Srinagar: Apparently to show its presence in public spaces, the state government has directed its officers to assemble the beneficiaries of a government scheme in Kupwara on Monday so that a minister could distribute among them money, which the government of India has ordered should be transferred directly into their accounts.
An officer of the department of rural development and panchayati raj said on condition of anonymity (for fear of reprisal) that officers have been told to bring five to 10 beneificaries from each village block in Kupwara.
“We were told that rural development minister Abdul Haq Khan will distribute cheques among them under the
Indra Awas Yojna (IAY) and Swach Bharat scheme,” he said.
Each beneficiary of these schemes is provided Rs 12,000 (Swach Bharat) and the due instalment amount (under IAY, total amount Rs 75,000) directly into his bank account.
“The government of India would transfer the amounts directly to the account holders. I don’t know how we will we manage to bring people in this situation,” the officer said.
The officer said the department’s directions has put them in a difficult situation.
“If people get to know to about the real intent behind this exercise they will lynch us,” she said.
Kupwara assistant commissioner development Jehangir Ahmad said the minster is holding a departmental meeting on Monday at the district commissioner’s office.
“But it won’t be a jalsa and if beneficiaries want to come they can. We have distributed money to the block development officers and that money has to be distributed among the beneficiaries,” he said.
Since the raging anti-India uprising started last month following the killing of Hizb commander Burhan Wani, ministers and pro-India politicians have nearly disappeared from the scene. A sizable number of them have brought their families to Srinagar Circuit House.
Earlier, Haq Khan had to face public ire at Tangdhar where he had gone on an official visit during the uprising.
Khan did not respond to Kashmir Reader calls.