TURA, Sep 03: The A’chik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJF), an NGO on Sunday submitted a plea to Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma highlighting negligence of duty by government servants and has sought for installation of biometric attendance system.
They have submitted a picture of a government office, where employees are seen playing cards during office hours.
In a release Director of AIJF Alex Sangma said, “In our visit to Water Resource Department, Sub-Division Phulbari in West Garo Hills on August 31, we witnessed employees of the aforesaid department alongwith some outsiders were playing cards (gambling) inside the office. The atmosphere inside the office was that of a Casino, where people were gambling for money”.
AIJF team was at the office around 11:45 am.
On the same day, they visited Tura North Sub-Division III, PWD Roads, Phulbari, wherein they found that none of the employees were present in the office at around 12:05 pm and it was only a lady chowkidar who was performing her duty.
They said that they had visited the office on several occasion and have found that the officials were not present.
Alex said that they have been constantly informing the concern department officials and the local MLA of the area Abu Taheer Mondal, speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Government of Meghalaya on the two offices negligence of duties but the employees seems to be not bothered.
In its memorandum to chief minister, AIJF has sought for “biometric attendance system” as a possible solution to curb the menace in all government offices. “A comprehensive biometric attendance system must be installed in all government offices to ensure that public offices and public funds are not misutilized and are conducive for the common public”, Alex said.
They also pointed that in 2014, Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) of Dalu, West Garo Hills, Meghalaya Power Distribution Corporation Limited (MePDCL) had been absconding from duty for over seven month.
The A’chik Indigenous Justice Initiative Forum (AIJIF) is a public spirited group with a prime objective of ensuring that public officials entrusted with public resources do not abuse same and the influence accruing from their offices, for personal gain.