DDB Kathua review meet without DC, other officers

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, Nov 7: In a rare example of its kind, for the first time, the review meeting of District Development Board (DDB) was held here, today under the chairmanship of PHE Minister Sham Choudhary without the top functionaries of the district including District Development Commissioner, Kathua who had been transferred over a fortnight back.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy CM Dr Nirmal Singh and district officers of various departments.
According to sources, many top brass posts in the district besides, DC are lying vacant and under such circumstances holding of Board or Pre Board meeting made no fun as in the absence of key officers it was a question mark as to who will implement the decisions taken during the meeting.
Sources said District Chief Planning Officer is also one of the important posts in the district who is responsible for implementation of all decisions regarding future planning and development and this post is lying vacant in Kathua for one year now.
Besides, the other key posts including Additional DC Development, Project Officer District Rural Development Agency (DRDA ) and District Statistics and Evaluation Officer Kathua are also lying vacant for over one year  but despite the repeated pleas of the people the Government has failed to fill up these key posts.
Sources said failure of Government to fill up the key posts in the district has led to the problems of the people especially those who come from far-flung areas of Bani, Billawar etc for settlement of their cases and casual approach of the Government has added to their woes further.
Sources said when the district is headless and prime posts in the district Kathua are lying vacant what is the fun of holding the meeting and how the Government can implement the decisions taken in pre-board or District Development Board meetings.
Sources said that the DC who heads the district is the main authority in implementation of decisions and keeping a liaison with higher authorities in Government and besides providing it feed back on various schemes launched from time to time but after the transfer of then DC Ramesh Kumar last month who was posted as Commissioner JMC, Jammu, the district administration Kathua is functioning as headless.
Sources said the Additional DC Revenue, Rashpal Singh in addition to his duties has to perform duties as DC and Additional DC Development because the Government has put the district administration on crutches by not filling up the vacant posts for reasons best known to the authorities sitting in corridors of power at Civil Secretariat.