Amid the noisy confusion over who has the decisive say over Delhi’s bureaucracy, some of the IAS officers who were recently transferred have refused to join in their new positions without the approval of a “competent authority”.
Sources said the transfer orders were sent out after the May 21 notification from the Ministry of Home Affairs — which purportedly gave powers of transfers and postings to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
It is learnt that officials have written to the chief secretary to “clarify” the situation and have marked the letter to the Lt-Governor.
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The chief secretary has reportedly assured the officials of a speedy solution to the impasse.
In the three postings since the May 21 notification, the chief executive of DUSIB, Amar Nath, was given additional charge as secretary health on May 25, whereas Parimal Rai, who was awaiting posting, was deputed principal secretary social welfare on May 27.
The same day, Anindo Majumdar — who was removed from services and locked out of his office for issuing orders announcing Shakuntala Gamlin as the acting chief secretary — was transferred to become CMD of Delhi Finance Commission.
He was shown as “awaiting posting” in May 27 order issued by the Services department. The other two have also not joined yet.
The officials, however, could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. The Lt-Governor’s office, meanwhile, said they were waiting for officials papers on these postings to arrive from Delhi government.