Pink slip blues
The purported directive given by chief minister TSR to the chief secretary for preparing a list of officers who have the dubious distinction of being involved in corruption cases or have a track record of being inept so that pink slips can be handed over to them has set a cat among the pigeons in the babudom of the Himalayan state. It is apparent that TSR has taken a leaf out of the book of incumbent chief minister of neighboring Uttar Pradesh in taking the decision to forcibly retire the black sheep from within the government. The decision which came in as a bolt from the blue has increased anxiety of many babus who could be forced to bite the bullet if the decision is implemented in letter and spirit. It is believed that TSR, given his often repeated commitment on zero tolerance for corruption is determined to hand over pink slips to the eligible babus but it would be interesting to note the criteria adopted by him for selecting the candidates for the abhorrent list for it is well known fact that many officers who are considered highly efficient generally have a tainted record on corruption.
Friends turn Foes
Development of acrimony between two leaders who were said to be an alter ego of each other when one of them was chief minister of Uttarakhand has become a talking point in the political circles of Uttarakhand. Said to be the Man Friday of the Congress stalwart who apart from being former CM is undoubtedly the tallest leader around in Congress party in the state, this strongman and former MLA from Kumaon has drifted so far apart from his onetime friend and mentor that all efforts of reconciliation by well wishers of the two have failed. The sourness in the relations between the two has said to have set in when the former MLA fielded his son for coveted position of president, Youth Congress but to his surprise found that his mentor has decided to support another youngster for the position. He eventually was able to get his son elected on the post even at the cost of antagonising his former mentor. Hurt by the development, the Congress stalwart retaliated by getting the youngster of his choice nominated as officiating president of Youth Congress.
The recently launched one time settlement scheme by the Cooperative banks for loan defaulters is a classic example how Babus manipulate the system to enforce impractical things. The scheme was announced amid much fanfare by the minister overseeing the Cooperative department but he fumbled when asked by the scribes about the punitive measures the department would undertake on the defaulters who would not avail the benefit of the scheme and continue to evade paying their dues to the debt ridden banks. It is imperative that whenever such a settlement or amnesty scheme is launched it is buttressed by sound legal provisions for such defaulters who deliberately choose to ignore the positive overtures of the government. In absence of any punitive or follow up measure, the much vaunted scheme would hardly cut any ice. The overall Non Performing Assets (NPA) of different Cooperative Banks of the state is in excess of Rs 371 Crore. Sadly such ill fated schemes are designed by the very officers who are responsible for surging NPAs and splurging the wealth of banks which actually is hard money of the small investors.
Friday, 05 July 2019 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun
Author: Gajendra Singh Negi
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