Shape up or Ship out, Chandrababu Tells Ministers

Ministers squarely blame officials’ non-cooperation after Naidu expresses displeasure over the performance of his ministerial colleagues.

Published: 02nd August 2014 08:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd August 2014 08:30 AM   |  A+A-


HYDERABAD: What has prompted Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to undertake a massive reshuffling in all departments from grassroots level? What is the sudden need for the AP government to transfer every officer in the government from MRO level to secretary level from their present places?

According to sources, when Naidu expressed his displeasure over the ‘poor performance’ of his ministerial colleagues in their respective departments in the past 50 days, a majority of them blamed the officials.

“Sir, what can we do, a majority of the officials in all departments from mandal level to State level were appointed in their present places/positions by the previous Congress regime. Hence, several of them are not cooperating with us,” this was the stock reply the AP Chief Minister reportedly got from every minister.

Following this, according to sources, the Chief Minister asked all the ministers to undertake massive overhaul in the administration. He asked them to reshuffle all the officials from mandal level to State level as per their choices to ensure that administration is streamlined. “I am giving you one month time to undertake massive overhaul in all departments. I don’t want any further excuses from you after the one month period...

I want you to perform well. Those who won’t prove themselves will be shown the door,” Naidu is learnt to have told his Cabinet colleagues during the lengthy meeting of the AP Cabinet that was held here on Friday.

Naidu, who had measured the functioning of his Cabinet colleagues with ‘performance indicators’ during his nine-year regime,

seems to have once again begun relying on the same parameters to review the progress of his Cabinet now. Strengthening this, he reviewed the performance of his ministerial colleagues in their respective departments during the Cabinet meeting, held on Friday.

The tech-savvy Chief Minister is learnt to have scrutinised the progress of his colleagues by reeling out statistics about their performance.

According to sources, during the meeting, the Chief Minister tried to analyse the progress of the ministers by categorising them into A,B,C and D grades.

Except senior ministers such as Yanamala Ramakrishnudu, no other minister is learnt to have secured either A or B grade. A majority of the ministers ended up getting C and D grades only.

According to sources, the Chief Minister told the ministers to keep the performance indicators of their respective departments ready for a series of review meetings which he would start after one month from now.


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