With no office space, Commissioner Food Safety operates through cellphone

With no office space, Commissioner Food Safety operates through cellphone
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JUNAID RATHER

SRINAGAR: The Commissioner, Food Safety has no room of his own in the civil secretariat Srinagar, leaving Dr Abdul Kabir Dar to operate from his mobile phone, while strolling the passageways.
Dar was appointed on the newly created post in March.
The officer is often seen moving from storey to storey. Three weeks after Move offices opened in Srinagar, Dar is still on a hunt for office space, since ‘No Room’ has been allotted to him in the civil secretariat by the Estates department.
All along he has been operating from his mobile phone.
“Despite the fact the post was created by the Cabinet, there is no place for me to sit and work. I operate my work using my mobile phone and Whatsapp,” said Abdul Kabir Dar.
He says that it is “tragedy” that government is yet to provide him an office in civil secretariat.
Moreover, as the festival of Eid-ul-Fitr comes closer, markets are flooded with adulterated items with officials claiming that the food items need to be checked.
“In such circumstances, one imagines how the department functions,” said an official. Those with grievances have a hard time locating the officer.
“It took me two hours to locate the commissioner sahib, and somehow I got his contact no and called him and he met me at secretariat lawn where I informed him that vendors are selling several food items openly on the roadside in the holy month of Ramadan, and he assured action,” said a local.
On 20-03-2018, with references to Cabinet Decision No:65/04/2018, and government order no: 475-GAD-0f 2018, when offices were in Jammu, government has transferred and posted several IAS and KAS officers in which Dar was transferred and posted as Commissioner, Food Safety after relieving Dr Pawan Kotwal, who held it as additional charges.
Director Estates department Tasaduk Jeelani expressed his helplessness in helping the officer with office.
“Since the education building was damaged in fire incident, “we had dismantled it and there is no space as of now.”
He added that now that they have started construction and once done they would provide accommodation to the concerned officers.