Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Tuesday issued a circular to all government offices in the state, stating that government officials are not expected to attend meetings by opposition leaders, including members of Parliament, Legislative Assembly, and other non-government members.
The circular states that as per a circular dated March 11, 2016, all departments of government offices have been directed that only the ministers of government have the power to oversee administrative work and to issue orders to the concerned officers by convening a meeting or inviting them for an official visit.
However, no such powers are given to non-government members, such as opposition leaders of the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council. Therefore, government officials are not expected to attend meetings or visits organized by such non-official members / Members of Parliament/Members of the Legislative Assembly.
The circular also mentions that to avoid problems in the public interest as well as problems in disposal of public works, the District Collector should ask for a list of pending works from the members of the district who are willing to make the call. A meeting to expedite the disposal of pending works in the constituency.
Also, one day of each month should be fixed and a meeting should be held with the concerned government officials. The Member of Parliament / Member of Legislative Assembly concerned should also be invited for this meeting to discuss.
All the departments of various ministries are advised to bring these instructions to the notice of the heads of all the departments/offices under their administrative control and strictly follow the instructions in the circulars.