10 days after retirement, ex-IAS officer joins AAP
Former IAS officer Harkesh Singh Sidhu, who retired on January 31,this year, as special secretary (labour), formally joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ten days later in Patiala on Monday. He termed the present day bureaucracy a puppet in hands of political leaders.punjab Updated: Feb 12, 2014 13:38 IST
Former IAS officer Harkesh Singh Sidhu, who retired on January 31,this year, as special secretary (labour), formally joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ten days later in Patiala on Monday. He termed the present day bureaucracy a puppet in hands of political leaders.
"The political pressure and interference of political leaders makes Punjab bureaucracy 'impotent' as bureaucrats can't even take trivial decision without their consent. Only a single phone call from influential political leaders to bureaucrats is sufficient for supporters of the incumbent party to get their work done", Sidhu said.
"Such corrupt policies of political leaders have increased corrupt practices among bureaucrats ", he alleged.
Once close to the Dhindsa family during his stint as Sangrur deputy commissioner in 2011, Sidhu lambasted the working of the state government ten days after his retirement.
"The state government is completely working in an unconstitutional manner. The constituency in-charges and their family members are more powerful than senior district administration officers. Halqa in-charges play important role in deployment of their "favourite men" at administrative and police station level posts to get their work done", he alleged.
He said due to vote bank politics in Punjab a person who had no link with political leaders can't even dare to enter administration offices. When asked why he didn't raise such issues during his services, Sidhu avoided giving directanswer. He has served as deputy commissioners in three district including Kapurthala, Barnala and Sangrur.
"I initiated computerized revenue records of these three districts almost ending corrupt practices of the local revenue officer. Irked over my style of working, the government kept on shifting me from one district to another and from one department to another", he said.
He added that even during his stint as secretary labour, Surjit Kumar Jyani, then labour minister, approached CM Prakash Singh Badal to transfer him due to his transparent style of working.
About his future plans in AAP, Sidhu said he didn't want to contest elections from anywhere as his only purpose was to work and exhort people to vote for AAP in order to bring political change in Punjab.
Meanwhile, as many as 29 superannuated employees of the Punjab government who served at different senior posts in different departments joined AAP.
'Sada khawab navan Punjab'
AAP leaders have decided to give a new slogan 'Sada khawab navan Punjab' before the Lok Sabha elections.They have has also decided to launch 'jharu (broom) yatra' in villages, town and cities from February 15 onwards to make aware people about policies of the party.
Two-day road show programme has been also planned in Patiala,Sangrur,Barnala and Bathinda districts which Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal may attend. The dates of the road show are yet to be announced.