Rajasthan Minister Ramesh Meena rebukes and asks Bikaner District Collector Bhagwati Prasad Kalal to leave the stage
Meena, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj minister, was addressing women at a programme at Ravindra Rangmanch while Collector Bhagwati Prasad Kalal and others were sitting on the stage.
After noticing Kalal, the minister got angry and rebuked him saying, “Why are you not listening to me? Are bureaucrats so dominant in the state that they are not listening? Please leave.” And the District Collector left the stage while the minister continued with his address.
The Minister was speaking at a Rajeevika event in Bikaner yesterday when he turned to have a word with the Collector, who was busy chatting on phone.
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Ramesh Meena later said that he had to ask Bhagwati Prasad Kalal to leave the stage as he was busy using his phone while the minister was having a conversation with him.
“The event was underway and I was having a conversation with the Collector regarding it. Maybe he had some work or was getting urgent phone calls. He was speaking on the phone and chatting away. So, I told him to go out if he had to speak on the phone,” said. Rajasthan Minister Ramesh Meena.
“The women had said a few things about schemes like MGNREGA and I pointed this out to the Collector but he did not listen and was busy looking at his phone. He was also talking on the phone repeatedly,” the minister said.
“A minister is pointing out something important to the Collector and the Collector was busy with his phone … this is negligence. What message does it give to the public? “When a Collector does not listen to the minister how will he listen to the general public and how will their grievances be resolved,” he said.
According to reports, a delegation of Rajasthan IAS officers’ association met chief secretary Usha Sharma and handed over a representation against the conduct of the minister and demanded appropriate action.