GUWAHATI, July 15 - The Assam Secretariat Services Association has sought the intervention of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal into the allegations of Education Minister Siddartha Bhattacharya ill-treating a Secretariat employee.
The association has also asked Sonowal to take necessary steps for maintaining cordial relations among ministers, legislators and Secretariat employees.
In an emergency meeting of the association held on Friday, the issue of allegations brought against the minister by Chandan Kakati, a secretariat employee in the primary education section of the Education Department, was discussed.
�As per the allegations, the minister called Kakati to his chamber and verbally abused him. We have come to know that a suspension order has also been issued to Kakati. If such a step has been taken to victimise the employee, the Chief Minister should immediately intervene and ensure that cordial relations between employees and ministers is not affected due to such incidents,� said Partha Hazarika, general secretary of the association.
Another general meeting of the association would be held on July 16 to discuss this issue along with some other issues concerning the employees.
SAKP condemnation: Condemning the misbehaviour by the minister concerned, the Sadou Asam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) also said that such high-handedness on the part of a minister would have undesirable impact on the entire administration.
The employee was also placed under suspension by the minister.
In a statement, the SAKP today said that it was not the first time that a government employee had to suffer for no fault of his at the hands of a minister or MLA, and such highhandedness was utterly condemnable.