Minister Javadekar comes checking, takes latecomers to task

IB minister Prakash Javadekar tells late-comers to furnish a day's casual leave.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2014 2:37 pm
java The latecomers have been asked to furnish a day’s Casual Leave, officials of the ministry said. (Source: PTI)

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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    R Joye
    Jun 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    Maintaining time may be first step, but just spending time in office does not help . Most goverment organizations are useless with very few people sincerely working and contributing as per their responsibility. Each person should have measurable outcome say every week. Anyone can just spend time in office and go home!
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    rastryia
    Jul 1, 2014 at 10:10 am
    the Ministries are not private "proerty" of BJP NEW MINISTERS. The delhi employess earning ire of new ministers should vote out bjp from delhi sembly elections
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    Girish
    Jun 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm
    javadekar should be grateful that they showed up at least. he ought to see how other government offices function, not.
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    Gaurav
    Jun 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm
    These changes will also happen but gradually...
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    imti
    Jun 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm
    and earn more hafta and bribes that day, as they can meet and trade openly. They should have four levels of puishment, with the final one to confiscate ets of these babus, and their extended "families"
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    N.Ramanathan
    Jun 30, 2014 at 2:05 pm
    Our Babus are also smart. If the Minister asks them to apply for one day CL, they will apply and go home.
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    Rahul D
    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:12 am
    Life is different from the other side of the counter. I deal with SBI for my corporate account and most of the officers stay in the branch till seven
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    Rahul D
    Jul 1, 2014 at 5:14 am
    When all the successful enterprises are moving towards flexi timings, our government is looking at fixed arrival times. I think emphasis should be on productivity and efficiency. Otherwise morale of hard working employees will go down
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