Chandigarh confidential

...and the new royals

A Punjab cadre IAS officer posted as managing director of a corporation was given a dressing down by Chief Secretary Rakesh Singh, as he had converted a room in his office to a kitchen with a dining table. The duty of the Class IV employees was to serve the MD with breakfast in that room as per the menu provided by the officer every day. Then they would prepare lunch and serve him again. Since the officer stayed at a guesthouse, an employee was asked to go to the guesthouse at night with the MD's dinner. But now, all these privileges have been taken away by the chief secretary.

No complaints, Sir

A Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officer, currently holding an insignificant post in Chandigarh, flaunts a fleet of luxury vehicles. He had been in field postings throughout his career and was only recently shifted to the headquarters. With the permission of the state government, he had bought a BMW car, which his elder son drives. He has also taken permission from the government and bought an Audi for his younger son. He himself comes to his office in a Toyota Fortuner as he had not been given a official car by the government. But unlike other officers, he is not complaining.

No paper reading for Badal

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who is normally seen to speak extempore, was seen reading from sheets of paper during President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to the Panjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana last week. Badal, however, forgot what he was reading and repeated his lines once again.

Rubbing it in

The National Anthem was to be played the moment President Pranab Mukherjee was to enter the PAU auditorium last week. However, with the backstage team playing the recording a minute before, Vice-Chancellor B S Dhillon ran to get it switched off. However, the backstage team refused to learn a lesson — after playing the National Anthem once, they repeated the cassette again.

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