As many as 21 employees of the Punjab animal husbandry department were on Tuesday found absent from their duties during a surprise check.
The surprise check was conducted by animal husbandry department secretary VK Meena on the instructions of animal husbandry minister Gulzar Singh Ranike to ensure punctuality and accountability of employees to their duty and general public, an official release said here. The minister has issued instructions to seek explanation from the erring employees and initiate departmental action against them, it said.
Ranike said he had already instructed the secretary to ensure timeline for disposal of official files and asked him to work out a computerised monitoring system.
Among the 21 employees wre clerks and peons posted at different branches of the department.