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Give me Goa Chief Secy, let officers not decide: CM to Rajnath

Arvind Kejriwal has now proposed the name of K K Sharma, Chief Secretary of Goa.

Arvind kejriwal, Rajnath Singh, manish sisodia Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia meeting Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: PTI Photo)

With the Union Home Ministry rejecting his choice of officer for the post of Delhi Chief Secretary, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking him to “take decisions… in the interest of democracy and people”.

Kejriwal wanted to bring in Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi but the ministry declined the request, saying Negi was too junior and not empanelled in the required pay scale. Last week, Kejriwal met Singh since he wanted a replacement for D S Spolia who retired on February 28 — S N Sahai is holding temporary charge.

On February 27, Singh wrote to Kejriwal asking him to choose one from three IAS officers of the UT cadre suggested by the ministry.

Rejecting their names, Kejriwal has now proposed the name of K K Sharma, Chief Secretary of Goa. It is now for the BJP government in Goa to give a green signal for Sharma’s transfer to Delhi.

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In a letter to Singh, Kejriwal said: “When I met you, your officers had objected that Ramesh Negi is 13th in the seniority list, and if he is appointed to the post, there would be discontent in the remaining 12 officers. But when Ramesh Negi was appointed as CS of Delhi, did these officers object then also… of the 12 officers, some are posted in the Centre and other posts and they are happy with their present assignments, and not available to become the CS of Delhi. Out of these 13 officers, only 3 or 4 are available to become the CS of Delhi and if Negi is appointed to the post, then only these 3-4 officers will be unhappy.

People of Delhi have given a historic mandate to make the present government. This time, people of Delhi have huge expectations from this government. If their expectations are not met, then 2 crore people will be angry. So the question arises, do we make entire Delhi suffer because few officers will be angry with the decision… I think we should listen to our officers, we should consult them also, but we should take decisions… in the interest of democracy and people.”

First published on: 02-03-2015 at 03:29:30 am
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