Bet­ter Be At Red Fort On I-Day, Of­fi­cials Told

Terming ab­sen­teeism in­ap­pro­pri­ate, cabi­net secy asks all in­vited of­fi­cers to at­tend for­mal cer­e­mony Sinha writes to sec­re­taries seek­ing full at­ten­dance on Au­gust 15 event

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: Cabi­net sec­re­tary PK Sinha has taken a se­ri­ous note of ab­sen­teeism at In­de­pen­dence Day flag hoist­ing cer­e­mony at Red Fort and di­rected all sec­re­taries to en­sure full at­ten­dance at the na­tional func­tion.

In a let­ter writ­ten to all sec­re­taries, Sinha has said that of­fi­cers who are in­vited to at­tend the cer­e­mony should be present but the at­ten­dance is usu­ally very thin.

“The In­de­pen­dence Day flag hoist­ing cer­e­mony at the Red Fort is an im­por­tant his­toric and na­tional func­tion held ev­ery year on 15th of Au­gust. Con­sid­er­ing the im­por­tance of this na­tional func­tion at which the prime min­is­ter ad­dresses the na­tion, it is ex­pected that all of­fi­cers who are in­vited at­tend the cer­e­mony,” Sinha said in the let­ter, adding, “It has been ob­served that there is, at times, low at­ten­dance of the­of­fi­cial­in­vi­teestothe­cer­e­mony.”

Terming ab­sen­teeism at the cer­e­mony “in­ap­pro­pri­ate”, Sinha asked all sec­re­taries to en­sure that in­vited of­fi­cers at­tend the for­mal cer­e­mony where the PM gives a speech and hoists the tri­colour. “This is in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­sid­er­ing that the oc­ca­sion is of great na­tional im­por­tance. Thereis,clearly,aneed­tore­mindthe of­fi­cers that it is their duty to at­tend the In­de­pen­dence Day cer­e­mony. You may suit­ably ad­vise all of­fi­cers of your min­istry/depart­ment, who are in­vited to the In­de­pen­dence Day cer­e­mony, to at­tend the func­tion,” he said in the let­ter.

The cabi­net sec­re­tary also di­rected the sec­re­taries to cau­tion the of­fi­cers that ab­sence would not be taken lightly. “You may also like to cau­tion them that a se­ri­ous view can be taken of their ab­sence on this oc­ca­sion,” he said.

All min­istries have swung into ac­tion fol­low­ing re­ceipt of the cabi­net sec­re­tary’s let­ter, with sec­re­taries ask­ing for a list of of­fi­cers who are ex­pected to at­tend. These of­fi­cials have been asked to be manda­to­rily present at Red Fort for the func­tion.

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