26 September 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Pressure tactics

Pressure tactics It’s not surprising to learn that babus spare no efforts to wrangle a stint abroad. The chief attraction of course is the special allowance which can range from Rs 70,000 per month to Rs 1.15 lakh per month. But the Ministry for External Affairs (MEA) is clearly unhappy with the situation since it bears the brunt of the “pressure” from powerful babus and politicians. Deciding enough’s enough, recently, the MEA has sent a list of 945 officials to chief secretaries of states asking for punitive action against them for exerting inappropriate pressure on the ministry for a posting in Saudi Arabia for Haj this year. According to sources, Sanjay Singh, secretary east, has written to all states saying that exerting extraneous pressure is in violation of service rules, besides being against the principal of ‘fairness and transparency’. All very well, of course, but who’s going to tell the netas?

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