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2 women officers play key roles in Srinagar

August 13, 2019 06:11 AM


2 women officers play key roles in Srinagar


Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, a 2013 batch IAS officer, never thought that her new assignment would involve helping people make a phone call to their dear ones hundreds of km away or connecting them with doctors. Barely four days before J&K was turned into a Union territory, she was appointed director of information in Srinagar, a role that normally involves informing people about government’s schemes.

But for the last eight days, crisis management, not propaganda, has defined her job in Srinagar as she redresses people’s grievances.

Also posted in Srinagar is P K Nitya, a 2016 batch IPS officer, responsible for overseeing the area between Ram Munshi Bagh and Harvan Dagchi village. The sensitive 40-km stretch not only covers the Dal Lake area and governor’s residence but also buildings where VIPs have been detained. Asgar and Nitya are the only women IAS and IPS officers posted in the Valley currently.

P K Nitya (L) & Syed Sehrish Asgar

Doc, engineer give healing touch to people

All other top women bureaucrats are either posted in the Jammu region or in Ladakh.

Asgar, mother of a oneyear-old son, is an MBBS who decided to quit her practice in Jammu and sat for the UPSC exam. “As a doctor, I was treating patients. But today, the challenges in the Valley are different. It requires sternness, and emotional support at the same time,” says Asgar, whose husband is currently posted as commissioner in Pulwama. “I am glad if women can change society,” she adds.

For Nitya, 28, who is from Chhattisgarh, the role is several times more challenging than her earlier corporate job as manager of a cement company. “Besides securing civilians, I have to oversee the security of VIPS. Of course, it’s a very different from my life in Chhattisgarh,” says the sub-divisional police officer

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