NEW DELHI, 13 MAY-2014, PTI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today personally bid goodbye to his personal…
New Delhi:The Central government has dusted out an old proposal to bring offices of all cabinet ministers and their staff under one roof in Delhi. Plans are afoot to clear a proposal to construct a 19- story swanky signature building in the heart of Delhi, almost 100 years after British constructed the building that now house Rashtrapati Bhavan, South Block and North Block.
Currently, the ministries are functioning in different buildings in Lutyen’s Delhi. The move was earlier conceived by Jairam Ramesh in 2011, when he was rural development minister in UPA regime. Last December, Prime Minister, while reviewing functioning of the urban development ministry had also complained about the filthy and pigeon hole offices of ministries. He was also amazed to learn that offices are scattered all around Delhi. For anyone having a work linked to different ministries, running from one corner to another is a harrowing experience.
The move is also significant as many ministers occupy more than one office in government buildings and some operate from spaces marked for other offices.
The skyscraper, with all modern facilities is being planned to come up at Lodhi Road near Central Government Office complex. Besides ministers, it will accommodate their personal staff as well as secretaries of the ministries concerned.
Prime Minister in the review meeting had even suggested to construct a 50-story building to house all government offices. But the idea was shelved following concerns raised by security agencies. Also it was felt practically impossible to bring several autonomous bodies affiliated to various ministries under one roof.
“However, bringing all ministers and their top bureaucrats under one roof is a workable idea. It also addresses several security issues of the ministers that arise because of ministries being located in various government buildings, where a lot of public dealing also takes place,” said an urban development ministry official.