Ranchi, Aug. 23: Chief minister Hemant Soren has taken strong exception to misleading information given by the information and public relations department (IPRD) recently and directed officials to take precautions while issuing press releases.
Last evening, a communiqué released by the department stated that widening work of NH-33 and construction of bypasses at different stretches were almost complete. The reality, however, was quite different from what the government release claimed.
When asked, general manager (Jharkhand), National Highways Authority of India, Kushal Chand said, “When did we claim that expansion of NH-33 or construction of bypasses at different places was complete? Our work in Jharkhand is in full swing and it is open for all to see what has really been done.”
Another communiqué released yesterday claimed that the chief minister held a review meeting on flood scenario in East Singhbhum and Sahebganj and directed disaster management principal secretary K.K. Khandelwal to visit flood-hit areas.
Sources claimed that Hemant did not hold any review meetings with officials of the road construction and disaster management departments. He only disposed of certain pending files of the road construction and gave certain directions to the disaster management department.
When contacted, secretary (information) M.R. Meena said he was not looking after release of media notes.
The information department has released several other such misleading pieces of information in the recent time. Just a few days ago, an IPRD note named Nitin Madan Kulkarni as the state’s urban development secretary, while he is with the agriculture department.
The chief minister himself heads the department and its goof-ups have given his adversaries an opportunity to point fingers at him. Some of them even questioned whether Hemant was indulging in false propaganda.
“The misleading information was rectified last evening itself soon after it was brought to our notice. The typist had inadvertently made certain mistakes. We have also warned the officials that stern measures will be taken if such mistakes are repeated,” said chief minister’s political secretary Himanshu Shekhar.