It was business as usual at the Information & Broadcasting Ministry’s office in Shastri Bhavan on Monday morning till minister Prakash Javadekar decided to pay a surprise visit. To his dismay, he found that a substantial number of employees had not reported to work by 9.30 am. He later directed all the latecomers to furnish a day’s casual leave.
As per ministry sources, Javadekar reached Shastri Bhavan at 9 am and decided to take a round of his ministry’s offices. One room after the other, the minister was greeted with several empty chairs with their occupants having failed to reach office in time. Javadekar then told those who were present in the office to tell the latecomers that he had come to meet them and that they should meet him.
By evening, around 40 of the “latecomers” were learnt to have filled up forms for a day’s casual leave after meeting the minister.
Javadekar emphasised on the need to be punctual and passed on strict instructions asking officials to reach office on time.
While the I&B ministry officials tried to downplay the developments, one of Javadekar’s aides, who was accompanying him and managed to click photographs of the surprise check on a cellphone, mailed the pictures to mediapersons from a private email ID late in the evening. While one of the photographs showed Javadekar greeted by a room where none of the employees were present, two more photographs showed him in conversation with employees who had reached office on time.
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