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*Worst ever energy disaster throughout Jammu area throughout final summer season
After one yr, new committee framed for fixing accountability

Mohinder Verma

JAMMU, July 21: Weird it might sound however it’s a undeniable fact that inquiry ordered on the instructions of Lieutenant Governor to repair accountability for frequent and erratic energy cuts witnessed throughout the Jammu area through the summer season of final yr has not been accomplished regardless of lapse of a couple of yr. Now, a brand new committee of officers has been constituted to look into the problem thereby exposing the seriousness with which the grave concern was dealt with by the administration.
Within the months of Could-June final yr, worst ever energy disaster was witnessed throughout the Jammu area with individuals going through 12 to 14 hours lengthy unscheduled energy cuts. This invited sturdy response from the individuals who got here on roads in massive quantity and launched scathing assault on the Authorities for its failure to manage up with the state of affairs.
After the general public outcry, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, whereas chairing a gathering at Civil Secretariat, on June 16, 2021, assured the individuals of Jammu division {that a} committee will probably be constituted by the Chief Secretary to investigate into the unscheduled energy outage in varied areas.
“Unscheduled energy cuts that Jammu confronted was not regular. That’s why, I’ve requested the Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta to represent a committee to investigate into the matter and people discovered accountable needs to be given the very best punishment as permissible below the legislation. I wish to guarantee the people who your sweat won’t go in useless and officers answerable for your struggling will probably be punished quickly”, the Lt Governor had acknowledged.
Accordingly, the Authorities vide Order No.526-JK(GAD) of 2021 dated June 17, 2021 issued instructions for fixing accountability for frequent and erratic energy cuts in Jammu area. Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary to the Authorities, House Division was appointed as Enquiry Officer to investigate into the problem of frequent and erratic energy cuts in Jammu area and repair accountability thereof.
He might co-opt any officer for conduct of the enquiry and the Enquiry Officer shall submit his report inside every week’s time to the Authorities, it was talked about within the order.
Nevertheless, even after the specific instructions of the Lieutenant Governor and regardless of lapse of a couple of yr the inquiry has not been accomplished for the explanations greatest recognized to the officer who was assigned the duty, official sources informed EXCELSIOR, including “on account of this, the dedication made by the Lieutenant Governor with the individuals of Jammu area has remained unfulfilled”.
Stating that one yr was greater than ample interval to finish the duty by the Enquiry Officer, sources stated, “it’s also astonishing that for one yr even the Authorities most well-liked to sleep over the matter as a substitute of asking the Enquiry Officer to perform the duty”. Now, after a couple of yr the Authorities has woken up from the deep slumber and constituted a brand new committee for conducting the inquiry and fixing the accountability.
“In supersession of Authorities Order No.526-JK(GAD) dated June 17, 2021, sanction is hereby accorded to the structure of committee comprising 4 officers to investigate into the problem of frequent and erratic energy cuts in Jammu area and repair accountability thereof”, learn the order issued by the Principal Secretary to the Authorities, Common Administration Division.
The committee comprising Principal Secretary, Housing and City Growth Division, Commissioner Secretary, Income Division, Commissioner Secretary Meals, Civil Provides and Shopper Affairs Division and Secretary, Planning Growth and Monitoring Division has been requested to submit its report inside a month.
“What goal the inquiry will obtain a couple of yr after the individuals witnessed worst ever energy disaster stays one million greenback query”, sources stated, including “rapid inquiry and motion in opposition to the erring officers would have despatched clear message within the administration that Authorities takes grievances of the individuals critically and folks would have appreciated the efforts of the Authorities”.
Whereas constituting a brand new committee for conducting inquiry and fixing accountability, the Authorities ought to have requested the sooner Enquiry Officer as to what had been the explanations for non-completion of assigned process inside the prescribed time-line, sources stated, including “usually, there’s a tendency of assigning the vital duties/inquiries to the committees of bureaucrats however not ascertaining the explanations behind inordinate delay within the completion of the identical and that is sending a improper message to most of the people”.


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