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Irked by delay in event, Rajnath Singh advises bureaucrats to be punctual 

Singh said there maybe many reasons for the delayed start and some reasons maybe right but there should be an introspection as to why the situation is such as it is today.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 20, 2017 2:27 pm
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday pulled up bureaucrats and asked them to be punctual after an event that he attended got delayed by a few minutes. Singh, who was the chief guest at the inaugural session of an event to mark the Civil Services Day in New Delhi, said he was worried that a function of bureaucrats got delayed by 12 minutes and the attendees kept entering the venue even after it formally began. “I was a little bit worried today. The programme was supposed to start at 9.45 (AM). We reached five minutes before the scheduled time. But it started at 9.57 (AM),” he said at the event attended mostly by officers belonging to IAS and other all India services.

Singh said there maybe many reasons for the delayed start and some reasons maybe right but there should be an introspection as to why the situation is such as it is today. “It would have been good that we would not have deviated (from the scheduled time). Has there been any laxity in our commitment?” he asked.

Referring to the country’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who had termed the civil services as the ‘steel frame’ of India, Singh asked whether the ‘steel frame’ of the civil services has become weak? “I am telling this as I think we all should conduct a serious introspection. I am raising this issue as… I know for some people this may come across as weird.. but I thought it is appropriate to raise the issue before all of you,” he said. Because, the Home Minister said, the Civil Services Day is such an occasion where everyone introspects, discusses about the journey that was planned.

“What we have achieved so far and what should we do in the future. That’s why I have raised the issue,” he said. Singh said he got the opportunity to work as a minister several times and he had served as a chief minister too.

“When I was invited for a function, when I was the chief minister, it was quite natural that I would reach the venue 10 minutes before the scheduled time. But as a minister also, I have seen that whenever I have to go to attend a function, people reach the venue a few minutes before the scheduled time. But for the first time I have seen…(people getting late),” he said.

The function was attended by Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, Additional Principal Secretary to Prime Minister P K Mishra, Secretaries of many central ministries and departments among others.

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  1. A
    Apr 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    While Rajnath Singh came by official car, others came by DTC buses.
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      Sanittar Paul
      Apr 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm
      Entry should be shut ten minutes before the start of event
      1. K
        Apr 20, 2017 at 8:39 pm
        Some times it is done for commoners invited to attend civil functions
      2. Vijay Menon
        Apr 20, 2017 at 7:43 pm
        Guvernment servants, as a rule have little respect or regard for the citizens' time. The dela start of the event reflects this mindset. Rajnath Singh did well to stress the need for punctuality. As a rule, ministers are also guilty of delays. They need to treat the citizen as a VIP, as the PM has sais.
        1. J
          Apr 20, 2017 at 6:43 pm
          Brilliant beginning ..... New India ... punctual India
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            Suranjan Chatterjee
            Apr 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm
            Everybody should be time conscious.
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