Cyclone Laila that hit the state this week has brought the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, and his cabinet colleagues closer.
The Chief Minister was earlier upset with the ministers for not owning up the financial crisis and failing to discharge the principle of collective responsibility. Sources close to Mr Rosaiah said he, however, was highly appreciative of the ministers’ proactive role during the past few days.
The ministers rushed to their respective districts following instructions from the Chief Minister and are in constant touch with him over phone. “The ministers have been calling up Mr Rosaiah and informing him about the developments on a regular basis and seeking his guidance,” a senior CMO official pointed out.
Back in the state headquarters, the Chief Minister’s close confidant and National Disaster Management Authority member, Mr M. Sasidhar Reddy, has been assisting the Chief Minister in monitoring the cyclone besides the revenue minister, Mr D. Prasada Rao, and the chief secretary, Mr S.V. Prasad.
The Chief Minister held a tele-conference with all the collectors of the coastal districts in the morning and directed them to remain on high alert and focus on providing relief and medical assistance.
The government also brought in changes in channeling the flow of information. The chief secretary gave clear instructions to the state officials not to disturb the collectors by frequently seeking information and instead entrusted the task to the joint collectors and RDOs.
Though the government transferred the disaster management commissioner (drought), Mr S. Balasubrahmanyam, he was asked to continue to assist the relief commissioner, Mr Radha, and three more IAS officers were posted at the control room.