New Uttarakhand chief secretary to effect major bureaucratic reshuffle soon
Days after newly appointed Uttarakhand chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh took charge he might soon carry out a major bureaucratic reshuffle, so that the slow paced delivery gets a boost in the resource-crunched hill state, sources said.dehradun Updated: Oct 30, 2017 20:37 IST
Days after newly appointed Uttarakhand chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh took charge he might soon carry out a major bureaucratic reshuffle, so that the slow paced delivery gets a boost in the resource-crunched hill state, sources said.
Singh had a detailed discussion over the proposed bureaucratic rejig with chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat soon after assuming charge on October 25, sources at the secretariat said.
According to them, he (chief minister) is keen that he has a team of efficient officials so that the slow-paced growth in the state gets a boost ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, for which hardly over a year is now left.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who “personally monitors” the progress of the centrally sponsored flagship projects is also said to be unhappy with their extremely slow implementation in the state.
That is reportedly one of the reasons behind the unceremonious exit of former chief secretary S Ramaswamy. The official was replaced by Singh just days after the Prime Minister laid the foundation stones for reconstruction of Kedarnath that was left ravaged by the cataclysmic floods in 2013.
During his next two-day visit to the state that began on October 26, Modi, at a meeting with Singh at the Jollygrant airport, directed the latter to set up a High Powered Committee on Kendarnath.
“At the meeting the Prime Minister also directed him to ensure that the Kedarnath reconstruction project is completed at the earliest”, said an official. “The next day saw Singh rushing to the shrine town where he inspected all reconstruction works and directed officials to ensure their early completion”, said an official.
BJP insiders said the Centre was pressing for an early completion of projects as the BJP “plans” to launch its campaign for the general elections due in 2019, from Kedarnath . “Similarly, he (Singh) is also under pressure from the ruling party and the chief minister to speed up delivery before the general elections”, a source said.
That explains for reports suggesting that Singh might soon carry out a major bureaucratic rejig to pick a “crack team” of officials.
“The (bureaucratic) rejig this time would include large scale transfers right from top babus to the district magistrates”, a senior IAS official said. In fact, according to informed sources, Singh has also discussed the issue of relocation of officials with the principal secretary of the department of personnel, Radha Raturi.
The buzz is that unlike his predecessor, the new chief secretary would delegate more powers to officials to ensure a speedy delivery.
“Similarly, he might like to see himself in a monitoring role unlike his predecessor”, an official said referring to former CS Ramaswamy who was heading nearly a dozen departments. Sources said Singh might delegate responsibilities to officials, so that he had time to oversee the implementation of various projects.
“Besides, he will also closely monitor the centrally sponsored flagship projects”, a source said, referring to the Rs 12000 crore ‘Chardham all weather road project and Rs 13000 crore Rishikesh-Karnaprayag rail project besides similar other high profile schemes.
There are also reports that some IAS officers who had served in the state in the past might also be repatriated in view of their experience.
In fact Saujanya, an IAS officer currently on a deputation in Karnataka, has been brought back as the chief electoral officer. Efforts were also on to repatriate another IAS officer Rakesh Kumar who is currently on a deputation at the Delhi office of the United Nations, sources said
Principal Secretary, personnel, Raturi, however, refused to comment on the reports that a major bureaucratic reshuffle was on the offing.
CM flags off Sikh pilgrims
DEHRADUN: Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Monday flagged off a bus carrying a group of 36 senior citizens to Reetha Sabhib, a celebrated pilgrimage centre of the Sikhs in the state, from his camp office at the Cantonment area.
Speaking on the occasion, he wished all the 36 senior citizens belonging to the Sikh community an “enjoyable and safe” journey. Of the total (36 senior citizens), who embarked on the pilgrimage, 24 are women and the rest are men, reads an official note.
The pilgrims were flagged off under the Deendayal Upadhaya Matri-Pitra Teerthatan Yojna, the state government’s scheme meant for the senior citizens. (Deep)