A high-level team, entrusted with the task of conducting inspections in government offices in an effort to curb absenteeism, found director general, school education (DGSE), Gopal Krishan Singh, and director, public instruction (DPI, secondary) Kamal Garg, absent from their offices at 9.05am on Monday.
“The team inspected the offices of the DGSE and the DPI,” a government spokesman said, adding that the two officers arrived at 9.24 am.
Ironically, assistant state project director, inspection cell, Punjab, Satpal Sharma, whose duty is to inspect schools so as to ensure that the staff reaches in time, himself reached office late, around 9.35 am.
Surprise visits by raiding teams in offices across the state have been initiated on the orders of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, who has told bureaucrats to remain in office from 9 am to 5 pm, unless they have official work outside the premises.
Besides these officers, 158 employees of various levels working in these two offices — directorate of education headed by the DPI, and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan office headed by the DGSE — were found absent.
The inspection team was led by Gurpreet Sapra, special secretary, personnel.
Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal has asked principal secretary, school education, Anjali Bhawra to seek an explanation from the absentees, the spokesman added.