A day after the IAS and DANICS associations resolved to raise their voice against “humiliation” of officers posted in the Delhi government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia lashed out at the associations of bureaucrats, saying, “Is this an IAS association or a political association?”
The confrontation between the AAP government and the AGMUT-cadre IAS officers’ association comes two days after health secretary Chandrakar Bharti was pulled up by health minister Satyendar Jain and CM Arvind Kejriwal on Twitter, after he allegedly expressed his inability to go to LNJP Hospital on Sunday citing unavailability of a car.
Jain had tweeted, “Shameful. L-G has appointed the most incompetent, useless n insensitive IAS officer as health secy.”
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On Wednesday, Sisodia said, “Did the association discuss the health secretary not reaching the hospital even when there was a death and shortage of ventilators? Yeh toh Ola, Uber ka zamana hai, auto le sakte the ya khud drive kar ke aa sakte the. We won’t put up with all this. If the officer thinks he can lord over people, then he should get a transfer.”
He accused the association of politicising issues and never meeting to discuss procedural delays on government projects.
“They meet to discuss that the reaction of a minister and the CM was making them uncomfortable. They pass a resolution saying they don’t like the way the political leadership talks to them. The people of Delhi have given us a mandate to work for them. And for that we will talk nicely or sternly. If any minister asks for personal favours, we will shield the officers but if you (officers) don’t do the work of the people, you won’t be spared.”
Sisodia said that officers were sitting on files, including that of an out-of-turn promotion for Sukhbir Malik, father of Olympics medallist Sakshi Malik. Sukhbir works as a bus conductor in DTC.
“Sakshi Malik made the country proud. That is why the government had decided to promote her father. But this file is pending before an officer for three months,” Sisodia alleged.
But government sources said, “The DTC board held a meeting on September 2, where Sukhbir’s promotion was discussed. The board unanimously withheld consent for the promotion because it felt it was an unprecedented move to reward an athlete’s parent for a feat not achieved by him. So the board sent the file to the transport department’s top command…”
Taking a tough line, Sisodia said, “Either work so efficiently that people are not inconvenienced on weekends, otherwise be prepared to work 24×7.”
Secretary of the IAS association Manisha Saxena said, “The government has to work according to rules and norms. It is not in our DNA to confront, politicise or escalate matters but we all have personal dignity that should be maintained… Just because an officer said he cannot reach (the hospital) immediately, he should not be maligned on social media.”