As many as 40 officers working with the Primary and Secondary Education and Agriculture departments in the multi-storied building on B.R. Ambedkar Veedhi, were not in their seats when Chief Secretary Kaushik Mukherjee paid a surprise visit to these offices at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Discipline

Mr. Mukherjee, who has initiated measures to inject discipline in the administration after he took over this month, declared on the spot that all of them were absent and asked the authorities concerned to consider it as leave without pay. He said the officers, include deputy secretaries and under secretaries.

Absenteeism

He said he had also told all his principal secretaries to see that nobody was absent, without proper permission, and absenteeism should be considered very seriously. He also said the heads of the department would be held responsible for their absence and issued show cause notice for the lapse. “It is the team leader, who should keep his department in order,” he added.

The Chief Secretary told The Hindu that his next target would be the Vidhana Soudha and the Vikasa Soudha, and gradually other buildings. He made it clear that all the government staff should be present in their seats at 10.30 a.m.

Security in the soudhas

Most government buildings such as the Vidhana Soudha, Vikasa Soudha, multi-storied building and Visvesvaraya Towers were subjected to a security drill on Tuesday.

A large number of police personnel were seen searching the entire premises in view of the Bharatiya Janata Party rally organised for its prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on November 17 in the city.

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