Relief for officials
Delay in appointing political nominees as chairpersons and directors of the government-run boards and corporations might have irked political leaders, but officials are a happy lot.
A senior IAS officer said, “The previous government had removed more than half of the officials who were directors in boards or corporations and appointed political nominees in their place as non-official directors. In a majority of the cases, appointments are made under political compulsions and they are of no use to the boards.” Another official said it was easier to function now without political nominees. In the past, there were instances of chairpersons and political nominees writing letters to the government and lobbying hard to remove the managing director or other officials when they failed to heed to their demands — a problem that officials do not have to deal with for now.
Meanwhile, the State government, in its recent order, made Ministers as chairpersons of boards and corporations coming under his or her departments. A few days ago, Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara, who is also Minister for Bengaluru Development, took charge as chairperson of Bangalore Development Authority, one of the sought-after agencies.
for Chief Minister
Besides facing challenges posed by the coalition government, with issues such as loan waiver, it has become a hard task for Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to defend his brother and Cabinet colleague H.D. Revanna
, who holds the Public Works portfolio.
Mr. Revanna has been constantly putting Mr. Kumaraswamy in embarrassing situations through his actions. When Mr. Kumaraswamy was speaking of austerity measures, Mr. Revanna drew criticism for renovating his sprawling bungalow, reportedly because of “vaastu concerns”. It is said that Mr. Revanna fixed the timing for Mr. Kumaraswamy’s maiden budget too. He even exchanged seats with another Minister in the Assembly hall following the advice of his astrologer, it is said. Reports of he travelling 350 km by road daily from Bengaluru and his home town Holenarsipur have become another controversy.
More recently, Mr. Revanna was criticised for allegedly flinging biscuits at flood victims at Ramanathapura. As a damage-control measure, Mr. Kumaraswamy was forced to defend his brother.
Ex-CM speaks his mind
Three months after the Legislative Assembly elections, the former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has “revealed” the story behind why the Congress could not win the elections — as he interpreted it.
At a function in Hassan, the Congress leader claimed that political enemies had prevented him from becoming the Chief Minister. He, however, did not clarify whether the enemies were within the Congress or in other parties, triggering much speculation. Mr. Siddaramaiah went on to say that he had not lost his courage and wants to become Chief Minister once more. With this too ruffling feathers, he had to clarify again that what he meant was that the party would come to power again.
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