Vrindavan, 2017.07.22 (VT): With Mathura’s connection to Lord Krishna’s lilas, and the current BJP government’s regard for Hindu holy places, one would think government officers would be clamboring to work here. After all, we have a film star for an MP and a local legislator as the State’s power minister.
But while devotees have flocked from all over the world to Vrindavan for centuries, during some periods even making the long trek by foot through dangerous terrain over the course of months, government officials are reportedly refusing to work here.
Shri Ujjwal Kumar (IAS) was transferred here ten days ago as the new Municipal Commissioner, but he has yet to take charge. Likewise the important posts of Vice Chairman and Secretary of the Mathura-Vrindavan Development Authority remain vacant. It seems officials are absconding from these positions. Once they are nominated for being transferred to the district, they use their connections within the government to block the transfer.
Meanwhile, the new Senior Superintendent of Police went on leave immediately after assuming his duty. The previous SSP Vinod Mishra only served the district for 53 days.
The reason, they say, is the heavy handed approach of the relatives and friends of the legislators of the district and the two ministers, who are elected as legislators from Mathura.
They are reportedly easy on appointees who are friends or family members, and the rest are forced to take up the slack. Relatives of these legislators behave as if they are ministers themselves, and give instructions to the officials. Some of them have even started to write “Minister’s Representative” on their vehicles or outside their offices.