At least a dozen idle babus of the Himachal Pradesh government have been caught playing cards in the state secretariat premises during office hours.
A local newspaper report said the secretariat administration has been receiving complaints for some time about unruly employees flouting rules and playing cards in the premises.
A raid party swooped in and caught the dozen or so fellows playing cards with great gusto.They are said to be mostly drivers and peons.A probe has been ordered into the incident,sources said.
Unlike the rest of the state government employees, staffers of the state secretariat cannot be transferred.Due to this many are often absconding from work even as the files pile up.
But they have been reined in to some extent with the help of technology by the state government during the past year or so with the starting of biometric system.
Despite opposition this system now makes it compulsory for incoming and outgoing babus to punch in at the entrance.Late comers and early leavers end up in trouble.
Some say some of the frustrated office caged babus have now taken to card playing in a big way and hence the action by the state government.
In the past there have even been incidents of liquor consumption and gambling in the secretariat premises.
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