An outside view of the CBI headquarters, in New Delhi October 24.(PTI Photo)
An outside view of the CBI headquarters, in New Delhi October 24.(PTI Photo)

CBI goes for Art of Living’s synergy workshop after war in agency

The three-day workshop will start on November 10.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajesh Ahuja
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2018 11:31 PM IST

Reeling under a bitter feud at the top, which has resulted in two top officers of the agency, director Alok Kumar Verma and his immediate deputy Rakesh Asthana, being divested of their responsibilities, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is trying to “improve positivity, enhance synergy and generate a healthy atmosphere” through a three-day workshop organised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation.

On Friday, the agency said in a statement that the workshop would be organised at CBI headquarters and around 150 officers – from the rank of inspector to acting director M Nageshwar Rao – will participate in it.

“The purpose of the workshop is to improve positivity, enhance synergy and generate a healthy atmosphere in the agency and motivate staff to achieve their full potential,” said CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal.

The decision to organise the workshop was taken only few days ago to fight the negativity that the bitter feud at the top has generated, said an agency official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It will help to generate camaraderie in the agency.”

“We offered to organise the workshop a few months back along with other organisations. But the agency got back to us only now (after the director and special director were divested of their responsibilities). May be they realised the importance...,” says Gaurav Verma, trainer at the Art of Living Foundation, who will be conducting the workshop. The workshop starts Saturday. Verma said the workshop works at two levels, personal and institutional. “At the personal level, we will help the officers to deal with health issues, especially stress. Other things that we look to do is to build sharpness of intellect and presence of mind... At the institutional level we work on building trust inside the organisation.”

Verma and Asthana did not respond to queries on their participation.

Acting director Nageshwar Rao, who will participate, didn’t respond to a call and a message

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