No More ‘Bhai’ Culture In Odisha Govt Offices

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to put a full stop on bhai-bhai culture, the Odisha government has issued a directive on maintaining office decorum and professional etiquette.

The Director of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services, in a letter to all Joint Directors, Chief Veterinary Officers and Special Secretary, has warned junior level officers of disciplinary action if found addressing their seniors as ‘bhai’ during officer hours. 

In the circular issued on Saturday (November 16), Director Ratnakar Rout noted that junior level officers of the Directorate and in field offices were not maintaining official decorum while dealing with their superiors even in presence of higher authority.

“The technical officers are calling ‘Bhai’ to their senior officers like SDVO/CDVO and Joint Director level-I. It is not proper on part of any of the government servant to address higher authority in this way, irrespective of whatever personal relation they are having among themselves during office hours or on office premises. This not only violates Odisha Government Servant Conduct Rules, 1959, but also amounts to insubordination,” he said.

The Director warned that violation of the directive will be viewed seriously and stringent disciplinary action will be initiated against the defaulting officer under Odisha Government Servant Conduct Rules.


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