It was once considered to be one of the most coveted bureaucratic posts in the capital. Today, the crucial post of home secretary in the Delhi government has been vacant for nearly three weeks, as there are reportedly not too many takers for it.
Home Secretary S N Sahai is away for a month and will resume charge in November. While several senior bureaucrats were asked to become the acting home secretary in the interim period, all of them categorically refused, said sources.
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The bureaucrats are reportedly wary of being caught in the cross-fire in the endless feud between the Delhi government and the Centre, said sources. The home secretary will have to avoid over-ruling the directives of the Delhi government while following the instructions of the Lt Governor at the same time, they said.
“The pressure on home secretary will be enormous….. not following orders can make some very powerful people your enemy,” said a senior bureaucrat.
While junior officers have been directly sending files to the minister concerned, most matters related to governance need a final approval from the home secretary.
Names of some candidates, including that of transport commissioner Parimal Rai, have been sent to the Lt Governor and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for approval, said sources.