Gurugram:Addressing newly recruited, Haryana Civil Services officers, who are undergoing foundation course in Haryana Institute of Public Administration, Gurugram ,.Pawan Kumar Bansal. Author, Journalist and Director of N.G.O, Citizens for Responsibility, Accountability and Transparency asked them to discharge their duties strictly according to rule book forgetting caste, creed, region and religious considerations. Bansal said that officers should develop better relations with media which will help them in running the administration smoothly and spreading Govt. policies. He gave them tips for cultivating good relations with media. Bansal said that officers should have close links with public also which is necessary in democracy .Besides they should have positive attitude towards solving the grievances of people particularly of women and senior citizens. He said that in case of crisis officer should stop spreading of rumours by using their contacts in public adding that if an officer had credibility that he was independent in his working then public at large support him. Talking about recent riots in Rohtak during reservation agitation , Bansal said that had the Deputy Commissioner of Rohtak and I.G. Police, Rohtak checked spread of rumours using their contacts in public more trouble could have been avoided ..Bansal said in Rohtak , mob was leaderless and with the virtually hiding of I.G. ,Police ,Rohtak in his house fearing attack by agitators the force was also leaderless resulting into looting and burning of Govt. and private properties. Bansal said that real test of an officer is at time of crisis. Author of three books on politics and culture of Haryana and tips for investigative journalism,. ,Bansal advised them to maintain a reasonable distance with politicians and never cross Laxman Rekha while dealing with them. Bansal said that officers should not fear politicians as they cannot persecute them beyond limit. On this occasion,Ashok Vashisth, O.S.D. of Institute and Director of Course said that tips given by a seasoned journalist will help the officers while they will join their duties in field.
H.C.S trainee, Anupama Malik thanked Mr. Bansal on behalf of all participants for giving them valuable tips.