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JK Admin orders inquiry into fire incident in civil secretariat

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Fire in top floor of civil secretariat Jammu.

IO asked to submit report in week’s time

Srinagar: The administration on Friday ordered a time-bound inquiry into the December 28 fire incident in civil secretariat Jammu.

Alok Kumar, IRS, Principal Secretary to the administration, Estates Department has been appointed as Inquiry Officer to enquire into the fire incident and he has been asked to submit a report to the General Administration Department within a period of seven days, reads an official order.

The inquiry officer has been asked to “clearly establish cause of occurrence of the fire incident; cause of delay in controlling, extinguishing the fire.”

The officer has also been tasked with to clearly establish whether the fire safety audit of the building had been carried out as was ordered by the administration under order (No.592-JK(GAD) of 2022) on 21 May 2022, or otherwise.

He has also been asked to find out if the fire extinguishing equipment available on the premises was in “working condition”.

“The inquiry officer shall fix the responsibility for failure in activating response at various levels to control the fire in a timely manner,” the order added.

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