Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has asked officials in her constituency to do the same as the Congress President Sonia Gandhi did in order to check corruption.
She was interacting with the district vigilance committee in Pilibhit on Saturday, when an official pointed out that he did not have the authority to act against corrupt bureaucrats. While discussing the corruption in schools, the union minister told the Basic Siksha Adhikari (BSA) Ambrish Kumar to take action in connection with complaints that certain schools, which had taken recognition for junior standard classes, were running classes for higher standards as well.
According to Indian Express, the minister for women and child development also narrated a story of how the Congress president had stopped one of her relatives from misusing her name.
According to Maneka, a relative of Sonia had once opened a shop and started asking people to visit him as he was related to the Congress leader. Sonia then put out advertisements in newspapers with appeal that people mustn’t visit that person.
She said, ““I want you to do the same. Put out an advertisement that those who want recognition should directly come to you. Put up a notice in your office, too. We will order a Vigilance inquiry on the babus,” Maneka told Kumar.
Kumar was quoted by the paper as saying, “When the Union minister asked me to take action, I told her I had no authority to take action against the babus against whom complaints were received. Now, following the minister’s directives, notices will be displayed asking people to directly contact me to seek recognition of their schools. CCTV cameras will be installed in office rooms, too.”