THE bureaucrats and technocrats in Uttar Pradesh found themselves at the receiving end with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle and state PWD minister Shivpal Yadav blaming them for delaying projects. The CM claimed that he knows where to “tighten the nuts and bolts”, but added that no amount of disciplining will help the officers if they do not have the intention to improve.
“What I have come to understand is that IAS stands for ‘Individuals After Sarkar’. They can do anything for their posting… But there are some good officers as well because of whom good results can be seen. It is our responsibility to see how they can be used,” Akhilesh said after launching 1,020 tubewells across the state from his residence here.
“I have asked engineers to pedal cycle in Lucknow. Earlier, not a single cycle track was upto mark but when engineers started using cycles, everything became fine. I know where to tighten nuts and bolts. If officers and engineers work honestly, UP will be developed,” Akhilesh added.
Earlier, Shivpal warned engineers to mend way and warned that FIRs will be lodged against those who do not improve.
“Some engineers are not mending their ways. They have used sub-standard pipes in tubewells, which will not last more than five years. Better they mend their ways else I will lodge FIR and send them to jail,” Shivpal said.
“They are more interested in small works. They also take commission in these projects. Our projects are stalled by bureaucrats also. Forest department raises maximum objections it,” Shivpal added.
Commenting on principal secretary (Irrigation) Deepak Singhal, who recently had been awarded the title of “water administrator” by an organisation, Shivpal said, “He is more interested in going abroad and to Delhi,” Shivpal said, adding the bureaucrat should “at least implement some good things from there”.
Akhilesh assured all possible help in the revival and cleaning of six rivers — Gomti in Lucknow, Hindon in Ghaziabad, Sengar and Anaya in Mainpuri, Chandrawal in Banda and Lekhari in Jhansi, and the setting up of a water resources knowledge centre in the state.