Files are piling up, Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde needs to act on cabinet expansion. Mumbai News – Times of India

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde

Mumbai: A week later Uddhav Thackeray After the resignation of the Chief Minister, the entire administration has come to a standstill due to the delay in the formation of the cabinet.
Although senior bureaucrats feel Shinde With the confidence vote secured comfortably, it will take at least three to four more days for the ministry to resume regular work. A senior official told TOI, “Shinde should expand the cabinet in a day or two and simultaneously allocate portfolios so that cabinet members can discharge their duties at the earliest.”
Apart from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the Home, Revenue, Urban Development, Food and Civil Supplies departments, and Cooperation Departments are the worst affected, with each generating a minimum of 50 files requiring the signature of the minister. As per business rules, multiple files are submitted to the CMO for approval.
“The files submitted for the approval of cabinet ministers are related to policy decisions. Similarly, even after approval by a cabinet member, many files require the approval of the CM. We find that hundreds of files in the last seven days to key departments should be pending,” the official said. with experienced Devendra Fadnavis After taking over as the Deputy CM, he feels that the backlog will be cleared in a time bound manner.
“As of now, Fadnavis has been demanding home department, but there is uncertainty whether Shinde will oblige him. When Fadnavis was the CM, he refused to give home portfolio to another BJP leader on the grounds that for effective administration “There should be a house. With the CM. Now, Shinde can make the same argument and not part with the home department. Apart from home, there could be a dispute over sharing of revenue and finance departments,” said a senior bureaucrat. Told.
He said that in view of the change, the state will witness a complete change in the bureaucracy as well as the IPS hierarchy. Shinde will appoint at least two bureaucrats to his office, and additional chief secretary Bhushan Gagrani, who is currently in the urban development department, is at the fore. There is a general perception in the bureaucracy that all the bureaucrats who have been camping for a long time in the infrastructure sector should be shifted to the social sector and vice versa.
Many key law and order posts are lying vacant and more than half a dozen IPS officers are of IG rank who are to be promoted. A section of senior IPS officers who have been sidelined during the MVA rule can get plum assignments.

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