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Govt orders employees in Kashmir to be punctual


Srinagar, Nov 17: As the Durbar has shifted to Jammu, the government has issued directives to employees to ensure their punctuality in offices in Kashmir during winters.

Durbar closed in Srinagar on October 27 and opened in Jammu on November 6.


It has, however, been noticed that there is lack of accountability in terms of the attendance in government offices during winters in Kashmir, when most of bureaucrats and administrators stay in Jammu.

To ensure attendance in offices, the government has directed the heads of departments not to leave the station without seeking prior written permission from the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir.

“Any HoD, chief engineer found leaving the Kashmir division without seeking prior written permission from this office shall be subjected to appropriate action under rules. Similarly, DCs will ensure that no officer working in their district leaves the district without seeking specific permission from the concerned DC,” the directive reads.

“It has been also observed that some of the HoDs of the division have the tendency to leave the division on the pretext of attending some meeting without informing this office. Hence forth, in respect of attending any meeting the concerned HOD/ chief engineer shall share the meeting notice with this office for obtaining permission,” it reads.

These directives have been issued to “ensure” availability of officers for redressal of public grievances.

An official at Divisional Commissioner office Kashmir said that heads of departments have also been directed to attend meetings being held in Jammu through video conferencing instead going to winter capital.

“These officials have been directed not to go unnecessarily to Jammu instead attend the meetings through video conference,” the official said.

Similarly, it has been noticed that officials were attending their duties late in the morning and also leaving their office early without seeking proper permission or leave from their immediate controlling offices. Several departments have issued directives to officials to ensure punctuality in offices during winters.

The Rural Development Department Director has issued an order that many offices have not been found maintaining bio-metric attendance system.

“This kind of attitude by some of the employees not only affects the work culture but common masses are put to suffer,” the order reads.

Director has directed officers to install and operationalise biometric attendance system in those offices where such system has not been installed so far.

“They shall also make the system functional where it has been installed and is not functional and submit daily attendance report to the district,” the order reads.