It’s absurd. But, its the big babu’s order

Some administrative directives make no sense at all

GN Bureau | August 4, 2017


#Governance   #Absurd Orders   #IGIMS  

From asking whether a woman employee is a virgin to ordering rakhi to be tied in office, some orders confirm your suspicion that everything is not all right in government offices. No wonder governance is a casualty.

Overzealous officials have also in the past taken umbrage to what the employees have worn to office and ordered them to wear “decent” clothes. The indecent article of clothing is jeans and t-shirt. And how will changing to pant-shirt or salwar-kameez help the employees perform better is not clear. These inane directives are quite over the top.

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in Patna raked up a controversy by bringing up a rather bizarre form for its employees. The marriage declaration form issued by the Institute asked the employees to declare their virginity and the number of wives they are married too, reported Indian Express.

After an uproar, the language in the form was changed. The word virgin was replaced with unmarried.

Another order that got people’s goat was issued by the Daman and Diu administration. The women employees were asked to tie 'rakhi' to their male colleagues on upcoming Rakshabandhan festival.

Deputy Secretary, Personnel, Gurpreet Singh, said it has been decided by the administration to celebrate the festival of Rakshabandhan on August 7. "In this connection, all offices and departments shall remain open and celebrate the festival collectively at a suitable time wherein all the lady staff shall tie rakhi to their colleagues," the circular issued said.

This order too was later withdrawn.

When Yogi Adityanath took over as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March this year, he took a string of decisions and one of them was banning jeans and T-shirts for the state government employees during duty hours.

It was, however, not made clear whether the chief minister would continue to wear the ochre robe or he too would opt for a more sedate dress.

In 2012, the women and child department (WCD) in Haryana asked its field staff to desist from wearing jeans and T-shirts to work and to wear “decent” clothes.

The circular had been sent by the WCD director's office to all its field offices which run the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) and Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS). Advising the field staff, the directive describes "decent" clothing as "sari/salwar-kameez with dupatta" for women and "pant-shirt" for men. The circular states, "It has been observed that some officers/officials come to office in jeans/t-shirts/western dresses which sometimes not only look odd but are also in contravention of government rules.”

Well,  go figure.

Comments

 

Other News

Allegations against CJI: Inquiry will strengthen the independence of the judiciary

Yes, we must stand rock solid with the judiciary and the judges. We must protect the independence of the judiciary too. What does this mean in the present context of a very serious charge of sexual harassment levelled by a former employee of the court against the CJI?  We are told that there is a larg

“Managing data is challenging”

The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) is a society set up by the railways ministry in July 1986 to provide IT related services to the Indian Railways. CRIS deals in a gamut of functions, like passenger ticketing, freight operations, train dispatching and control, crew management, e-procurement,

A boost to those who need it most

What are 600 million people? Almost twice the population of the US. What are 500 million people? About three-fourth of the population of Europe. Why are we talking about these numbers? Well, because as per a study by Sandhya Krishnan and Neeraj Hatekar (‘Rise of New Middle Class in India and Its

Expanding Eureka!

Abright yellow van with figures of children playing with a whirligig, a Newton’s cradle, a magnetic compass rolls into the Government Higher Primary School in Kittaganahalli, on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Students in the playground leave what they are doing and mill about it in excitement. For they

The spark in the classroom

Not many children dream of starting an idyllic school of their own when they grow up. But Ramji Raghavan, founder of the Agastya International Foundation – which fosters the creative learning of science in stude

Trafficking survivors’ votes don’t count

While the entire nation is agog with political grapevine, political parties are weighing on all options to lure voters by touching upon issues that impact their lives. Several parties, including the BJP and the Congress have released their manifestos while many are about to join the bandwagon. The



Current Issue

Current Issue

Video

CM Nitish’s convoy attacked in Buxar

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter