Revenue officials will have to wear ID cards soon

Dec 5, 2017

Mysuru: Revenue officials in Mysuru will have to wear identity cards while working in offices on the lines of IT sector from mid-December.

In the wake of recent incident of misuse of office by revenue inspectors at Mysuru taluk office, deputy commissioner D Randeep has decided to make wearing ID cards mandatory for all officials working with the revenue wing at deputy commissioner’s office and taluk offices. The ID cards have to be worn during work time. It must be produced when higher authorities demand it during their visit.

This will restrict entry of unauthorized or private individuals entering government offices and checking records. Five officials have been accused of misusing their offices by allowing their aides to handle official works on their behalf and to use their office space. They have been issued show cause notices.

“I was surprised and shocked to hear the news of private persons working at Mysuru taluk office without any formal procedure,” said Randeep.

“I have sought a report from Mysuru tahsildar Ramesh Babu on how unauthorized people were allowed to work in his office and why he failed to check the illegal entry,” he said.

There is a rule that all government officials should wear identity cards at work places, but not many have been following it. Had this been implemented strictly, there wouldn’t have been any alleged ‘illegal’ entry to the government office in Mysuru. 

 Randeep said he would direct the revenue staff in the district to wear ID cards approved and signed by the deputy commissioner or head of the revenue wing concerned around their necks. It should be properly visible to officers and also to the public.

Randeep said the rule will be strictly implemented within two weeks. This apart, biometric attendance system should be in place at all revenue departments to ensure that officers arrive on time for work.

Criminal caseAfter taking Mysuru tahsildar Ramesh Babu to task for reportedly allowing unauthorized people to work in his office, the DC directed Babu to book criminal cases against those entering public offices and checking revenue records.