Don’t tolerate negligence of duty

Home Minister Bamang Felix, who also holds the portfolios of rural development (RD) and panchayati raj (PR), recently urged the officials of the two departments to feel happy to serve in the rural areas of the state. Around the same time, Anini MLA Mopi Mihu also made a similar kind of statement when he requested the heads of departments (HoD) and other government officials of his constituency to remain in their designated places to work for the development of Dibang Valley district. The two statements are of immense importance and it shows that the lawmakers are concerned over government officials remaining absent from their places of posting.
Especially in the interior parts of state, the officials posted mostly remain absent. This causes a lot of trouble to the villagers and also hampers the implementation of developmental projects at the grassroots level. On humanitarian ground, when someone is unwell, he/she has the right to take leave and be away from duty. But it is absolutely wrong to remain absent without any valid reasons. Also, the practice of setting up camp offices in the district headquarters and the capital complex should be avoided. The offices should function from the places where they are created. The state government should take strict action against government officials remaining absent from their places of posting. Such negligence of duty should not be tolerated.