Under fire railway minister Pawan Bansal plans to take concrete steps to stop his relatives from meddling in the affairs of his ministry, even as he struggles to survive the current political storm arising out of the alleged bribe paid to his nephew for a plum positing.
Bansal is likely to issue a circular to all rail offices across India to warn against any person posing as his relative seeking and assuring favours to rail officials. He will direct officers to report such incidents immediately to vigilance authorities and him. Bansal had earlier stated that none of his family members or relatives interfere in his official work. But now, after his nephew Vijay Singla (son of his eldest sister) has been caught taking bribes in return for a key rail posting, the minister wants precautionary measures in place to prevent a repeat in the future.
As of now, Bansal is focused on attempts to salvage his image in the current crisis that engulfs more people in his close circle. In his defense before the Congress, Bansal had argued that Mahesh Kumar was the seniormost eligible officer for the post of the Member (staff) of the railway board (RB) and no officer senior to Kumar who fulfilled all the norms was overlooked for promotion.
Kumar had allegedly bribed Vijay Singla for the lucrative post of Member (electrical) in the RB. He also tried to get charge of Signalling and Telecommunication directorate for the time being. Bansal informed his political bosses that Kumar got neither of the two.
The rail ministry also plans to show how Board members continued to hold charge of zonal railways in the past too, till new general managers for zones got nominated. Kumar had remained the GM for Western Railway before his suspension from service over the graft case.