No phones, pens, this is the Minister’s office

Besides cellphones, a note pasted outside MoS, Agriculture, Sanjeev Balyan’s office even bans pens, apparently keeping in mind that “spy pens” are available easily now.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 5, 2014 10:24 pm
CBI director Ranjit Sinha was one of the first to put such a ban on cellphones in place. CBI director Ranjit Sinha was one of the first to put such a ban on cellphones in place.

No cellphones please — this seems to be the mantra at the offices of some of the new Union Council of Ministers. Across some ministries, new counters have come up, almost overnight, outside the ministers’ offices, with clear instructions asking visitors to deposit their cellphones there.

Besides cellphones, a note pasted outside MoS, Agriculture, Sanjeev Balyan’s office even bans pens, apparently keeping in mind that “spy pens” are available easily now.

A counter for depositing cellphones has also come up in the ante room adjoining HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s office in Shastri Bhawan, In fact, this led to a rather unpleasant situation on Thursday, when a newspaper photographer tried to take a photograph of the counter and the instructions pasted on it. Irani, who was in office at the time, objected, and entered into an angry argument with the photographer.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi’s office has put up a notice stating that cellphones should either be switched off or put in silent mode before entering the minister’s office.

While Railway Minister D V Sadananda Gowda has not put up any such instructions yet, his junior minister, Manoj Sinha, has a board outside his office which says, “Please keep your mobile phones switched off”.

Incidentally, CBI director Ranjit Sinha was one of the first to put such a ban on cellphones in place.

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    Jun 5, 2014 at 5:52 pm
    Must be an order from Boss .. By the way , why are they worried about sting operations .. Planning to hide wrong doing :-)
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      Neel Gupta
      Jun 6, 2014 at 9:01 am
      Phones I can understand - vulnerable to being tapped by the ISI or Chinese !But no Pens or Camera?
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        Venk
        Jun 6, 2014 at 12:59 am
        Good policy.
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          H1N1
          Jun 5, 2014 at 10:12 pm
          even sungles and gles and shirt buttons can have cameras on them. So no gles and shirts without buttons or check person completely to make sure he does not wera any rings and leave all personal possessions behind before entering room would be good....
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            PRASAN WILFRED
            Jun 6, 2014 at 1:32 am
            If an inbent in office is clean as a whistle, uncorrupt and unafraid, he/she would not restrict any kind of phone or pen being carried by a visitor be they from the press or from the voting public. Their atude would then be a courageous, "So what if someone recorded my words or took a video of my conversation!"Paranoia about these things must be a deeply felt fear in the hearts of those who have joined politics just to line their own pockets, and have their own palms greased at every opportunity! Such persons should not be trusted in public life!
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              BBCWallah
              Jun 5, 2014 at 7:12 pm
              Yes, gotcha sting-waalas! We are not like those UPA fools! Now we will be as corrupt as we want and no stings will ever happen!
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                kvl
                Jun 6, 2014 at 8:56 am
                Are you thinking still there will be palm-greasing and filling pockets? next moment he will be relieved.no more greasing. only honesty and efficiency required in the present regime.
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                  Shrikant
                  Jun 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm
                  Fear of spying only happens when one fears because she or he is doing something wrong. This does raise some eyebrows.
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