Kannada Development Authority (KDA) chairman Mukhya Mantri Chandru, who was allegedly humiliated by Chief Postmaster General (Karnataka Circle) Hilda Abraham when the KDA officials visited her office, has decided to write to Union Minister for Communication and Information Technology Kapil Sibal on the conduct of the officer.
“On Friday, I will write to the minister urging him to direct the Department officials to implement the rules framed by the state. Officials working in central government offices know these rules,” he said. Chandru also requested Chief Minister Siddaramiah too write to the Centre in this regard.
On Wednesday, Chandru, along with other KDA officials, visited the Chief Postmaster General’s office on Palace Road as part of a routine inspection.
The official allegedly misbehaved and asked Chandru and team to leave the place. An irked Chandru too criticised her and the two had an argument.
“There is a Union government rule to adopt a three-language formula in all Central government offices. This means communication should be made in all the three languages - Hindi, English and the regional language. The name plates, letterheads and also stamp seal should be in three languages. But when we visited the postal department offices, we found Kannada was missing in their boards and letterheads. When we questioned, she (Hilda) did not have the courtesy to reply. Instead, she asked us why we were there and told us to leave the place,” he said.
Chandru said the KDA wrote to the postal department 10 days prior to the visit.
“We did not go without intimation. But she humiliated us. I have the power to inspect their offices. It is her duty to respond to our queries. However, she apologised and assured us that the rules will be adopted within two months,” he said.