A Nagaland Government vehicle. (Morung Photo: For representational purposes only)
Wokha, November 19 (MExN): In a first, the Wokha district administration has notified all officials under its jurisdiction to prevent “unauthorized or illegal use of government vehicles” by children or other unauthorized persons.
The Extra Assistant Commissioner (EAC), Wokha Tumpen P Tsanglao “brought to the attention” all the officials provided with Government vehicles that no children or unauthorized persons are allowed to drive the vehicles for any purpose, other than performing Government official duty by the concerned official, informed a DIPR report.
It has further informed that the concerned officials provided with government vehicles will be held accountable for any misuse of the same, the report informed.
The EAC issued the same based on memorandum received from the Transport Department, Government of Nagaland.
Incidentally, the Transport Department issued a circular on October 3 stating that “government vehicles attached to officials for the sole purposes of performing government duties are driven around by children/unauthorized persons undermining the purpose.”
The notification appears to be a first follow-up action after the circular. Incidentally, upping its ante against ‘VIP culture,’ a Cabinet meeting of the newly installed People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) on April 16 this year adopted several measures to curb the practices.
Among others, it stated that legislators and bureaucrats can neither attend public functions as chief guest nor make donations and announcements of monetary grants.
However, dignitaries and officials from outside Nagaland will be well received and hospitality extended as per protocols, the report said. The Cabinet also resolved that PDA members will not receive gifts and presentations in public functions and events and advised for “flowers and bouquets” at the time and point of arrival for the programme but not during the functions.
On the matter of protection of wildlife, the Cabinet also directed that no manner of presentations of wildlife and wild life produce should be received or prepared at functions for meals, feasts etc. How much it is being adhered to, is however, a everybody’s guess.