Udupi, July 12, 2016: Speaking to media on the sidelines of a felicitation programme organised in his honour at Udupi on July 11, Monday, former chief minister S M Krishna said people in power should discharge their duty judiciously as conscience plays a major role in the well being of each one’s life.
He said the government should ensure proper and safe working environs for officials to discharge their duty in a free and fair manner. He termed the recent developments awful, referring to police officers taking the extreme step of ending their lives. Ex CM Krishna said, "Officials must have freedom as per norms to perform their duties. They have to serve people and it is the prime responsibility of the ruling politicians who lead the administration to ensure the officials have a fair and free hand."
He added that the government should be alert regarding grievances of the officers who work for the administration and make attempts to solve them. The veteran Congress leader said winning confidence of the officers by addressing their grievances would help the people in power to deliver an efficient administration.
On the demand for resignation of Bengaluru Development Minister K J George, who is a former home minister, Krishna said, "Individual details are not my business. I am not wholly aware of what has happened, how it has happened and the reasons for the suicide (of the police officers). The people in power, who are governing the state, have all necessary information. Based on the information that is available, each of us have something called ’conscience’, which is the guide. "
Asserting that the government headed by him faced a number of problems and challenges, he said the present government has no serious struggle when compared to his time. The crisis is very simple and it is easy. A problem’s severity can be judged depending on how the government handles it, overcomes or eliminates it. Here, sincerity and transparency play an important role. The government should take the crisis as a challenge."
"I would prefer talking nothing in open," he said in a lighter vein. Responding to a query over Priyanka Vadra’s entry into politics, Krishna said it is an individual’s choice. "I have not met anyone and I can comment only after discussing with them and would come out with the opinion if the occasion arises," he concluded.