As part of enhancing security at the government Secretariat and finding a solution to the vexed issue of parking, the entry of vehicles into the high-security premises is to be restricted with the introduction of tamper-proof integrated vehicle pass.
Official sources said the General Administration Department would issue two vehicle passes to each employee of the Secretariat — one for a two-wheeler and the other for a light motor vehicle. The tamper-proof vehicle pass will have the permanent employee number, registration number of the vehicle, designation of the employee, allocation number, the government emblem and a hologram.
The Home Department will decide the date of implementation of the integrated vehicle pass. Application in the prescribed format has been invited from the employees.
Official sources said a committee, headed by the Additional Chief Secretary (Home), would decide on the number of vehicle passes to be issued to the 35-odd departments and other related issues. Passes would also have to be issued to departmental heads working outside the Secretariat and those who arrive frequently for meetings and discussions with Ministers and top officials.
To check misuse
To prevent misuse of the vehicle pass during sale and exchange of the vehicles and in case of theft of the vehicles, several norms have been proposed. The pass will have to be surrendered if the employee sells or exchanges the vehicle.
In case of theft of the vehicle, a complaint will have to lodged with the Chief Security Officer of the Secretariat and the police station concerned.
In case of retirement and resignation of the employee, the vehicle pass will have to be surrendered and a liability certificate obtained from the housekeeping wing functioning under the General Administration Department. Official sources said this would be made mandatory.
The restrictions have been proposed close on the heels of the installation of a vehicle scanner at the Cantonment (north) gate and the introduction of three facilitation centres to screen visitors at the north and south gates and the Secretariat annexe.
Official sources said the parking restrictions were being introduced as there was limited parking facility for light motor vehicles arriving at the Secretariat. Nearly 4,500-odd employees work at the Secretariat. Then there are the personal staff members of the Ministers.
The shed for parking two-wheelers near the Sports Council side has already been extended on both sides. An order has been issued to extend the two-wheeler shed near the Cantonment gate. A proposal to retain the lawn in front of the Secretariat and to construct a basement parking facility for four-wheelers is also under active consideration.