Dehradun, November 30
General secretary of the Congress Birender Singh has opposed the shifting of directorates of various departments outside Dehradun. He also hinted at the reorganisation of the Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC).

Birender Singh, who was here today to attend a meeting of the State Congress Working Committee at Congress Bhawan, said he was against the shifting of the Directorates of various departments outside the state capital. “You cannot allow MLAs to take Directorates to their respective constituencies. All Directorates should be in the state capital,” said Birendra Singh, referring to the recent moves to shift the Agriculture Directorate from Dehradun to Pauri and the shifting of the Scheduled Tribes Welfare Directorate from Dehradun.
He also favoured the reorganisation of the PCC in the near future. “The revamp will be done from top to bottom and the existing flaws in the organisation will be removed,” he said.
He said while many PCC members had left the party since the last Lok Sabha elections, there were many who were no more active and thus the reorganisation was very necessary.
He, however, categorically denied that the exercise was solely meant to remove the incumbent President of the state unit of the Congress, Yashpal Arya.
Birender Singh further said Cabinet ministers would no more be allowed to simultaneously become heads of boards and corporations. “They will be asked to take the choice between the two," he added.
Referring to the performance of the Vijay Bahuguna-led state government, Birender Singh said while the government had just completed its nine months, it was still to do a lot more.
He further said the party would be holding an orientation programme for its party office-bearers on December 13, followed by a party rally in Haridwar on December 30. “This all is being done in preparation for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The opposition BJP is spreading a false propaganda against us, particularly over the issue of FDI in the retail sector.,” he said.
Tribune News Service

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