Kichloo's Conduct Unbecoming: Omar

Kichloo's Conduct Unbecoming: Omar

20 April 2013
Kashmir Times


Jammu: Expressing displeasure over incident of slapping of a KAS officer by the Minister of State for Home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today described his conduct as “unbecoming as a minister and public representative.” He stated that the minister was asked to “sit down with the officer concerned and amicably resolve the matter” and the former assured him that there would be no further incidents in this matter or of this nature again. Omar was talking to media at Amar Mahal, where he had come to inaugurate an art exhibition. Omar stated that he met delegation of newly elected members of KAS Association and conveyed to them that he had already spoken to the MoS Home and expressed his displeasure of the incident that took place in Kishtwar. “I told him that this is not the conduct that is becoming of a minister and whatever be the cause behind it as a public representative such incidents need to be avoided. He has assured me that there will be no further incidents in this matter or of this nature again,” Omar said. The Chief Minister said, “I have also asked him (Kichloo) that when he returns next to Kishtwar he should sit down with this officer concerned and amicably resolve the matter. This is what I have told the members of the KAS Association and they seem to be fairly satisfied that I have had conversation with the minister and he has understood that this should not have happened and it won't be repeated again.” CEO of Kishtwar Development Authority Riyaz Choudhary had alleged that on April 18, the Minister of State (Home) Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo had slapped him after he could not reach on time at a government function in Kishtwar. The official had alleged that he was beaten by Kichloo's security staff and supporters as well. Earlier in the day, a delegation of KAS Officers Association met the Chief Minister, in presence of the Chief Secretary, today in his Officer Chambers, Civil Secretariat, Jammu and conveyed the anguish of KAS fraternity over the unfortunate incident of manhandling of one of the senior officers of the Service by a Minister of State at Kishtwar. The delegation sought the intervention of Chief Minister in restoring the morale of the officers by taking immediate action and also for taking steps to curb recurrence of such incidents in future. The Chief Minister said that he had already taken notice of the unfortunate incident and conveyed his displeasure to the Minister. He described the incident as unbecoming on the part of a public representative. He expressed confidence that the issue would be resolved soon. The Chief Minister assured the delegation that no such incident would be allowed to happen in future and all necessary steps would be taken in this regard. Chief Minister also stressed on the need to have guidelines regarding the requirement of the officers to accompany the ministers during the tour programmes, especially in their constituencies, so that the public work did not suffer and assured that these guidelines would be placed before the Cabinet in its next meeting. The Association hoped that necessary action would be initiated in the matter immediately.