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Bhaskar calling Bhaskar...

DC | Bala Chauhan | 28th Aug 2013

Bengaluru: Hilarious as it may be, but he has been corresponding with himself for the last 26 days as an officer wearing different hats.

As the Inspector General of Police, Internal Security Division, Bhaskar Rao has to write to IGP, Training, Bhaskar Rao that his men from the Karnataka State Industrial Security Force need to be sent for training for which the date should be fixed at the earliest.

He then goes back to the office of IGP, Training in Carlton House and replies to the letter that he had sent to himself a day before from his office as IGP, ISD on Richmond Road with the training schedule for the KSISF.

In a letter addressed to IGP, ISD, Bhaskar Rao states that in response to “your letter seeking dates for training of your men we are sending you the following schedule as under. This cannot be changed…” s/d IGP, Training, Bhaskar Rao.

And when the communication from the IGP, ISD is delayed, the pressure on IGP, Training mounts from the subordinate officers, who report to him that there’s been no communication from the other side.

IGP, ISD, Bhaskar Rao, an IPS officer of 1990 batch, has been corresponding and answering to his official mails since August 1 when the government handed him the additional charge of IGP, Training.

“I have to do my work and there has to be consistency in correspondence. There are times when I have to dictate a stern letter to myself beca­use of the delay in res­ponse from myself fr­om the other office,” he said.

The government, faced with an acute shortage of IPS officers, has given add­itional charge to senior off­i­cers, incl­uding officers of the rank of ADGP.  “We ha­ve to do our work. Some off­icer may soon be posted as IGP, Training. Till then this will continue,” added Rao.

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Gautam Hegde's picture
by Gautam Hegde (not verified) on
Reminds me of the Roman bureaucracy depicted in Asterix comics!! "There are times when I have to dictate a stern letter to myself beca­use of the delay in res­ponse from myself fr­om the other office,” he said." - is tragically comical. Is it necessary for an officer of his seniority and calibre to be whiling away time by writing to himself??
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by Jeethormuz (not verified) on
All he needs to do is look at the issue from both viewpoints, take a decision and move on to the next problem. That's the problem with our babugiri.. It's not about problem solving and facilitation, but purely about interpretation of the rules to make things difficult.
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by Sir Humphrey (not verified) on
Bureaucracy, Red-tapism....Yes Minister
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by S K Rizvi (not verified) on
One of the first adages taught to UP IPS was " babu reads, babu writes". While the officer may have been signing, it is the dealing clerk (babu) reads the file and puts up the draft for his signatures. When the letter reaches the other end, another babu prepares the reply in the light of the compulsions on his file. Perhaps the Karnataka officers are yet to learn what UP has been teaching for declares!
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by Dirck (not verified) on
The line about corresponding with himself as an officer wearing two different hats brings to mind Braxton Bragg ,who might be the exception that proves the rule that the Cofederacy had the superior officers during the " late unpleasantness " .

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