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CM pays surprise visit to offices, many suspended

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, MAY 20. Fiftytwo Government employees, including a Joint Director in the Department of the Social Welfare and a Deputy Commissioner and an Assistant Commissioner of Commercial Taxes were found absent when the Chief Minister, Mr. S. M. Krishna, paid surprise visit to their offices on Saturday.

The Chief Minister instructed the heads of departments to initiate disciplinary action against the unauthorised absentees and suspend them from service.

The Chief Minister, who left his official residence, Anugraha, at 10.25 a.m. visited the Directorate of Sericulture, the Directorate of social Welfare, Women and Children Welfare Department, the Directorate of Printing, Publication and Stationery and the Department of Commercial Taxes and checked about the presence of Government employees in their offices and observation of punctuality by them.

It was found that 28 employees of the Commercial Taxes Department, six employees of the Women and Child Welfare Department, eight employees of the Directorate of Sericulture and nine employees of the Department of Social Welfare were absent without applying for leave or obtaining the consent of their heads of departments.

Mr. Krishna instructed the Deputy Secretary (Grievances), DPAR, to examine the records of the absentees and initiate disciplinary action against them.

Following the instructions of the Chief Minister, the Sericulture Department has suspended eight employees who were found absent when Mr. Krishna visited the directorate.

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