Delhi officials plead for peace but AAP raises heat with a terror tweet

Officers' association passes resolution on recent events urging conducive atmosphere

GN Bureau | May 21, 2015

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There seems to be no attempt being made to create an atmosphere of congeniality that will go a long way in building trust that is necessary to make an administration to perform as one unit. In Delhi, the officials and politicians continue to hurl loaded words at each other.

On Wednesday, the IAS officers deplored the way their colleagues in Delhi were being treated in a power struggle between chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung. This was a natural reaction of the bureaucrats being made to suffer for implementing orders.

On Thursday, a member of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) sent out a tweet that seems bad in taste and fails to appreciate the anxiousness of the officials, who may be expressing sentiments of all the employees. AAP leader Ashutosh tweeted on Thursday "IAS association was sleeping like Kumbhkaran when home secretary and foreign secretary were humiliated and removed."

The tweets reference was to the sacking of the two top bureaucrats by the BJP-led government at the centre earlier this year.

The IAS Officers' Association had met to discuss the escalating turf war between Kejriwal and Jung, resulting in ugly precedent being created in the corridors of the power. One official was publicly criticized and another was locked out of his office.

Among those present in the meeting was Shakuntala Gamlin, whose appointment by the Lieutenant Governor last week triggered the controversial war. Kejriwal alleges that Gamlin had favoured power distribution companies and acted against public interest.
Read More: LG has power to appoint & transfer steno to officer, says Jung’s letter to CM

The officers passed a resolution saying: "We view with anguish the way IAS officers have been treated and subjected to character assassination, we condemn it."

Kejriwal and deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had met with officers on Wednesday morning.

The association’s unanimous resolution urged Jung, Kejriwal and union home minister Rajnath Singh to create a conducive atmosphere where officers could function in a free and impartial manner.

“We view with great anguish the way IAS officers have been treated, publicly humiliated and subjected to character assassination in public, we can only condemn it,” Umesh Sehgal, Former Chief Secretary read it out to the media persons. “We urge the Lieutenant Governor, the Chief Minister and the Home Minister to create a conducive atmosphere where officers can function in a free and impartial manner,” he added. (Also read: LG-Chief Minister fight escalates, Najeeb Jung declares appointments made in 4 days void)

“Urge Delhi Government to operationalise civil services board to make recommendations on posting and transfers of IAS officers as directed by the supreme court,” he added.




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