April 8, 2015 2:04:29 am
Indian Post and Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service (IP&TAFS) officer Ashish Joshi, who was dropped as member-secretary Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) on March 29, wrote to Delhi chief secretary K K Sharma on Tuesday putting “recent unfortunate and humiliating incidents” on record.
Joshi, member-secretary (finance) at the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), in an email sent to Sharma on Tuesday said: “Last few days have been traumatising and unprecedented for me as a civil servant. I feel totally humiliated and demoralised.”
The email, sources said, was also copied to the secretary to the Lt-Governor, the chief minister, senior bureaucrats and DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan. Joshi wrote that he was asked to relinquish his additional charge of member-secretary DDC over the phone on Sunday, March 29. The call, as stated in Joshi’s mail, was made by Khetan followed by another call by secretary to CM, Rajendra Kumar.
“The instant reason for the decision of Mr Khetan to ask me to relinquish was that I was unable to issue orders to the AAP volunteers working on casual basis in DDC…,” Joshi wrote.
When contacted, Joshi refused comment. Sharma, however, confirmed that he had received Joshi’s email. “He has raised a couple of matters but on what exactly he wants from the administration, more clarifications are required from Mr Joshi,” Sharma said.
The email further said, “As it became difficult for me to handle single-handedly secretariat work/logistics, I requested VC (vice-chairman) DDC to allow a person to assist me casually, similar to AAP volunteers, till such time as the regular staff was made available… and the process of engagement of facilitators was completed. But it was denied. I sent him message on WhatsApp that “I would like to have my own team to handle secretariat work….We need to look beyond just AAP volunteers” as the best persons out of the applications received would need to be selected in terms of transparency and requisite qualifications for the type of work required in DDC.”
Citing another incident, Joshi wrote, “On the evening of March 19, three persons barged into the Delhi Dialogue Commission Building conference room (drawing room of the bungalow is used as conference hall).”
Joshi said he questioned the three. His email read, “One of them replied and asked me ‘Tu kaun hai (Who are you)?’. I informed them that I was the member-secretary. They started laughing and shouted at me and said ‘Hum kaun hai ja kar bahar Sanjay Singh sey poochh (Ask AAP leader Sanjay Singh who we are)’. Mr Sanjay Singh and Mr Ashish Khetan, VC DDC were sitting outside on the lawn. I went outside and informed (them) that the three persons sitting in the conference room had misbehaved with me.”
According to Joshi’s email, the three were asked to go outside and he went back to his room. The email, said, “After, eight minutes, I was called outside by Mr Ashish Khetan …I was asked to take a seat by Mr Sanjay Singh and then reprimanded by Mr Singh for not showing proper respect to the three AAP volunteers. It was one of the most humiliating experiences in my entire service career… Mr Khetan, my immediate superior, did not intervene.”
Khetan had earlier rubbished the claims made by Joshi and said that a new member-secretary would be appointed soon.
Khetan was unavilable for comment on Tuesday. Singh did not revert to calls and messages sent by Newsline.
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