Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Wednesday
issued showcause notices to employees absent on February 28,
the day of the general strike, and said non-compliance would
invite a paycut and further disciplinary action.
The showcause notice asked absentee employees to
explain why action would not be taken against them for
unauthorised absence, a state Finance department circular
A circular was earlier issued by Home (Political)
department to its employees that no leave would be granted on
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had warned of
disciplinary action, including break in service.
"Despite such circular, it has been noticed that some
employees did not attend office on that day," it said.
After receiving the reply, leave due and admissible
might be granted on production of documentary evidence in
cases of hospitalisation of the employee, bereavement in the
family, serious illness and absence continuing from before
February 28), it said.
It specified that dislocation of traffic would not
be a reason for granting leave as it remained normal on that
If the absence was not covered by any of the reasons
mentioned, the circular said that it would be treated as `dies
non` (no work no pay).
It clarified that it would not affect the past service
of the concerned employee.
The circular cautioned that those who did not respond
to the showcause notice, would be liable for disciplinary
All actions in terms of the order, it said, should be
completed by March 31.