Dehradun : If the recent utterances of Kumaon University vice chancellor, Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar and now director of AIIMS, Rishikesh, Dr Raj Kumar are to be believed, the Uttarakhand bureaucracy is its bane.
Though the residents of this small mountain state have been claiming ever since Uttarakhand came into existence in Nov 2000, that the alleged black sheep of Uttar Pradesh bureaucracy came to the newly carved state and are a hindrance in its development, intellectuals are also now toeing the line.
Not mincing words, AIIMS director, Dr Raj Kumar told scribes at Rishikesh that the state bureaucracy was a hurdle and coming in the way of the facilities that should be provided to the premier medical institute, which is coming up in Uttarakhand and will save the people from the clutches of expensive quality medical care.
He alleged that as required the 10 MVA power line had not been provided and there was no positive outlook towards the proposal of the 50-acres of land that have to be provided to the institute. “Things have reached a stage where bureaucrats are not even replying to the letters being sent to them”, he maintained.
Dr Raj Kumar went to the extent of accusing the state bureaucracy of having a negative attitude towards the premier medical institute adding that the six-lane road that had been proposed outside the institute was just on paper.
He alleged that he had even met the chief minister regarding the matter and had been given all assurance, but nothing materialized after which he had been seeking time from concerned quarters to expedite the matter but to no avail.
It may be recalled that the Kumaon University vice chancellor Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar had quit his post alleging large scale interference by the state bureaucracy in even matters of appointments and other issues and trying to do away with its autonomy.
With these allegations by two top intellectuals of the state, the recent statement by Uttarakhand vidhan sabha Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal is getting due credence and those who had opposed him are being forced to eat the humble pie.
Kunjwal had claimed that large scale corruption in politics, administration and day-to-day function were eating into the very vitals of this small mountain state, which many claim is in its infancy and it was time that the people, specially the intellectuals got together to save it fro m the doom towards which it was heading.
Incidentally, lack of able political leadership is the reason why the bureaucracy, against which, many fingers have been pointed and are being pointed, is having its way and the ministers or for that matter the politicians are not able to put them down.
The locals feel that most of the politicians who are calling the shots in this small mountain state are those who would not have even won a local body election in Uttar Pradesh, but as in Uttarakhand an MLA constituency is even smaller than a local body area in say Uttar Pradesh, they have managed to get elected, despite having no experience of governance.