‘Serious glitch’ embarrasses govt at main I-Day official function, inquiry ordered
Srinagar: A technical glitch caused the audio system to break down during a cultural performance at the main official function of India’s Independence Day at Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium here on Wednesday.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan said that an inquiry has been ordered and “appropriate action” will be taken against officials if it was due to their fault.
“I am looking into the matter as to what led to the serious glitch. Let me inquire into the series of events, then only appropriate action can be taken,” he told Kashmir Reader.
The official function was presided over by Governor NN Vohra with a large number of police and civil officers in attendance.
A senior official in the civil administration said that officials of the cultural academy had been reprimanded for the ill-preparedness that led to the “serious glitch”.
“It was a major embarrassment for the civil administration. That is why Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has taken a strict move against the officials over the incident,” he said.
The problem occurred at the beginning of the cultural programme when the audio system abruptly stopped and didn’t recover for several minutes, while Bhangra dancers from Border Security Forces (BSF) were on stage.
Later, the system again failed to play the background music at least twice, first during the dance performance of paramilitary CRPF and BSF men, then when Kashmiri dancers were performing. The audience responded with hooting and whistling and there were giggles all round when the fault couldn’t be corrected.
After several attempts, the audio system installed by officials of Jammu and Kashmir Academy of Art, Culture and Languages (JKAACL) couldn’t be recovered. It led to the cancellation of many musical presentations already scheduled for the event.
At the conclusion of the programme, a recorded national anthem couldn’t be played due to the malfunction. However, a prompt decision by some officials saved the government from further embarrassment. The cultural wing of CRPF and BSF was directed to sing ‘Jana Gana Mana’ using microphones, which they did, and the chief guest was sent off cheerfully.
“It was my first performance in Kashmir on Independence day. I had prepared for it for almost a month but the ill-preparedness disappointed me,” said a performer from CRPF.