Rajasthan govt asks babus to welcome, send off MPs, MLAs

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 23:16

Jaipur: Rajasthan government has asked
bureaucrats to formally welcome and send off MPs and MLAs
whenever the lawmakers visit government offices.

"Officers (IAS,RAS) should get up from their seat when
MPs or MLAs visit their chambers and see them off with great
respect and dignity," sources said here today, quoting
an official order issued by the Administrative Reforms and
Coordination Department.
The officers have also been asked to give patient
hearings on matters raised by MLAs and MPs and they should not
be ignored at any level of the office system.

The order, which goes into effect from today, to the
bureaucrats was approved at a Congress Legislative Party
meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during whch all
MLAs had complained of that they were not treated seriously
and with dignity by officers.

The order will be applicable to all government
departments, boards, corporations and autonomous bodies.

The order also said any MLA or MP desiring a change in
scheduled time of meeting bureaucrats should be allowed.

These public representatives should also be provided info
under the RTI Act at the earliest.
The officer should also pick up phone calls and messages
sent by MPs and MLAs.

Rajasthan Information Minister Ashok Bairwa said the
order should be seen as part the tradition of welcoming
guests and the lawmakers should be heard and given due
respect.

Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said he would not
characterize the order to respect MPs and MLAs as a symbol of
"servitude" and said proper respect should be shown to them
when they go to government offices as they "reflect the
sovereign will" of the people.

He said it was not the first time that a state
government has issued such an order. In fact, other state
governments and even the central government had done that, he
added.

However, P C Gupta, President of Rajasthan Federation of
Employees` Union, said there was no need for such a formal
order from the state government.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2009 - 23:16

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