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CS lashes out at govt employees; asks for maintaining leave records

CS lashes out at govt employees;   asks for maintaining leave records
Temjen Toy addressing the AHoDs and HoDs. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JAN 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/15/2020 11:58:49 AM IST

Taking serious note of the casual attitude of most State government employees evident in poor attendance even after two weeks since resumption of offices in New Year, chief secretary Temjen Toy has called for strict maintenance of casual leave records at all offices, starting from the State secretariat to the district and sub-divisional offices.

Addressing administrative heads of departments (AHoDs) and heads of departments (HoDs) at the secretariat’s conference hall here on Wednesday, the CS lashed out at the government employees stating that most of them served their own interests, evident from the fact that more than 75-80 cabinet agenda pertained to service matters, be it promotion or upgrade of posts, that spoke volumes of their priority. Pointing out that many senior government officials were not attending offices even after two weeks of resumption of offices, he said the responsibility lay with the senior officers, adding unless an officer himself/herself was disciplined, he or she could not expect the subordinates to be regular and punctual.

Toy observed that it had become “optional” for the government employees to attend offices, adding one would not be able to serve the people such an attitude. He cautioned that unless the employees became amenable to rules, there was no future.

The CS remarked that government servants thought they were on a higher pedestal and did not shoulder responsibilities that had actually been entrusted on them. He said senior officers had no moral authority to impose discipline on their subordinates when they themselves were setting bad examples. Under the present circumstances, he said it was embarrassing to even call oneself a public servant and directed all departments to strictly implement “no work, no pay” for erring employees.

Referring to the pathetic maintenance of public property, including toilets in offices, which indicated scant regard, Toy regretted that government servants were expected to uphold the rule of law but they were running away from their basic responsibilities.

It may be mentioned that even after two weeks into the New Year, many State government offices remain empty, and the few who attend are seen leaving as early as 1 p.m.

 

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