Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: The District Development Officer (DDO) Rachit Raj of Chhota Udepur district made surprise visits at 5 gram panchayat offices, 12 primary schools, 6 anganwadis and 2 primary health centres this week, only to find government staff and teachers shirking work and keeping schools shut.

During his visit to the Bortha sub-centre, there was no staff on duty. During his visits to primary schools, he found out that 3 schools were closed, while 20 teachers in 9 other schools were not present. He also found 4 anganwadis to be shut and the Talati was also not on duty.

Raj said that this kind of behaviour by government staff at schools, anganwadis and public health centres were unacceptable and that he will be taking action against such employees to send a strong signal to other as no nonsense will be tolerated by him and one must follow his/her professional ethics while on duty.

The 2014-batch IAS officer, was previously in the news when he instructed staff in government offices to be dressed in a professional manner and should not be seen wearing denim and t-shirts. Posted in a rural-tribal majority district, he says his top priority is the developing the health centres and government schools, which are not in a good shape.