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Govt directs Secretariat officers, staff to reach office on time
PRANJAL BHUYAN
 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 - With a view to ensuring proper compliance with the Manual of Office Procedure Secretariat, 1981, the State government has directed all officers and staff of the Assam Secretariat to reach office before 10 am, display their identity cards during office hours and come to office in formal dress. The main gates of the Secretariat will be closed after 10 am.

These are among the procedures announced by Dispur to ensure smooth functioning of the Secretariat for efficient and effective delivery of services to the public.

Dr M Angamuthu, Commissioner and Secretary of Secretariat Administration (Establishment) Department, has sent a note to senior officials in this regard. “It is imperative that all office superintendents/branch officers in the Assam Secretariat should perform their duties laid down in the manual diligently and enforce similar discipline and punctuality amongst the staff,” stated the note.

The letter requests all senior officials to instruct all branch officers concerned and office superintendents under their control to attend office on time, maintain the decorum of the office and dispose of works assigned to them expeditiously.

“In addition to it, you are requested to ensure that the officers and staff reach office before 10 am positively. Entry shall be denied without proper identity cards. Identity cards should be displayed during office hours. The branch officers and office superintendents concerned should be intimated in case any employee leaves during office hours or arrives late. Only formal dress code should be allowed in the office,” said Dr Angamuthu.

The branch officers and office superintendents have been directed to monitor all these procedures and inform the Secretariat Administration (Establishment) Department regarding adherence every 15 days.

Dr Angamuthu added that the Manual of Office Procedure Secretariat, 1981, clearly lays down the duties of office superintendents and branch officers, which includes maintaining punctuality in attendance by all staff working in the respective departments or branches, timely completion of their work and maintaining decorum in office. The Manual of Office Procedure Secretariat, 1981 also states that the employees’ behaviour and dealings with the public should be sober and polite.

Meanwhile, commenting on the latest directive, Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) chief Basab Kalita said there is no problem in trying to ensure that the government employees reach office on time and dress properly.

“All government employees, including the Secretariat staff, should be punctual and follow other rules and procedures. This is part of the manual and all are expected to adhere to it. But we oppose the decision to close the main gates after 10 am. Besides, senior officers of under secretary and above ranks should also attend the office on time,” Kalita said, adding, “all government officers and staff should come to work in a formal dress. But there is no need to issue any directive and notification in this regard.”

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