For the last sixteen months, Priyanka Das is the Mission Director of National Health Mission. But since then, NHM is in continuously in question. She is not even in thought to solve the problems. It quite visibly looks like she is under the influence of the department’s senior bureaucrat. The National Health mission is most visible and demanding in recent months due to health considerations. She is always reluctant to meet the suffering employees which give the picture that she only meets influential or wealthy employees of the National Health Mission. She is encircled by crooked and corrupt employees of the department those are in a mission for a long. National Health Mission is the corruption pivot. Whom so ever we talk about this everyone said it is happen due to the Mission Director. She is well-known for corruption and mismanagement wherever she has posted. The recent controversy was exposed in Neha Marvya’s report in which she is also a conspirator when she was posted in the rural department. She is rigid and inflexible in decisions but malleable in tenders and contracts. She is quite an expert in delaying decisions that are not in her interest, even in some cases she deviates from the ministers and officials for established procedures. She lacks empathy or understanding for the employees they are supposed to be helping. It is her established negative quality. Her tendency is slow and inefficient in her work due to that system is suffered. She is most of the time unconcerned with day-to-day official work. Her adamant nature toward decisions created frustration in the officials and she mentally harassed the subordinate staff. She is often criticized for being overly bureaucratic, with a long and complicated process, paperwork, and procedures that make it difficult for junior officials to navigate. Due to that, they can lead to frustration and dissatisfaction. Priyanka like bureaucrats can be prone to corruption. This can happen when bureaucrats use their position of power for personal gains, such as accepting bribes or making decisions that benefit themselves or their friends and family. This can undermine public trust in the government and its institutions and can lead to a lack of accountability and transparency in decisions. There are many examples when Mission Director has taken recommendations on the instruction of the Minister and Additional Chief Secretary and thrashed the employees who have no approach or recommendations it is pathetic. There are many cases against contractual employees when they were trapped by the Lokayukt /EOW but they were not terminated by the Mission Director even though the department has visible facts because they all have the political power recommendations they exonerate from termination. But in the other smallest cases she terminates the employee or slashed their incentives. She has given shelter to those consultants who are favorable to her in all aspects and she accordingly adjusts them even if they have not fulfilled the qualifications. Sometimes she has taken the shield of recommendations from CM secretariate officials who have looked after the RSS endorsements. It has been vividly seen in Jabalpur, Sagar, and Rewa regions where she posted corrupt and unqualified contractual employees on hire posts. There are many officials in NHM who they murmuring against her because they know that government money has been infusing into the wrong projects. National Health Mission administrative officer K K Rawat has spit venom against her because he knows that whatever she is doing is against the rules. He feels bottled up, when she is dominantly ordered to do things according to her instructions, that’s the real-time he purportedly humiliated. Whether she is honest or not is a big question in the bureaucracy. When joined the cadre Madhya Pradesh she honestly fills the Immovable Property Return (IPR) which is mandatory for every government official. Although many bureaucrats have given wrong information in the IPR, it is the passport of an official’s honesty towards the government. But since 2018 -2022 she has not filed the IPR. During that duration, she holds important posts and now everyone is intelligent to understand why she has not filed the IPR. Something is unseen in cooking things and it will come out after some time. We all know it is possible for an IAS officer to be corrupt and still believe that they are acting in the best interest of their organization and state. They may rationalize their action by telling themselves that they are making necessary sacrifices for the greater good, or that their actions are justified by the system’s flaws. Additionally, corruption can be gradual and incremental, making it easy for individuals to convince themselves that they are not doing anything wrong. In such scenarios, it is important to have strong systems of oversight, transparency, and accountability in place to detect and deter corruption, rather than assuming that all bureaucrats are inherently good or bad.


Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

11 − five =

CommentLuv badge

Skip to toolbar