Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday alleged that 90 per cent of IAS officers “do not work” and that, at times, he feels development was “stuck at the secretariat”. Kejriwal maintained that despite the bureaucracy’s alleged “objection” to regularisation of contractual workers, his government would regularise all such workers within a day.
Kejriwal, while speaking at a function organised to felicitate pensioners of the Power Department, alleged that IAS officers “obstructed files” of development works. “Ninety per cent of them (IAS officers) do not work and hold up the files,” he said, citing his proposal for the regularisation of contractual employees, as chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Council.
“When I proposed regularisation of contractual employees, all the officers opposed me. They said if regularised they won’t work. I said, if this is the logic then all IAS officers should be ad-hoc because they do not work,” he said.
Referring to the cashless health service for the Power Department pensioners, Kejriwal said he has learnt that officers were causing obstacles for the scheme. He said the labour department has been asked to prepare a notification for regularising contractual employees.
“I have asked the Labour department to send the draft notification for the L-G’s approval. If he obstructs it, they (contractual employees) will give him a befitting reply (khaat khadi kar denge),” Kejriwal said. Talking about his government’s proposal to regularise guest teachers — passed recently in the Delhi Assembly — he said that the matter was now in the L-G’s hands.
“We have sent the file to the L-G. Now, it is between the L-G and the guest teachers and they can settle it between themselves,” the chief minister said. Kejriwal also said his government was working to implement equal pay for equal work. “We are working on it and my request to you is that if he (L-G) causes any obstacles in it, you will need to sort it out,” he said.