The members of the newly-formed Shivraj Singh Chouhan Cabinet in Madhya Pradesh are having sleepless nights, with the Chief Minister taking on the role of a tough taskmaster.
Addressing a Cabinet meeting on Friday, Chavan, who is currently in his third back-to-back term as CM, directed the ministers to make a presentation on how they planned to go about the task of ministering their respective departments.
The ministers were told to present the details regarding the 100-day action plan, which they are to carry out.
In what is being seen as probably the first administrative initiative of its kind in MP, it were the ministers who were asked to explain the finer points of the action plan, rather than the Department Secretary.
“Earlier, the ministers would delegate their responsibility to the bureaucrats and it would be the bureaucrat who would prepare the roadmap, chart out the goals and present it to the CM.”
“In many cases, the minister would not even be aware of what the department plans to do.
“Now, with Chouhan asking ministers to make the presentation themselves, they are forced to study the department files and put questions to the officials,” a bureaucrat said.
Publicly, the ministers are welcoming the new initiative but privately they admit that the new move has put them under severe pressure.
“During my earlier stint I would go with the suggestions of my Secretary and after signing the file, forward it to the CM.”
“Now, I have to read each and every sentence, lest the CM should put a question to me.
“For action plan presentation too, I had to read everything like I was appearing for a school test,” said a senior minister.