If the telephone directory on the Punjab government’s official website (www.punjab.gov.in) is to be believed, Shivraj Patil is still the Punjab governor, while justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul continues to be the chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court.
Actually, Kaptan Singh Solanki has been holding the governor’s charge since January 21, 2015, while justice Kaul attended office in Chandigarh till July 25, 2014. Solanki’s name and photo figure on the home page of the website, but he is conspicuous by his absence from the directory.
Almost a year has passed since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the government at the Centre, yet the Akali-BJP government’s website still carries the names of Congress leaders Preneet Kaur and Manish Tewari as the Union ministers from Punjab.
The failure to update the directory – a key link between the government and the public - undermines deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s tall claims about e-governance and computerisation of official records across the state.
Information about parliamentarians, police and IAS officers is also awaiting updating in many cases.
Ironically, Rakesh Kumar Verma, the officer in charge of the website, is mentioned as the Ludhiana municipal commissioner (the charge is now being held by GK Singh).
When contacted, Verma said, “We will update the directory very soon. We are in the process of appointing content service providers who will make the website more public-friendly, besides regular updating.”
Rohit Sabharwal, a local resident who called up a bureaucrat who was no longer holding the office concerned, quipped, “It’s not the fault of officials handling the website as the shuffling of portfolios of ministers and transfers of bureaucrats is done at the drop of the hat by the SAD-BJP government. Even the officials fail to keep track of the developments.”