Senior government officials — including secretaries and head of departments (HODs) — are buried in paperwork as they race to meet a deadline set by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Jung had asked these officials to go through all the files cleared by their department, and find those for which prior approval of the Lt Governor was required but never sought by the AAP government.
The order was issued in the wake of the Delhi High Court’s verdict on August 4, which stated that the capital was under the administrative control of the Lt Governor. It had asked Delhi government officials to ensure that a list of such files reaches the LG’s office by October 7. Though some departments have already submitted the files to Jung’s office, they have not handed over a concise list of the documents, said sources.
The order stated, “All HODs of the above mentioned departments are hereby requested to confirm through file monitoring system or otherwise that the requisite files have reached the office of Lt Governor, Delhi”.
“A list of such files, which were submitted by the departments but have so far not reached the office of the Lt Governor till date (along with the present status of pendency at various levels) be submitted to secretary of Lt Governor,” it added. Jung’s office also issued directions to government officials who are yet to submit their files.
“ As for those files that have not been submitted as yet, they should also be immediately furnished to the office through appropriate channels.
The exercise should be completed by October 7, 2016, and compliance report be submitted by October 10,” stated the order.
The order comes days after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to the Lt Governor, urging him to discontinue the scrutiny of these files by a three-member committee set up by Jung, pointing out that the case is pending with the Supreme Court.
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