Govt moves to remove VIP culture; Says no chief guests, donations in public functions

Govt moves to remove VIP culture; Says no chief guests, donations in public functions
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Dimapur, April 17: In its move against VIP culture, the PDA Government in Nagaland has decided the PDA members will abstain from attending functions as chief guest, as well as refrain from making donations and announce monetary grants while attending public programmes and functions.
This was decided in a PDA Cabinet meeting held on April 16 last. The meeting discussed the issue of removing VIP culture in the State and took the decision in its continued efforts to remove VIP culture, said a press release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO).
The Cabinet decided that PDA members will attend public functions, inaugurations, launching programmes, etc and can deliver speeches and exhortations and give information on Government programmes and policies of the State and Central Government. However monetary announcements and donations at public programmes and functions will not be done, it decided.
The Cabinet also decided that Government officials and employees of the State Government will not to attend functions as chief guest and will be disallowed from donating funds. They will also not be allowed to announce monetary grants at public functions, which is against service rules.
Government officials can give information related to Government policies, programmes and initiatives and participate in public functions as invitees and as resource persons but not as chief guests. However, dignitaries and officials from outside Nagaland will be well received and hospitality extended as per protocols, said the CMO press release.
Prefers fresh flowers
The Cabinet also decided that PDA members will not receive gifts and presentations in public functions and events. It was particularly against presentations of wildlife and wild life produce in functions.
However if presentation was necessary, the Cabinet preferred fresh flowers and bouquets over wildlife. “It is advised that flowers and bouquets – preferably fresh – may be received at the time and point of arrival at the programme venue while alighting from and no manner of presents should be received during the functions,” it advised.
On the matter of protection of wildlife, the Cabinet said all members of PDA including Government employees should make all-out effort to preserve and protect the environment, wildlife and fishes.
“No manner of presentations of wildlife and wild life produce should be received or prepared at functions for meals, feasts etc. All efforts must be made by the entire government machinery to preserve and protect the environment and wildlife in all its activities,” decided the Cabinet. (Page News Service)