State Govt unable to take mileage
IN TERMS of placement of IAS officers at the Centre, Madhya Pradesh has never had it so good. With the elevation of three more MP cadre IAS officers ?Badal Das, DS Mathur and GS Sahni-to secretary level, Madhya Pradesh is virtually dominating Central bureaucracy.india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 21:39 IST
IN TERMS of placement of IAS officers at the Centre, Madhya Pradesh has never had it so good. With the elevation of three more MP cadre IAS officers –Badal Das, DS Mathur and GS Sahni-to secretary level, Madhya Pradesh is virtually dominating Central bureaucracy.
The State has already sent officers more than the quota of Central deputation. What is more, four Union Ministers are representing the State in the UPA, even though the Congress fared rather poor in the last Lok Sabha election.
But, there is little sign of inclination in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan Government of leveraging this advantage for prosperity of the State.
Bureaucratic sources admit the Chief Minister’s marked disinclination to meeting Union Ministers or being in touch with the State’s bureaucrats at the Centre is in sharp contract to his Congress predecessor Digvijay Singh’s style.
Whatever other weaknesses Digvijay may have, as Chief Minister he would make it a point to meet as many Central ministers in the NDA rule as possible. He would also be in touch with IAS officers. His conviviality got the State many projects and some extra funds, sources said.
Sources added Babulal Gaur was also quite a go-getter. During his 15-month stint as Chief Minister, Gaur befriended Union Commerce Minister Kamal Nath and showcased Madhya Pradesh in the business circle to some extent. The nature of Gaur’s relations with Arjun Singh is an open secret.
Gaur was also quite open to meeting State’s officers posted in New Delhi. However, Shivraj Singh has met very few Union Ministers. He is yet to strike personal chemistry with MP’s representatives, whether in the UPA or in the Central bureaucracy.
The manner in which former Chief Minister Vijay Singh, who is now secretary in the Indian Medicine System
department, had to leave the State has made the 1971 batch IAS officer’s colleagues rather wary of the Madhya Pradesh Government.
Sources say IAS officers at the Centre can help the parent state only in a limited way as they are supposed to have national perspective.
Nevertheless, familiarity and a bonding with the parent state prompts them to do something extra, if they are properly persuaded by the political leadership.
The IIIT —D & M in Jabalpur and expeditious decision on auto track facility in Pithampur are two recent examples.
Let us see who from the MP cadre is holding what post. While Badal Das is now Secretary in Culture department, D S Mathur is new Secretary, Information Technology.
Another senior officer of Madhya Pradesh cadre who was posted as Director General Shipping, G S Sahni has been appointed Secretary, Coordination in the Government of India. MP cadre IAS officers already on secretary post are: Secretary, Defence, Shekhar Dutt; Secretary, AYUSH, Vijay Singh; Secretary Inter State Council Secretariat, S Lakshminarayanan; Secretary, Secondary & Higher Education, S K Banarjee; Secretary, Road Transport & Highways, L K Joshi and Secretary, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, Manoj Kumar.