The Uttar Pradesh government desperately needs a piped piper to get chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's 5th floor Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan (Annexe) office rid of rats.
A comic situation prevails in the UP corridors of power as the rising number of rats may not only adversely affect the government work but may also damage important files there.
Already a special 'Rodent Control' plan has been worked out with the state government asking the maintenance division of the Public Works Department (PWD) to engage an agency to make the chief minister's office a rat free zone.
But the rat menace is not limited to chief minister's office alone. Other floors in the Lal Bahadur Shastri Bhawan and most of other buildings of the state secretariat too have been affected by the rat menace.
Other affected buildings include the Vidhan Bhawan, Sachiv Bhawan, Bahukhandi Bhawan, Naveen Bhawan, Adhikari Bhawan and Bapu Bhawan etc too.
Yet the officers there are going for options like using 'rat traps' to deal with the problem in the absence of any Rodent Control programme for these buildings.
As per a government order (GO) dated A-677/20-7-V-2013-7 (47)/2012 issued on September 2, 2013 and sent to the executive engineer of PWD (Maintenance Division) - the chief management officer would monitor the work of the executing agency every month and submit a report to the secretariat administration department regularly.
Besides allocating a sum of Rs 30,800 per month (Rs 1.85 lakh for six months) the GO has laid down conditions for the executing agency that will carry out work in an eco-friendly manner.
The agency will have to carry out work in accordance with the provisions of Central Insecticide Act, 1968. It will have to ensure that the rats did not damage any files on the fifth floor of the building.
"Strict action will be taken against the agency if the rats damaged any files and an inquiry established that the rats were responsible the damage caused to the files," says the GO.
As the chief minister's office is a highly secured area, special care has been taken to ensure security while carrying out the Rodent Control programme there.
"Entry passes (with photographs) will be given to those carrying out the rodent control work after the police verification. The police verification will be carried out in the same manner as was done for issuing a passport," said the GO.