Bihar DM walks for austerity

DM Arvind Kumar Singh issued an “instruction” asking all employees to save diesel and petrol.

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: September 3, 2013 12:57 am

Kaimur district magistrate has started measures from Monday to save diesel and petrol. The DM has asked employees to walk to office in the first week of every month and he himself has decided to walk from his residence to office three days a month to set an example.

DM Arvind Kumar Singh issued an “instruction” asking all employees to save diesel and petrol. On Monday,he walked four km from his residence along Bhabhua-Bhagwanpur Road to his office at Bhabhua. The DM said his order was “more of a request” and not binding.

Singh told The Indian Express: “The idea came to me when I was going through an article on Indian economy’s journey from 1991 till date. I thought every individual using a two-wheeler and four-wheeler to travel small distances should either walk or use bicycles”.

Singh said he wanted it to be implemented from his office so that other employees could follow. He said,“I have not made it rigid and wanted all employees to walk to office for six days a month. I have not laid any punitive provision for violating my instruction.”

Singh,a 2000-batch Bihar Administrative Service officer promoted to Indian Administrative Service in 2009,said austerity will have a positive impact. Kaimur has about 13,000 government employees.

Kaimur public relations officer Parimal Kumar said there are about 70 officials who ride four-wheelers to office.

State secretariat sources said any district magistrate was free to carry out such austerity measures.

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