Sukhu govt minister and son of former CM accuses HP bureaucracy of bypassing representatives
Shimla, July 22
The state of Himachal Pradesh is facing both natural devastation and a contentious battle between the legislature and bureaucracy. On Saturday, Vikramditya Singh, Minister and son of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, accused the Himachal Pradesh bureaucracy of undermining the authority of the elected government. Singh, after meeting with senior BJP ministers, including Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi, expressed his frustration with the state bureaucracy without naming anyone directly.
During a hastily convened press conference at the State Secretariat in Shimla, Singh acknowledged his respect for the state’s bureaucracy and emphasized the need for equal coordination between the elected government and bureaucrats to ensure a successful administration.
However, Singh did not hold back in criticizing certain officers who he claimed were overstepping their boundaries. He pointed out that proposals made by the elected government were being altered during the process, which was a matter of concern. Singh firmly stated that as elected representatives, they would not allow the bureaucracy to dictate how they should work.
Singh, who holds significant portfolios, such as Public Works Development and Youth and Sports, warned that he would not tolerate any attempt by the bureaucracy to undermine the voice of the people of Himachal Pradesh. He emphasized that they were elected to represent their constituencies and would stand up for the interests of the people.
Responding to questions, Singh chose not to elaborate further on the issue until he discussed it with the Chief Minister. However, he made it clear that he and other elected representatives would continue to work in line with the will of the people.
As of now, the state bureaucracy has not issued any rebuttal in response to the Minister’s accusations, as he specifically named some senior IAS officers during the press conference.
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