My directions are not being implemented: Minister
GULBARGA: Primary and Higher Secondary Education Minister Basavaraj Horatti on Wednesday said he was dejected by the attitude of his department officials who were not implementing his directions. The Minister said he was also unhappy with teachers.
In a chat with presspersons here, Mr. Horatti said, “I am fed up with the non-cooperative attitude of a section of the officials who do not implement the directions and the teachers who continue making demands despite the Government conceding several of them.”
Mr. Horatti said the teachers had many demands, but it was not possible to meet all of them in a short period. “Every day I get 500 to 600 telephone calls from teachers and their organisations. I cannot satisfy all of them.”
He said the work pressure was heavy and revealed that he was waiting for October 3 to give up the portfolio. He said he would not accept the same portfolio in future.
“I will be happy if I am not inducted into the new Ministry, but if I am included in it, I will not accept the Education portfolio,” he said.
The Minister admitted that efforts to rein in errant officials in the department had not met with success. More than 50 officials had been suspended by him for insubordination and on other charges, but many of them had to be reinstated owing to political pressure.
Citing the lethargic attitude of the officials, Mr. Horatti said six months ago he had directed the department to buy a colour machine for the Gulbarga Textbook Printing Press, but this had not been done.
“Because of the attitude of the officials, the Minister and the Government are being made the target of attack,” he said. The Minister said he had ordered an inquiry into the purchase of sub-standard printing machinery in Tumkur at a cost of Rs. 11 crore, but the probe was yet to be completed.
To a question, Mr. Horatti said the outcome of the urban local body elections should not be taken as a referendum on the performance of the coalition Government.
The Minister said Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy would hand over the reins of power to BJP as per the agreement.
“Personally, I feel the agreement with the BJP should be honoured,” he said.