Call it goof-up or disinterest of those heading department of Libraries and Research in Jammu and Kashmir, Provincial President of National Conference (NC) for Kashmir Nasir Aslam Wani is still minister of this department.
Atal Dulloo, senior IAS officer who is on central deputation is secretary of this department while Khalid Bashir who retired after having served as secretary JKAACL is still Director Libraries and Research. This madness is not the creation of someone else but those who are looking after the website of this department these days.
Go to the website www.jkpubliclibraries.nic.in and you would find this thuggish information there. This reflects the seriousness of the department of Libraries and Research in ensuring transparency and accountability in its ranks.
IT cell of the department of Libraries and Research seems to have complete disconnect with reality. Despite the fact that PDP-BJP government is in office since March 2015 with a break of two months in-between due to untimely demise of Ex-Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed. In the recently constituted cabinet Minister of Finance Haseeb Drabu heads the department while Mukhtar-ul-Aziz is Director Libraries and Research.
But, the website makes no mention of these developments which have taken place during the last one year. If the data available on the website is to be taken as yardstick, it seemingly has not been updated since last more than two years. Newspoint investigation revealed that from minister to the director, none is interested in the upkeep and maintenance of this website.
Though the minister Haseeb Drabu is tech-savvy and uses all modern gadgets yet the website of the department is defunct with wrong information. The concerned in-charge of this department could not be contacted. But, still there are chances that the current alliance government would pay attention towards this department which is useful for various students.