Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is at loggerheads with the Chief Secretary LV Subramanyam over his meetings with key officials in the state. L V Subramanyam was appointed by the Election Commission replacing the former Chief Secretary A C Punetha much to the annoyance of Chief Minister last month.
LV Subramanyam has conducted a series of meetings with all the key officials in the government. It is said that the new chief secretary may direct the officials not to attend the cabinet meeting to be held in the state on May 10, citing the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) in operation in the country during the election period.
Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) has sent an official notice to the Chief Secretary to convene a cabinet meeting on May 10. The Chief Secretary is supposed to intimate the matter to different ministries and arrange for the meeting.
Ever since his appointment the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary have been at disagreement on various issues.
The AP CM told media that he was convening a cabinet meeting to take stock of the drought situation in some parts of the state, drinking water availability and also to review the aftermath of Cyclone fani in some districts. He also cited that the government needs to conduct a periodic review of various projects undertaken.
He also told those officials who are not engaged in election duties can attend the meeting as per the protocol. MCC kicks in when it comes to policy decisions by the government. The day to day administration has to run efficiently and it is the government’s responsibility to do so.
Warning the officials that they would be held responsible if projects suffer cost overruns due to delays, Naidu lashed out when Chief Secretaries of other states are reporting to the Chief Ministers why is LV Subramanyam acting differently in Andhra Pradesh.