To learn ‘good governance’, just visit any district of Uttar Pradesh. The Akhilesh Yadav government has evolved a unique formula for faster growth and to appease Samajwadi Party workers. The state has been divided according to the needs of favoured leaders. Moradabad, Bijnore, Bareilly, Rampur, Muzaffarnagar and Badaun districts have reportedly been allotted to Azam Khan, the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Muslim Waqf, Urban Development, Water Supplies, Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation, Minority Welfare & Haj. Sources say that ministers or civil servants cannot intervene in these districts without his knowledge. The Public Works Department, Jal Nigam and other departments’ contracts are being allotted at the discretion of Azam Khan’s office. All these departments are bewildered at the way work allocation has been done without tenders. The government, which claims to be a champion of good governance, has evolved this new method to allot work to sycophants without tenders. For example, if a water tank is to be constructed in a locality and the cost will be approximately `10 crore, the work will be divided into orders of not more than `2 lakh. The officials who allot the work have to create 500 work orders for the construction. Apparently, every day there are phone calls to the district administration for allotment of work to barbers, tailors, drivers, sweepers, personal servants and their relatives – all connected to Azam Khan – and, of course, without tenders.
VOL. 9, ISSUE 8 | NOV, 2015