Pulls And Counterpulls
- Chief minister Raman Singh has ordered inquiries into complaints against bureaucrats
- R. Prasanna, secy of the state IAS association, denies that officers do not work
- Opinion divided on whether the tussle has strengthened or weakened the chief minister
A post on his Facebook wall by an IAS officer posted in Chhattisgarh has created public furore. The post is purported to be a conversation between the officer and an elected representative, and it gained traction partly because it came at a time when several ministers in the state have been publicly complaining about bureaucrats, alleging officers no longer take elected representatives seriously.
In a Facebook post not short on sarcasm, Paul Alex Menon, a district magistrate who hit the headlines when he was abducted by Maoists in 2012, wrote: “Working in remote tribal districts for so many years for a salary of Rs 60,000 (which...