For reasons best known to respective state governments; cabinet decisions, government orders of structural importance and other important documents have not been preserved since the year 1985.
The documents are at the verge of destruction and if they are not archived now, they would be lost permanently. Need is to immediately archive them and ensure that they remain readily available for anyone who is interested in knowing Jammu and Kashmir’s past.
Finance and culture minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu was appalled at poor state of affairs in the state archives department. He expressed his dismay over the facts that no government documents have been archived from last 31 years. Taking a serious note, he asked the archives department to projectise archiving of all cabinet decisions since 1985 within six months and make it a regular affair thereafter.
“I want to see from now every cabinet decision, every government order of structural importance and other important documents archived,” he instructed the officers of the department. Referring to monuments like those in South Kashmir’s Awantipora, Dr. Drabu asked to link physical heritage with culture to connect the public with social milieu of the times when the monuments were constructed.
Dr. Drabu directed the Department of Libraries to have three provincial libraries in Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh. He asked the officers to create and have one fully equipped library in each district and also create public libraries in collaboration with civil society and educational institutions. He cautioned the officials not to procure any book till a full-fledged policy in place.