To give protection to government officials on duty,the committee constituted under Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Umeshkumar Sarangi will soon formulate new rules. The panel will also meet on January 15 to discuss the attack on Pune city tehsildar Sachin Giri. The committee,comprising revenue officials and police department,was formed in November last year.
Sarangi,who chairs the committee,told Newsline that they have received several complaints about attack on government officials while discharging duty. “Whether it was officials from the district collectorate in Nanded,Nashik,Mumbai or Pune,all the officials were attacked while discharging their duties. The committee will soon give recommendations to ensure stringent laws to prevent such actions,” he said.
The GR for constituting the committee states that the rise in the number of assaults on government officials and employees during duty are likely to demoralise the officials and affect their work. Sarangi said there have been at least four complaints regarding attack on government officials on duty in the state while there are other cases where FIRs have been registered against government officials.
“I have been informed about the incident and we would definitely take appropriate action. The committee is adept in dealing with such issues and grievance of the revenue official concerned will be heard,” he said.
The committee is also assessing various laws under the IPC and the CrPC and checking amendments that can be made to give better protection to government officials on duty. Pune district collectorate officials said the official was harassed by MLA Vinayak Nimhan to hand over documents before the model code of conduct comes into place.
“The official was doing his duty but the MLA had put forth nearly 10,000 applications,” said a senior revenue official. Nimhan said he had approached the official to carry out the work as per orders.