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
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.