New Delhi: Around 60 officials of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry who came late to work on Monday were taken to task after Minister Prakash Javadekar made an unannounced inspection early today.
The latecomers were asked to furnish casual leave for the day as Javadekar expressed his displeasure over the lack of punctuality among officials, and directed all staff to be present in office during working hours.
Official sources said Javadekar reached Shastri Bhawan at 9 am and by 9.30 am began making rounds of the offices of the ministry and found that several officials had not reached the office while some sections were almost completely empty.
"It was found that many persons had not reached office even by 10 am and the minister pulled up those (who came late) for lack of punctuality as the general time of arrival is 9 am," an official said.
Sources said that Javadekar left a message for officials who had not reported on time saying that he had come to visit them and that they should meet him when they arrive in office.
When a group of around 60 of these officials came to meet the minister, they were asked to ensure that they come to office on time in the future.
The latecomers have also been asked to furnish a day`s Casual Leave, officials of the ministry told PTI.
After the minister`s inspection, Secretary, I&B, Bimal
Julka also spoke to senior officials to emphasise on the need for punctuality among the staff. A circular was also issued to officials in this regard, the sources said.
In the circular, Julka informed I&B officials that the minister had taken a serious view of the casual approach of officials who were reporting late and has asked all officials and staff to remain present in office during the office working hours which are 9 am to 5.30 pm.
The circular said that those coming late would be liable for disciplinary actions as per rules.
The newly elected government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been laying emphasis on punctuality so as to serve the people better.
A few days earlier Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu had also carried out an inspection in his ministry and asked all officials to report on time.