Andhra Pradesh: 2 Lakh Grievance Files Pending As Ministers Busy With Election Campaigning
September 14th, 2017
Courtesy: The New Indian Express, The Hindu | Image Credit: The Times Of India, News World India
Almost 2 lakh files pertaining to various issues from 44 different state departments are reportedly pending approval in Andhra Pradesh because the respective ministers have been absent.
Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has often stressed the need for accelerating the welfare and development works in the state. But to the ministers’ absence, the number of pending files in every department is increasing by the day.
According to the officials, the delay in clearance of the aforementioned pending files is due to non-availability of the ministers at the Secretariat. The files can be cleared only after the concerned ministers give their approval.
Due to the recent Nandyal by-election and the Kakinada Municipal Corporation elections in Andhra Pradesh, the majority of the 25 ministers in the State Cabinet have reportedly not come to the Secretariat in past couple of months. Most of them are busy with party work in their respective constituencies and the districts they are in charge of.
KV Krishnaiah, president of Andhra Pradesh Gazetted Employees Association told The New Indian Express, “Both e-files and manual files have to be scrutinised and approved by the ministers concerned. Clearing of manual files takes more time, as the physical presence of the ministers and officials at the Secretariat is necessary.”
He further added that if all the files are converted to e-filing system, there would not be any pendency. “The pendency is much worse when it comes to redressal of grievances. Out of a total 65.34 lakh public grievances registered across the state in last eight months, only 16.5 lakh have been addressed so far,” he said.
Commenting on the situation, Yuvajana Shramika Rythu Congress (YSRC) leader Merugu Nagarjuna said, “Ministers are more bothered about party affairs than public affairs, which is rather unfortunate.”
The Logical Indian requests the ministers of Andhra Pradesh who often go missing in the Secretariat and are more concerned about their election campaigns rather than taking care of their constituencies to focus on solving people’s problems. They cannot ignore the masses, who show faith in them and want them to listen to their grievances.