When a minister or a bureaucrat desires to work from his office at Writers’ Building on a holiday or a day of general strike, he informs the guard a day in advance. Sahu ignore it and, thus, had to go back. “It was caused due to sheer inexperience of politics,” was the terse comment of Subhas Chakraborty, Minister for Transport and Sports, on the incident.
Apart from Chakraborty, the other ministers who came to the Writers’ Building included Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Minister for Finance Asim Dasgupta. The bureaucrats who came included Chief Secretary Amit Kiran Deb, Home Secretary Asok Mohan Chakrabarti, and Principal Secretary for Commerce and Industries Sabyasachi Sen.
Dasgupta, who skipped his official car and came to office by taking the pilot car, today reissued a circular—first issued in 200—¿which banned the use of official car on holidays. “We want to remind all government employees that use of government car on holidays is banned. And if one is compelled to use a government car for official purpose, he or she has to take permission of the finance secretary,” Dasgupta said. Apart from a handful of ministers and bureaucrats and employees, no other staff turned up.