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After Sanjay Baru, former coal secretary Parakh’s book embarrasses PM; ‘Singh had little political authority’

Parakh's book 'Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths' to be released on Monday,

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: October 19, 2016 6:59 pm
Manmohan Singh. (IE Photo) Manmohan Singh. (IE Photo)

At a time when his former media advisor’s book has created political ripples, former Coal secretary P C Parakh has embarrassed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by saying that he was heading a government in which he had “little” political authority.

In his book “Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths” to be released on Monday, Parakh, who retired as Coal secretary in December 2005, recalled an incident when he had gone to meet the Prime Minister on a farewell call after submitting his resignation to the then Cabinet Secretary B K Chaturvedi.

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The 68-year-old author said in his book that he had submitted his resignation after BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan had insulted him during a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting and no response coming from the government.

“On August 17, 2005 I met the Prime Minister for a farewell call. I wanted to express my concern at the insult and humiliation that members of Parliament heap on civil servants and senior executives of public service undertakings,” he said in his book published by Manas publications.

Parakh, against whom the CBI has registered a case in coal block allocation, said the Prime Minister expressed anguish and stated that “he (Singh) faced similar problems everyday. But it would not be in the national interest if he was to offer his resignation on every such issue.”

“I do not know if the country would have got a better Prime Minister if Dr Manmohan Singh had resigned, instead of facing the humiliation of his own ministers not implementing or reversing his decision.

“By continuing to head a government in which he had little political authority, his image has been seriously dented by 2G scam and coalgate although he has had a spotless record of personal integrity,” the author observed.

Parakh while referring to the conversation with Singh said it had become clear that there was little chance of lasting reform in the coal sector with the limitations within which the Prime Minister functioned.

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  1. B
    Apr 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm
    All former bureaucrates find fault with the political masters after retirement with hefty bank balance and pension. service conditions of bureaucrates are designed based on the ICS pattern and are given protection against any unlawful action against them. Secondly the controlling officer in most cases is one of the Bureaucrate who heads the department, ministry or establishment. So who stops them writing their right opinion on the file and taking verbal orders from political master. In my opinion their master is the Consution of India and the minister concerned. These bureaucrates for their own benifits and aming wealth have corrupted the system and guided their political masters for their own benefit. All powers in a district are vested in Collector-and there is race for this posting as all financial deals have to be gone through his office. So the adage- power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely is correct
    1. D
      Apr 14, 2014 at 11:46 am
      We are now confirmed in our knowledge through these senior govt. official's revelations that the office of the PM of India was hijacked by Sonia born with foreign roots & leanings. It seems foreign mafias are ruling and pering this country by taking control of indigenous political parties. One wonders are we really independent now ?
      1. H
        Apr 14, 2014 at 11:18 am
        MMS shamed the Office of PM,beyond any doubt.Parekh has come out with gory details of the Loot with PM presiding over it.Shamefull.Has Mr Parekh come out with recommendations of all those Govts which Opposed Auction for allotment.All such allotments made were rules were violated,be it Congressmen or BJP Men.Must be exposed for public knowledge,blaming MMS is no way of diverting the truth.We Indians must know the full truth,the dubious role of MMS has been exposed,its time that all the beneficiaries who epitomise abuse of Political clout must be exposed as well.Congress has not been honest in coming out with the truth.
        1. P
          Apr 14, 2014 at 10:15 am
          how many more former Advisers/ former Secretaries in the PM Office in therace for authoring books and the reason for these traitors, insider cheatsthieves, informants,? Parikh a born Gujarati, definitely speak the languageof Modi/BJP, Sanjaya Barru,usually had issues with the most well reputedWho so ever coming out with more PM Office secret information, after 6-8 years UN CEREMONIAL DEPARTURE/ like former Gen VK Singhthrown out may be awarded /honored/ welcomed go join BJP THE MOST COMMUNAL, HATERED, DESTRUCTIVE PARTY
          1. R
            Apr 14, 2014 at 11:07 am
            Every man came in to world with his own destiny and that destiny he to carryout end of life.Our aim must be understand him rather than edify.stead of criticizing our P.M. we must understand him.We are all dancing on tune of our unconscious mind,we have no freewill. our unconscious mind built up in childhood and it remain forever.Philosopher Spinoza Wrote " Men believes themselves to be free,simply because they are conscious of their actions,and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined"
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