UP chief minister warns IAS officers

HT Correspondent

India, May 22 -- Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday warned the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers against causing any obstructions in smooth functioning of government and asked them to clear all the pending files in a time bound manner.

"No officer should cause any obstructions. Those who do so will face action," said chief minister while addressing the Uttar Pradesh Udyami Sammelan-2013 that the Indian Industry Association (IIA) had organised at the Indira Gandhi Pratisthan here.

"Give them a week's time to clear all the pending files. Those found with a maximum number of pending files after this will face action," he said.

Chief minister's reference to the bureaucracy's 'negative' role was not out of context. IIA president Jugal Kishore in his welcome address had pointed out that the bureaucracy was causing hurdles and many files were pending with the officers for more than seven to eight months. "Chief minister has a positive attitude. But the decision making is taking a lot of time-there is a need to redefine the word 'soon'," he said.

So, chief minister began his address with references to the efforts his government has been making to create a conducive atmosphere for investment in Uttar Pradesh. "The state government has formulated to help entrepreneurs and bring about development. Officers should help in better implementation of these policies," he said.

Chief minister quoted a case to make an obvious point that some officers were causing unnecessary problems in smooth functioning of government. "I had ordered an IAS officer to do certain work. I found the work was pending even after five months. So, I asked the officer to do the job in next two days. Instead of sending action taken report the officer sent a two-page note," he said. "I told them- I do not want to humiliate any officer," said chief minister. "Soon a senior officer made two line observations on the two-page note to get the job done," said chief minister indicating his mild manners should not be taken as his weakness.

Chief minister said he had spoken to the IAS officers about this issue during the Uttar Pradesh IAS Association's Civil Service Week as well. "A file moves from lower levels to higher levels in the government.

It's sent again from higher level to lower levels. I told the officers if they have to go by the observations of the lower division clerk there is no point for them to be an officer of the Indian Administrative Service," he said.

CM referred to Global Summit at Agra and the visit of the USIBC delegation to make his point that the industrialists were showing interest in investing in Uttar Pradesh. Taking a dig at the media for making positive projection of certain states (Gujarat etc.) chief minister Uttar Pradesh was on the top of lists of states in terms of production of wheat and milk etc. Other states however get credit for being the largest producers of such products, he said. "UP is not behind any state. Every district has a distinct identity here," he said.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.