Jammu, August 12: JKAP, President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari opposed the J&K government decision to subsume engineering wings of various departments into Public Works Department saying that the move will create too much of mess and confusion on the ground.
Bukhari observed that the R&B department lacks the requisite capacity to handle such a broader mandate.
A small instance in place is the snow clearance operation which was assigned by the Gulmarag Development Authority to the Mechanical Wing of the Public Works Department at Gulmarag last year. The snow clearance which would otherwise take a few hours took three to four days and the vital roads to this world famous tourist destination remained blocked for days together.
He said that there will be joblessness because of the merger decision and the technical staff who are presently working in different departments are bound to face hierarchical issues in addition to the hiccups in their career progression.
On setting up a committee of Administrative Secretaries to work on modalities for merger of over a dozen departments with PWD, Bukhari observed that such decisions are like a joke to putting the cart before the horse as once the decision of merger has already been taken by the previous Lt. Governor led state administrative council without any prior home work or taking any stakeholders on board, what is the fun of constituting such a committee to chalk out modalities now.