|Ajay Sharma |
Early Times Report
Nowshera, Jan 17: Despite pumping huge funds for development in division Nowshera of district Rajouri, many projects of Public Welfare Department (PWD) remain hanging in balance since the last so many years, courtesy shortage of skilled engineers. According to the reports, as against the total strength of 21 Junior Engineers allocated to the Division Nowshera, there are only seven available. “In Division Nowshera, there are three subdivisions, including Sunderbani, Kalakote and Nowshera, each with stipulated number of seven Junior Engineers,” said senior official of PWD, wishing anonymity, adding that in division Nowshera total of seven Junior Engineers are given responsibility to take care of developmental projects of the three subdivisions.
Official said that the department floated tenders and allot projects to contractors, but due to shortage of Junior Engineers, many of the projects are still in limbo.
“The work of 21 Junior Engineers is handled by only seven Junior Engineers, which means each Junior Engineer is managing responsibility of three engineers, which is undoubtedly affecting their efficiency,” said the official, adding that Junior Engineers are also not able to execute their duties effectively, as they remain over occupied with work.
Meanwhile, official said that shortage of Junior Engineers is not only affecting the functioning of the department, but is also causing huge inconvenience to the public.
“Due to shortage of Junior Engineers, the project work lingers, causing the public to suffer,” said the official, adding that the department should immediately fill the vacant posts, prior to floating any tenders.
Talking to the Early Times, Senior Engineer Rajouri said that he will look into the matter and request the concerned authorities to fill the vacant posts.