Delhi’s IAS association refutes AAP’s claim of strike by officers

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Members of IAS association of the AGMUT cadre, (L-R) Varsha Joshi, Manisha Saxena and Director DIP Sarngi Dev address a press conference to refute claims made against IAS officers for being on strike, in New Delhi on Sunday, June 17, 2018.  (Photo: PTI)

Members of IAS association of the AGMUT cadre, (L-R) Varsha Joshi, Manisha Saxena and Director DIP Sarngi Dev address a press conference to refute claims made against IAS officers for being on strike, in New Delhi on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Photo: PTI)

Amid Aam Aadmi Party’s protest march on Sunday, Delhi’s IAS association refuted the claim that its officers are on a strike and alleged they are being targeted and victimised.

Addressing a press conference at Press Club here, the IAS association termed the allegations and false and baseless.

Revenue Secretary Manisha Saxena, along with Transport Commissioner Varsha Joshi, South Delhi District Magistrate Amjad Tak and Directorate of Information and Publicity Secretary Jaydev Sarangi held the unusual conference and said that the IAS officers in Delhi are “working with utmost sincerity and dedication”.

The officers also said that they are apolitical and neutral and their job is to implement the policies of the government.  “We are answerable only to the law and the Constitution,” they said.

“We have been targeted and victimised and told that we are working with someone. We would like to inform that we are not on strike,” Saxena said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, accompanied by his deputy Manish Sisodia and ministers Satyendar Jain and Gopal Rai, have stayed put at the Lieutenant Governor’s office since Monday, demanding that LG Anil Baijal should direct the IAS officers to end their “strike”.

“We all are in our offices doing our work, conducting inspections and everybody is working with utmost sincerity and dedication,” Saxena said, adding that the “abnormal situation” forced them to address the press and clarify their stand.

The officers denied the charge that the secretaries in the Delhi government are not answering the phone calls of ministers and MLAs and said that none of the phone calls go unanswered.

“Delhi has a unique position and it is something on which we have no control….We neither support any political party nor we are against any political party. We work as per law and Constitution,” Saxena said.  The officers said that they would not attend those meetings which they feel would be “unsafe”.

Meanwhile, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal assured the officers that he will ensure their safety and security with all powers and resources available at his command. He expressed concerns over the safety issue raised by IAS aassociation in press conference. He said it his duty to make sure that officers feel safe. He also underlined that similar assurance was given earlier to many officers meeting him privately.

They were apparently referring to the alleged assault of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by some AAP MLAs during an official meeting at Kejriwal’s residence on the night of February 19.

Saxena also claimed that she had got a threat in the past but did not elaborate.

(with agency inputs)