Govind D. Belgaumkar

Daily attention needed for good governance: new chief secretary

BANGALORE: The new Chief Secretary P.B. Mahishi wants to ensure that Karnataka advances further with "least social friction" and take full advantage of his "knowledge of Delhi" and vast experience in the State.

Speaking to The Hindu before taking charge, he said that the State was fast advancing. "Any advancement generates social conflict. This has to be minimised," he said.

The 1972 batch IAS officer said his aim was to provide good governance.

Asked whether he had identified any specific impediment to good governance, Mr. Mahishi said the challenge was in handling issues on a day-to-day basis. Providing good governance was like housekeeping and it required sustained and daily attention, he said. Mr. Mahishi said he would ensure that every department adhered to the targets set for them.

Mr. Mahishi believes that his knowledge and experience as an officer who had served at the Centre for 10 years will help him in discharging his duty as Chief Secretary.

He spoke candidly of what it is like to work in Delhi, a city that is a "great leveller" where "officers who have served as deputy commissioners in States stand in queue for milk and travel in buses."

Mr. Mahishi said he was lucky than many of his predecessors in that he had the required exposure in Delhi.

Mr. Mahishi said that working with the political set-up was nothing new for him. He regretted the fact that some saw him as having been too close to the former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda.