9 months on, Sumbal without SDM; People suffer

Sajad Gul
11th August, 2017

In a glaring example of official apathy, Sumbal tehsil of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district is without a Sub-Divisional Magistrate from the last nine months, hitting badly the functioning of the official works related to common people.

The Sumbal Sub-Divisional Magistrate has a reach from Saderkote to Dangerpora, which is huge in terms of population. Locals claim that SDM left this office in December 2016, since then no replacement has been made, the post is still lying vacant. They said government is reluctant to accord priority to fill the vacant post.

The residents said the unemployed youth face lot of trouble as they can’t avail state subject certificates and other documents required for various job related interviews.

“We have applied for State Subjects months ago but we are yet to receive the said documents as the employees at the office often say that certificates do need a sign of competent authority. Since there is no SDM at present, the authorities are not providing us with required documents. We are facing problems. The authorities are playing with our future,” a group of youth who were at SDM office said while talking to The Varmul Post.

Many youth are now traveling direct to the Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Bandipora to get their State Subject certificates issued in a stipulated time frame. They said that State Subject forms are piled up in Tehsildar office Hajin, Sumbal since long.

Gulshana Begum, a resident of Shahgund had applied for State Subject Certificate some 6 months ago but she is yet to receive one.

“In order to avail a Passport to perform hajj, I applied for state subject some six months ago but due to non availability of a competent authority, it has become next to impossible for me to get a valid proof to avail my passport. I have no valid proof to get a passport so they asked for a state subject which I don’t possess even in this digital age”, said Gulshana Begum

Not only this, issues pertaining to domestic violence, drug trafficking, dowry, suicides and other issues are on a surge as such cases aren’t being reported and often culprits are released on pretext of that there is no sub divisional magistrate in the area who is responsible for issuing the punishment.

Locals allege that government offices are also witnessing thin attendance as there is no authority who can keep a check on government offices.

Residents of the area many times locked the Tehsildar office to seek the answers of the vacant post of SDM but the authorities seem to be putting a deaf ear to problems faced by the common people.

While talking to The Varmul Post, ACR Bandipora, Masrat Ahmed said that Sonawari is a huge area and yes people are suffering.

“Even we too have extra work load of that now. Government should have filled the vacancy but I am not the right person to answer why there is no SDM in the area. Deputy Commissioner should know better,” he added.

Denying any problems faced by the residents Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Sajad Hussain Ganaie said,

“Government has already been requested to fill the vacant post of the SDM in the division and we are hopeful to see SDM there in Sonawari belt very soon.”