The row over the appointment of the member secretary of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) was further aggravated on Wednesday after two member secretaries — one appointed by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung and the other asked to continue in the post by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal — staked claim to the post.
In a statement issued by the commission, it said, “In a complete violation of the orders of the Chief Minister, the WCD and Social Welfare Secretary Smt Dilraj Kaur today informed the Commission that she has assumed the charge of Member Secretary of the Commission. The Commission has reiterated to her the directions of the chief minister and has rejected her joining.”
The commission added, “The assumption of charge by Smt Dilraj Kaur, Secretary SW/WCD, despite explicit orders of the Chief Minister barring the same is a mockery of the democratic setup of Delhi as envisaged in the Constitution of India, GNCTD Act 1991 and Transaction of Business Rules 1993. She has been directed to refrain from joining the Commission.”
DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote a letter to Kaur on Wednesday, in which she stated: “Your unilateral joining as Member Secretary DCW despite a clear decision of the GNCTD is illegal and cannot be accepted. Your non-compliance of Hon’ble Chief Minister’s orders may be viewed adversely both by the Commission as well as the GNCTD. Your joining report is therefore rejected. You may wait for the final outcome in the matter.”
On December 9, Kejriwal had written to Jung stating that he had directed the chief secretary and the DCW not to implement the L-G’s decision to appoint the secretary of the Women and Child Development (WCD) department Kaur as the member-secretary of the DCW.
Kejriwal stated that P P Dhal, who has vast knowledge and experience in issues related to women, would continue to hold the charge in officiating capacity.
Last year, the AAP government and the L-G were similarly at loggerheads over the appointment of Delhi’s home secretary, leading to two IAS officers — Dharam Pal and Rajendra Kumar — being simultaneously appointed to the post. A similar situation had arisen months later, over the appointment of the Anti-Corruption Branch chief, with the L-G appointing M K Meena to the post, and the AAP government refusing to accept the decision and maintaining that S S Yadav was the ACB chief.