Panneerselvam takes over but bureaucrats in Chennai fear super-slow decision-making would be a sore point in Amma’s absence
Shivani Chaturvedi | September 29, 2014 | Chennai
While Tamil Nadu has got its new chief minister in O Panneerselvam, what is a cause of concern for many senior bureaucrats in the state is that the process of decision-making and actual work would slow down with former chief minister J Jayalalithaa in jail.
Several officers told Governance Now that the real power vests with Amma, as Jayalalithaa is referred to, and she is known to take all decisions for both the party and the government.
Panneerselvam had taken over as the caretaker chief minister earlier in 2001, when Jayalalithaa was unseated for a few weeks in another criminal case and till her return to office.He takes over for a second time after a Karnataka court handed Jayalalithaa a four-year sentence in a disproportionate assets case.
A senior bureaucrat in Chennai said on conditions of anonymity that during those times there used to be meetings at Jayalalithaa’s home in the evenings, when Panneerselvam used to sit with her and discuss issues related to governance and administration. Files were taken to Jayalalithaa and decision-making was not paralysed.
But the case is not the same this time around because Jayalalithaa is likely to be in jail, unless she gets bail or relief from a higher court, he added.
Other senior officers are concerned that many bureaucrats are going to become lethargic now that Jayalalithaa is set to be in jail.
Earlier in the day, new chief minister Panneerselvam, who broke down while taking oath, retained all 30 cabinet ministers appointed by his predecessor, with all of them retaining the same portfolios.
On May 23 this year, the ministry of environment issued ‘Rules on prevention of cruelty to animals (regulation of livestock market)’ with the purported aim of regulating animal markets. When one reads the rules – notwithstanding the lame efforts from union ministers to issue clarificati
BEML, a mini ratna category-1 enterprise of the defence ministry, has set a target of using 100 percent renewable energy for its own consumption. In this connection, BEML’s 9 MW Windmill Park installed at Bagalkot District in Karnataka was recently
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has recorded nearly 14 percent growth in its intellectual capital in 2016-17 fiscal. During the year, a record 508 patents and copyrights were filed by the company, translating into filing of nearly two patents/copyrights
National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Odisha, to organise outreach programmes for industries and other stakeholders on GST implementation. Series of interactive programmes are being
Taking prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Housing for all by 2022’ forward, Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has amended the EPF Scheme, 1952 to provide assistance in acquiring affordable houses to the EPF members by allowing withdrawal from PF to
IndianOil is currently transporting bulk LPG from Mangalore to various LPG bottling plants in north Kerala through about 100 bullet trucks every day, which ply on narrow highways. A pipeline connecting the proposed LPG import terminal to Kochi Refineries Limited and the LPG bottling plants at Udayamperoo