oppn parties Just Anti-Left, Not Improving Work Culture

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  • Trouble brews in Bihar JD(U)-BJP alliance as Bihar police asks special branch officers to keep tabs on RSS activities
  • Trust vote in Karnataka assembly today. With rebel MLAs deciding to stay away after the SC order, the Congress-JD(S) government is likely to fall as it does not have the numbers
  • Amit Shah says the government will identify and deport illegal immigrants from all parts of the country
  • Reports from Pakistan confirm that Hafiz Saeed has been arrested and sent to jail
  • After the SC order, Karnataka Speaker says he will go by the Constitution in deciding on the resignations of the 16 MLAs
  • Rebel MLAs say they will not attend the trust vote on Thursday
  • Supreme Court rules that rebel MLAs cannot be forced to attend the assembly and vote in the floor test
  • Both the Centre and the Assam government have sought re-verification of up to 20% of draft NRC data
  • Pakistan opens its airspace for Indian planes
  • Dilapidated building collapses in Mumbai, killing more than 10 people while many were still trapped
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict to be delivered today by the ICJ
  • A Vistara flight landed in Lucknow with just 5 to 10 minutes of fuel left in the tank
  • Supreme Court to decide on Karnataka MLAs plea today
  • Karnataka alliance to face floor test on Thursday
  • China says that the next Dalai Lama will be appointed by it
International Court of Justice agrees with India, stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution. It asks Pakistan to allow consular access to the accused.
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Just Anti-Left, Not Improving Work Culture

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Pre-emptive move by Bengal government
In her efforts to foil a victory for Left unions, Mamata Banerjee has done something that was hitherto unthinkable in Bengal. She has moved in to pre-empt state government employees from taking an extended weekend holiday in the light of the strike call on 2nd September given by all unions in India.

Attendance made compulsory
Since 2nd September is Friday, the state government anticipated application for leave from 1st to 5th of the month. In a swift move, the government cancelled every kind of leave for its staff on Thursday, 1st September and Monday 5th September, apart from making attendance compulsory on 2nd, the day of the expected strike.

Anti-Left stance
Mamata’s opposition to anything connected with the Left had meant that she had always made attendance mandatory for government staff on the day any strike call is given by Left parties; in addition to employing the full might of the state to foil such a bandh.

A first for the state
But given that the Bengali is bitten by the travel bug, cancelling leave on the days preceding and following the bandh day was something unheard of in Bengal. Employees would make plans for an extended holiday around the bandh day and leaves would be granted in the usual course. This is a first for the state that the staff is being prevented from taking extended leave in such a circumstance.

Not a measure to improve work culture
Not much, apart from didi’s ultra anti-Left stance can be read into this as Mamata has been easy with adding new holidays to the state calendar. Hence, it would be too early to cheer this measure as a move towards improving the atrocious work culture in the state. This measure can at best be said to be a one-off designed as a politically expedient move.