Omar's Surprise Visits Put Employees On Tenterhooks In Jammu

11 January 2009
The Hindu


Jammu: Sending a stern message to Babus in the state, an unrelenting Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has continued with his surprise visits to various government offices, keeping them on tenterhooks. Omar on Sunday visited several prime offices in the state's winter capital, including the Glandni Power station, the Gandhinagar police station and SMGs hospital, catching employees and cops unaware. 'It is to send a clear message to employees to deliver work with dedication and honesty,' a senior officer said. During his visit to the Gandhinagar police station, Omar checked the daily diary register and found that it was not updated. He asked Inspector General of police, Jammu zone, K Rajendra and SSP Manohar Singh, who were present on the occasion, to conduct an inquiry into the matter. An inquiry was conducted immediately and prima facie the negligence on the part of Asi Bashir Ahmad, the munshi of the station was established following which he was suspended. At the grid station in Glandni, Omar expressed concern over fire safety and directed authorities to conduct an audit and submit report within 24 hours. At SMGs hospital, the 38-year-old Chief Minister inspected various wards in the maternity section, interacted with the patients and inquired about the facilities being provided to them, besides touring the newly-constructed 200-bed paediatrics block. He also checked the doctors' duty roster register and appreciated the functioning of the hospital as also the fair price medical shop in the hospital complex where he took stock of the availability of the medicines.