Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram is a man in a hurry. And he is making sure bureaucrats don’t have it easy either.
Chidambaram has told more than two-dozen senior home ministry officers to turn up this week with an action plan for the next 100 days that should list out their targets. “We are required to submit our targets for the remaining period of this government to the home secretary in the first instance, who would later take them up to the home minister,” a ministry official told HT.
With elections expected in April, the new home minister has just about five months — and unlike his predecessor, a free hand to take decisions without interference from the Prime Minister’s Office — to make his mark.
Chidambaram’s initiative came at his second meeting with officers of the level of joint secretary and above on Friday. At his first meeting, he had circulated a questionnaire asking officials to speak about their workload, supporting staff, priorities and their readiness to work harder and longer. Last month’s rejigging of the home ministry — redefining the roles of nearly half-a-dozen officers to bring about logical consistency in the allocation of work — was the result of this initiative.