On his first day as DC Rajouri, respected bureucrat, Shahid Iqbal conducted a surprise inspection at District Hospital. Deputy Commissioner Rajouri Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary conducted an hour long secret inspection of District Hospital Rajouri which may prompt some serious action against erring officials as per sources. Eye witnesses informed that DC Rajouri reached the district alone and after obtaining OPD slip visited all the wards and sections of District hospital. He was seen interacting with patients and attendants as well as clicking photographs of heaps of garbage located withing IPD wards. None of the staff was found on duty in various wards. After nearly one hour of inspection when the DC was about to retreat he was seen by two doctors who tried to explain the situation but to no avail. Official sources informed that action is being initiated for fixing responsibility.
The inspection was carried out without any media coverage. Dr. Iqbal is known for his less-hullaballoo style of working. The overwhelming and affirmative responses to his transfer to Rajouri clearly substantiate how badly Rajouri needs an administrator like him.
Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary today convened a review meeting to discuss the issues related to development, socio-economic concerns and general problems faced by the people in the district.
The DC reviewed the status of essential services including Health, water supply, power, ration supply apart from performance of development departments. He asked the officers to ensure presence of field officials for redressal of public grievances promptly which shall be monitored by district officers. He asked the officers to conduct frequent tours, remain available at designated headquarters and review performance of subordinate offices regularly.
Departments were asked to broaden outreach to elicit public participation in initiatives launched by State Government and various flagship programmes of central Government.
Detailed discussions were held regarding decongestion of Rajouri town which will include removal of unauthorised encroachments on roads and footpaths, shifting vendors from key crossings, creation of parking lots at various places, regulation of traffic, creation of vendor markets, construction of community hall, press club for media persons and improvement of internal roads. Expressing serious concern over poor sanitation and cleanliness in town he directed municipal committee for improvement in waste management.
Dr Shahid directed for concerted efforts against drug menace in town and sub-urban areas and underlined stringent action to be initiated against those involved in drug peddling. He also asked the authorities to draw a roadmap for rehabilitation as well as constructive engagement of youth. Heads of educational institutions were asked to involve the youth and students in the mission against drugs right from creating awareness to association.
SSP Rajouri Suleiman Choudhary, ADDC Avtar Singh Chib, ADC Mumtaz Ali, CPO, SEs, SDMs, ExEns of all engineering departments, CMO, CEO and heads of all the departments attended the meeting. Sectoral heads presented a resume of departmental activities.
Later DDC along with SSP ADDC, Addl SP, CMO, CEO, EO Municipality, ARTO and other officers visited a number of sites in city to explore creation of parking facilities and regulation of traffic and other measures to decongest the town.
A detailed inspection of district hospital was also conducted which was found lacking in basic amenities and management for which a committee headed by DDC has initiated process to upgrade facilities and regulate professional management of hospital.