SRINAGAR: Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday relieved Chowdhary Zulfkar from the charge of department of information and public relations.
The decision has come after the Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG) demanded a complete revamp of the department of information and suggested that the chief minister bring the department back under her own supervision.
According to the government order issued today, the charge of the said department will now be with the chief minister.
Zulfkar has been assigned charge of the tribal affairs department. He is also the consumer affairs and public distribution minister.
The KEG had earlier said that “it wants the department to rediscover itself and stay relevant to its mandate and responsibilities.”
After holding a meeting, the KEG had said in a statement, “Though almost a year has passed, not a single decision has been implemented on the ground. While the media was expecting the decisions to be implemented, the department was lost in the abyss of mismanagement during which it actually distanced itself from its mandate and responsibilities. The recent tensions within the department were indicators of the malfunctioning of the department.”
The KEG added, “The deterioration in its functioning… could be the natural result of certain forces or characters who are impacting its functioning from the shadows. The members (of KEG) pointed out that the department has historically remained as part of the Chief Minister’s portfolio. They felt that the government must take this bridging department very seriously, as has been the practice in the past.”