Srinagar: Education Minister Naeem Akhter invited his daughter to attend an official meeting on Thursday, a Jammu daily reported today. The bureaucracy has criticized Minister’s move, terming it to make governance a family affair, the newspaper reported.
Shehriyar Khanam, Education Minister’s daughter, was seen sitting alongside her father in the meeting that was called to review the “development of herbal gardens in educational institutions in Kashmir”, the newspaper added.
The newspaper also said that the incumbent Director Education Kashmir Aijaz Ahmed was “deliberately” kept away from the event whereas his predecessor Dr Shah Faesal, the poster boy of Indian bureaucracy and a close aide of Naeem Akhter, was present. Faesal, presently posted as Managing Director, State Power Development Corporation, had “no business” to attend the meeting of Education department, the newspapers quoted officials to have said.
Sources told the newspaper that the officials present at the meeting took serious note on finding the Minister’s daughter unduly poking her nose in administrative matters in full public gaze.
The officials, however, clarified that the Minister’s daughter attended the meeting out of her own and there was no formal invitation to her from any department, the newspaper reported.
“Basically when even the Director Education was himself not invited, how could have the education department invited her,” the officials said, adding the meeting was called by the Minister himself.