SRINAGAR: A class IV employee at the University of Kashmir (KU) who lost his belongings to a fire in the campus, three years ago, is feeling let down for not being provided financial assistance “promised” by the administration.
Mohammad Sultan Dar, a resident of Tangmarg, who works at the KU’s Department of Earth Sciences, lost his belongings in a fire that engulfed some wooden barracks at the varsity’s Naseem Bagh area in December 2015. Dar says he lost belongings “worth approx Rs 20 lakh” in the fire, and has been running pillar to post since to get some financial assistance.
The destroyed belongings as per Dar include his documents, electric and electronic gadgets and other household items.
He said that officials had been “dilly dallying” on his pleas for financial aid.
“The university must have received the insurance money, but they are passing the buck on my request for aid,” Dar alleged.
Prior to the fire, he said, he had been repeatedly requesting the concerned officials to repair the quarter where he was putting up. “I have several times requested to the concerned department to repair the quarter but no action was taken. Finally the quarter was gutted in the fire incident on December 12, 2015,” Dar wrote in the application.
“I have approached the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor for financial aid for the loss of my property totally gutted in the fire incident. The Hon’ble Vice Chancellor has assured to grant me financial aid so that I can meet my expenses further, but no financial aid has been granted so far,” he said in the letter.
Chief Proctor KU, Prof Naseer Iqbal told Kashmir Reader that Dar’s belongings were not insured.
“If he had an insurance, our letter would serve the purpose,” Prof Iqbal added.
Vice Chacellor, KU could not be contacted despite repeated efforts.