Srinagar : With Kashmir Valley broiling following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani, the governance and the lives of people in the Valley has come to a stand still.
The Summer capital of the State is witnessing minimal presence of officials in the Civil Secretariat these days. Not just that, the Ministers from Jammu are frequently driving back and forth rather than camping in Kashmir.
With 39 civilians killed so far in the protests, the normalcy of the Civil Secretariat has been hit hard with most of its employees failing to show up for their duties. The unrest in the Valley has taken a toll on the day-to-day governance of the State. The number of attendants on Monday was 254 and 429 on Thursday. In addition, the Secretariat employees from Jammu have not yet reported for their duties after Eid.
The absentees not only include the lower rung employees, but most of the KAS officers from the region as well.
On the other hand, BJP ministers have almost abandoned Kashmir and prefer to spend time in their constituencies. Four of the BJP Ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh, rushed back to Kashmir on Thursday morning after the party high command directed them to play their role in restoration of normalcy in the region.
The leaders have been urged to facilitate smooth conductance of Amarnath Yatra. A senior official stated that the absence of ministers in Kashmir during such crisis puts a big question on the governance in the State.