TSR’s firm directive that the officials and their subordinates sticking at the same section for long should be identified and shunted out has set a Cat among the pigeons in the state secretariat of the Himalayan state. In a recent meeting with the top Babus of the state, CM categorically stated that the section officers and review officers deployed in the same offices for more than three years should be transferred. The vibrancy and promptness of bureaucracy is gauged by the speed of file movement and in most cases the biggest hurdle in the process is created by the babus posted there for long as with time they have mastered the art of procrastination and selective approach. There are instances where files take months to move from one table to another in the state secretariat. With only one and half years remaining for his tenure to end TSR’s action seems late but if carried ahead in right earnest, would result in increased administrative efficiency.
There is an Uttarakhand connection to the Rajasthan political crisis in which the beleaguered and battered Congress party managed to save its fort with tactical support of Vasundra Raje and deft handling of things by CM Ashok Gehlot. The MLA from Manglaur assembly constituency of Haridwar, Qazi Nizamuddin remained in thick of the things ever since Pilot started a mutiny against Gehlot in the desert state. The suave convent educated Qazi remained with Gehlot and his flock of MLAs first in Jaipur and later in the border town of Jaisalmer where Gehlot had horded them. The fiasco ended when the young and restless Pilot crash landed back into the Congress’s lap when his intended sortie to the chair of CM with support of the saffron party proved to be a misadventure. The whole episode would surely be a great learning for Qazi who was there in his capacity as secretary of AICC with an experience of being in charge of party in the state when the Congress won the assembly elections in Rajasthan in the year 2018. He must have learned a trick or two from a political magician like Gehlot.
There appears to be a complete change in Sahib’s persona ever since he was handed over the coveted assignment of head of the babudom of the Himalayan state. Those visiting him get pleasantly surprised when the top Babu responds to their greetings with great humility. His choice of attire too has changed for good and it seems he has overhauled his wardrobe. Nowadays an affable smile keeps shining on his face with striking regularity, something that was rare in his long career which has given another dimension to his new found image. With these changes it seems that the top Babu is determined to alter the popular perception about him. However it would be a great challenge for him to initiate changes in the bureaucracy which has mastered the art of keeping things static while giving an illusion of administrative dynamism.
Friday, 14 August 2020 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun
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