Harshvardhan vows free hand to babus if BJP wins
By Tarun Nangia | Published: 03rd November 2013 08:23 AM |
The BJP’s Delhi Chief Ministerial candidate Harshvardhan on Saturday said that if the BJP were to come to power in Delhi, it will fully comply with the orders of the October 31 Supreme court order to make the bureaucracy free from political pressure.
The doctor turned politico said that Delhi will be the first state in the country where the IAS officials and other senior bureaucrats shall have complete freedom to work and take decisions in the interests of the people.
And he added that the BJP Government would ensure that all the files relating to government decisions, except those deemed sensitive, will be made available online so that the people can easily obtain any information under the RTI.
According to Harshvardhan, the difference between the law makers and IAS officers is that the law makers are elected by the people to serve them, whereas the IAS officers and other bureaucrats are selected by a board formed by the government. And it is only after receiving detailed training that they are sent out to serve the people, he said.
Further, the BJP leader said the party believed that there should be purity in public life, and the administration should work according to the tenets of the Constitution and in the interest of the people.
Harshvardhan added that a BJP Government will take steps to streamline the administration so as to bring an end to corruption and price rise and enforce accountability. It may be mentioned that the apex court took cognisance of the cases of IAS officers Ashok Khemka and Durga Shakti Nagpal and the actions of some of the UP ministers, who issued oral directives to officials, at the time of the Muzaffarnagar communal carnage.
According to the court, the bureaucrats ought not to obey the orders issued verbally. If compliance of any order is absolutely necessary, then the officer concerned shall jot it down on the file so that there will be a documented evidence for the same.
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