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No official laxity will be tolerated’.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan has been asked to monitor the restoration of essential services, especially power supply, affected by the snowfall in the valley and initiate disciplinary action against the Government officials showing laxity in performing their duties during the prevailing situation.

These directions were issued by the Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai while chairing a high-level meeting, here, today, convened to review the status of restoration work undertaken by various departments in the valley.

The Advisor said that addressing public grievances is high on the agenda of the Government and directed the officers to speed up the restoration work of power supply, clearance of roads, dewatering of inundated areas besides ensuring availability of medicos, paramedics and medicines in Government run hospitals. He asked all the officers to mobilise available resources and ensure that affected services are restored in a time-bound manner.

Advisor asked the Divisional Commissioner to keep a close eye on the situation and take necessary measures for mitigating the problems of the people.

The Divisional Commissioner said that he has asked all the Deputy Commissioners of the Valley to intimate him on hourly basis about the progress of restoration work started in their respective districts by PDD and R&B departments besides the Border Roads Organisation. “I am in touch with all the DCs and getting brief from them about restoration operation on hourly basis and will review the power restoration process at another meeting at 4 PM today” said the Divisional Commissioner assuring the Advisor that no stone will be left unturned in addressing the grievances of the people.Meanwhile, Advisor Ganai has issued directions to the Horticulture Department to immediately assess the losses suffered by  the fruit growers and orchardists due to untimely snowfall in the Kashmir valley.

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