An officer in one civil service department has revealed that he and his colleagues were required to attend the PM’s Jelajah event on Saturday despite it being their day off.
From his section, he noticed that a couple of hundred of his colleagues were required to attend. A couple of hundred more could have come from other sections of his department, he said. He was also given the orange ‘Janti ditepati’ T-shirts but he did not wear it.
Many of them, he said, would be worried about eventually receiving a show-cause letter for not attending the event. In the past, those who failed to attend such functions would have had to produce a reason for not attending (medical cert, showing proof they were on leave during that time, etc) such functions.
This particular officer said he was not manning the booths but just sitting among the participants in the main tent.
Unlike similar events in the past, this time the officers were requested to wear ‘smart casual’ rather than their uniforms. “In 90 per cent of such functions in the past, we would be required to wear our uniforms.” Later, in casual conversations with his colleagues, he said they felt one possible reason for the ‘smart casual’ instruction was to give the impression of a large turnout by the public.
If you are a civil servant who had to attend this or other similar events, do share with us your experience.