PM Modi’s serious warning to bureaucrats of UP shows he means business straightaway

Come to office on time and ensure that the projects are completed within the time limit, or else face “serious” action – this is the warning from PM Modi to all the public servants of the Uttar Pradesh government. UP Chief Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar sent an official message to all the public servants, asking them to start working towards the new BJP government’s priorities which have to be executed in a definite time-frame, or face strict action.

The newly-appointed chief minister of Uttar Pradesh will take oath on Sunday and the new government is all set to start its work from Monday. In an order sent on Friday to all Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and additional chief secretaries as well as department heads in UP, Chief Secretary Bhatnagar said in his orders, “The policies and the manifesto promises of the new government are to be executed in a time-bound manner. I expect that you (senior officials) will direct all your subordinates that from March 20, all government officials will be present in offices on time without fail and ensure to discharge their responsibilities. Any violation of these orders will be viewed with utmost seriousness.

The order from the Chief Secretary echoes the sentiments of PM Modi who during his election campaigns had repeatedly said that all the public servants will be held accountable in his new government and work will be completed in a time-bound manner. PM Modi, in his election campaigns as well as in the election manifesto, has promised loan-waivers for farmers, payment to the sugarcane farmers, shutting down slaughter houses and improving law and order on a priority basis.

The public servants of the Uttar Pradesh government are already on their toes after the orders from the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh and BJP making its intent clear on fulfilling its poll promises even before the government is yet to form. Prime Minister Office had already dispatched Nripendra Misra, the principal secretary to the PM and often considered his right-hand, to oversee and revamp the bureaucracy in the state which is known for its corruption and poor governance. Narendra Modi is committed to fulfil all his pre-poll promises and has sent all the public servants in a mission mode.

Kshitij Mohan