Arunachal government officials indulging in politics: Governor

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J.P. Rajkhowa on Wednesday said that certain government officials were “indulging in politics”, and directed them to ensure that discipline is imbibed down the line in office.

“The governor expressed his disappointment on the reported participation of certain government officials in politics and remarked that officers should serve in the government without any prejudice,” Raj Bhavan spokesperson Atum Potom said.

During a meeting with government officials, Rajkhowa told them that the rule of law should prevail to provide good governance in the state.

“Rules are required to uphold civil society and everybody should abide it for the greater good of the society,” Rajkhowa was quoted as saying.

He also expressed concern over reports of private individuals moving files in government offices for vested interests and said that such practices must discontinue.

Rajkhowa, who has taken over the reins in Arunachal Pradesh which has been put under President’s Rule, also expressed regret that the practice of giving out of turn promotion to certain officers has become an ugly trend.

This was the root cause of corruption, he said.

Reiterating that President’s Rule was only a temporary measure, the governor said: “This must be a good time to bring in effective and fearless administration, free of fear or favour. There is an urgent need for change in the mindset of the officers.”

He said maintenance of discipline was the need of the hour and that starts with being punctual in office.

Lauding the efforts of government officials in the ongoing “My City, My Pride, I will clean it” campaign in the state capital, Rajkhowa said such endeavours go a long way in ensuring best practices.

He also directed PWD officials to immediately repair all roads in and around the Capital Complex.

Rajkhowa requested all officers to extend their full cooperation to ensure good administration during President’s Rule and after, in the interest of the people.