JK News Today
Jammu, January 15
Mehbooba Mufti is the first chief minister who takes written notes of the problems of the people meeting her with their grievances . Some of the immediate matters are sought to be resolved by placing the phone call to the concerned officials .
The Chief Minister has developed a style od her own while interacting with the people who approach her with multiple problems as small as water supply having been hit by broken pipes , something that a junior engineer should have been attending to .
Most of the people come to her with a request for jobs or work for their wards . Many plead for adhoc-jobs . To all of them, she has a standard but polite answer: “ there is a proper mechanism for recruitment into the government services . The merit and qualification would get you jobs. I don’t intervene in such matters. No backdoor employment. You may please excuse me on that..” Then, she goes on to add as if quickly reminding herself that the government is already having a task to adjust 66,000 casual, adhoc and need-based workers employed by the previous governments.
The moment a visitor spells out a problem or request, she looks toward him or her, as if judging the genuineness of the words spoken by the visitor , then she jots down points . And, some time while taking notes, she asks questions building a relationship with the visitor that of a seeker and leader in a manner to show that her notes are having a meaning and would be followed up.
Her green coloured pen moves fast when the deputations from various areas of the state offer suggestions as to how a particular problem . She discusses the problem and then convinces herself before she lists the task to be taken up . Or, she sends the leader of the delegation to her personal staff to explain the problem . The staff knows that it has to be taken up with the officials concerned, Sunday or working days make no difference .
This is different style that she had developed when she would deal exclusively with the party affairs as long as her father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was alive. Any mention of Mufti Sayeed in between makes her emotional.