RAIPUR: Apparently. taking a cue from PM Narendra Modi’s talk of 56-inch chest, the Union Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti although “unhappy” with the style of bureaucratic functioning cited that a 56-inch chest is needed to accomplish the things (in public interest) that the bureaucrats are "reluctant" to carry out or initiate.
Bharti was in Chhattisgarh capital to participate in the seminar of Water and Land Management for food and Livelihood Security at the Indira Gandhi Agriculture University.
Watch the video of the speech below:
“Bureaucrats are birds in a closed cage and don’t come out of it. And if you try then their movement (action) remains sluggish. You can get the things cancelled but can’t make them (bureaucracy) initiate anything. The cancellation is so easy and restriction is so easy but generation and creation is tough, difficult and challenging (for bureaucrats). For this a 56-inch chest is needed”, Bharti said amidst elated applause from the audience.
She was referring to the delay to set up the proposed National Water Training and Research Institute of Central Ground Water Board, of which, she laid the foundation at new capital city of Naya Raipur.
Talking about the Mahanadi issue and other projects she refuted as “baseless” the allegation that since BJP is in power in Chhattisgarh so the Centre has been neglecting the interests of neighbouring Odisha. “I suggest both the states should remain concerned for each other. The charge against the Modi government is completely wrong since it is working as a team-India without any bias or discrimination against any state”, she asserted.