Finally, few senior state forest officials have succeeded to make a safe passage to attend the wedding ceremony of the son of their super boss, Jwala Prasad on December 25, at the cost of state expenses!
This time, the forest headquarters in Nagpur cleverly fixed the meeting of senior forest officials on December 26, canceling the earlier meeting, scheduled on December 25, Christmas Day which the Maharashtra Forest minister, Babanrao Pachpute was supposed to attend.
Earlier, the minister found the day fit to call for a meeting of all the forest officials, when other offices were closed due to Christmas.
By fixing a meeting at Nagpur on Christmas, the official holiday, the minister had tried to oblige over 40 senior officials by ensuring that the state government would bear the cost of the travel and accommodation of these officers.
HT exposed the minister for convening the meeting on Christmas Day (a national holiday), in its Thursday issue. This led to cancellation of the meeting indefinitely by the minister.
However, determined to attend the marriage ceremony, and at the cost of state exchequer, babus of the forest department have managed to convene a fresh meeting on December 26 morning so that they can participate in the wedding ceremony on December 25 evening.
Abhijit, son of Jwala Prasad, a software engineer, working in the US, married Harshada, also software engineer, at Nagpur on December 25 evening in a grand function.
According to the state forest headquarters in Nagpur, as many as 58 senior forest officials in the state were asked to attend the proposed fresh meeting on December 26. This time, the minister is not attending the meeting to avoid further embarrassment! Forest officers who are attending the meeting include: all the chief conservators of forests (CCFs) of 11 circles, 42 divisional heads of forests and five heads of forest sub-divisions in the state.
Issuing an order for the meeting, additional Principal Conservator of Forests (Budget, Planning and Development) says that the proposed meeting would discuss and review the works of forest development agencies in the state.
According to a moderate estimate, the state forest department has to bear a cost of over Rs 10 lakh for accommodation and travel expenses of these officers and their staff!