Lucknow, Jan 19: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently held the state bureaucrats responsible for the failure in implementing various projects that formed part of the Samajwadi Party's (SP) poll manifesto prior to the assembly elections early last year.
Speaking on the inaugural day of IAS Week on Thursday, the CM said he had cleared several welfare projects but the administrative officials failed to implement them and asked them to better their poor image. Later, Yadav regretted saying that the IAS cadre of UP had lost its glory.
The CM said the party had promised several schemes for the people of UP but the IAS officers did not take interest in implementing them on the ground. He also advised the IAS officers to think why their empanelment was not taking place or why occasions like IAS Week were not being held for the past six years.
Yadav said officials of the UP cadre were once known for their planning and implementing schemes. "They need to work to restore the lost glory of the cadre in the state," he said.
The CM particularly said the problem of availability of clean drinking water even after so many years of independence reflects the failure of the state's bureaucracy.
The IAS officers are not convinced, however. According to sources, the state ministers were forcing them to indulge in unethical activities.
They alleged that the CM wants to listen to only minister and party leaders and believes the second-hand information about the bureaucrats. They added that those close to the CM mislead him about the bureaucrats. It is said that the bureaucrats have identified land for setting up airport in Agra while the Agra-Lucknow Expressway project was set to begin in a few months.
The case of former health secretary Pradeep Shukla, who was in jail for months, also caused worry among the state bureaucrats. They said that they would not do something that could create problems for them.