Respect MLAs or face action,Bihar CS tells babus

The CS’s letter mentions some MPs complaining about government officials’ lackadaisical response to their queries to Union Ministry of Personnel and Training

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Published: March 30, 2012 12:37 am

In the first-ever official acknowledgment of public representatives’ complaints about babus not responding properly to their queries on development projects and even misbehaving with them at times,Bihar Chief Secretary Navin Kumar has sent a letter to all principal secretaries,divisional commissioners,DMs and top police officials with detailed guidelines on how to follow “official work ethics with MPs/ MLAs”,as outlined by the Central government’s Department of Personnel and Training in 1974,or face departmental actions.

The CS’s instructions to all top government functionaries early this month assume significance with several legislators,mostly from the ruling alliance,complaining about “inaccessibility and cold response” of officials right from secretariat to block levels.

Raniganj BJP MLA Parmanand Rishidev said Sikti circle officer,when asked about alleged irregularity in a welfare scheme last month,snubbed him and even challenged to get him transferred.

Last year,Sonbarsa JD(U) MLA Ratnesh Sada,a scheduled caste MLA,had alleged that government officials made casteist remarks against him,besides not paying attention to his requests to give details on welfare schemes.

Several other legislators have raised the matter of “bureaucracy trying to prevail over elected representatives” during Assembly sessions in the last three years.

The CS’s letter mentions some MPs complaining about government officials’ lackadaisical response to their queries to Union Ministry of Personnel and Training. Though no legislator wrote to the Chief Minister,several of them raised the matter in Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council.

The CS instructed all top officials to “circulate the Central government guidelines till down level and review implementation of the instruction at regular intervals”. The letter,referring to DoPT instructions,mentions seven-point guidelines on “well-establish norms and tradition to maintain balance between public representatives and government servants”.

Regarding correspondence with MPs,rules say if letters are addressed to ministers or secretaries concerned by MPs,it would be only proper that the minister or his department secretary replies with proper signature. It should also be ensured that letters are legible.

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