Acting on express directions of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, MoS (home) Sajjad A Kichloo directed the Civil Secretariat security that the accredited journalists should not be subjected to any other system for entry other than the one in vogue. Their accreditation card will be considered as their entry pass but they cannot be permitted into the civil secretariat before 11:30 am.
It was during the press conference of Chief Minister that the issue was raised on the sidelines with Omar Abdullah by some journalists. They said while they have no issues for being subjected to frisking for security reasons, they should not be made to wait in queues for getting in. “Sometime, it takes a long time and delays pre-fixed appointments with ministers and officers,” journalists complained. “We are made to line up in the queue with normal visitors and it devours a lot of time.”
On the directions of the Chief Minister, Kichloo later directed the civil secretariat security set up to get back to the traditional system in which accreditation card is fundamental to the entry. SSP secretariat Maqsood-ul-Zaman was part of the meeting along with a few reporters.
Meanwhile Kichloo had an interaction with Director General of Police, Ashok Parsad in presence of Inspector General of Police, Abdul Gani Mir, Director SSG, Heemant Kumar Lohia, and took stock of the overall security situation with particular reference to Civil Secretariat. An official spokesman said the minister directed the concerned security officers deployed in and around the civil secretariat to allow the visitor having entry passes from Ministers only after 11.30 am on all working days so that Ministers could devote adequate time towards official file works also.