Politicians are not the only ones in a holiday mood prior to counting of January 30 votes, results of which would be announced on March 6. Raids conducted on the directions of Mansa deputy commissioner CS Talwar found nearly 80% of staff in various departments absent from duty.
Six teams led by additional deputy commissioner Rajesh Kumar, district education officer (secondary) Harkawaljit Kaur, assistant commissioner Vijay Siyal, district revenue officer Sukhwinder Singh Dhillon, assistant civil surgeon Dr VK Khullar and district development and panchayat officer (DDPO) Sanjiv Kumar, inspected about 60 government offices, including hospitals and dispensaries, schools and colleges.
The deputy commissioner had ordered maintenance of entrance and exit record registers in all government offices, while the officers holding more than one charge were to maintain their attendance record in DC office.
But among those found absent during the raids, conducted earlier this week, were district employment exchange officer Kuljit Singh Dult, fisheries development officer Rajeshwar Kumar, district programme officer Naresh Kumar, district welfare officer Kuldip Singh, the excise and taxation officer (ETO) and the assistant ETO, the district mandi board officer and his staff, district forest officer Mewa Singh, DSE (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) Rakesh Kumar, and district food and supply controller Parveen Vij, eight of his subordinate inspectors and all other staff members.
At the water works and the sewerage board offices, the executive engineer and the sub-divisional officer were found absent, respectively. PSPCL executive engineer Udhaydeep Singh and its staff were also found absent.
SDOs at the drainage department and mandi board offices in Mansa and Budhlada were on the list of absentees too, along with their staff. Further, the block development and panchayat officer of Mansa was nowhere to be found in his office, while at NM College, English lecturer Manreet Kaur Sidhu was absent. At SD College, Hindi lecturer Kiran Bala was not present, according to officers at the district public relations office.
"Stringent action would be taken against those found guilty. The officers having more than one charge will have to maintain the registers and would have to specify their days of duty. The days specified by these officers would be noted in the records of the DC office," the deputy commissioner told HT.