‘Babus Work on Ba­sics of Prez Rule in U’khand’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - San­jay.Singh2@ times­group.com

Dehradun: More than a week af­ter the im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s rule, for­ma­tion of an ad­vi­sory coun­cil is un­der process in Ut­tarak­hand.

Since it is first ex­pe­ri­ence of the hill state un­der Pres­i­dent’s rule, of­fi­cials are spend­ing sleep­less nights to en­sure smooth run­ning of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion, as per con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sions.

The ad­vi­sory coun­cil is con­sid­ered to be a re­place­ment of the state Cab­i­net un­der Pres­i­dent’s rule.

“For­ma­tion of an ad­vi­sory coun­cil is un­der process. Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are try­ing to get help from the old letters is­sued dur­ing the im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s rule in UP in the past to run the state af­fairs in Ut­tarak­hand,” a source in the state sec­re­tar­iat told ET on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the pro­pos­als, which dif­fer­ent de­part­ments pre­pare, would be placed be­fore the coun­cil for its ap­proval. “Ut­tarak- hand has no his­tory of be­ing placed un­der Pres­i­dent’s rule in the past. So, it is also a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the state of­fi­cials to func­tion un­der the state gover­nor as the head of state ad­min­is­tra­tion in sec­re­tar­iat,” the source fur­ther added.

With reg­u­lar pres­ence of state Gover­nor K K Paul in the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice the func­tion­ing of the state sec­re­tar­iat looks bet­ter. Paul has started hold­ing meet­ings with the of­fi­cials through video con­fer­enc­ing sys­tem. Paul has al­ready al­lo­cated works to his both the ad­vi­sors- Ravin­dra Singh (Retd IAS) and Prakash Mishra (Retd IPS) whom the Cen­tre ap­pointed af­ter im­po­si­tion of Pres­i­dent’s rule.

Each ad­vi­sor has 49 de­part­ments un­der his purview. Both the ad­vi­sors have started sit­ting in the state sec­re­tar­iat. “Gover­nor Paul en­sures his pres­ence at 10.45 am reg­u­larly. Thus the of­fi­cials and em­ploy­ees of sec­re­tar­iat also re­main punc­tual in their duty,” said a source in Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Depart­ment point­ing out the first change no­ticed on Sec­re­tar­iat premises af­ter Paul took com­mand of the state ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Sources in the state sec­re­tar­iat said Paul does not want to take any fresh de­ci­sion that may land him in con­tro­versy. “In his first meet­ing with the DMs and SPs of all the dis­tricts through video con­fer­enc­ing, he made it clear that he wants to es­tab­lish a trans­par­ent, hon­est, sen­si­tive and ef­fi­cient sys­tem. He asked of­fi­cials to give top pri­or­i­ties for solv­ing the peo­ple’s prob­lem in their dis­tricts. He does not want com­mon peo­ple to come to Dehradun for get­ting their small works done,” an­other source told ET.

Paul has asked the of­fi­cials to com­plete the task of dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of land records and ra­tion cards at the ear­li­est. He gave spe­cial fo­cus on the prepa­ra­tion of Char Dham Ya­tra that would be­gin in the sec­ond week of May. He has also taken a tough stand to check il­le­gal min­ing.

More­over, Paul has started meet­ing peo­ple on the state sec­re­tar­iat premises.

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