Canteen owner thrown out of Shopian mini-secretariat

Canteen owner thrown out of Shopian mini-secretariat

He dared to claim bills for tea

SHOPIAN: An impoverished man who eked out his livelihood by running a canteen inside mini-secretariat premises in south Kashmir’s Shopian district headquarters has been thrown out despite he invested in makeover of the chamber gutted in a devastating fire.
Nazir Ahmad Lone, a resident of Pargochi village was running the tea stall since 2013 but he was thrown out of the premises without citing any reason in 2016. The canteen was gutted in fire and he rebuilt it on the instructions of the then deputy commissioner. After the canteen was redone, he was thrown out.
“I was running the tea stall at old deputy commissioner’s office from 2013 and when in 2016 mini secretariat was made operational the then deputy commissioner told me to set up the tea stall in the premises of mini secretariat against a monthly rent of Rs 2200, which was being deposited in the account of district Red Cross Society. I spent about Rs 1.5 lac and started the normal works,” he said.
However, the fate turned ugly on him after the mini-secretariat was set ablaze. “Everything that was inside the canteen was lost including utensils, gas cylinders, furniture and food materials,” he said.
He said that before the rent was routed to Red Cross society, he was paying the same amount to a personal staff of deputy commissioner.
Nazir said that after the fire incident he was allowed to refurbish the canteen. He was also promised compensation for the loss he suffered due to the fire incident.
“Neither any compensation was paid to me nor the amount of Rs 25,000 was reimbursed against the bills incurred on tea and other eatables consumed by deputy commissioner and additional deputy commissioner’s offices,” he complained.
“I pleaded for the payment and assessments were made on my claims but not a penny was paid. Instead, I was thrown out of the premises by successive deputy commissioner, Manzoor Ahmad Qadri without citing any fault,” he said.
Nazir submitted a complaint with Chief Minister’s grievance cell but it did not help.
He said that grievance cell asked the deputy commissioner to solve the case but he did nothing.
“I lost everything. I am a poor man suffering from multiple disorders. I have no land or business and not able to meet the two ends. The education of my two daughters is at stake,” he said.
Nazir said that the canteen built by him has been given to other person. “I begged before the officials to compensate me and let me run the canteen but they forcibly threw me out of the premises,” he said.
Additional deputy commissioner Shopian Paraviz Sajad Ganie said that he would solve the issue once the aggrieved person approaches him.


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