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Most of the Ministers stay away from work

M. Malleswara Rao

Important files piling up in their offices in Secretariat

— PHOTO: P.V. SIVAKUMAR

MISPLACED PRIORITIES?: Ministers Anam Ramanarayana Reddy and P. Balaraju brief the media before leaving the residence of K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

HYDERABAD: Close to ten days after being sworn in for the second time, Ministers in the Rosaiah Cabinet are yet to get back to serious business of administration. Consequently, several matters of public importance lie unresolved in the absence of decision-making at the highest level. Not many of the Ministers are regularly attending their offices in the Secretariat, while some have made themselves scarce at review meetings held by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah on the ground that they had to participate in condolence meetings for former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in their districts.

While Health Minister D. Nagender did not attend the meeting convened by the Chief Minister on swine flu on Sunday, it was the turn of Social Welfare Minister P. Subhash Chandra Bose on Tuesday. He was away in Kakinada to attend a meeting of the District Review Committee along with two other Ministers about which the Chief Minister’s Office was informed.

Fifteen other Ministers were busy confabulating with the late Rajasekhara Reddy’s confidante K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao at his residence to take stock of the political situation in the wake of the Congress high command’s reluctance to anoint Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy as Chief Minister in the near future.

Four woman Ministers – Sabitha Indra Reddy, Galla Aruna Kumari, Sunitha Lakshma Reddy and J. Geetha Reddy – were away in Idupalapaya in Kadapa district to lay a wreath on Reddy’s grave as they could not make it to the funeral on September 4. Another five to six Ministers were away in their native district campaigning for Congress candidates in the ZPTC elections scheduled for Wednesday. Technical Education Minister M. Venkataramana Rao was reportedly unhappy with the CMO for convening a meeting in his absence and finalising a new methodology to fill vacant seats in engineering colleges in reversal of an earlier move.

Succession issue

The net result of all this confusion is the piling up of important files in Ministers’ offices. Speaking to this correspondent, a senior official said the “lack of involvement” of Ministers in their work would lead to delay in taking decisions on crucial matters. A Minister said that unless there is a clear direction from the high command on the succession issue, such uncertainty was likely to continue.

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