Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s order of transferring senior officials has left Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal angry and fuming at the Centre. Though not the first time, Arvind Kejriwal blamed the central government of creating hurdles and went on accuse Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “hell bent” to “destroy” Delhi.
LG Najeeb Jung ordered transfer of several senior officials engaged in flagship projects of the AAP government, like Mohalla Clinic and Education sector.
Health secretary Tarun Seem has been replaced with IAS officer Chandrakar Bharti while Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as new PWD Secretary in place of non-IAS cadre office Sarvagya Srivastava. This is the first major reshuffle by the Lt Governor in Public Works Department (PWD) and Environment and Health Departments.
Recently, the Delhi High Court had settled the question over power equation in the capital with its ruling that the Lt Governor is the administrative head of the national capital territory of Delhi.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had requested LG Jung not to transfer Seem and Srivastava as they were handling flagship projects – setting up of mohalla clinics and construction of new school buildings — of the Kejriwal government.
“Today, several officers transferred by LG directly. Files not even shown to CM or any minister. Is this Modi model of democracy?… Manish Sisodia requested LG not to transfer these two officers looking after works of setting mohalla clinics and new schools till March 31, but he (LG) did not relent,” Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.
Reacting strongly to the transfer order issued by the LG office, Sisodia too took on the Centre and blamed it of creating hurdles in the functioning of the AAP government.
“We have got to know that Modiji has asked LG on phone to transfer these two offices. Modi can go to any extent. If education and health quality deteriorates, Modiji will be responsible for this,” the Deputy CM of Delhi said.
In another order, the Lieutenant Governor has created approving authorities for transfer and postings of officers of IAS, DANICS and DASS cadres, Principal private secretaries, suspending all previous orders of the AAP government.
In the order, Jung said the LG will be the approving authority for transfer and postings of IAS, DANICS, All India Service Officers, equivalent officers of central civil services. But for DASS Grade I/II, principal private secretary, senior personal assistant, the Chief Secretary will be the approving authority.
(With inputs from the Agencies)