New Delhi, June 24 (Delhi Crown): Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar is known to have had a very close and long relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi since the duo’s RSS days.
However, today Khattar is not able to get enough number of IAS officers to head and run his state government’s departments efficiently, even as the state continues to suffer from an acute shortage of IAS officers.
According to sources, the Haryana CM is somehow managing to run his government with the limited number of IAS officers available with his govt., by assigning several departments to each officer.
The state is expected to face a further shortage of IAS officers by year-end as 7 Direct Recruits and 7 Promotee Officers will superannuate by December 31 this year.
“Due to central deputation of officers and a low intake of officers at the state cadre, the Haryana state is facing some governance problems. There are 50 odd departments in the state which need experienced officers at the helm,” said a senior IAS officers posted in Chandigarh.
Despite his “close and long” ties with PM Modi, it seems Khattar is running from pillar to post to get himself heard, in so far as having an optimum strength of IAS officers in the state is concerned.
On Friday, the Haryana CM called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) & Personnel Dr. Jitendra Singh to highlight the shortage of IAS officers he was facing.
He told the Union Minister that at present he was managing by assigning 2-3 departments to a single officer, leading to unnecessary and unfeasible workload on each of them.
It was learnt that the Union Minister took a note of Haryana CM’s concern and issued necessary directions to his officials to give due consideration to all these issues and examine what best could be done for Mr. Khattar…!
According to sources, Dr. Jitendra Singh also assured the Haryana CM that cases of extension of service on a 6-month basis for those officers who are to retire this year will be considered till the shortage was addressed on a regular basis.
He also promised to give due consideration for repatriation of some of the officers from Central Deputation.
On the occasion, Khattar also requested the Union Minister to follow up with the Central Government the progress of some of the other proposals of projects in Haryana, said an official statement issued by the Union Government.