Bric a Brac

Files on hold

fresh breed of ministers

july-14-imag-5WHENEVER regimes have changed in the last 67 years, the transition has been smooth, especially for facilitators. The BJP has come to power alone, without the support of anybody’s crutches this time. This disposition has created a bottleneck. As far as the bureaucracy is concerned, they have their set-up in place. The issue is how to deal with the ministers’ offices. Barring a few top industrialists’ facilitators, most are perturbed. First, they don’t know who is joining the ministers’ offices as Private Secretaries. Generally a Cabinet Minister has a staff of 10 to 12 people. Some of them are posted at home and some in the office. Second, except for the top 10 ministers, they don’t know the minister politically or socially. Third, the new generation of ministers is mostly from an RSS background, so they are not party-hoppers. The buzz is that they are taking the help of old Rajya Sabha MPs of the BJP to understand the mindset of the new ruling club. Another major problem is that most of the ministers have not been allotted houses; either they are living in hotels, guest houses or State bhawans. These are public places and people who come with a request to push the files don’t like to meet at a public place. Then, the new ministers are also not conversant with Delhi culture. Former BJP President BangaruLaxman’s TV sting is also still haunting many. So, the problem remains as to how the files of industrialists will move. The government, for the time being, ison hold, waiting till it is fully oiled.

Vol. 8, issue 4 | JULY | 2014

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