Bhubaneswar, November 18 (LocalWire): Addressing someone as Bhai or brother may be an expression of camaraderie and traditional practice in the state, but it cost one the junior staff from the animal husbandry and veterinary services dear if they use it to address a senior colleague.
In an etiquette initiative, the Directorate of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services has issued a circular asking the subordinates to refrain from using such expression saying that it is against the office decorum.
The authorities have also justified the circular saying that, “it has been issued in accordance with Odisha government servant conduct rules.”
“The junior-level officers of the directorate and in field officers are not maintaining official decorum in dealing with their superiors even in the presence of higher authorities.
The technical officers are calling Bhai to their superior officers like chief district veterinary officers and sub-divisional veterinary officers (SDVOs) and joint director level 1,” the circular issued on 16 November stated.
The circular further stated that it was not proper on the part of any government official to address the higher authority as Bhai during office hours and in the office premises, irrespective of their personal relationships.
“This leads to not only violation of the Odisha government service conduct rules, 1959, but also amounts to insubordination,” it said.
“It is therefore ordered that all concerned should be careful about maintaining official decorum in office premises and during duty hours in dealing with or addressing the superior officers henceforth.
Any deviation in this matter will be viewed seriously and stringent disciplinary action as deemed proper will be initiated against the defaulting officer under Odisha government servant conduct rules,” the circular stated.
Commenting on the circular Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Director Ratnakar Rout said that there was nothing wrong with it. “It is intended to maintain decorum in the offices,” he said.
“We have come across several instances of breach of discipline and decorum of this nature. The address of this nature is not only offensive, but it also vitiates the work culture.
That’s why the circular had to be officially issued to discipline the government servants,” he said.