Article by IAS official against UPA govt.’s policies condemned

Several legislators of the Congress have reportedly expressed displeasure over the functioning of some district in-charge Ministers and complained to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah that they are not showing interest in resolving grievances.

Mr. Siddaramaiah, who presided over the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting here on Thursday, assured the legislators that he would direct the Ministers concerned to listen to them without delay and without discrimination.

Some leaders told The Hindu that a section of legislators demanded change in district in-charge Ministers of Bijapur, Haveri and Gulbarga districts. Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil, Minister for Sugar Prakash Hukkeri and Minister for Municipal Administration Qamarul Islam are the ones concerned.

‘Poor development’

Several members have expressed ire over poor roads in their constituencies, delay in the commencement of road works and tardy progress in the implementation of drought relief works.

A two-time MLA said the government has to act fast and expedite development works. Otherwise, the party will face a tough time in the Lok Sabha elections. Some members blamed the Chief Minister for maintaining a low profile and of being laidback in the execution of development works.

IAS officer

Priyank Kharge told The Hindu that he and several other legislators have urged the Chief Minister to take action against IAS officer Srivatsa Krishna, Secretary, Department of IT/BT. The officer had written an “Open Letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal” in a national daily and criticised the policies of the Congress governments in the State and the Centre. The article was circulated at the meeting. The officer has written articles in a national daily and a magazine hitting out at the coal and telecom policies of the UPA government, Mr. Kharge claimed.

The Chief Minister reportedly told legislators that he would summon Mr. Krishna and seek an explanation.

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