Monday, August 19, 2013

What does chief secretary Jawed Usmani mean when he compares UP with a big aircraft?

WHEN BoI tweeted UP chief secretary and 1978 batch IAS Jawed Usmani’s statement on Saturday that “Uttar Pradesh is like a big aircraft which cannot be turned around quickly”, there were endorsements as well as sharp reactions. One Akhil Shastry wrote back saying that UP is like the Kingfisher aircraft which has been…
“confiscated, let alone being turned around slowly”.  Another reader asked whether Usmani gave any indication that UP should be broken up into four states?
In fact, it was a rare occasion that state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav was not accompanied by his uncles (read senior politicians of the state) but by UP’s top bureaucrats including chief secretary and principal secretaries when he attended a function on Saturday to release the 203-page development agenda (for 2013-14) document that showcases state’s new initiatives such as Lucknow Metro, Lucknow-Agra Expressway, E-stamping and IT city. The chief minister who received the ire of ordinary citizens for suspending young IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, attended a press meet in Lucknow where he took a back seat. The CM asked reporters to ask his bureaucrats direct questions on administrative laxity, if any.
Usmani acknowledged that there was inertia among officials, and he was not satisfied with the situation. He then went on to say that he personally monitors each project. That’s not all. He does cajole his juniors, scold them, and even threaten them to get work done out of them. But one Ashutosh N Singh said in Twitter that his e-mails and speed posts to none other than Usmani himself have remained not-replied.
What if you get a chance to pilot such a big aircraft? Kindly post your valuable suggestions.

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