Remember Azam Khan and his team of UP legislators, who wet on a study tour in London and were seen shopping happily around the city. Not just that, the 17-member delegation went on a tour to four other nations-Netherlands, UAE, Greece and Turkey. This, when UP was witnessing serious communal crisis with the Muzaffarnagar riots.
State Transport minister Durga Prasad Yadav set the next example of 'efficient' administration. He has embarked on a week-long study tour to Brazil with family in tow. Like the previous junket, the excuse here too is fascinating.
According to the minister, the tour is meant for studying the transport system in Brazil with focus on infrastructure and IT, with the intention of adopting the best practices in UP.
But sir, what has it got to do with your son, daughter-in-law, a private secretary and few other officials and wife of one of the officials?
The tour sponsored by the Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (ASRTU), a body with country's all state road transport corporations as its members, was originally meant for just three persons (from UP State Road Transport Corporation) but somehow the numbers were raised and VIPs were included in the list, he said.
"As the ASRTU had forwarded only three slots from the state and we had forwarded three names-UPSRTC Managing Director Mukesh Kumar Meshram, Deputy General Manager (technical) Mohd Rehman and Manager (operations) SK Banerjee and we do not know how so many people became part of the tour" the official said.
The minister's Private Secretary Mohd Salim, Principal Secretary, Transport Arvind Kumar Deo Singh, Managing Director, UPSRTC Mukesh Kumar Meshram, Special Secretary to Chief Minister, Naveen Kumar, and two other UPSRTC officials are part of the tour. One of the senior officials has also taken his wife with him.
"The delegation would also be attending a transport exhibition cum conference in Rio de Janeiro and a visit Sao Paulo," he said. The official said that he was not aware if the minister was bearing the expenditure of his family or not.
But Akhileshji, it is rather surprising why your government finds Brazil's transportation systems and roads superior to the others in the west and the Europe.