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Posted at: Aug 25, 2019, 6:56 AM; last updated: Aug 25, 2019, 6:59 AM (IST)

Offices witness thin attendance in Valley

Restrictions continue, public transport off roads
Offices witness thin attendance in Valley
Photo for representational purpose only

Sumayyah Qureshi

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, August 24

In the absence of public transport and continuing restrictions, government employees are faced with a major challenge. They are finding it difficult to reach their offices.

The Valley continues to be under restrictions for the past 20 days after the scrapping of Article 370. The roads remain barricaded and rolls of concertina wire have not yet been removed, making movement of vehicles and people difficult. Security personnel remain deployed in strength.

Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Choudhary during a press conference on August 18 had announced that all government offices would be made functional from August 19.

Despite government orders, offices are seeing less attendance. However, employees of the health, public health engineering and food and supplies departments, which come under the essential services, have been reaching their duty stations with much difficulty.

“I do not drive to the hospital these days. I take staff bus, but that is also stopped by security forces on the way. Going to the hospital takes a lot of courage and patience in these times,” said a senior doctor. Even the Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office in Srinagar does not see full attendance. Empty rooms and chairs greet visitors.

“My husband drops me on his motorcycle, but it is not possible to come to office every day as restrictions are still in place and one doesn’t feel safe,” said an employee at the DC office. She said she and her colleague had decided to come to office only two days a week.

Employees said unless the situation improves, the offices would not see full attendance and work would continue to suffer. Another official at the DC office said: “How will employees come to office? There are restrictions in place and it is difficult to move around in the absence of local transport. The attendance in the office remains low”.

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