BHOPAL : Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan is planning to seek report from the Ministers about the works done by them but the Ministers are facing a tough time dealing with the bureaucracy. The bureaucracy has been able to overpower the Ministers to such an extent that the latter have started lodging their complaints at the party forum.
Ministers Narottam Mishra, Vijay Shah, Bhupendra Singh, Jayant Mallaiya and Lal Singh Arya are not happy with the Principal Secretaries of their respective departments. The transfer list, issued some days ago, had names of some 100 bureaucrats but the wishes of these ministers were not taken into consideration. The transfer list did not figure any Principal Secretary whom these ministers wanted transferred.
Principal Secretary, Health, Pravir Krishna, Principal Secretary, Food and Civil Supplies, Ashok Barnwal, Commissioner Manohar Agnani, Principal Secretary, Transport, Pramod Agarwal, Principal Secretary, Water Resources, Radheshyam Julania and Principal Secretary, Narmada Valley Development Corporation, Rajnish Vaish were not transferred.
Amidst pressure from public representatives, several ministers too have advocated about lifting of ban on transfers.
Chauhan, honouring the wish of ministers, had made up his mind to initiate in this matter during state Assembly session but the bureaucracy played spoilsport.
The Empowered Committees of various departments too are adding to the agony of the ministers. Developmental works worth crores are going on without being in knowledge of ministers of the departments where there are Empowered Committees.
Concerned by this, Panchayats and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargava has proposed to constitute governing body and executive body in place of Empowered Committee in MGNREGS. The proposal of Bhargava is languishing in the department and is not being forwarded to the cabinet.
Most of the principal secretaries are in direct touch with CM’s Secretaries and they get the instructions of ministers overruled by the chief minister. Higher education minister Umashankar Gupta got
deputation of BR Vishwakarma, deputy secretary in general administration department ended
and transferred him but chief minister Antony De Sa cancelled the transfer.
Chief Minister Chauhan looks after Narmada Valley Development Department while Lal Singh Arya is a minister of state. Principal secretary, Rajnish Vaish does not send files of the department to Arya.
In the several cabinet decisions changes were made where chief secretary had approved without bringing them in knowledge of ministers.
Due to fear of Julania in department of water resources, no officer dares to meet Mallaiya. Ministers have made complaints in many cases to Chauhan but their plight could not be addressed due to dominant bureaucracy.
A senior minister in state government maintains that bureaucracy is dominating the affairs.
He said these officers firstly take help of politicians in getting postings and when they are asked to do some work then they make excuse saying that there should be no hindrance in implementing government works.