The controversy over the sudden repatriation of Member (Finance) of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) Ashish Joshi to the Central government refuses to die down, as Joshi has written to the Delhi Chief Secretary, outlining the humiliation meted out to him.
In his letter to Chief Secretary K K Sharma on April 17, Joshi elaborates on how the repatriation letter was delivered to him in person by a “special messenger” around 8.50 pm on April 16. The letter also elaborates his failure to understand the reasons of his sudden repatriation and the abrupt action against him.
“The orders were delivered to me at 8.50 pm on April 17. In the morning, the vehicle attached to Member (Finance) did not come (to pick me up). I called the driver, but his phone was switched off. Then I called my PA, who told me that orders were issued to not send the official vehicle to pick me up. I was shocked and came to office in my personal car to complete the handing over of files. I have been treated as a clerk despite being an SAG-level officer. This matter should be inquired into,” the letter stated.
The letter further lists Joshi’s objections to the manner in which he was repatriated. “While it is the prerogative of the government, I fail to understand the urgency to have the orders delivered to my residence late at night. I was not provided even a day as courtesy to collect my personal papers from the office. It has been extremely humiliating.”
Joshi said he even spoke to the director of administration, Raghav, the same night and found out that his orders were issued after working hours ended. “I can only assume that the orders were sent from the top,” Joshi said in the letter.
Joshi has also questioned Sharma’s role in the government. “I would like to know, that as head of the bureaucracy, was your concurrence taken to repatriate me? On March 29, I was simply asked not to attend to work as member secretary of the Delhi Dialogues Commission (DDC) by secretary to the CM Rajendra Kumar…,” Joshi stated.
Joshi came to the Delhi government on deputation for three years in 2014. Nine months into his service, he has been repatriated.
In the letter, Joshi also listed out his achievements during his tenure at DUSIB such as the efforts he made to streamline systems and processes in its financial management, nightshelter management and preparing a report on a slum free action plan for Delhi.
As member secretary DDC, the letter stated, he got the commission to function. “I paid Rs 1,000 from my own pocket to get two MTNL landlines installed in the DDC,” he said.
Joshi also said he used his contacts in the Telecom ministry to kickstart the work related to WiFi.
Joshi, however, refused to comment on the issue.