Babus on mission‘Delhi chalo’
Chief minister Nitish Kumar had declared a few months ago that no senior officer from the state cadre would be relieved for central deputation. Two IAS officers in the state — C.K. Mishra and Rajesh Bhushan — still managed to move to Delhi recently.
ihar is facing an acute shortage of IAS and IPS officers. The chief minister had even written to the Union government suggesting that IAS and IPS officers of Bihar cadre on central deputation be reverted to the state. The demand was turned down by the Centre. “Virtually every IAS and IPS officer is gripped with ‘Delhi chalo’ obsession. If Nitish were to be a little liberal, all the IAS and IPS officers in the state would have opted for central deputation. Delhi is the favoured destination of all senior officers, partly because it offers better educational opportunities to their children, and partly because they want to escape the grilling routine the chief minister puts them in. A few officers would prefer to go on leave on the pretext of scholarship and research rather than come to Bihar,” said a senior IAS officer.
The memorial service of former Ranvir Sena chief Brahmeshwar Singh “Mukhiya” at Ara saw participation of politicians cutting across party lines. “Two leaders who were roughed up by Mukhiya’s followers the day he was murdered were also present,” recalled a participant. However, a section of BJP leaders was surprised to see state president C.P. Thakur attending both the cremation as well as the shradh ceremony. “During the RJD regime, Lalu Prasad had accused Thakur of being a Ranvir Sena sympathiser after a phone call was traced from his residence to a Sena activist. We had all condemned Lalu for making baseless allegations against Doctor Saheb. We even advised him (Thakur) to be more discreet in showing his affiliation to the slain Ranvir Sena chief, as it would strengthen Lalu’s claims. But Thakur did not listen to us. He is doing it out of putra moh (love for son) as his son (Vivek Thakur) wants to contest the Assembly polls from
he region and the support of Mukhiya’s supporters is essential,” said a senior BJP leader.
Tall claims detrimental
The administrative corridors are agog with speculation about a senior IAS officer, considered to be one of chief minister Nitish Kumar’s favourites, being shunted out to a less important posting. “This officer had of late started boasting of his achievements and announcing imaginary dates for new projects even before completing the initial formalities. The chief minister had even warned him against making public statements. But he did not listen,” said an IAS officer, stressing that Nitish always preferred work to talk and learning about the work from the media.
A farewell given to an IAS officer recently raised several eyebrows. The party was not organised by the IAS fraternity. Members of the business community organised it and split the spoils among them. “Even the liquor served during the farewell had a sponsor,” recalled a person who attended the party. A few months ago, an IPS officer being reverted to his state cadre was also given a series of farewells. “The farewells were sponsored by businessmen and persons hailing from his caste,” recalled a junior IAS officer. There are a couple of tough IAS officers, like the present Union home ministry secretary, Raj Kumar Singh, who refused to accept farewells and left for Delhi immediately after his deputation was cleared.