In order to extend the ‘feel good’ factor to the state’s bureaucracy, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has accorded official sanction to celebrate the Services Week of the state IAS officers association.
And he had also suggested that the week long celebrations could feature a cricket match between a CM’s XI led by him and an IAS XI.
This was confirmed by Akhilesh at Monday’s get together held at his official residence on the occasion of Diwali, which was also attended by Cabinet colleagues, IPS officials, members of the state civil service and journalists.
Actually, Akhilash had first mooted the idea at a meeting with the association’s office-bearers on Sunday.
“Yes I am ready and you people select a team for me to play against the officials,” said a beaming Chief Minister as he reached out to the bureaucracy, which had been at the receiving end during the erstwhile Mayawati-led BSP Government’s tenure.
The association had been in a limbo for the last several years and the traditional Services Week is being celebrated after a gap of five years.
By a strange coincidence, the association last met in 2006 when SP chief Mulayam Singh was Chief Minister. But the Mayawati Government that followed was not in favour of allowing the bureaucrats to remain in ‘party mode’ for about a week.