Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday expressed his concern over rising corruption in bureaucracy saying that IAS officers were now directly accepting bribe in the same manner in which the subordinate staff had been doing over the years.
Chief Minister gave a lesson or two in governance to Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers specifically referring to growing corruption in issuing of arms licences and said that the IAS officers were stooping to a low level now.
"Earlier arm clerk used to take bribe in such cases. The district magistrates (IAS) are doing it now," said Chief Minister while speaking at Senior Administrative Officers conference organised on the occasion of Civil Service Week in Lucknow at Tilak Hall in Vidhan Bhawan complex.
Chief Minister asked officers to expedite preparation of voters' identity cards. Only 30 to 35 per cent cards have been prepared up to now, he said.
Chief Minister also asked IAS officers to use all the allocated funds. So far a sum of Rs 11000 crore has been used against the annual plan size of Rs 19,000 crore.
Now a sum of Rs 8000 crore would have to be used in the next three months, said the CM adding timely utilisation of funds would ensure that State Government did not face any problem in the allocation of plan funds from the centre in coming year.
Chief Minister lauded the officers for their contribution in development activities and conducting election to urban local bodies in a peaceful manner.
Chief Minister said that IAS officers should now give priority to ensure that Ardh Kumbh-2006 and Vidhan Sabha elections passed off peacefully.
Chief Minister said that implementation of the policies of the state government was primary responsibility of IAS officers. A record of sorts has been created on the front development activities during tenure of his government.
Barring a few incidents no riots have taken place during the tenure of his government, said Chief Minister adding even no incident of firing had been reported during the tenure of his government.
Chief Minister said certain institutions were out to humiliate bureaucracy and the politicians alike. Chief Minister though did not name the institutions. There was a feeling that he targeted the judicial activism and said even Chief Secretary was asked to stand for long durations.
Chief Minister also used the occasion to express his concern over the failure of district officers to redress people's grievances at their own level. The people should not be force to visit the tehsils and police stations again and again, he said.