Rajasthan govt asks babus to welcome, send off MPs, MLAs
Last Updated: Tuesday, September 01, 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 01, 2009, 23:16

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