Union minister takes dig at own government
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Last Updated: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 21:31
New Delhi: In comments that may be seen as mocking at his own government, Union Minister Saugata Roy on Saturday said forming of Group of Ministers (GoMs) has become an easy way out whenever an issue was found difficult to handle.

"... the UPA-I and UPA-II have given rise to two big phenomenon -- one is called the GoMs, Group of Ministers... Anything that you can't solve immediately refer to the Group of Ministers.

"And then there is still more important thing... anything you can't solve at Cabinet, you refer to Empowered Group of Ministers. It is called EGoM," said the Minister of State for Urban Development who belongs to Trinamool Congress.

While interacting with the audience at a conference on 'Green Design: Building and Habitats' here, Roy also said the Government was "run" by the secretaries and their committees.

"Apart from that, there is what is known as Committee of Secretaries. And actually the Government, as you know, is run by the secretaries and their committees," the Minister said.

Asked whether both the Urban Development Ministry and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy are working in tandem on the idea of sustainable habitat, he said, "You know ministers, ministries in central government guard their turfs very zealously. They do not like one Ministry overlapping another."

Roy was one of the Ministers of State who had complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon after the formation of UPA-II that junior ministers were not getting adequate work from their seniors.


First Published: Saturday, January 08, 2011, 21:31

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