Deepak Singhal is offending fraternity by too much of 'Pucca Sahab' behaviour
Lucknow: Once felt offended by an innocuous remark of a junior officer and part of secretariat of the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal has irked his fraternity by his 'loose comments' and 'arrogant behaviour' on many occasions since he assumed charge of the top bureaucratic post.
Singhal, who was Principal Secretary of Irrigation department, had made an issue out of the remark of an officer but he has been doing the same much to the discomfiture of even his political bosses. May be the slip of tongue on an occasion or two but his arrogance, in general , has become a hot topic of gossip in the officialdom.
The officers who have seen easily accessible and amiable Alok Ranjan as the UP CS, have to encounter just the contrary. A District Magistrate, on the condition of anonymity, recalls how he was turned back rudely when he went to meet him without a prior appointment. Another DM, who was called in an election meeting was told wryly that since the elections had not been announced yet, he was still the boss of the state.
It was in the presence of the Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that he had to eat his words when he had commented that the honourable CM was a child by heart and even mind. His sympathisers, however, dismiss it as a slip of tongue but his more recent outburst against the IAS and IPS bureaucracy was received with despise when he warned that he could send them to jail.
Another senior IAS officer told newstrack.com that his certain taunts about two of the prominently placed officers are already doing rounds in the senior circles. "These comments coming from him are not only unsavoury but unbecoming of a senior officer like him," he added.
This is despite the fact that he does not enjoy full confidence of the Chief Minister and generally not in the good books of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. His day to day behaviour is causing resentment among the senior officers except a few who are close to him.