Div Com asks DCs to check attendance in Govt offices

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, June 23: In order to ensure transparency in the working system and improve work culture in Government offices, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, today  directed all Deputy Commissioners to constitute squads for conducting surprise checks of different offices to ascertain the attendance of officials and employees.
The Divisional Commissioner instructed that strict action as per service rules be initiated against officials found unauthorisedly absent from their duties. He also directed for immediate and strict operationalization of biometric attendance system in all the Government offices.
The DCs were also directed to ensure submission of daily attendance reports as per the format of employees by their respective departments to the Div Com office by 10.30 am so that same could be submitted to the Governor’s Secretariat and GAD.
It was said the non-compliance with these instructions would lead to the initiation of strict disciplinary action against the defaulters.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner  also  directed all Deputy Commissioners to prioritize touring, inspection of offices and public meetings at various levels to galvanize and bring greater efficacy in the working of the administration.
The DCs were asked to furnish details of tour notes of their activities on weekly basis, indicating the areas covered, offices inspected, public meetings held among other activities. Details of concerns and issues raised by the public during interactions have also been asked to be forwarded to the Div Com office for their resolution.
The DCs have been asked to ensure strict compliance with the instructions. It was said that the non-compliance would be construed as a dereliction of official orders and proceeded against accordingly. It was said the evaluation of each officer would be done taking into account the implementation of these instructions.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir also directed all Deputy Commissioners to strictly implement no-construction zone order along the National Highway within the limits as prescribed in the relevant acts and Government orders.
Div Com directed the DCs of Valley districts and Leh and Kargil to implement the order in letter and spirit.
They were directed to personally look into the matter and immediately remove the illegal constructions and encroachments, if any, adjacent to the national highway.
Besides, no construction shall be allowed along the periphery of the National Highway (as per the limits given in the different Acts) and strict action will be initiated against the violators.