centres

Allowing BJP’s Kashmir unit to use SKICC, a facility centre of Jammu & Kashmir Government, as a venue for gathering of it’s political workers is both objectionable and as well as questionable. Since the government has never ever allowed any political party to hold any gathering of political workers at any of it’s public facility centre in either Srinagar or Jammu, the government not only  allowing gathering of BJP workers but also allowing the saffron party to distribute delicious packs of “biryanis” in the SKICC premises deserves explanations from the government and the authorities controlling the management at SKICC Srinagar.  True it is  that many private, industrial and cultural conclaves have been held many a times both at the SKICC and as well as Tagore Hall in the past but government has never ever allowed any political party to hold any gathering of political workers either at SKICC or Tagore Hall. Mostly both the SKICC and as well Tagore hall allows only cultural shows, industrial exhibitions and educational events. The misuse of   government’s top public facility centre SKICC by political party in power at the centre with the consent and the approval of the Jammu & Kashmir Government speaks volumes about the huge compromises of the bureaucrats in the conduct of their professional duties obviously for the purposes of political appeasement. Bureaucrats have to show loyalty to the leadership commanding and controlling the central government  and the top brass of the Jammu & Kashmir Government particularly Lt Governor and his advisors but not the local leaders of the party ruling at the centre.  Allowing BJP workers to shout provocative slogans against other regional mainstream parties of Kashmir inside the SKICC premises has sent out a message that government has become part of the political activities of local leaders of the political party in power at the centre.

Administrative wisdom demands that government show it’s neutrality in dealing the political activities of the mainstream parties in Jammu & Kashmir.

Nowhere in any democratic country the government tends to become part of political activities of any political party but the government in Jammu & Kashmir has set a bad precedence of compromising it’s institutional and administrative neutrality in dealing with the mainstream political parties  As the newly launched “ Peoples’ Alliance” comprising six top mainstream parties has announced it’s decision to hold a public convention on November 17 in Srinagar , any decision to disallow the proposed convention of “Peoples’ Alliance” from the Jammu & Kashmir Government by all standards of understandabilities would be overltly and covertly endorsement of the public doubts raised over the government’s political neutrality in the political activities of  the mainstream political parties in Jammu & Kashmir. Administrative wisdom demands that government show it’s neutrality in dealing the political activities of the mainstream parties in Jammu & Kashmir.

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