Iqbal Khandey’s demise widely mourned


The demise of former J&K Chief Secretary, Mohammed Iqbal Khandey, who passed away in Srinagar this morning was widely mourned across the State.

The Secretary Information Department Sarmad Hafeez expressing his grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary said that Iqbal Khandey was the man with a compassionate heart, who always worked for the welfare of people of the State. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaving family and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.

The outgoing chief secretary Iqbal Khanday at his office inside Secretariat.

A condolence meeting was also held in the Information Department, which was presided over by the Director Information Department Tariq Ahmed Zargar. The Director expressing his grief over the demise said that the State has lost a gifted administrator, whose problem-solving skills and promptness to deliver would always be remembered.

In a condolence message, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary. The office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir also held a condolence meeting which was attended by all the officers, who prayed for peace to the departed soul. The role of the deceased in the capacity of Head of the Departments was lauded and the whole Revenue Department expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.

In a condolence message, Under Secretaries to the government (Promotee) expressing their heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family, remembered the deceased for his administrative acumen and dynamism.

The J&K Public Service Commission held a condolence meeting under the chairmanship of Latief-u-Zaman Deva, chairman to express their heartfelt condolence on the demise of Mohammad Iqbal Khandey. The Commission observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul and also prayed to Almighty to rest his soul in peace and give fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this untimely and irreparable loss.

Social Welfare Department in their condolence message said that Iqbal Khandey has left an everlasting and indelible impression on the State administration. In an official handout issued here, the spokesperson of the department said that State will remember precious public service of Iqbal Khandey as a bureaucrat who had great administrative skills. The press release read that the Department was stunned over the demise of a noble soul and prayed for the courage to bereaved family to bear this irresponsible loss. The department also expressed solidarity with the deceased’s sister Rukhsana Gani who is Director General Social Welfare Department Kashmir.

In their condolence message, the Faculty members and offices of the Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development, Regional Centre, Sidhra Jammu expressed their condolences on the demise of Iqbal Khandey and said that the deceased was known for his promptness in decision-making during his tenure as Director, IMPARD.

The J&K Civil Secretariat Employees Union also convened a meeting attended by the various officers and office bearers of the Association to mourn the demise. A two-minute silence was observed to pay respects to the departed soul and pray for his eternal peace.

Expressing their grief over demise of Iqbal Khandey, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir in a press release issued here said that the department along with the teachers’ fraternity remembers the deceased for his outstanding and inspirational contribution in administration, which they witnessed during his tenure as the Director School Education Kashmir from 1st March 1987 to 31st November 1988.

CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of former chief secretary. He said throughout his career he worked tirelessly, honestly and with dedication for welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He worked against all odds and stood steadfast to serve the people of the state in most difficult times.

He described his demise as a personal loss, saying his passing away has created a void in the state, which is difficult to fill up. “I express solidarity with the bereaved family.”

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