With the hype around general elections increasing, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Friday severely crticised the senior IAS and IPS officers in a closed-door meeting held to mark the ‘IAS Week’.
Mincing no words, he linked corruption with political interference in transfers, said officers took bribes, insisted on improving the law and order situation before the elections, and underlined that officers were not serious about even those projects that were close to his heart.
Sources present in the meeting told The Indian Express that a piqued CM cited an example of how an officer took bribe from a person who was recommended by the CM himself and still did not do the work.
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“It was most shocking. Though he did not take any name, he said how the officer had the courage to take bribe from the person whom he had recommended. He told us that if this can happen with the Chief Minister, then what about the common man” said an officer.
The Chief Minister also reportedly cited that not a single district headquarters has been connected with four lanes so far. The Samajwadi Party , in its assembly election manifesto, had promised to connect all the district headquarters with four lanes.
Another officer said the CM spoke of how work on his own secretariat office, which was supposed to be a world class signature building, has not taken off in past one and a half year.”
The Chief Minister associated political interference in transfers with corruption and asked the officers to avoid the practice. He related how for the transfer of one officer, he got political recommendations from six different people even when the officer in question was unsuitable for the post.
He appreciated some good work and said distribution of 15 lakh laptops in the state was a “completely corruption free” project.