Early Times Report
Jammu, Sept 25: The administration, which had otherwise been on the toes during the Governor's rule, is suddenly being seen as allegedly lazy with the announcement of Model Code Of Conduct for the upcoming Urban Local Body polls.
With the Model Code of Conduct to continue across the state at length till ending October, the transfers cannot take place till then.
Sources said many of the officials have started thinking that as no transfers can take place till then, "there would be no accountability of works underway till then."
Though the civil secretariat is in Kashmir and official machinery should be more active, the work on various development projects including construction of the Jahangir Chowk Ram Bagh and TRC flyovers, Jhelum dredging and road widening projects have slowed down in the region.
Similar is the scene on projects in the winter capital of Jammu. Officials said in Jammu, work on artificial lake in Tawi, proposed construction of AIIMS and EDI complexes have taken backburner.
Likewise in Ladakh region, the work on the prestigious Z Mohr tunnel has come to halt.
People visiting government offices complain that their cases have suddenly got stuck. "Everything was going on smoothly since governor's rule was imposed but suddenly in the garb of ULB, officials ignore their routine works and don't even meet us," said a visitor at Civil Secretariat.
Sources said though otherwise the officials would be on toes fearing action from Raj Bhawan, now they have an excuse.
"See most of the officials know that no one will be transferred for atleast around a month, so they plan to resume promptness only in the middle of October as till then they have excuse that polls are underway and thus they are 'busy'," said the sources.
Sources said the Raj Bhawan has started getting negative feedback of the official machinery.
A senior official at the Civil Secretariat said Raj Bhawan must take serious note of the matter. "In the grab of upcoming polls, administrative acumen is getting affected as most of the officials pretend being busy with the poll preparedness," the official said on the condition of anonymity.