Citing instances of Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung’s name being misused “to get work done in various offices/agencies”, the office of the Lieutenant-Governor had issued a memorandum to clarify that no such phone call or meeting should be entertained. The memorandum also stated that those entertaining such calls will be held liable.
The memorandum, a first of its kind order to be issued by the L-G’s office, further stated that if the request on behalf of the L-G seems genuine, it should be verified with his office first before being adhered to.
The memorandum, a copy of which was accessed by Newsline on Saturday, was issued by the private secretary to the L-G, Vishwendra, on January 10. “This office is getting information that the name of Hon’ble Lieutenant-Governor, Delhi, is being used by people to get their work done in various offices/agencies”,” it stated.
“This memorandum is to clarify that no phone call or meeting is to be entertained where his name is being referred to. Officers who are influenced by any such references will be personally liable for any acts of omission and commission made by them,” the memorandum stated.
While no specific reference has been made to the department or office where the L-G’s name has been misused, the memorandum has been sent to the Chief Minister’s Office, the chief secretary, government of the National Capital territory, the vice-chairman of the Delhi Development Authority, the Delhi police commissioner, the chairperson of NDMC, the commissioners the North, East and South Municipal Corporations.
The L-G’s office said in case a situation arises where the L-G’s name is used, the matter should be verified with the office. “In case the officer feels that a request is genuine, it should be verified with the undersigned,” the memorandum said.