Bureaucrats under scanner

December 20 2018

When Narendra Modi took over the throne of Delhi, bureaucrats were overjoyed. There was a visible downfall in the popularity of the elected public representatives. In fact, the department secretaries of different ministries started superseding the ministers and directly submitted their report to the PMO.
But now the prime minister has a feeling that the bureaucracy is tipping off the government’s plans and schemes to journalists.
A few days ago when a new secretary took charge of a crucial ministry, as many as four journalists visited him in his office. The secretary told the journos that the government is initiating initiatives, drafting important points of the new policy, etc… etc… etc…
Even before these journalists could step out the secretary’s office, the latter received a call from Nripendra Mishra from the PMO. The word is Mishra told off the secretary that he is not a minister and it is not his job to talk to journalists; he should rather concentrate on his work.
In the next few days, another secretary was invited by a news channel to speak on water security policies. He too received a heated phone call. The secretary innocently replied that he is going to the Conclave to boast of the achievements of the government. He was told that there are many other people to speak of the achievements of the government; he should mind his own business.
The buzz in the corridors of power is that the bureaucrats are being closely monitored by the government’s secret agencies.

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