SRINAGAR: Finding the government side— ministers and bureaucrats- absent in the upper house of the Legislative Council, its Chairman Anayat Ali asked the government to ensure the presence of its men in the House.
Ali directed the government at a time when there was only education minister Naeem Akhtar and law and justice minister Abdul Haq Khan were present from the Council of Ministers in the house. There was thin attendance of bureaucrats in the officers’ gallery too.
“Direct secretaries and other officials to be present in the house to maintain its sanctity,” Ali ordered Naeem, who is also the government spokesperson.
On the second day, the assembly devoted most of its time paying tributes to former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed and others.
Earlier, when the proceedings were going on in the house, Congress MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga raised the issues of low attendance of the government in the house before the chairman.
“The government has never taken this house seriously. Chairman sahab please take note of it. Look at their attendance,” said Monga when only Naeem was present in the house. Haq had left a few minutes earlier.
The house, which extended its time thrice in the day, was not full for a single moment. Health minister Bali Bhagat too left early citing reason that he had to attend an important meeting. Revenue minister Basharat Ahmed Bukhari also left the house midway.