We know of vacation for students and judicial officials. Ever heard of vacation for ministers? It’s true the ministers in the AP Secretariat seem to be taking the concept of a summer vacation too seriously.Of the 41 ministers, only one, minister for major industries Geeta Reddy, was present when Postnoon made a reality check yesterday. She was giving interviews to a TV channel.
Orderlies say that some ministers drop in at the Secretariat during the night. All, party leaders say, are ‘busy’ in the byelections.Interestingly, only one of the 18 Assembly seats going to polls is in Telangana, but a dozen of them are busy campaigning!
The chief minister dropped in at the camp office yesterday to deal with an important government order (GO) for the CBI in connection with the Jagan Mohan Reddy case. He kept the media guessing about the order.From the camp office he left for election campaign along with Vaylar Ravi. An officer said in a lighter vein GOs come during midnight these days.
Few visitors were seen sitting in the labour minister Nagendar’s chamber discussing politics and the results of the by-polls.One consequence of the absence of ministers is the sharp decline in visits by the public to the Secretariat. Surprisingly, most ministers’ chambers were seen locked. The staff were whiling away time downing cups of coffee and reading newspapers. One thing was common. No official or orderly could say if any minister would drop in or if so when.
A visitor to the Chief Minister’s Office, J Rajaiah, who has been coming from Warangal to meet the CM for the past two weeks appeared so dejected that he cursed ministers in general. “These days the Congress leaders are either in Delhi or on the election campaign.” He came to CMO to seek a job for his physically-challenged son.
The biggest loser in the whole game seems to be the canteen contractors who have seen a sharp decline in visitors, and a slide in their business.