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RTI plea: Most SRA staff are latecomers

Atul Patankar

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Atul Patankar

As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Nov 3, 2011


MUMBAI: Government work is often likened to being sluggish. Now, a Right to Information application has shown reasons for the slow pace of work. RTI activist Milind Muley, who sought attendance information from the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA), found that almost everyone comes late to work; many are perpetual offenders who walk in hours later than the stipulated official time.


Attendance records for July and August show that just a handful of staff members land up on time. In July, 156 of the 163 SRA employees reported late. In the next month, 158 of the 167 staff members registered attendance later than the official duty hour.


Last year, Muley had also accessed attendance records of the Mhada staffers; he found that there, too, most employees came late to work. Then, the RTI response had revealed that the housing board loses 3,436 man hours a month.


"The epidemic of reporting late is prevalent in so many government departments, forcing the public to wait for hours before the officer lands up in office. This obviously delays work," said Muley.


SRA CEO S S Zende said that he was appalled at the kind of information people were seeking without really knowing the kind of work that went on in his department. "We are more than just a planning authority. Our officers have to travel to sites for inspections. Also, one has to be fair, most of our employees leave late," he said.


Muley wondered how everyone had to visit sites almost every day. "I feel this is just an excuse to land up late in office. I have written to the CM and I hope he will instruct the housing secretary to take stern action against the guilty under the said rules," said Muley.

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