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Minister for pay-cut for absent staff

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Press Trust of India Lucknow
Perturbed over late arrival and absence of departmental employees, Uttar Pradesh agriculture minister Surya Pratap Shahi today said that one-day salary of employees found absent will be deducted.

"After the formation of the Yogi Adityanath government in UP, our main endeavour was to change the work culture and replace with a healthy work culture.

"Prior to this, I had conducted a surprise inspection some months back. I thought that the situation would have improved, as there was a gap. There has been some improvements. But, some persons were found absent today. There details are being analysed and one-day salary of employees found absent will be deducted," he said.

Shahi was talking to reporters after conducting a surprise inspection at Krishi Nideshalaya here.

He said that an explanation in this regard would also be sought from in-charge officers of the absent employees.

"Last time, on the request on employees union, we had adjusted the absence of the employees with the holidays, so that there is no pay cut. I accepted it. But, if this happens repeatedly, then this is not acceptable and action will be taken against the chronic cases," Shahi said.

The UP minister also said that biometric attendance system is being installed in the departmental offices.

"The ground reality is indeed disturbing and we will take stringent action against habitual offenders. There should be no pendency of work and all works must be completed within the stipulated deadline," he said after inspection of Krishi Nideshalaya.

On April 10, 2017, after the formation of the Adityanath government in the state, Shahi had rapped government officials over low punctuality and poor attendance and asked them to come out of the "holiday hangover" of the previous government.

"The quantum of laxity in the office is very high. It is absolutely unjustified. The attendance in the office was very low. Those who have been marked absent today will face one-day pay cut," Shahi had then said.

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First Published: Jan 30 2018 | 2:00 PM IST

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