Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 18: In the dimly lit corridors of Civil Secretariat Jammu, steel boxes and wardrobes lie scattered. The floor is littered with bundles of important file folders, which lie covered under thick coat of dust.
It has been around a month since the Durbar was shifted to Jammu, but the files still lie in steel boxes and wardrobes. "Several departments are yet to take out files from boxes," an official of Industries and Commerce Department in the Civil Secretariat, said.
To make the matters worse, stacks of battered steel trunks carrying official documents stand in the middle of the aisle making it difficult to walk by. The haphazard jumble includes steel wardrobes smelling of decay and rot.
"If this is the condition inside the Civil Secretariat, what will one expect in other government offices? The rusted boxes are giving an ugly look to the Civil Secretariat. Anyone could decamp with the important files, which are lying scattered on the floor," the official said.
Ali Mohammad, a resident of Gandhinagar, said, "an official told me that I should visit next week to get addressed my problem as the files are lying in steel wardrobe".
The Civil Secretariat was opened in Jammu in first week of November after functioning in the summer capital for six months as part of the nearly 150-year-old practice known in the state as 'Darbar Move'.
The non-availability of advisors is also taking a toll on people, who visit the Civil Secretariat to get their issues addressed.
"We visited the Civil Secretariat three times for the last 10 days but the advisor is not available," Amit, a resident of Jammu city.