If you think that only ordinary people have trouble, think again. There are 42 ‘VIP references’ of MPs and former MPs which are pending with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD).
Former MP Pawan Kumar Bansal wants the wooden floor at the ‘Parikrama’ of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Veer Bhoomi Samadhi to be replaced. BJP MP from Rajasthan Diya Kumari is facing power cut problem at her North Avenue residence. BJP’s Gujarat MP Bhartiben D Shiyal wants a white wash and the lights have turned on in the park of her quarters on Janpath Road. West Bengal BJP MP Debashree Choudhary wants security fixtures to be constructed in her bungalow on Pandara Road.
Following a letter dated August 5 by the Housing Ministry to the DG, CPWD, the department wrote a letter on August 10 to its senior officers to pay “special attention” and address these ‘references to MPs’ at the earliest- Bansal’s The reference is pending since last September.
It seems the ministers are also having some trouble. A reference regarding compassionate employment of a wireman in Mumbai is pending with Minister of State Ramdas Athawale since last September, while Minister Nitin Gadkari Sent in a reference last October to another compassionate employment in Mumbai. Both these references are pending till August 5, said the letter dated August 10 by the housing ministry.
Minister of State in the Finance Ministry Pankaj Choudhary wants his KG Marg bungalow to have civil and electrical work and had written to the CPWD two months ago. He is still awaiting action. MoS Meenakshi Lekhi in the Ministry of External Affairs has pending references with the CPWD including requests for compassionate employment for people, other appointments and notices issued to some residents of Delhi’s Nanakpura near Modi Bagh.
Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt has sent a reference to the Housing Ministry to change the transfer of an officer in a project being undertaken by the ministry, while Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State in the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, sent a reference two months ago. Transfer of Junior Engineer from Delhi to Bikaner. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Shekhawat had sent a reference to the Housing Ministry three months ago regarding the transfer of an officer from Awantipora to Delhi or Rajasthan.
BJP MPs like Ajay Nishad and Satya Pal Singh have also sent references for compassionate employment in the housing ministry. MPs usually get applications from people they refer to ministries on merit and according to their rules.
The Center had launched a special drive last year to clear the long pending VIP references in government departments. The cabinet secretary continues to monitor the same and an exercise carried out in May showed that there were 42 ministries or departments whose performance was two or more times of clearing pending references from MPs, parliamentary assurances, inter-ministerial references, references. was less than 35% on the parameters. Reference to PMO and State Govt. I