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Disobedient officials pulled up

Ranchi, June 24: State water resources minister Annapurna Devi today slammed senior officials of her department for not paying heed to “office orders” and warned them of stern actions if directives were not followed.

The minister summoned some senior officials and asked them to implement the orders within a week, after which she would review the progress.

Source said the department’s management wing, in its order of April 10, had asked all executive engineers and directors to furnish within a week details of junior engineers working with them. They were asked to specify the number of junior engineers and their current places of posting. The order went unheard. The management issued a reminder on June 10 but to no avail.

Again, about 10 days ago, the department ordered immediate transfer of employees of different categories, including the clerical staff, posted at a particular place for more than three years. The transfer order had to be executed within a week, but the senior executives ignored this too, drawing the minister’s ire.

“It is a violation of PWD code. Chief engineers are empowered to transfer the clerical and sub-ordinate staff within their circles. For this, they don’t need an approval from the minister or the government,” said a senior official.

But some of them chose to ignore the orders, probably because they thought the minister won’t know.

Later, speaking to The Telegraph, the minister said, “I am not the one who will wait for a formal proposal or complaint to take action. I keep my eyes and ears wide open. Their laxity is also ruining my public image, which I will never allow,” she said.

Taking about the today’s meeting, she said she didn’t believe in taking harsh steps but she could not remain a mute spectator to self-willing attitude of officials holding important positions. “Departmental actions will be initiated if the executives do not mend their ways,” said Annapurna, who directed senior officials to either ensure that the orders were strictly followed or stay prepared to face the music.

The minister admitted having received complaints of irregularities in appointment of several junior engineers, who were visible only on papers but their details like place of posting etc. were missing.

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