The governor’s rule has in a way come up as a wake up call the babus who had gone into slumber in the absence of government. The day Governor NN Vohra took control, top officials had asked their subordinates to prepare a detailed report about the work being done.
On Tuesday, the Governor took a serious note of the casual attitude adopted by employees in maintaining records. “It has been observed that files are not being submitted to the authorities in a proper manner. In certain cases, file covers are not changed even after they get worn out,” reads a Government order issued by the Additional Secretary to Government, Haris Handoo.
He impressed upon all the Administrative Secretaries to ensure note/correspondence side of the files should be properly page-numbered; pages should be tagged in the file to prevent them from getting torn and the file covers should be changed when required.
Governor Vohra has expressed displeasure over the lackadaisical attitude of the officials on many occasions. The keenness of Governor Vohra to see everything in place is keeping the officials on toes.
The dredging work of river Jhelum in Srinagar has been expedited as Governor Vohra has given an ultimatum to the officials that they have to perform or perish as has been reported in the media already.
Pertinently, the dredging work of river Jhelum in Kashmir has been going on at snail’s pace and people were really upset about it as Jhelum flooded entire Valley in September 2014.
Governor NN Vohra took the reins of the State in 2008 amidst Amarnath land row. During his first stint Vohra proved that he is a tough and an active administrator.
The Governor had to take control of the State administration for nearly 2 months in 2015 when PDP and BJP were busy stitching the alliance. Now it’s for the third time in the past eight years that Governor Vohra has been asked to manage the State as the PDP president Mehbooba Mufti seems to be in no hurry to take over as the Chief Minister.
Sources said the Governor Vohra has made it clear to his subordinates that all the reports should reach to him every evening and there is no chance for complacency.
Vohra isa pass out from Punjab and Oxford Universities. He has served in the IAS cadre between 1959 and 1994. He served as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister IK Gujral in 1997-98 and was a member of the National Security Advisory Board from 1998 to 2001 when the NDA Government was in power. He also headed the National Task Force on internal security and co-chaired the India-European Union Round Table in 2001. In between, he also served as director of the India International Centre and was chairman of the IDSA review committee. For his service to the nation, Vohra was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2007.