OSD says twins didn’t turn up at secretariat
SRINAGAR: The father of twins from Baramulla who turned to begging to finance surgeries on Tuesday alleged that he was reprimanded by the staff at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s office after he was approached for financial help. He said he would prefer not to take the financial help than being humiliated at the top office. However, an official at the CM’s office said that he has landed at wrong address and he would be contacted again for help to his satisfaction.
Bashir Ahmad Khan, the father of ailing twins whose ordeal was reported in this newspaper (2 July 2017, ‘Twins turn to begging to finance throat surgeries’) was called by CM’s office after chief minister herself read the story and desired to help them out.
However, when Khan approached CM’s office, the staff reprimanded him for forcing the children to begging. “We will beat you. We will kill you, if you force the children to beg again”, he quoted the staff as having told him.
The CM’s office had contacted Khan, originally a resident of Rajouri and presently putting up at Bulgam, Baramulla, after the Kashmir Reader published the story. The office promised Khan over the phone that the staff would take care of the ailing twins. On Tuesday when Khan along with his children, 6-year-olds Jameel and Shakeel Ahmad Khan, reached the CM’s Grievance cell, the officials behaved without passion and warned that if he forced his children to beg, he would be put behind bars. “The officials told me that begging was a crime. I asked them how could have I treated my wife and twins. The officials threatened me with jail and beatings,” he complained. He said the officials told him to admit the children at SKIMS and promised that they would call doctors for conducting free surgery.
An angry and disappointed Khan further added that the governor’s office also called him on Monday evening and asked him to shift the children to Katra, Jammu for surgery at Mata Veshno Devi Hospital. “I told them that I have no money to travel to Katra with my family,” he said adding that he does not want the government help any longer.
“I don’t need any government help if I am humiliated. The CM’s office was my last hope but the staff misbehaved with me,” he said.
However, the CM’s office said that Khan and his twins have landed at wrong place. “I was waiting for them at secretariat. We will take care of the kids. I will contact them again in the morning and apologise to them. Nobody can misbehave with poor people,” Officer on Special Duty to CM Saadut Hussain told Kashmir Reader.