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79 'late' staff told to show cause

Dhemaji: Majuli deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha, after a surprise visit to government offices in the district on Wednesday morning, served showcause notices to 79 employees found not complying with the new timings.

The new timing introduced by Dispur in state government offices - 9.30am till 5pm on all working days with half-an-hour lunch break - came into effect on Monday. Earlier, the timing was 10am to 5pm.

Employees, however, continue to come in 10 to 30 minutes late.

In Guwahati, only about 20 per cent employees had reached office by 9.30am on January 1. The showcause notice is the first step to ensure that employees arrive and leave on time.

Jha could not be contacted but most employees told this correspondent that it is difficult to maintain time from distant places in winter. They maintained that the earlier timing was good for winter. On the showcause notice, one of them said he was on his way but "DC Sir visited".

Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who visited Majuli on Wednesday, urged government employees to reach office on time so that people don't have to wait to get their work done.

He exhorted them to set an example of efficient work culture before the younger generation and contribute towards the resurgence of the state's economy.

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