Bureaucrats pay no heed to Govt directives

Srinagar, Aug 03 : Paying no heed to government’s directives, the bureaucrats continue to attend the unnecessary meetings without remaining available in offices.

In a recent order the government has asked the bureaucrats not to attend ‘unnecessary meetings.’ However, these orders have no takers as bureaucrats don’t remain available to redress grievances of people, besides putting a huge cost to the state exchequer.

“The government in June issued directives to heads of department not to leave their offices for attending unnecessary meetings. Despite that government has been receiving complaints that some administrative secretaries as well as divisional commissioners call the heads of departments frequently to their headquarters for meetings,”.

They said there are complaints that some officials were coming to their respective offices late in the morning and also leaving early without seeking proper permission from the concerned authorities.

The source said that government was again forced to issue order earlier this week. “This order has been issued number of times, but the heads of departments are not paying any heed to government’s repeated directives,” they said.

The non-availability of heads of departments has been affecting the functioning of the governance, the source said.

The government has issued a list of dos and do nots to ensure punctuality of officers.

“The non-availability of heads of departments at their respective headquarters is bound to cause disruption in the functioning of their offices and inconvenience to the general public,” one of the government orders, reads.

The government has directed administrative secretaries and divisional commissioners to ensure that heads of departments are not called for meetings and discussions frequently.

“Heads of departments should not be called either to the secretariat or to the divisional headquarters for meetings unless it is absolutely essential. Use of technology like video conferencing, telecom be maximized for meetings with the heads of departments,” the order reads.

“The Advisors to the Governor are also requested to dispense with the participation of heads of departments during their public outreach programmes, Durbars as far as possible,” it adds.

“The government has also directed officers to install and operationalise bio-metric attendance system in those offices where such system has not been installed so far,” the official said.


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