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Estates Department leaves 200 Govt employees shelter less
Political workers enjoy free stays, Officials smell rat, apprehend high end corruption
12/10/2018 1:11:11 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Dec 9: The Estates Department in Jammu and Kashmir has exhibited yet another display of pathetic functioning as it has left no less than more than 200 move employees without shelter in state's winter capital.
As per the reports coming to fore, more than 200 state government employees who are discharging their duties in Jammu are spending their days without any accommodation as the department of estates has ruthlessly left them in lurch and hasn't given them any place to stay. On the other hand, the political sycophants of various political parties have been given the prized locations in private hotels as means to stay, the cost of which is being borne by the department of estates.
Scores of move employees told Early Times that a very high level of corruption is been witnessed in the department of estates as it has only provided accommodation who had greased the palms of its employees and get the recommendation of political groups. "Otherwise, how is this possible that a political worker is enjoying the free stay and an employee working for the state government is coerced to live on his own," says a senior official here.
Employees further stated that it was in the month of September that the estates department asked all the move employees to submit their forms with requisite information for the official accommodation- most of which comes in the form of Private Hotel stay.
However, as the employees reached Jammu at the onset of Durbar Move, most of them were taken by surprise as they saw their names missing in the list of the Hotel accommodations. As of result, they had to book the hotels at the whooping prizes with most of them costing them no less than Rs 1000 a day.
"I am a junior employee with salary no more than 21 thousand rupees. So far I have been paying 700 Rs a day as charges for staying in a private hotel. When I went to the Estates department located at Jammu's Gandhi Nagar area, the staff there was so rude that they even didn't listen to my pleas. I then went to Deputy Director's office who too gave cold shoulder to my complaint. There I found that there are hundreds of others like me who have been left without shelter by the estates department," says an employee working in one of the departments in civil secretariat.
Meanwhile, there are voices of concern being heard from all corners that the concerned officials who have left the state government employees in he midst of the crises be punished and inquiry into the matter be ordered at the highest level. "We are writing to the Governor and will seek his help in punishing the officers who have so ruthlessly left hundreds of state government employees without a roof in Jammu," says another employee who has his ailing mother with him in Jammu and is staying in a private hotel paying at least 30 thousand rupees a month.
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