Govt Departments, PSUs & Autonomous Bodies Mandated to Buy Diaries, Calendars from BOC Only
The Union cabinet secretariat has directed all ministries, all departments of the government, public sector units (PSUs) and autonomous bodies to procure diaries and calendars from the bureau of outreach and communication (BOC) under the ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) only.
Except BOC, nobody is allowed to print diaries and calendars henceforth, the cabinet secretariat says. Interestingly, in the digital age, very few are still using diaries or calendars, so why does the government want to spend money on this?
The cabinet secretariat had reportedly called a meeting in February 2020 where it was observed that instead of various PSUs and banks printing their own calendars and diaries for distribution to staff and clients, it would be better for the Central government that the BOC in the MIB should print a common calendar and diary in Hindi and English.
The meeting also deliberated on the need to rationalise the cost of such items and proposed that each PSU or bank should justify in writing how many calendars they would need.
After the meeting, the secretary for coordination directed all ministries at the Centre, all departments, all PSUs and all autonomous bodies not to print their own calendars but to send a justified indent of how many calendars and diaries they would need and why!
The directions sent from the cabinet secretariat on 7 February 2020, state: "It has been decided that ministries/ departments as well their PSUs and attached or subordinate offices, may henceforth make use of printed diaries and calendars supplied by BOC only. Ministries/ departments and PSUs may not undertake such activity on their own. BOC will decide the number of diaries and calendars for each ministry or department, including their PSUs, taking into account the employee strength and other requirements and intimate them accordingly. The ministry/ department concerned may request BOC for additional requirement, if any, with full justification."
On 26 August 2020, the ministry of finance sent a letter to Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI), the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority (PFDRA), the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT), the Debts Recovery Tribunals (DRTs) and chiefs of all public sector banks and insurance companies, informing them that the BOC will not be providing customised diaries and calendars to anyone.
The letter says, "BOC will provide their diary and calendar which they used to print for the Central government. For Delhi, diaries and calendars will be provided at one place and for the rest of India, they would be sent through department of posts. The final cost for this year will be known later. However, last year the cost of the diary was Rs50 and the calendar was Rs40 each."
The finance ministry had asked all organisations under it to submit their requirements for BOC diary and calendars for 2021 along with full justification by 4pm on 27 August 2020.
Here is the letter sent by ministry of finance...