Maharashtra CM says file reconstruction is top priority
MDT/PTI 22 June 2012

To a question on deputy CM Ajit Pawar's comment expressing surprise how the Chief Minister's chambers survived the inferno, Chavan said his chambers are paperless and there was only one notepad on his table

 

Mumbai: Following Thursday's fire at Mantralaya, the state secretariat, reconstruction of documents in damaged files was the government's top priority, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Friday, reports PTI.

Chavan told reporters that 2.25 lakh files had been digitalised and 3.18 crore papers had been scanned prior to the incident.

"Hard disks of damaged computers will be retrieved, for which assistance of NASCOM and IT experts, including foreign agencies, will be taken," Chavan added.

Referring to speculation that files related to Adarsh housing scam may have been damaged, Chavan, who also holds the Urban Development portfolio, said the papers were with CBI and the judicial commission.

"We have photocopies with us. Hence, the speculation that Adarsh probe will be hampered due to the fire is ruled out," the Chief Minister said. Files of Land Ceiling department too were safe, he said.

All the files at Mantralaya will be put in steel trunks and taken to a safe place, he said. Secretaries of respective departments had been entrusted the task of recovering the files, he added.

Entry to the building was prohibited and the access would be allowed only after a structural audit, the Chief Minister said.

"The annexe building is safe while the top three floors of the main building have been damaged. The annexe building would be cleared in two days. Even in the main building, the first three floors have been flooded with water though there is no damage due to the fire," he said.

Ministers had been asked to shift to their offices in the nearby legislature complex temporarily, Chavan said. "They can also function from the field offices of their respective departments."

All the ministers had been asked to remain in Mumbai during the weekend, Chavan said.

The Chief Minister appealed to the people to avoid rumour-mongering, describing the fire as "an accidental calamity". "No doubt, the government's functioning will be affected. But our endeavour will be to minimise the impact," he said.

To a question on his deputy Ajit Pawar's comment expressing surprise how the Chief Minister's chambers survived the inferno, Chavan said "my conference room and cabinet room have been damaged severely. The door between these two rooms and my chambers is strong, made of wood. Perhaps, it is the reason why the damage in the chambers was minimal. My chambers are paperless and there was only one notepad on my table."

Chavan said he would discuss the fire and the steps being taken by the government in its aftermath with the opposition leaders later in the day.

Comments
Vaidya
9 years ago
The incidence allowed us how should a captain behave. Mr. Ajit ran for the safety with the help of security people, leaving the rest of the people to their luck. This in contrast to what I have been learning about the qualities of Captain. May my teachers were wrong. And I will not be surprised if still we continue to call him a Captain.
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