Are UP Roads Not In Shape? Mantri Jitin Prasada Raps IAS

Miffed at the slow pace of road repair work and the failure to execute the issued orders, Uttar Pradesh PWD minister Jitin Prasada rebuked Chief secretary Durga Shanker Mishra in a letter addressed to him on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 02 November, 2022 12:26 am IST
UP PWD minister Jitin Prasada inspecting roads

Miffed at the slow pace of road repair work and the failure to execute the issued orders, Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD) minister Jitin Prasada rebuked the department’s principal secretary Narendra Bhoosan in a letter addressed to him on Tuesday.

At a meeting with his department officials on October 28, PWD minister Prasada issued a slew of instructions for officials to ensure the work is completed on time.

PWD minister Jitin Prasad had earlier instructed the principal secretary to provide an update on the progress of the ongoing repair works in the state every working day.

But, on failure to fulfil the obligations, minister Prasada reprimanded the principal secretary, asking him to provide clarification.

The letter said, “For failing to oblige with the given instructions, your actions are indicative of supervisory laxity, and hence it is required by you to provide an explanation for the same.”

It is pertinent to note that in a meeting held on October 6, chief minister Yogi Adityanath set November 15 as the deadline to repair all the roads in the state and make them free of potholes.

Additionally, PWD minister Prasada has ordered that no officer in his department will be able to take leave in the next month.

In a letter issued to chief engineers of all the regional units on Saturday, PWD’s head engineer or engineer-in-chief, Sandeep Kumar, said that no leaves will be sanctioned to any officer in the next month. “In inevitable circumstances, the leave-related matter will be forwarded to the headquarters for approval,” the letter added.

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