They are hardly complaining. In fact, they don’t even rue the loss of the elected government since the withdrawal of the BJP’s support to the PDP led to the collapse of the JK government last week.
On a warm afternoon on Tuesday, security men posted at the gates of the civil secretariat in Srinagar are no longer jumpy. Their manner is of people who have a lot of time at hand and are going about their job in a leisure manner. “When elected governments are in command, the number of people waiting here at this time would be around 500 but today their number is around 100-150,” said an official. Around 530-540 people visited the secretariat today, he said.
When there is an elected government in power in the state, officials say that between 1500 and 2000 petitioners queue up outside the secretariat gate to meet ministers. But since the Governor took over the number has dwindled to between 400 and 5000.
“It is obvious that public rush declines in absence of an elected government because politicians are directly connected with the people. More than bureaucrats, they come to ministers to get their grievances redressed,” a senior bureaucrat preferring not to be named told ,According to him, one of the main challenges for Governor NN Vohra and his advisors is to facilitate interaction between officers and public at different levels. Inside the secretariat, the chatter of people is missing and security officials are lounging around. Only a few people can be seen waiting outside the offices of bureaucrats. The rooms which housed the offices of ministers are locked and nameplates have also been removed from them.