UT Administrator Shivraj Patil’s Khula Darbar backfired with some dissatisfied teachers accusing him of being about as useful as an idol of stone.
UT Administrator Shivraj Patil got an earful of reproach at his Khula Darbar held at the Mini-Secretariat on Monday afternoon. Some teachers who were denied promotions and came to the Darbar to point out injustice on the part of the Education Department, left in an angry mood and compared the Administrator to an idol in temple – just sitting silently and offering no redress. Many of those who came to place their problems before the Administrator agreed that the Darbar was an empty ritual.
A group of refugee Kashmiri pandits came to the Darbar to press the Administration to implement a resettlement scheme that was announced years ago. They too went away disappointed.
One family came to the Darbar to complain about the attitude of the police. In August their 12-year-old son was kidnapped. They went to the police but were given the brush off. As it happened the boy escaped his captors and made his own way home a day later but that did not wipe out the family’s bitter experience at the police station.
Disillusionment with the Darbar is no secret. How long will it be before somebody ridicules the very word itself? Have citizens of free India returned to the age of the Mughals? In the case of these modern Darbars the most that the exalted ruler does is refer the grievances back to those very officials against whom the complaints are being made in the first place. Where there is clean, efficient administration where is the need for a Darbar?
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