Crippled by the absence of its employees from their places of duty in the valley, the state government on Sunday ordered them to report to work immediately, failing which strong administrative action will be taken against them.

In order to again establish its completely shattered administrative apparatus, the state government ordered its employees to join duty so that relief and rescue work can be started in the flood affected areas.

The unprecedented floods have so far claimed more than 200 lives. The state government on Sunday removed an inspector general of police (IGP) from his place of posting. It ordered his attachment to police headquarters.

Many employees posted in the valley resented orders to join duty immediately. "The top officials of the state government are not functioning from their offices but from the safer heights of Hari Niwas (palace). We were ordered to join duties, where do we do that? At the palace or inside the submerged offices?" a senior official of the state government said on the condition of anonymity.

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