ANDHRA PRADESH

Better attendance at Secretariat

TIME'S UP!: Government employees rushing into the Secretariat to avoid being late to the office on Monday.

TIME'S UP!: Government employees rushing into the Secretariat to avoid being late to the office on Monday.  

Fall-out of Chief Minister's warning on absenteeism Fall-out of Chief Minister's warning on absenteeism among employees

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The warning by the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to employees on the compliance of office timings seems to have had a sobering impact on the Secretariat staff with several departments registering a better attendance on Monday.

However, a very few employees were present at 10.30 a.m. as the RTC buses transporting them arrived at their usual timings -- between 10.40 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Dr. Reddy reviewed the attendance of employees of some departments recently and expressed unhappiness over the absenteeism.

He also expressed concern over `late attendance' and employees loitering around the Secretariat campus during office hours. The visitors' number was also sought to be curbed.

Review meet

A follow-up of the instructions shows that the attendance has improved significantly. At a review meeting on Monday morning, senior officers informed the Chief Minister that there was improvement of 5 per cent over the regular attendance.

According to figures presented to the Chief Minister, the General Administration Department registered 95 per cent of attendance and the Industries and Commerce Department recorded 100 per cent along with Environment and Forest Department and Youth Affairs and Tourism and Culture.

The Social Welfare Department scored 92 per cent while it was 85 per cent in BC Welfare Department. Animal Husbandry registered 90 per cent and Agriculture and Cooperation 93 per cent.

The Chief Minister suggested daily review of the attendance and laid emphasis on the file clearance.

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