Darbar move: Employees decry lack of proper accommodation in Jammu

Darbar move: Employees decry lack of proper accommodation in Jammu
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SRINAGAR: The government employees, who have moved with the shift of the power center to the winter capital Jammu, complain that they have not been provided proper accommodation facilities by the government.
“The hotel rooms that have been provided to us are not worth living,” said an employee.
“We are receiving complaints from a lot of the employees that the rooms of the hotel accommodation are not proper. The rooms are either too small or lack proper facilities,” said Civil Secretariat Employees Union president, Ghulam Rasool.
Rasool said that they have approached the government in this regard and raised demand of construction of the residential quarters in Jammu for the accommodation of the employees.
Rasool also alleged that the ministers and top officials move extra employees with them to Jammu.
“The ministers and heads of the departments are supposed to bring ten percent of the staff with them but they take along orderlies and helpers for personal chores,” he alleged.
Rasool also said that the employees who have been sanctioned residential quarters complain that the places are not maintained properly.
He alleged that the repairs works are given to influential contractors only by the estates department.
“The repairing work is not done properly by the contractors. Its reason is that they are influential and working for years together. No one is able to raise finger against them,” he alleged.
“The hotels have been selected only after a constituted committee revived these places,” said Director Estates, Tasaduq Jeelani.
However, he admitted that there is less number of hotels in Jammu than that of Kashmir.
“There might be some problems but we are addressing it,” Jeelani said.
Every year cores of rupees are spent on the darbar move.
It is a century-old practice in which the J&K government functions for six months each in Srinagar and Jammu. The practice, as per reports, dates back to 19th century when Ranbir Singh, Dogra ruler of Jammu and Kashmir used to shift his capital between Srinagar in the summer and Jammu in the winter to escape extreme weather conditions.


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