Srinagar: Hundreds of people had to return disappointed from the civil secretariat on Thursday as officials were busy packing for the Darbar move, instead of attending to work.
People from across the valley had come to the secretariat and were waiting in long queues to get work done on the last day before the entire establishment shifts to Jammu.
The secretariat was officially going to close on Friday, but work stopped a day before.
“I had come to the secretariat from Anantnag to get my pending files signed,” said Altaf Ahmad Bhat. “When I visited the office, all the officials were packing the office stuff and declined to (attend to) work.”
People at the secretariat said that they were desperate to have their work attended to before the Durbar move.
For the past one month, thin attendance of ministers and officials has been seen at the secretariat. Sources in the secretariat said that most of the ministers and officials were not attending offices regularly in October.
“The officials from Jammu would come one week and stay absent the next week. This was witnessed in almost all the offices,” sources said.
Preparations for the Darbar move are going on for the past several days, and officials have not done any major work, an official said.
“The ministers and officials should at least stay present and work actively in the last week. We come from faraway places and can’t afford to go to Jammu,” said Mohammad Muzammil, a Kupwara resident who came to the secretariat on Thursday.
Most of the ministers were also absent from office on Thursday. As per sources, they have already left for Jammu.