Thursday, September 8, 2016

Un-uploaded replies

An assistant from A-Group of Question Branch came to me at 11.30 am with a list of un-uploaded replies to Parliament Questions (PQs) saying that ‘as senior most’ in E Group, I should obtain hard copies of the replies from the concerned ministries under the purview of Group E. I said that it might be convenient if he gives in writing upon which he replied that they have received such note from computer software branch of the Lok Sabha Secretariat. I told him to give me the same even if they are reluctant to give in writing. As a matter of fact, A Group is responsible for such matters over all the groups of question branch. The note was not received for about 45 minutes.

I had to find a precedent worth quoting in case I float a file over the issue. I remember the practice in question branch of issuing office memorandum to all ministries of Government of India before the commencement of every session of Lok Sabha. I obtained a copy of the same pertaining to the 9th session of 16th Lok Sabha from Shri Rajpal Singh, EO of C-Group. The OM inter alia, stated …. Soft copy of … may be sent to Computer (HW&SW) Branch, Lok Sabha Secretariat, under intimation of JS/AS of Director in charge of question branch.

I called up Shri Nilendu, EO incharge of A Group and tried to reason whether it would not be better to ask for the soft copy rather than the hard copy of the un-uploaded replies. He started narrating the issue in a round-a-bout way, about how the ministries are not co-operative in the matter even after repeated reminders,,, blah blah blah. He also tutored me about the fact that they had issued OM exclusively for uploading such replies during the very recent/2 days ago time. Immediately I asked him to give me a copy of the OM.  He said that he just wanted me to do the needful on my side, that if I am not interested in taking action I could leave it altogether. I tried to insist that I only wanted a copy to quote/refer to in case I have to issue instructions to the ministries. 

Thereupon the EO said that I was argumentative.

I went to ease myself and on my return, found a copy of the note dated 1.9.2016 from was lying on my table. Through the note the Computer (HW&SW) Branch requested Question Branch to expedite uploading of of 78 Starred and 214 Unstarred Questions.

It was not clear whether A Group had taken action on the note or not. There is nothing like written letter/OM or any instruction issued to the various ministries of the Government of India.
Immediately I checked out about Vijay Kumar and came to learn from a Jr Clerk that he was on leave till next Wednesday. I went to Shri GC Dobhal, DS , he was not on his seat. Back in my seat I called Shri Arun Kumar, US and there was no response. Perhaps even he was on leave.

All supervisory officers in-charge were on leave and the issue was brought up to me by A Group on the ground of me being the “senior most”

At last I called up Shri Rohilla of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance and asked him to expedite the case immediately.