Govt officers don’t pick up calls, complain Haryana legislators to Speaker

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Govt officers don’t pick up calls, complain Haryana legislators to Speaker

Friday, 22 May 2020 | MANOJ KUMAR | Chandigarh

Haryana legislators on Thursday complained to Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta that Government officers did not pick up their calls.

Some legislators told the Speaker that government officers ignore their calls when they contact them to address the concerns of the people of their constituency.

To know the work being done to fight against Covid-19 outbreak and steps being taken to facilitate the people during lockdown in each constituency of the State, Haryana Speaker called a meeting of State MLAs through video conferencing on Thursday.

Talking to The Pioneer over the Phone, Speaker said that 40 legislators were called to attend the meeting through video conferencing but 32 of them attended. Remaining legislators would attend such meeting on Friday.

He said that legislators raised the issue of not attending their phone calls by Government officers. In the meeting, some MLAs said that large numbers of people approach them for the redressal of their grievances but Government officers does not pick up their calls.

They are facing difficulties to address people’s concerns during ongoing nationwide lockdown.

On this, Speaker asked legislators to submit a written complaint against such Government officers, at his office. Such complaints would be brought before Privilege Committee.

As per Privilege Committee’s decision, action will be taken against such officers.

Gupta said that legislators are the representative of the people and they have the right to put the issues of the people before the government officers. If any Government officer does not pick up their phone calls, then it is a breach of privilege of legislators. In this meeting, Speaker also discussed about the formation of committees to be made by the assembly for the next one year. MLAs gave suggestions regarding committees.

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