MOST of the Haryana Regional Transport Authorities (RTAs) are dens of corruption and this fact is widely known in the state. And, the RTAs lobby is so powerful that they can take on the Chief Minister himself. But, recently, it has come to notice how a wise and mature officer can avoid trouble for his Chief Minister. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar wanted to take action against RTA officers who were caught red-handed violating the rules and allegedly taking bribe. It is learnt that the Haryana Civil Services lobby virtually threatened the Chief Minister that if any action was taken against the RTA officers, the HCS officers will go against the move. They pleaded that if small mistakes and aberrations in the working style of the RTAs were not ignored, it will be difficult to work in the field. Not only this, the powerful HCS lobby threatened that they will expose the complete transport business which is run by BJP supporters. The threats infuriated the Chief Minister and he wanted to teach a lesson to the RTA officers. Good sense prevailed. The CM’s Principal Secretary Rajesh Khullar a 1998-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, advised Khattar to desist from taking any stern action as they need sympathetic government machinery in the election year. Realising the importance and practicality of this advice, Khattar just admonished the officers and averted any confrontation.