From art of fight­ing to Art of liv­ing

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Nation - Ra­jesh Ahuja ra­jesh.ahuja@hin­dus­tan­times.com n

Reel­ing un­der a bit­ter feud at the top, which has re­sulted in two top of­fi­cers of the agency, di­rec­tor Alok Ku­mar Verma and his im­me­di­ate deputy Rakesh Asthana, be­ing divested of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) is try­ing to “im­prove pos­i­tiv­ity, en­hance syn­ergy and gen­er­ate a healthy at­mos­phere” through a three-day work­shop or­gan­ised by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion.

On Fri­day, the agency said in a state­ment that the work­shop would be or­gan­ised at CBI head­quar­ters and around 150 of­fi­cers – from the rank of in­spec­tor to act­ing di­rec­tor M Nagesh­war Rao – will par­tic­i­pate in it.

“The pur­pose of the work­shop is to im­prove pos­i­tiv­ity, en­hance syn­ergy and gen­er­ate a healthy at­mos­phere in the agency and mo­ti­vate staff to achieve their full po­ten­tial,” said CBI spokesper­son Ab­hishek Dayal.

The de­ci­sion to or­gan­ise the work­shop was taken only few days ago to fight the neg­a­tiv­ity that the bit­ter feud at the top has gen­er­ated, said an agency official who spoke on the con­di­tion of anonymity. “It will help to gen­er­ate ca­ma­raderie in the agency.”

“We of­fered to or­gan­ise the work­shop a few months back along with other or­gan­i­sa­tions. But the agency got back to us only now (af­ter the di­rec­tor and spe­cial di­rec­tor were divested of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties). May be they re­alised the im­por­tance...,” says Gau­rav Verma, trainer at the Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion, who will be con­duct­ing the work­shop. The work­shop starts Satur­day. Verma said the work­shop works at two lev­els, per­sonal and in­sti­tu­tional. “At the per­sonal level, we will help the of­fi­cers to deal with health is­sues, es­pe­cially stress. Other things that we look to do is to build sharp­ness of in­tel­lect and pres­ence of mind... At the in­sti­tu­tional level we work on build­ing trust in­side the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Verma and Asthana did not re­spond to queries on their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Act­ing di­rec­tor Nagesh­war Rao, who will par­tic­i­pate, didn’t re­spond to a call and a mes­sage.

The three­day work­shop will be held at CBI head­quar­ters.

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