Officials work on 2nd Oct

03 October 2009

Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is known to have worked 18 hours everyday for most of his life time. On his birthday the district revenue officials in Mangalore paid a befitting tribute to him by working on Oct 2 which is a general holiday.

The decision came after the Deputy Commissioner Mr. V.Ponnuraj had enthused them to do their bit to the nation by going an extra mile. About 500 officials of all ranks including clerks, village accountants, gram sahayaks, revenue inspectors, deputy tahsildars and assistant commissioners consented to the proposal and were present at their desks. But they did not just do their regular work, they took up a little more special work on today and cleaned the record room of the district office.

The Record room which is over 210 years (formed in 1799) during the time of Sir Thomas Munroe the first Deputy Commissioner of the Kanara District, is now under a blanket of dust. The record room has documents which belonged to the time when the district was formed. Due to the moisture and dust many of the documents were in very bad shape and they needed to be cleaned, recorded and preserved says Mr. Ponnuraj.

The Gandhi Jayanthi special drive gave the district adminsitration an additional work time of eight hours and they indexed over 13,000 files! According to the officials, however, there was no extra wages to the officials but the district administration has made it sure that they got afternoon lunch, evening tea and snacks!



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