'Bihar energy dept officials sent to Europe as per rule'
New Delhi: Rejecting the reports about employees of Bihar Power Department having a gala time during their capacity building training programme in Europe, the Bihar government has clarified that all the employees of the Energy Department have been
selected for the foreign training on the basis of their performances and they are very much engaged in their training programme.
"Reports about officials being hand-picked are totally baseless as all the 42 employees have been selected for training programmes to be held in Europe, Australia and Japan on the basis of their performances. All of them are best
performers," said Pratyaya Amrit, who is chairman-cum-managing director of Bihar State Power Holding Company Ltd.
While talking to Millennium Post over the phone, Amrit, who is also principal secretary (Energy Department), said, "I challenge all to show me any photo of the officials, who are on training, enjoying there. My team is in Europe and Australia and they are completing their training programme."
"Releasing anyone's backdated photo is not justified. Rather we should feel proud that Bihar has become the first state in the country to send officials from junior level to senior positions from different districts for the foreign training programme. All
of them have been sent to Europe as per an agreement with Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad," he said, adding that the capacity building programme would even continue for the next three year and there is no misuse of the money that department received from unemployed youth who applied for any single job.
Commenting on the controversy, R Lakshmanan, managing director of Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd, said that the programme is going on as per the schedule and during the off days they have visited some nearby places.
"The photos that are in circulation have nothing to do with the ongoing training programme," Lakshmanan said, adding that it may be a handiwork of some 'disgruntled' employees who might have not been selected for the programme. Notably, a controversy erupted after personal photos of Energy Department officials, who are in Europe for capacity building training, surfaced on social media. In the alleged photos, the employees are having a great time in foreign countries.