Nitish rounds up IAS officers over late office arrivals

PATNA | Updated: 20 September, 2023 5:13 pm IST
Nitish Kumar will be conducting such surprise inspections every week

PATNA: Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar conducted a surprise inspection of government offices in the state secretariat in Patna on Wednesday to check upon the daily workings of the administration.

Kumar discovered that many officials had yet not arrived in the office during his visit. He rounded up every official who was inside the secretariat and quizzed them on the whereabouts of the other officials.

The CM then conducted the same routine at the Cabinet secretariat, where he found that many officials and ministers were also absent at 9:30 am, when the office is supposed to be up and running.

To ensure the proper functioning of both secretariats in a judicious and timely manner, Kumar vowed to visit the cabinet secretariat at 9:30 am for three days every week and the state secretariat for the other two days.

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“You will find me here for three days and at the (state) secretariat for the other two days,” the chief minister told the media.

According to sources, the inspection was undertaken because of a recent incident in which Lok Sabha MP Lalan Singh arrived late for an event at the cabinet secretariat last week. Kumar had already arrived and was waiting for Singh, who arrived only after Kumar had left.

After the inspection, Kumar continued to oversee the daily and future works of his JDU-RJD coalition government in his office.

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