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“You’ll Face Consequences if You Fail to Perform” – Nitin Gadkari

“You’ll Face Consequences if You Fail to Perform” –  “If salary of any employee is delayed, how frustrating is it for him? So, if someone is investing Rs 2,000 crore and employees are delaying his file by three months how much money does the investor lose on interest” –  Gadkari

Union Roads, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari issued this warning for delay in bureaucratic file pushing system. Gadkari delivered this harsh message to central government employees in an interview with The Economic Times.

Asked, ‘you recently sent out a stern message to the bureaucracy over performance issues and delays in projects. What systematic changes are required to improve the pace of work?’ He replied,

“Why should a minister deal with all projects? Officials should be authorised to deal with them so that there’s a speedy process. It’s my responsibility to change the system. Last year, I asked my officials to bring out a work tender and they didn’t do it for a year. So, I told them… it’s high time you perform. We’ll have a performance audit. Earlier, officials were not answerable to anyone. We can’t allow investors to lose money because of delays on our part. A country doesn’t work like that. ..

He added, “If salary of any employee is delayed, how frustrating is it for him? So, if someone is investing Rs 2,000 crore and employees are delaying his file by three months how much money does the investor lose on interest. We are encouraging government employees who do good work. Government employees who are not working have to face consequences.”

The minister also confirmed that the Prime Minister has allowed him to get talent from outside for appointment of the Chairman of Shipping Corporation of India and he has invited a top executive from private sector who is drawing Rs 16 crore a year to join the SCI, but the minister has clarified, the government can’t pay more than Rs 30-40 lakhs for year.

The Minister tried to convince him that he should do this job for his country not for money. Accordingly, the process of salary negotiation with the top executive from outside for appointment of the Chairman of Shipping Corporation of India has started.

Source: Economic Times

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