Kashmir Census Operation Fails To Take Off
11 September 2000
The Times of India
Srinagar: The second and final phase of census operations in Kashmir, scheduled to begin on Monday, failed to take off with most of the government employees enlisted for the purpose not reporting for duty. This follows militants'' threat to eliminate those taking part in the exercise. State census director Feroz Ahmad said he had not received any information about the progress of the operation till 1500 hours on Monday. However, he said the job of the Directorate of Census is to despatch the material to the concerned wards which has been completed in time. Official reports reaching here said the employees did not receive the material and did not take part in the operation. But officials in the Divisional Commissioner''S office in Srinagar claimed that employees turned up to collect the census material in Badgam, Anantnag and Kupwara districts. ''The exact information from all over the Valley is not known, especially in Srinagar,'' the officials said, adding the director of census has been summoned to obtain information about the progress of the operation. A PTI reporter who visited the directorate and other areas in the city found that of 98 employees in Brain-Nishat in ward number one, only five had turned up to receive the material for the area.