After Pawar, Ajit guns for Chavan

Written By Unknown on Senin, 16 Desember 2013 | 22.23

After Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar took a swipe at chief minister Prithrivaj Chavan it is the turn of his nephew Ajit Pawar. The deputy CM has said that Chavan's hands appeared to be "severely paralyzed now".

In September, the NCP chief had said the CM's hands were paralyzed when it came to signing files and this caused delay in approving key proposals. Chavan had retorted that he would never clear "personal" proposals, which were against Maharashtra's interests. Subsequently, Sharad Pawar had showered praise on Chavan and it appeared that the war of words was over.

Recently when Ajit Pawar was asked about the government's performance, his observations caused a flutter. From the time Ajit Pawar took over as deputy chief minister, he has been at loggerheads with Chavan.

Ajit Pawar's contention was that when the NCP was taking flak over corruption scandals and other irregularities, Chavan chose to settle scores instead of backing them. Even on the issue of appointments to key corporations, commissions and boards, Ajit Pawar has blamed Chavan. He has publicly criticized the CM for his failure to reconstitute the women's commission. Two years ago, the NCP submitted a list of its members to Chavan two years ago, but Chavan has not been able to set up the women's panel.

Passing the buck

Mumbaikars' traffic woes begin near the office of police chief Satya Pal Singh adjacent to Crawford Market. Although more than a dozen IPS officers work there, over 500 vehicles are illegally parked near the market. Traffic constables stationed in the area swing into action only during the movement of senior IPS officers. The situation across the city is equally bad. IPS officers associated with the traffic branch cite personnel shortage and lack of authority.

If a traffic inspector or constable fine a motorist, the official can impose a maximum penalty of Rs 100, said an IPS officer.

If a motor vehicle inspector steps in, then he has the power to impose a fine ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 and can even impound the vehicle, he added.

A motor vehicle inspector said the traffic branch is shirking its responsibility. Under such circumstances, both sections are not keen to take up the task of facilitating traffic in the city. There appears to be lack of commitment to provide a result-oriented administration, says a former DGP.

Although there is shortage of traffic constables and motor vehicle inspectors, it does not mean that there should be laxity all over, he added.

Missed opportunity

Controversial bureaucrat Jairaj Phatak has missed the bus, after J S Saharia was appointed as chief secretary.

Phatak, an IAS officer of the 1978 batch, is the senior most bureaucrat after J K Banthia, who retired on November 30. Phatak was sure that he would become the chief secretary and even the cabinet secretary at the Centre since he was the senior most in the batch but had youth on his side.

His colleagues considered him as the future chief secretary. After the CBI registered a criminal case against him and 13 others in connection with alleged irregularities in the Adarsh housing society, he was suspended from service.

Subsequently, after the commission of inquiry submitted a report stating that the disputed land belonged to the state government, it took the view before the high court that the CBI had no jurisdiction. The government has not granted permission to prosecute Phatak and a section of other bureaucrats. While Saharia will bow out in July 2014, additional chief secretary Amitabh Rajan will serve until December 2014, Phatak is set to retire on March 31, 2015.

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