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Azam staff refuse to work under him

The Uttar Pradesh Secretariat Employee Association (UPSEA) has decided no employee will work under Azam Khan.

Upset over the alleged use of abusive language by Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan against his staff,the Uttar Pradesh Secretariat Employee Association (UPSEA) has decided no employee will work under Azan.

On Tuesday,seven officials,which included two personal secretaries and five additional personal secretaries,working under the minister,sent a complaint letter to the Chief Secretary,in which they alleged that Azam used “abusive” and “undignified” language against them and sought transfer for themselves.

Reacting to the issue,UPSEA office-bearers,led by its president Yadvendra Mishra,met Rakesh Garg,Principal Secretary to the CM,today and apprised him of resentment among the Secretariat employees. Some employees at Azam’s office had marked their attendance today but did not do any official work,whereas Azam did not attend the office.

The UPSEA,in a memorandum to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav,demanded that all employees attached to Azam’s office be relieved.

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On the other hand,employees have decided that no one from the secretariat will serve under the minister.

“We are not concerned about him (Azam) continuing as minister. That will be decided by the CM. We are concerned with the employees’ dignity. No employee will serve under him and those already working there should be relieved,” O N Tiwari,General Secretary,UPSEA,said.

Tiwari also said soon a delegation will meet Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to apprise him of the issue. “It is up to Mulayam to decide whether Azam is tarnishing the image of the government and party,” he said.

The UPSEA has received support from the BJP,which has demanded that Mulayam engage Azam in party affairs so that the employees and even the CM could be relieved from the “antics” of the minister.

The letter sent to Chief Secretary was signed by Azam’s personal secretaries – Jeevan Singh Negi and Vijay Bahadur Singh – and additional personal secretaries – Awadesh Kumar Tiwari,Muktinath Jha and Sarvesh Kumar Mishra.

Two additional personal secretaries – Mohammad Naeem Siddiqui and Sarvesh Kumar Prajapati – could not sign the letter as they were not in Lucknow but extended support.

Surprisingly,Jha is considered as Azam’s most trusted officer and had served him under the previous regime as well. Soon after joining the Cabinet last year,Azam had personally requested for Jha’s posting in his office.

In the letter,the staff said they are performing the duty with utmost caution but their services are still not up to the level as desired by the minister. Because of this,the minister misbehaves with them and does not hesitate using unparliamentary language. The letter also requests that they be transferred to secretariat administration department.

In the past,the minister has had tussles with several officials. He was not satisfied with the work of his principal secretary in urban development,Praveer Kumar,whom the minister had blamed of acting with an “anti-Muslim mindset”. Kumar was later transferred.