THEY MAY be said in fun but they are also loaded — a subtle comment on the officers and their tales of ‘derring-do’ or the lack of it. The service dinner hosted during the IAS Week have always been good fun that way.
Apart from a sumptuous menu comprising ‘Kadhai Murg’, ‘Gosht Saagwala” ‘Seekh Kebab’, ‘Lehsuniya Tikka’ and Handi Paneer, it is also time to have a friendly dig at officers by conferring titles that are a take on their performance during the year.
That is precisely what happened at MB Club on Friday evening. There was fun and frolic and the officers enjoyed every moment of it.
So if there were popular Hindi film numbers as apt titles for the officers, there were also one-liners to describe their predicament.
“Ek Harisen ne kabhi Samrat Samudragupta ki prashasti likhi thi” read the one-liner given to Chief Secretary NC Bajpai for praising Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav at a Samajwadi Party function on the occasion of completion of three years of Mulayam government.
Chief Election Officer Anuj Vishnoi got “Do pal abhi tu aur aaram kar le, din kayamat ke bas aane wale hain,” warning him of the busy work schedule he may have in days to come. Principal secretary to Chief Minister Anil Kumar-I was given “Ajnabi tum jaane pehchane se lagte ho” for his least interaction with other officers.
Senior IAS officers JS Mishra and Pradeep Shukla, who at one point enjoyed close rapport with the chief minister got “Ruthe ruthe se piya manau kaise.”
Former chief secretary and chairperson, Board of Revenue, Neera Yadav got “Ajnabi hai log yahan par, ajnabi zamana, sochi thi dega saath nikla begaana.”
Another former CS R Ramani was given the title “Khija ke phul se aati kabhi bahar nahin, mere nasib main e dost tera pyar nahin.
“Mile na phul to kanton se dosti kar li,” was the title given to senior IAS officer Vinod Malhotra. Principal secretary (Home) Satish Agarwal and principal secretary (Labour) Anil Kumar Gupta jointly got the title of “King of all traders for any master.”
Principal secretary (Finance) Shekhar Agarwal and Manjit Singh were given “Kaahe paise pe itna gurur kare hai, yahi paisa to apno se door kare hai.”
UP IAS Association President Shambhu Nath was given the title “Chal akela, chal akela—tere saathi peechhe chhute rahi Chal akela” for his isolation after being moved out of the Raj Bhawan.
Five district magistrates Santosh Yadav, Anurag Yadav, Amod Kumar, Sanjay Prasad and Amrit Abhijat here been given “The colour of their eyes are blue now, hope they don’t sing blues later?
“Tum Itna Kyun Muskara Rahe Ho,” said the title given to appointment secretary Umesh Sinha while “Chup-chup pade ho jaroor koi baat hai” served as an apt title for senior IAS officer Aradhana Shukla. Senior IAS officer VN Garg, who had shifted to forest department from UP Housing Development Board, was given the title “Board se gire, ped par atke, terah fit ke.”
Etawah district magistrate MP Agarwal got “Hai main kya karun ram mujhe etwa mil gaya.” Two senior IAS officers Nina Sharma and Ajay Kumar Singh were given the title “Aaj kal tere karam ke charche har juban par, sabko malum hai aur sabko khabar ho gayee.”
And what about agriculture production commissioner Anis Ansari. “Kabhi Yeh Lucknow, Meer Anis Ke Marsiyon Par tadpi Thi, Aaj Yeh In Anis Ke Ashaar Ki Mohtaj Hai” is what he got. Four other officers GP Verma, Fateh Bahadur, Net Ram and BM Meena got “Yeh berojgari bhatta kab tak” for their present place of posting.