Gorakhpur based Sashastra Seema Bal Academy seeks to downgrade performance of officers, jawans for indiscipline of their children

In his reply, the officer also sought to underscore that children are upon their own instinct and can be guided but cannot be forced to do something the way one wants them to.

Published: 17th March 2017 08:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2017 08:42 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In an outlandish move, a Gorakhpur-based training centre of the Sashastra Seema Bal has issued a show cause notice to all the officers and jawans posted there asking them to explain why their performance appraisal reports should not be downgraded for the “indiscipline” of their children at regimental party.

Deputy Inspector General PS Chundawat of Regional Training Centre of SSB at Gorakhpur issued a memorandum on Wednesday asking all officers and jawans why their Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR)  for the year 2016-17 should not be downgraded and why they should not be transferred to other units in view of their “indiscipline” in controlling their children at a party. They have been asked to explain the two pointers within two days of receipt of the memo.

“It is observed that during the function organised at Lakeview Hall of RTC Gorakhpur on 09.03.17 there was no control over the children by their parents. Due to which the whole auditorium converted into a Children Park. This act shows lack of command and control of parents on their children whereas all were advised in verbal and written at the time other regimental functions to avoid such type of indiscipline act in future. But neither the Staff takes directions seriously nor followed duties of a citizen which is a clear cut example of casual attitude towards decorum of the force,” the DIG wrote in his memo.  

One of the officers who was served the memo has questioned the move saying, “More than anything I took it as a surprise that the efficiency of an officer is being judged not by performance in office but rather the activities of his children in functions and upon this basis only, I am being asked that why should I continue to be posted in an academy.”

“Sir, most humbly, I would like to project that if it is not easy, for you as person, to digest the chuckles of children, please do not ask the children and lady wives to come to such functions. It is also proposed to post only unmarried or single living officers, in the academy so that you need not issue such memorandums, in future, for mockery of the force.

In his reply, the officer also sought to underscore that children are upon their own instinct and can be guided but cannot be forced to do something the way one wants them to.

“So, I believe such type of Hitler mentality resembles the level of mental order of the officer issuing such memorandums.....Instead of responding to such memorandums, which I feel is filled with gross arrogance and beyond the ethics of etiquettes and use of threatening language, is a gross violation of good order and an offence under Section 28 read with Section 26 of SSB Act and Rules and very much unbecoming of a superior officer by setting such dirty exampoles,” said an officer in his communication to DG of the Force, DIG of the RTC, Grakhpur and DIG (Training).

Assistant Director (Information and Development) KK Karna at the SSB Headquarters here told the Express, “The personnel branch of the SSB Directorate has ordered an enquiry to ascertain the facts relating to the memorandum and suitable action will be taken after the enquiry report is finalised.”

SSB is the designated Central paramilitary that guards the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders.

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