Bureaucracy and judiciary fail Jagan in reforms
People have given a massive mandate to the YSR Congress. The party had won 151 Assembly seats out of the total 175. The mandate was unquestionable. But, as it appears, the bureaucracy and the judiciary are failing chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy in some of his major decisions. The officials who are expected to toe the line of the chief minister and frame the policies for the government headed by the political party, are failing the chief minister time and again for the reasons best known to them.
It happened in the case of appointment of Rajya Sabha member V Vijayasai Reddy as the state government’s special representative in Delhi. A GO was issued accordingly. But, in just four days gap, when the Opposition pointed out that the Rajya Sabha member cannot hold an office of profit, the government withdrew the GO and issued a fresh GO making the post non-profit. On zero interest loans to the farmers, the bureaucrats have misled the chief minister in the Assembly with false information. Later, the chief minister, after making a statement accordingly, had to correct in the Assembly the next day with some facts. There were some more such decisions where the bureaucracy had to go back or change or modify the decisions. This indicates that there are some officers, who want this government to fail though it had the unquestionable mandate. The bureaucrats are working to fail this government.
Now, besides the bureaucracy, there is judiciary which is also failing Jaganmohan Reddy. The advocate general and other government advocates and the law department have failed to keep the reverse tendering decision of the government stand for the scrutiny of the High Court. The advocates appointed by this government and the officers in the law department could not stand firm in the High Court, which had dismissed the reverse tendering decision of the government and upheld the argument of the contractor – Navayuga Group. This is where the new government had to sit down and do some homework. If this continues, every decision of this government will, mostly, be stuck down by the courts.
The chief minister, before beginning his work as political head of the government would have to set things right at home. He should make the bureaucrats and the law officers of the government to toe his line or else, he would be seeing more failures in the days to come.