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Marathon meet in Haryana

How will one feel, as a senior officer, when he is supposed to sit the whole day to attend a marathon meeting with the chief minister of a state and other Cabinet ministers along with his seniormost colleagues. Obviously, it will be tiring. The new dispensation in Haryana does not care much for the comfort and dipping efficiency of the officers. Haryana officials have not seen such a long session of meetings ever. The Haryana government has never believed in meetings. The trend in the government had been such that the chief minister or the chief secretary would brief the agenda on a one-to-one basis and the respective heads of departments would hold a meeting to implement the briefed agenda. Manohar Lal Khattar, the current Chief Minister of Haryana, has reversed the trend in the last week of March. He called a full-day meeting of the Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners of Haryana. It was the longest-ever meeting of bureaucrats to discuss the agenda of the state. The meeting is said to have started at 9.30 in the morning and finished at 9.30 in the evening. Bureaucrats were perplexed at the change in attitude of the new government. Though lunch and tea were served, yet sitting for such an extended period was a herculean task. After the meeting, some of the officers were complaining of headaches, backaches and swollen feet. A lady officer, while exiting the meeting, remarked to her colleague, “Why are you looking so fatigued? Just think that we all travelled from Delhi to New York.” Everybody laughed.

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