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Friday, 25 November 2022 | Gajendra Singh Negi

Babus bashed

Probably perturbed by the continued sloppiness in administration and unbridled behaviour of babudom of Himalayan State, chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami found the inaugural session of the Sashakt Uttarakhand @ 25, Chintan Shivir organised at Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA) Mussoorie as a perfect platform to vent out his anger. In an acrid assault on the functioning of the bureaucracy, he said that it is more interested in keeping things complicated. He also spoke on the tendency of babus to pass the buck and remain engaged in worthless talks and promoting political grapevines. Taking help of anecdotes such as the fish which first opens its mouth to bite the bait gets finished first, Dhami sent shudders down the spine of babus by disclosing that he is privy to every action of theirs because of a robust feedback system he has. Having understood the mood of the CM, the chief secretary further bashed the bureaucrats by asking them to shed their ego and mindset of saying no and instead focus on being a facilitator of things. On a stern note he asked the officers to either mend ways or take retirement. The plainspeak by the duo left the babus sweating in the cool heights of Mussoorie. 

Legal tangles 

The problems for the high profile independent MLA from Khanpur, Umesh Kumar seems to be compounding with the Uttarakhand High Court admitting a petition challenging his election to the State Assembly.  The petition claimed that Kumar has deliberately withheld information about many criminal cases pending against him in different courts in the affidavit submitted at the time of filing of his nomination papers in the Assembly election. This setback to Kumar has come close on heels of the decision of the Uttarakhand government that the Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the decision of HC in sedition case on Kumar would not be taken back. The U turn of the State government in this case clearly shows that former CM Trivendra Singh Rawat succeeded in having his way on the issue despite every effort by the powerful sympathisers of Kumar. Pertinently a petition claiming that Kumar has blatantly violated the provisions of the anti defection law by joining a political party after being elected as an independent from Khanpur in the Assembly election is pending with the speaker of Uttarakhand Vidhan Sabha.

Store story  

The position of the in-charge of the store of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital has become a bone of contention among some of the staff members of the institute. It is learnt that the aspirants are using every trick in the book to get the plum assignment. The jumbo budget of the store department of the biggest hospital of the State in the government sector is said to be the reason for the mad rush for the post. Interestingly the procurements done by this department had come under lens in the past also following which some changes were made in the process but it appears that it has failed to take the sheen off the position of store in-charge.  

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