The Hush Post: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Jai Ram Thakur has made it clear that “tired and retired” officials re-employed by the previous Virbhadra –led Congress government will be asked to demit office after his government is formed. He also said all decisions taken by the previous Congress government in the last three months, especially those opposed strongly by the BJP while in Opposition, would be reviewed.The former CM had re-appointed many retired officials and the BJP at that time had questioned his government’s decision, alleging that “tired and retired” people were running the Himachal administration. According to official figures provided by the previous Congress government on queries by BJP legislators on the floor of the Assembly, the number of such employees in various departments is over 2,000.
The Virbhadra ministry, in the last few Cabinet meetings, had taken some controversial decisions, such as allowing change of land use to facilitate the sale of land under tea gardens, changes in the liquor policy, a package for sick units and returning upfront premium to power companies. All these decisions were vehemently opposed by the BJP.
Busy finalising names of his cabinet colleagues, Thakur said, “New cabinet will have experienced leaders and some new faces”.
In his first media interaction after his election as the leader of the state BJP unit, Thakur said no extension would be given to government employees on verge of retirement and no retired officials would be re-appointed. “Decision on those in re-employment or extension would be taken on December 27 after the oath-taking ceremony,” Thakur said.
Efforts would be made to end VIP culture, Thakur said, adding that appointments of chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of different boards and corporations would be made only on need basis.Thakur said, ” Effective implementation of central schemes will be the priority of my new government.”