A thing that has to be done will be done and that is what reflects in the art of working of DC Poonch Inderjeet!
‘He has taken several unique steps as far as administration goes and they have been well appreciated by the people in the district. If he carries on like this then one thing is certain, several things are bound to get streamlined which are so very necessary for the district as a whole. More importantly he listens to the people and thereafter finds out a way and that is the way iy should be’!
From the very first day he began playing his cards openly on the table as he came to the district it was a known fact that he had arrived with a mission at hand when he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner Poonch and one can easily say with a lot of certainty that he came, he saw and he conquered the hearts of the people. Basically a no nonsense man who will not tolerate lawlessness, bullying around of people by officials because incidents of people being ridiculed have been far too many, no dilly dallying effort by the officials in various departments, if someone is not meeting the standards set then he/she is bound to find himself in a shack, completion of incomplete works have been some of the spheres where he has simply surpassed the efforts which used to be taken in the past. In other words a strict disciplinarian on the professional front but otherwise when he is off duty he is the most cordial of men with an air freshness further augmented by the cool breeze of the Pir Panjals.
It is said that the human mind works in three elementary phases: saturate, incubate, and illuminate. Time allows us to saturate our mind with context, so we can incubate and spark the eureka moments of illumination that connect the dots, snap together patterns, and discover the options that allow us to find our paths. This can be seen by the very fact that he gives a very patient hearing to whosoever comes to him with the problem of the people. The other day a senior PDP leader of PDP Advocate Nadeem Rafaiq Hussein Khan had gone to meet him regarding a cornucopia of problems which the people of Mendhar were facing due to the erratic power supply, transformers lying for repairs and wires dangling (not an uncommon feature in sub division Mendhar). Inderjeet after hearing the issues simply said that given a few days I will get the things moving. And they were moving at a rapid pace after a couple of days.
As an administrator, knowledge of the people, places, problems, ideas, and experiences are a few things that are helpful in arriving at a decision. If people are telling the same problem time and again and still the problem persists then obviously the fault is with the administration. The knowledge involves knowing how to obtain desired end states, knowing what to do to obtain them, and knowing when and where to act on them. People want action but they also know that the things just cannot happen tomorrow because procedural aspects do take time but not an enormous amount of that. For example a bridge was lying incomplete and the people of Mandi were facing problems, in fact a hell of a lot of them. No one knew as to when it would be completed and thus they tried their luck with Inderjeet. The problem wss referred up the channel and within no time the work on the bridge re-started on a war footing. It was a duty for the people that had to be done and it was.
The other day an official misbehaved with an elected DDC member in the Sheep farms at Balakote. The issue was of the people and the DDC member Zaffar Imran was telling it to the concerned officer. Instead of sorting out the problem there and then the official went in for heavy duty pyrotechnics and the language was absurd and not the one which a respected and knowledgeable officer should have been blurting out. The matter reached Inderjeet and he knew that the officer was at fault and he immediately attacked him and slammed an inquiry as to why he did that and probably with advice, understood the importance of looking at things as they are and not as they were. This is called decision making precision.
Just a few days back he came down heavily on the medical functionaries in district Poonch as he took the decision to stop their salaries. It was not a personal grudge that he was sorting out but it was just for more efficiency in the all important job of vaccinating people with covid-19 shots since the drive probably lacked the requisite speed. No hard feelings here because what he wanted to convey was, It’s been said guys that there are no mistakes in life. Only lessons. Every mistake is an opportunity to ensure that we never make it again, especially when future consequences can be much more dire. I do not think that anything was wrong here or in the decision taken.
Well, these are just a few examples but they definitely give out a pattern of his working style. In fact in this fast moving world today we have to travel ahead with time and that is the reason perhaps he is goading the administration to reach out to the people in all possible ways. What is common sense? It’s knowledge of patterns both conscious and unconscious and this the officers need to have. The administration and the administrators are there for the people because they are earning their bread and butter because of them and hence they take the top priority all the way. His game plan is simple for his huge team, ‘we have to imagine how to seek out and listen to the people’! By the way things are happening in district Poonch and the thematic undercurrent is of positivity! For a change, extremely good!