Civil aviation secretary MM Nambiar has hit out at top officials of his Ministry saying their attitude had embarrassed him and the Ministry.
The sharp reaction followed a meeting of the Committee on Government Assurances (CoGA) last week, which found Ministry’s replies to various issues "totally unsatisfactory".
Ordering an "internal enquiry", the secretary has recommended action against the Director/ Deputy Secretary concerned — relatively senior officials — responsible for this embarrassment.
The CoGA, chaired by BJP MP Maneka Gandhi, met on May 25. Incidentally, the same day, sone Air India employees had proceeded on a flash strike.
Nambiar, in a letter —accessed by HT — to his joint -secretaries soon after his return from the meeting said replies to issues and assurances given by the Ministry were unsatisfactory and were adversely commented by the chairperson and the members of the panel.
"It is clear there has been no application of mind and these have been sent in a routine manner. It is most unfortunate to note that the joint-secretaries have also not applied their mind but have sent these in a routine manner. This has caused embarrassment not only to me personally but to the Ministry of Civil Aviation," Nambiar wrote.
Demanding a status report on the action taken, the secretary said, "The Director/ Deputy Secretary concerned who have caused this to happen would have to be pulled up."
An "internal enquiry into the sorry state of affairs in the parliament section" of the Ministry has also been ordered. This after it was revealed that a folder meant for "parliamentary assurances" did not exist in the Ministry’s parliament unit.
The CoGA scrutinises the assurances, undertakings of a Ministry and reports on the extent to which these have been implemented and whether it was implemented within the minimum time required.