Maya praises babus from party platform
Rajiv Srivastava, TNN | Dec 19, 2011, 04.36AM IST
LUCKNOW: Chief minister Mayawati, while addressing a rally on Sunday,
singled out two IAS officers from her secretariat,Navneet Sehgal and
DS Mishra, for special praise, making several retired and serving
administrative services officers cringe.
"A lot of work has been done in the power sector under the supervision
of Navneet Sehgal. UP is expected to get adequate power supply by
2014," Mayawati said, adding, "Main unke vikas ke karyon mein yogdaan
ke liye haardik aabhar prakat karti hoon (I express my deepest
gratitude to him for his contribution in the development works)."
Maya was addressing a Thakur-Muslim-Vaishya Bhaichara Sammelan at Rama
Bai Rally Sthal. While retired and serving officers said they were not
surprised by this, they saw it as politicization of bureaucracy, a
process that began under Mayawati's predecessors.
"The whole institution has lost its meaning in the state over the past
decade or so," said a serving IAS officer of UP cadre, adding, "The
bureaucracy is equally responsible for this politicization of the
system.""These things have become the order of the day," said another
ex-bureaucrat, who retired as principal secretary, adding, "With
police often serving political interests, Uttar Pradesh would be
nothing less than a failed state if the menace grips the bureaucracy
Reacting to this, a retired agriculture commissioner R K Mittal said,
"Why only she, similar cases have happened during the tenure of
Mulayam Singh Yadav as well."
"Several IAS and IPS officers were known as Samajwadi agents during
Mulayam's regime," said another retired bureaucrat.
Just before the 2007 assembly elections, the Election Commission
removed then chief secretary NC Bajpai, director general of police Bua
Singh along with a few other IPS officers for allegedly attending a SP
function on the completion of three years of its rule in the state.
Bajpai not only attended the SP function but also sang praise for
Mulayam and his parliamentarian son Akhilesh Yadav.
Another bureaucrat due to retire said, "Serious introspection by
bureaucrats is the need of the hour before it is too late."
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