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Miffed at FM, IAS body threatens action

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2014
First Published: 00:33 IST(14/2/2014) | Last Updated: 13:29 IST(14/2/2014)

The IAS officers’ association will take up the issue of urban development secretary Sudhir Krishna’s alleged humiliation at the hands of finance minister P Chidambaram during a meeting, Sanjay R Bhoos Reddy, the association secretary said on Thursday.

“The matter would be discussed in the executive committee meeting and as per resolution of the association appropriate action would be taken,” he said.

Reddy however clarified that Krishna had not approached the association yet.

Krishna last Thursday wrote to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through urban development minister Kamal Nath that the finance minister had humiliated him in a high level meeting the same day.

“As I was trying to explain my point, Hon. Chidambaram suddenly started saying that he could not understand my English and that I should speak in Hindi, which his officers would translate for him in English,” Krishna wrote.

The meeting was called to discuss release of additional central assistance for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) projects pending for release of funds by the finance ministry.

Reacting to the allegations, the finance minister said there was no question of hurting anyone’s feelings.

“I don’t know what the controversy is. He was speaking in a mixture of English and Hindi and I did not understand. So, I requested him to speak in English so that I can understand, or if he was more comfortable speaking in Hindi, somebody will explain it to me,” he said in a statement, adding that he did not want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

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