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Another UP neta ticks off 'corrupt' officers

Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, Nov 21, 2012, DHNS: 2:01 IST

He had earlier openly advocated graft

On the day Uttar Pradesh former chief secretary Neera Yadav and a senior IAS officer were sentenced to three-year imprisonment in a case of illegal allotment of land in Noida, senior minister Shivpal Singh Yadav branded the state bureaucracy as ‘corrupt’ and blamed it for the ills of the state.

The minister some time back openly advocated graft.

At a function here on Tuesday, Shivpal, who is chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle, said “Bureaucracy is involved in corrupt practices in a big way.”

“If the bureaucracy becomes honest, a lot of problems can be resolved,” Yadav went on to say.

He said the cooperative movement had weakened in the state only because of corrupt bureaucracy.

Interestingly, the same minister some weeks back openly advocated graft. While speaking at a meeting of PWD officials, he had said they could ‘steal a little if they worked hard’.

“Do not try to steal too much. Work hard and then you may steal a little,” the minister had said much to the shock and dismay of the officials present there.
Incidentally, Ms Neera Yadav, who was on Tuesday given three year jail term for illegal allotment of land in Noida while she was its chief executive officer, was made chief secretary in 1995 when Shivpal’s brother Mulayam Singh Yadav was chief minister.
She had to be removed on Supreme Court’s orders after her involvement in the land allotment matter.

Barely a couple of days back, minister of state for medical health Shankhalal Majhi had remarked that the doctors take bribe for preparing medico-legal reports.
Earlier senior minister Azam Khan had embarrassed the chief minister by his outbursts, when he dubbed the cops as dalals (middlemen).

“You people sell khaki for money. You are dalals,” Khan said from the dais at a function.

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