Bolt from the blue
Recent arrest of an inter-State gang involved in a heist in Dehradun and the subsequent disclosure made by the gang is causing sleepless nights for the officials of transport department. The burglars apart from admitting their involvement in the high profile dacoity at the residence of a prominent businessman involved in training the budding cricketers shared startling information with the police that a few months ago they had looted cash worth Rs 1.38 crore from the house of a petty officer of the transport department. The mastermind of the gang is said to be so wily that he used to select his prey after immaculate research and zeros on the targets flush with unaccountable cash. In such cases the victims of burglary prefer to keep silent instead of reporting it to the police so that they don’t have to answer frightening questions on the source of cash. As expected, the victim of the purported heist of Rs 1.38 crore flatly refused to acknowledge that he was looted as being claimed by the burglars. The police however are determined to unearth the interesting case which is unnerving many others in the transport department because this petty Babu is said to be close to the big fishes of the department.
The fact that more than 25,000 posts of village Panchayat members would remain unoccupied in Panchayati Raj elections, the process of which is currently underway in all the districts of the Himalayan state barring Haridwar underlies inherent vices in a system which was adopted with an exalted objective of empowering the Panchayats, bringing down the process of decision making to the grassroots and decentralisation of power. The situation is so distressful that in large number of villages, the gram Panchayats would not even get constituted. The disinterest of rural folks for the basic unit of three tier Panchayati raj system is in sharp contrast to the large number of aspirants resulting in a cut throat competition for lucrative positions like Pradhan village Panchayats and members of Block and district Panchayats. The interference of political parties, involvement of local strongmen, free flow of liquor and blatant use of money power by the aspirants for the lucrative posts of Panchayati raj system posts forces one to ponder over this model of rural empowerment from a fresh perspective and adoption of necessary interventions and corrective measures so that the dream of Mahatma Gandhi of making the rural masses emancipated and empowered is fulfilled.
The passion of Babus for the positions called plum in bureaucratic jargon is an acknowledged thing in the corridors of the power and heartburns are natural when some officer is bestowed with many lucrative assignments. In one such case, a senior Babu in the Himalayan state is drawing attention for a number of so called lucrative tasks assigned to him. Apart from handling the affairs of a department which is biggest in terms of employee strength, the officer is lording over many other key assignments. The wide array of the tasks and the enormity of the work involved, keeps the Babu on his toes at all the times so much so that seldom does he gets a chance to sit in his office at state secretariat. Though the astute officer known for his efficiency in managing things is doing his best to manage things it would be prudent on part of the Government to jettison some of the additional load placed on his shoulders.
Friday, 04 October 2019 | Gajendra Singh Negi
Author: Gajendra Singh Negi
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