Chief secretary Anthony Desa’s instructions to government employees for mandatory wearing of helmet while coming to office on a two-wheeler was thrown to winds on the very first day.
While most of the officials seemed confused on the implementation part of the order, the employees did not know that such an order had been issued.
There have been similar orders earlier also on use of helmet but the situation hasn’t changed so far.
On Wednesday, most of the people visiting the collector’s office were found without a helmet.
There was no one to check such people though a number of policemen were posted there on routine duty. The collector'’ office houses about two dozen offices on its premises.
Employees at Vallabh Bhawan, Satpura and Vindhyachal Bhawan too, did not know about the fresh order issued by the chief secretary.
Here also, there was no one present to check helmets of the visitors. GAD (General Administration Department) officials didn't know how many employees were without helmets on day one.
"The order was to ensure implementation of the old rule. Broadly the traffic rules are to be implemented by the home department but the letter was written to all the heads of the department to ensure implementation among the government employees too," said chief secretary Anthony Desa.
Earlier in 2011, collector Bhopal, Nikunj Shrivastava had issued orders to all petrol pumps in the city to sell petrol only if the rider was wearing a helmet.
A change was observed in the city initially but that did not remain effective for long.
Last month, collector Nishant Warwade ordered the SDMs to keep vigil on collectorate premises and ensure that no two-wheeler rider entered premises without wearing a helmet. That order also remained ineffective.