New Delhi, August 13: Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, a 2013 batch IAS officer, was appointed director of information with the J&K administration in Srinagar barely four days before Jammu & Kashmir was turned into a Union territory. Her role involves informing people about the government schemes.She is now helping people make a phone call to their dear ones hundreds of kilometres away or connecting them with doctors in the Valley.But for the last eight days, she is redressing people’s grievances.P K Nitya is an IPS officer posted in Srinagar. She is responsible for overseeing the area between Ram Munshi Bagh and Harvan Dagchi village. Its a sensitive 40-km stretch which covers the Dal Lake area, governor’s residence buildings and where VIPs have been detained.Currently, they both are the only women IAS and IPS officers posted in the ValleyDr Syed Sehrish Asgar is a mother of a one-year-old son. She is an MBBS who 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,”Asgar was quoted as saying to TOI.Whereas, Nitya a trained chemical engineer with a BTech degree is from Chhattisgarh and earlier worked as a manager of a cement company.“Besides securing civilians, I have to oversee the security of VVIPS. Of course, it’s a very different from my life in Chhattisgarh,” says the sub-divisional police officer of Nehru Park, who has to constantly deal with agitated commuters, ranging from retail businessmen to private school teachers.“I come from Durg in Chhattisgarh, which has always been peaceful. But I love challenges,” Nitya was quoted as saying to TOI.
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