Prevalent ‘absenteeism culture’ takes toll on govt offices in C/Bay

Report by: 
BALRAM SINGH
CAMPBELL BAY
12 May 2017

While the Union Government is striving for more effective governance asking its officials to spend more hours in office, employees of the local administration posted at remote Great Nicobar have developed ‘absenteeism culture', which has now started taking a toll on the functioning of the government agencies here. According to reports, majority of the employees posted in different offices here remain on long leaves, often unauthorised, resulting into almost non-existence of government agencies here. The issue figured prominently during the meeting chaired by the Deputy Commissioner of Nicobar, Smt Neha Bansal, on Thursday.
According to reports, PRI members of the area and general public demanded stringent action against government employees who remain on unauthorised long leaves. “Absence of government employees has become an all pervasive issue here. At any given time of the month, one can find many employees of any government department missing from their seats. Some resort to casual leaves, some on medical grounds while other seek adjustment from their colleagues to remain on holidays with their families back home at Port Blair. The practice is severely hindering implementation of key government schemes in the region and the people are being deprived of benefits. The administration should take a serious note of the situation and initiate steps against errant government servants,” said a PRI member.  
According to information, the Deputy Commissioner of the District has vowed to take strong action against employees resorting to unwarranted leaves. “Competent functioning of government offices is imperative to ensure benefits of government schemes percolate down to the targeted population. The district administration is committed to the welfare of people and strict action will be taken against government employees for any dereliction of official duties,” Smt Bansal reportedly assured the assembly yesterday.