32nd RDC locks up PWD office for prolonged absence of EE

From Our Correspondent

PASIGHAT, Feb 28: People of Rumgong sub-division of East Siang district under the banner of 32nd Rumgong Development Committee (32nd RDC) staged peaceful dharna in front of Rumgong PWD EE office on Friday demanding action against EE allegedly for remaining absent since long.

The 32nd RDC,  in a representation to PWD secretary, sought immediate action against the EE for his prolonged absence from office and doing his official duties from his Pasighat residence, around 100-km away from his office.

Accusing him of negligence to duty that affected development activities of the area, they said that the aggrieved public locked up the office gate as a mark of protest.

Rumgong-based Sirit Banggo Students’ Union (SBSU) in July 2019 had also written to Siang DC seeking action against the EE which had not yielded any result, claimed SBSU sources.

It may be mentioned here that “willful absence from duty after the expiry of leave renders a Government servant liable to disciplinary action. Government of India decisions also exist that a Government servant who remains absent without any authority should be proceeded against immediately and this should not be put off till the absence exceeds the limit prescribed in Rule 32(2) (a) of the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972.

“The consequences and procedure to be followed in respect of an officer who is absent from duty without any authority has been brought out under FR 17(1) and 17-A. As per FR 17-A (iii) without prejudice to the provisions of Rule 27 of the Central Civil Services (Pension) Rules, 1972, remaining absent without any authority or deserting the post, shall be deemed to cause an interruption or break in the service of the employee, unless otherwise decided by the competent authority for the purpose of leave travel concession, quasi-permanency and eligibility for appearing in department examinations, for which a minimum period of continuous service is required.

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