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