Dehradun: If the election code of conduct has brought a smile on anyone’s face, then it ought to be on those of the babus in Uttarakhand. Chief minister Harish Rawat had been giving them sleepless nights since February 1 when he took oath of the office.
Babus including district magistrates and respective police heads had been on their toes for the past one month as chief minister Harish Rawat had been keeping them awake past midnight by his workaholic spirit.
The CM had been working for more than 18 hours with his team of officer at the secretariat.Not only officers from the chief minister’s office (CMO) but also those from other departments had to stay in their offices at state secretariat till midnight.
Rawat was mostly shuttling between state’s Bijapur guest house, his temporary residence, and secretariat throughout the day. After disposing of departmental files in secretariat he used to hold video conferencing with DMs and SSPs on a daily basis and sometimes even after midnight. He used to take stock of the ongoing developmental works mainly in the disaster-hit areas.
Rawat’s style of functioning had become a talking point among officers and they were often looking to escape under one pretext or the other.
However, after the election code of conduct was put in place following announcement of Lok Sabha elections bureaucrats have heaved a sigh of relief. This was quiet evident from the subsided hustle and bustle at secretariat on Thursday.
“Though his working style is tiresome for most of us including bureaucrats but that’s how the CM works. He has taken lots of important decisions during this tenure. Had he not worked overnight for one month, crucial decisions as to reconstruction of disaster-hit areas and rehabilitation of victims could not have been taken on time,” said Rawat’s close aide Surbir Singh Sajwan who accompanied the CM in his late night works on several occasions.