Minister begins calling shots
STATE HOUSING Minister Lalai Yadav is a man in a hurry. Barely a month into office and Yadav is on the job doing what ministers do best: calling the shots.india Updated: May 05, 2006 01:19 IST
STATE HOUSING Minister Lalai Yadav is a man in a hurry. Barely a month into office and Yadav is on the job doing what ministers do best: calling the shots.
Sample this. In his maiden meeting to review the functioning of the LDA held on April 24, the ‘mantriji’ has shot off no less than 19 queries in a bid to assert himself. Ranging from subjects as myriad and mundane as the posting of a particular officer, to giving a no objection certificate to a well-known real estate developer near Ambedkar University on Rae Bareli Road, some of these posers are bound to raise hackles of the department’s bosses.
And if sources are to be believed that is precisely the purpose the minister’s missives are supposed to serve.
Not surprising therefore, LDA officials suspect that a couple of these questions have been sponsored by disgruntled elements within the department to settle their own personal scores and at the same time embarrass the authorities. “Or what else would explain the newly inducted minister’s sudden concern as to why an assistant engineer of the electrical section AP Singh has been made in-charge of LDA’s enforcement section,” quipped an LDA official.
Yadav has also sought information as to why LDA gave up land acquired by it for its own housing scheme on Rae Bareli Road in favour of a particular real estate developer.
“The very fact that one of its own minister is questioning the land deal could prove to be embarrassing for the State Government, which is trying to
encourage and promote participation of private real estate
developers in the housing sector,” pointed out another officer.
The Minister does not stop here. He has asked LDA to furnish scheme-wise details of the funds collected by it from the allottees against their plots/registration money and the amount spent by them on the development work.
He has also sought information on the end-utilisation of funds received by way of registration money from the applicants by the LDA for a particular scheme. No development work has been undertaken on the proposed scheme. So where has the money been kept, he has asked.
Indeed, feel some officers, providing satisfactory answers to the queries posed by the ‘mantriji’ would not be an easy task for the department. “With ministers like him who needs opposition leaders to embarrass/corner the government on sensitive issues,” quipped another one.