Published On: Fri, Jun 5th, 2015

K’taka govt to withdraw controversial circular to its women employees

Bengaluru: Karnataka government on Thursday blamed clerical error for a controversial government circular directing women employees not to “unnecessarily” loiter around.

Karnataka Law Minister T B Jayachandra

Karnataka Law Minister T B Jayachandra

Karnataka Law Minister T B Jayachandra said it would be withdrawn.

The circular also asked officers and employees to practice discipline at work and warned them of action against gathering in groups, talking loudly on mobile phone and unnecessarily walking in the corridors during office hours in the Assembly.

It says “some officials and employees of this Secretariat are still found gathering in groups, talking loudly on mobile phone, and women employees unnecessarily walk in the corridors during office hours. This type of behaviour will not only disturb official functioning but also reflects indiscipline.”

Referring to an earlier circular issued in 2011 that warns of action against such activities considering it as “disturbance to official functioning and indiscipline”, the Secretariat on May 21 has issued the fresh circular in this regard.

It also called on the officials and employees to cooperate in official activities by following “self- discipline”.

Hitting out at the Karnataka government over sexist wording circular, Jayachandra said on Thursday “It applies to all, not exclusively for women, of course one word is mentioned about that. And in other two paras it is clearly mentioned all employees.”

The minister said, “we will re-issue covering all. It pricks us also, so we will correct it and issue again.”

TST

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