NEW DELHI: Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday slammed non-performing officers and warned they could be shown the exit door. While terming them as “dead assets”, minister said they should not test the patience of government indefinitely adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked him about the steps being taken against such officers.
While speaking at the annual Road Safety Week event, Gadkari minced no words to register his frustration with bureaucracy. “The non-productive, non-performing, dead assets in the government should be shown the exit door. There should not be any hesitation. They lack sensitivity, they lack decision-making and sit on a file for years. They neither take decisions nor allow others to take decisions. They feel it’s their exclusive right to take decisions. There is a limit to testing one’s patience,” the minister said.
He claimed that while PM appreciated the pace of highway construction at 30 km per day, and had asked the ministers about steps taken to remove “deadwood” and sought to know how many had been retired compulsorily.
This is not the first time when Gadkari has made such observations against bureaucrats and engineers at public events since he assumed charge of road transport ministry in June 2014.
Even the PM had warned officers for delay in execution of infrastructure projects tweeting in November that slow pace which impacted growth trajectory for decades “will NOT be tolerated now.” At another meeting of infrastructure secretaries in October, PM had directed railways to review performance of officers and take appropriate action against non-performers as per rules.
Some of the officials across ministries TOI spoke to said top officials have packed schedules on a daily basis and there are regular meetings at the prime minister’s office, cabinet secretariat, Niti Aayog and finance ministry besides other ministries. “Every department wants quick response and in some cases within a couple of hours. In several cases officers are either preparing reports, responses or are going through the presentations, which are scheduled to be made before others,” said an official who did not wish to be named.

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