Chief Secy’s visit takes secretariat staff by surprise

 Following complaints of staff not being regular the Chief Secretary B Vijayan, paid a surprise tour to all the departments of the secretariat on Thursday. While the ‘walk around’ the secretariat by the chief secretary did not result in him firing or suspending any of the staff, the visit came as a surprise to many of the secretariat staff, who did not expect the chief secretary to come and pay them a visit.

“He just took a walk around the secretariat in all the departments to see how many chairs are occupied by the staff or not,” a source from the secretariat said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister awarded two under secretaries with letters of appreciation for their regular presence in office. The two officers N P Signapurkar, who is the Under Secretary Personnel (II) and S G Marathe, Joint Secretary Law were rewarded on the basis of how regularly the fingerprint reader recorded their presence. [H]