After Hindustan Times highlighted the plight of foreign visitors and expats visiting the Mini Secretariat in Gurgaon due to lack of facilities and poor conditions, beggars asking for alms have been rehabilitated.
The condition outside the foreign registration office is deplorable.
“We have shifted all beggars to a shelter home on Friday morning, but they will come back. We have rehabilitated them several times before but they keep returning,” said a staff member at the Mini Secretariat on condition of anonymity.
“There is still one beggar sitting at the entrance. He is crippled and I always find him sitting there,” said KC (initials) from the European Union, who has been working in India for three years.
Gurgaon’s six-storeyed Mini Secretariat building near Rajiv Chowk, which houses almost all administration offices — district magistrate, sub divisional magistrate, joint and deputy commissioners of police — is thronged by several visitors.
The menace of stray dogs, however, still is a major turn-off for visitors. “A week ago, you could see rats running around the stacks of paper lying in the corridors,” added KC.
There seems to be a slight improvement in situation as workers were seen sweeping and swabbing the floor.
The problem of non-functional elevators remains unattended. Only one of six was found to be in working condition. “It will start working right away,” said city magistrate Vivek Kalia, who asked officials to look into the matter.
Authorities need to fix the elevators, remove stray dogs, shift beggars, maintain paan stain free and clean staircases, repair broken chairs outside the foreign registration office.
“Senior officials have offices in this building. I am sure there are important documents here but security is zero. It is quite dangerous,” said KC.