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Ministers flout norms, for favours

SEVERAL MINISTERS today threw all protocol norms to the winds and queued up to meet officers of the Chief Minister?s Secretariat. The result: The 5th floor office got crowded and the atmosphere became somber.

india Updated: Apr 14, 2006 01:47 IST

SEVERAL MINISTERS today threw all protocol norms to the winds and queued up to meet officers of the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. The result: The 5th floor office got crowded and the atmosphere became somber.

As per protocol norms, ministers are not supposed to visit chambers of officers. This has to be the other way round. So why did they go?

Well, they were there with requests. “This is the best CDO we have,” said a minister who wanted a CDO’s transfer stayed.

Others wanted officers to be thrown out, a CB-CID probe, more gunners or shadows etc. Some returned happy and satisfied. Others may have to come again.

“We wanted to hand over some routine applications,” said a minister. Soon the minister realised the niceties of protocol and said “I called the secretary to chief minister to the waiting room and gave him the applications.” This was, however, not the case with his colleagues. At least two of them -- Rajendra Singh Rana and Yogesh Pratap Singh -- went to the chamber of secretary to chief minister Dipt Vilas.

As the officer was busy on the phone, the ministers waited on a sofa. Soon principal secretary to chief minister Anil Kumar came there. Kumar asked Dipt Vilas to join him in the waiting room. The ministers requested the officer to give them a minute. He obliged and heard out their request.           

As the officer left to join Anil Kumar the ministers followed. On way, Anil Kumar could be seen accepting applications from other political bosses.

Another secretary to chief minister, Chandrama Prasad was seen accepting petitions from other ministers and politicians.

Besides Rajendra Singh Rana and Yogesh Pratap Singh, others seen making a beeline to meet officers included Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Raghuraj Pratap Singh and Minister of State for Higher Education Ram Asrey Vishwakarma.
Also seen there were Chairman, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Commission Dinanath Bhaskar (Minister of State rank), the UPDESCO Chairman and the Chief Minister’s Finance Advisor Surendra Mohan Agarwal and former minister Shyam Sunder Sharma.

Bhaskar’s presence there assumes significance in the backdrop of the letter he sent to the chief minister saying that district police chief, Bhadohi, Mahavir Prasad was a threat to his life and may register a fake case against him. Bhaskar had said the law and order situation in his district was at its lowest ebb while demanding that the officer be posted out of Bhadohi.