In a democracy, people’s representatives alone are accountable for a city’s or country’s corruption, crime and doom or its boom and glory. Our city’s fate too depends on them.’
Last August I had written in this column about KDP meeting titled “KDP meeting is meaningless: Revamp or scrap it.” No matter the Chief Minister Siddharamaiah conducts it or the respective District in-Charge Ministers, the result at the end of half-day’s or one-day’s exercise invariably has been zero.
Many years ago when one P.N. Srinivasachari was the Deputy Commissioner (DC) I was invited for this kind of a meeting in the DC’s office. So many officers from different government departments were present and were asked to introduce themselves. One officer introduced himself as, if I remember, Range Forest Officer (RFO). Immediately, the DC asked about the non-implementation of chain-link fencing around Chamundi Hill under the Norwegian-aid programme saying that the aid money of a few crores would be lost if work is not completed in scheduled time.
The Forest Officer’s response was typical of any officer in such meetings — whether at ZP or MCC or KDP. The RFO said, ‘Sir, I came here just a month back. I do not know about this project.’ The DC was livid with anger and cast a quick look at me and said, ‘Why do you come for this meeting then? I had called the Head of the District Forest Office for this meeting, not his Assistant.’ Same is the story about many other departments under the DC. The same was the scenario at KDP meetings, only the Ministers do not notice this bureaucratic charade and shadow play.
Therefore, the fate of the KDP meeting held on 5th August 2014 chaired by Chief Minister Siddharamaiah was no different. Mysuru ZP has 64 departments under its jurisdiction. With so many officials present, how will the Chief Minister review each department’s performance?
Be that as it may, I am now reflecting upon another such review meeting of the Mysuru City C...more