Delhi war raises issues of decency in governance & insulating officials

Whatever be the provocation it is wrong to lock out officials for discharging their duties

prahlad

Prahlad Rao | May 19, 2015 | New Delhi


#Delhi   #governance   #Arvind Kejriwal   #Najeeb Jung   #chief minister   #lieutenant governor   #bureaucrats   #officials  

The powerful have to have a necessary quality, restraint. But in the Delhi drama, most lacking aspects are restraint and decency in governance.

The tussle between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung over the appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary of the national capital has resulted in the display of blatant power.

And the victims are the officials and conduct of government business.  The war has affected the officials ability to work and that they were being forced to choose sides between the state government -- with the prospect of facing action no matter which side they pick.

Locking of official chambers to keep the officials out of their working place is most blatant misuse of power and the person responsible should be punished for obstructing the work of a government servant.

The issue is with the president of India now and Kejriwal is meeting Pranab Mukherjee at 6 pm on Tuesday.

The chief minister is likely to discuss the role and jurisdiction of the office of lt governor’s office and all “unilateral decision” taken by Jung. The LG is also empowered to seek the president’s reference for immediate action to resolve the conflict of interest.

The Delhi government has also directed all its employees not to follow any direction coming from LG’s office without its nod.

To get back at Jung, Kejriwal had removed principal secretary (services) Anindo Majumdar, who had issued her appointment letter of Gamlin on LG’s order. Hitting back, Jung revoked the Anindo’s suspension order and reinstated him.

Following this, the AAP government on Monday locked the senior official out of his office and replaced him with the chief minister’s Secretary Rajendra Kumar. Jung declared the appointment “null and void” arguing that he had not approved it. Another bureaucrat, special secretary (services) Ashutosh Kumar, also found his office locked.

The bitter face-off took a ugly turn on Monday night with the AAP government directing all its officials to apprise the Chief Minister or ministers concerned about any oral or written direction from the Lieutenant Governor's office before following them.   

Whatever be the transaction of business rule (TBR) under which the Kejriwal government is mounting its attack, the basic courtesy is missing in the whole drama.

Comments

 

Other News

Ordinances promulgated to boost agriculture

 After the announcement of the decisions by the government for reforms in the agricultural sector for raising the income of the farmers as part of the ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the president has promulgated two ordinances with the aim of giving a boost to rural India for farmers engaged in a

How Covid-19 can be a boon to slash tobacco disease burden

 The two-month Covid-19 lockdown has been both a bane and a boon for India’s 27 crore tobacco users. With tobacco not included in the list of essential goods and many states explicitly banning chewing tobacco over concerns of spitting, the sharp drop in availability has forced them to undergo wi

Maharshtra braces to face Cyclone Nisarga

 Even as Mumbai fights challenges posed by COVID-19 on multiple fronts and as the  coronavirus cases continue to rise daily, the city now faces a double whammy with the cyclone ‘Nisarga’ slated to make the landfall in Maharashtra Wednesday. A state-wide alert has been issued for Mumba

Harnessing the demographic capital: how effective are skilling programmes?

Probing data concerning increased job creation and the decline in unemployment has been holding the attention of economists and been subject of discussions in several think tanks in the preceding months. The NITI Aayog reports that 3.53 million new jobs were created between September 2017 and February 2018

It`s time to Unlock now, with economic focus

With Lockdown 4 ending Sunday, the home ministry has issued new guidelines to fight COVID-19 and for phased re-opening of areas outside the Containment Zones. The guidelines, issued based on extensive consultations held with states and UTs, will be effective from June 1 till June 30. The first phase of reo

Small kitchen gardens turn saviours for Gujarat tribal families

When the whole world is fighting COVID-19, food and nutrition security has become a major issue. The pandemic has aggravated the existing food crisis in India, especially in rural and tribal regions. There has been less availability of fresh foods in most parts of the country, and the tribal community has



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter