Reyaz Rashid

Without Tehsildar for now, files pile up in Tehsil office Uri; people suffer

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Uri: Already under-staffed, the Tehsil office Uri in north-Kashmir’s Baramulla district has been without a Tehsildar for a month now, owing to which the common people are suffering.

Official sources informed that Tehsildar Uri had tested positive for COVID-19 on February 09, following which the official concerned has been on leave.

Even as DC Baramulla had assigned the additional charge of the Tehsil office Uri to Tehsildar Boniyar, but the official has not assumed the charge.

“In the absence of Tehsil head, residents particularly the  students are suffering for want of different necessary documents including Resident of Backward (RBA) certificates, Pahari Speaking People (PSP) and Domicile Certificates,” a local resident said.

Nasir Ahmad, another local said that there the posts of Senior Assistant, DWBN, GQ and OQ, Nazarat Patwari which are also lying vacant in the office.

“OQ (Office Qanoongo) section, which is the main and important section of the Tehsil office, is being run by a newly-appointed Patwari, who is not experienced for the post,” said another local Altaf Ahmad.

People said that there are hundreds of files piled up in the office for want of signatures of the Tehsildar as there are no one to sign them — due to which the applicants have been suffering.

“I urge Lt. Governor and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to fill up the vacant posts as early as possible so that people do not suffer,” said NC leader Dr. Sajad Shafi.

When contacted, Deputy Secretary Revenue, Muzaffar Ali Malik feigned ignorance about the issue.

The official was, however, quick to add that he will check as to “why the Tehsil office has been under-staffed and headless for such a long time now”.

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