Akhilesh Yadav Makes UP Babus Work Ahead of 2017 Assembly Polls
With UP Election in 2017, Akhilesh Yadav is is sparing no efforts to shake up the bureaucrats from their slumber.
He has been Mr Congeniality for most of the Uttar Pradesh bureaucracy over the last four years. But ‘friendly’ Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is now changing his ways. And the slack bureaucrats are seeing a different side of the 43-year-old Samajwadi leader as the state assembly elections inch closer.
With several deadlines to meet and time running out for the developmental projects, Akhilesh is proving to be a hard task master. He is sparing no efforts to shake up the bureaucrats from their slumber.
To that effect, the chief minister has constituted a task force which will keep a close tab on the progress of several key projects, and Akhilesh himself is reviewing it all every week, one of his close aides told IANS.
The Project Monitoring Group (PMG) formed by the chief minister is acting as his “eyes and ears” and has held more than 40 meetings in the last few months.
The group, which is monitoring 21 projects is working with a clear vision holding “crisp meetings with an open attitude, peppered by pep talk and threadbare discussions to clear the bottlenecks.”
“Unlike the usually sluggish bureaucracy of Uttar Pradesh, the PMG is different. What is happening is surely heartening,”Senior Bureaucrat
Today, the PMG is looming large, powered by Akhilesh. From tightening screws in the law department, weeding out legal wrangling in the Inner Ring Road project in Agra, brokering peace between Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) and the power department over a cycle track in the CG City project (a new township in Lucknow’s upscale Gomti Nagar Extension), to expediting work at the Jai Prakash Narain International Convention Centre, the PMG is at its best to force the lackadaisical bureaucrats overcome their inertia.
Earlier this week, Akhilesh transferred more than 100 IAS, IPS and PCS officials. The move is being seen as the chief minister’s way to remind the bureaucracy that time was fast running out for them.
While many in the state bureaucracy give the credit for this “God-sent speed” in government works to the young chief minister, political opponents say that this is largely because the assembly polls are scheduled for 2017.
With Akhilesh Yadav having very little to show in all sectors, he is trying to hold on to the last straw to stay afloat.Vijay Bahadur Pathak, Spokesman, BJP
Bahujan Samaj Party leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui echoed this. “This is just a way to fool the people. The Samajwadi Party government is a big zero on all fronts,” he said. However, for the 200 million people in the state, even some action is enough a reason to cheer!
(With IANS inputs.)
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