Amarinder measures own success - "I signed 5,558 files"
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Amarinder measures own success -



BARELY A YEAR in the hot seat, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday (March 11) declared himself a near superman CM, claiming he has signed 5,558 files since taking over the job, "made 42 official visits within Punjab" and made 17 trips to other states and 21 to Delhi. 

In an unprecedented exercise of tabulating his achievements, writing a self-declaration of his own efficiency, and using the numbers of files signed and meetings held or visits made as the measuring stick of good governance, Amarinder Singh, in a signed missive published today, asked, "Now if that is within the ambit of ‘rare’, I don’t think my people are complaining!"
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Amarinder Singh's self-certification came as a response to a scathing editorial in a leading English language newspaper which had commented in his recent crime-busting from the chopper.
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The CM said he had "chaired 362 departmental review meetings" and made special note of the fact that these 362 meetings were "quite apart from the other Cabinet and other meetings during this period."

Amarinder Singh's self-certification came as a response to a scathing editorial in a leading English language newspaper which had commented in his recent crime-busting from the chopper.

  
"The people of Punjab have been presented with a reason why their Chief Minister needs to travel by helicopter when he makes that rare trip to the state," the editorial had said, clearly succeeding in pissing off the CM.

"The army of advisers and consultants has its use, but a state cannot be run by proxy," the editorial had said, echoing the persistent needling of the CMO by the Opposition as well as the media.

In response, the Chief Minister wrote: "As a seasoned politician...I can state, quite conclusively, that governance is not about executing policies, but about formulating them. It is the task of the administrators, including the bureaucrats and advisers, about whom the editorial speaks quite dismissively, to execute the policies of governance, and I am happy to state that my team of bureaucrats and advisers is doing a great job of it."
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EDITORIAL 
The army of advisers and consultants has its use, but a state cannot be run by proxy.

AMARINDER SINGH 
It is the task of the administrators, including the bureaucrats and advisers, about whom the editorial speaks quite dismissively, to execute the policies of governance.
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Amarinder Singh, reminding that he himself is a trained pilot and knows how to guide the administration with his piloting skills, pooh-poohed what he said were suggestions that he should start manning minor stuff by "leaving the cockpit of governance adrift."

"(T)he pilot’s job is to keep his eyes focused on the bigger vision, as he directs the plane to its destination," he said.

His remarks were in response to the editorial's contention that "wherever policy interventions are required — transport, agriculture, cable TV, urban development, finance, to name a few — files have either not been prepared, or have refused to move. Frustration over the limbo is building equally among the voters and ruling-party leaders."
 

Political pundits said it was somewhat strange for a Chief Minister to offer a measure of his success in terms of numbers of files signed or visits made to his own state.

"I am very sure that Manmohan Singh signed a lot of files during his second stint and as must have Narendra Modi. So should they be unanimously considered very successful on that basis?" asked a senior journalist with experience of covering the CMO for the last 12 years now. 
 

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