|Bihar CM Manjhi|
DMs, as they showed past precedence to argue that the CM was not supposed to talk to the DMs directly. Previous chief ministers would have taken stock of the situation by talking to senior officials, he was told by a senior officer. As Manjhi's outbursts indirectly indicted former CM Nitish Kumar, it was greeted with thumping of desks by the BJP MLAs.
Manjhi further said he had directed all DMs to visit the drought-affected areas, asking them not to limit their roles to sending rainfall data alone.
But his real anger was directed against Patna district magistrate. Without taking his name, chief minister said the DM misled him by saying that there was no sign of drought in the district. But CM ignored him and personally visited Dulhin Bazar under the Naubatpur block of Patna only to find parched lands between Danapur and Dulhin Bazar. Manjhi further said there were no signs of irrigation anywhere, and some farmers were irrigating land with the help of diesel sets.
Only last week, 2000 batch IAS N Saravana Kumar, the then Patna DM, was transferred out of the district. Kumar is a veterinary doctor-turned IAS, originally belonging to Tamil Nadu.
Manish Kumar Verma has been appointed as the new Patna DM.