"Kalam Band" protest of Chhattisgarh Public Relations Officers Association receives great response, offices remain closed across the state

Raipur: Officials of the state public relations department staged a protest against the posting of a junior officer of the state administrative service on the post of Director of Public Relations stating that it is against the rules. This is for the first time in the last 20 years in Chhattisgarh state when the department officials went on a protest.  

Supported by the Chhattisgarh State Gazetted Officers Association, this “Kalam band” protest of the Chhattisgarh Public Relations Officers Association was proven to be a complete success. No official information, news, releases, and advertisements have been issued by the public relations department in the entire state. Besides, the Chhattisgarh State Gazetted Officers Association strongly supported these demands of the Public Relations Department and staged a protest in the entire state by putting a black band.

Keeping in view the importance of the swearing-in ceremony of the Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court and the honor of the post of Governor, the Governor’s office press cell was kept aside from the protest. Similarly, in view of the law and order situation in Kawardha, Kawardha District Public Relations Office was also kept free from this protest in the public interest.

On the call of the Chhattisgarh Public Relations Officers Association, there was a complete lockdown in all the public relations offices of the state including the state capital. The historical effect of this protest was seen in all the public relations offices across the state. In the Directorate of Public Relations and all the public relations offices, the attendance of all the staff including officers and employees remained zero and the offices remained closed.

Hundreds of members of the Chhattisgarh State Gazetted Officers Association, under the strong leadership of President Kamal Verma strongly supported the demands of the Chhattisgarh Public Relations Officers Association and showed a tremendous demonstration by putting up a black band as a part of the protest.

A demand was made for the immediate removal of the junior officer of the State Administrative Service from the post of Director. Chhattisgarh State Gazetted Officers Association President Kamal Verma said that there is no dearth of qualified officers in all departments. In such a situation, the appointment of officers of the State Administrative Service to the post of Head of the Department is against the rules as well as insulting for the senior officers of the department.

He added that it is very important to stand against this injustice, otherwise state administrative officers will be appointed in all the departments.

Gazetted officers are the backbone of all the departments of the government, they cannot be ignored like this. All gazette officers are united against this injustice. Chhattisgarh Gazetted Officers Association has demanded that if the state government does not take immediate action by taking cognizance of the demands of the union, then the Gazetted Officers Association will be compelled to launch a fierce agitation at the state level in the future.

The Chhattisgarh Public Relations Officers Association has demanded that in case of non-posting of an IAS officer, according to the rules, the senior departmental officer should be posted on the post of Public Relations Director, but in any case, it is not right to post a State Administrative Service officer.

The Public Relations Officers Association has made it clear that even after this protest, the officers-employees will work only by wearing black bands till the demands are not fulfilled and if the demands are not met soon, this movement will be intensified.