Thiruvananthapuram: There is total confusion over a notice that the general administration principal secretary has put on the government website, asking some 3,000 officials at the secretariat to show reason for reporting late to work.
The list for January has the names of additional chief secretaries, principal secretaries, secretaries and other senior IAS officers. In fact, even the name of the general administration principal secretary, who published the list, also figures among the latecomers.
It shows that several personal staff of ministers also reached office late last month.
After scrutinizing the data, it was found that some officials reached office late in January, says the notice.
Those who punched in after 10.15 am should furnish the reasons for reporting late, it says. Half a day’s casual leave will be deducted in case of those who are unable to provide a valid reason.
The notice has been published on the website but has not been served individually to the officials.
The notice, prepared on February 3, has the names of officials who have punched in late, their code, post, the date when they reported late to work and the time when they punched in.
The 567-page list has 8,802 entries, with some officials reporting late five to six times during the month.
It is unclear whether the two additional chief secretaries, more than one principal secretary, secretaries and special secretaries on the list also need to file their responses.
The general administration principal secretary, who prepared the list, punched in late on January 1, 23 and 28.
There are indications that the list could see some tweaks and no action would be taken against the officials for the time being.
But still, since the names have been published on the website, the government could also go ahead with action against the latecomers.
Officials, however, say since the notice wasn’t served individually, and put only on the website, they were not responsible to reply.
The personal staff of ministers claim that they were unable to punch in at the secretariat as the assembly was in session and they needed to report to work at the camp offices of ministers.
Though biometric attendance was made compulsory at the secretariat from the New Year Day, Malayala Manorama had reported that staff were not following it strictly after the initial days.
This was after it became clear that the process to link punching and salary systems wasn’t complete.
Now, no one knows for sure what would be the government’s next course of action.
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