In a letter written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal alleged that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is in India, most of his time is spent in subjects related to the Delhi government.”
He was responding to a letter received from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), seeking details of officers and consultants engaged by the government.
The chief minister said, “I am happy to know that the Prime Minister takes so much interest in the Delhi government. The Prime Minister spends a lot of time abroad. But when he is in India, most of his time is spent in subjects related to the Delhi government.” Kejriwal told Singh he had consulted legal experts and he was told that according to the Constitution, the Centre has no authority to ask for information about officers and consultants working in the Delhi government.
He said that the Centre can, however, write a letter to a state government and seek any information just like a state government can do the same.
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“You have asked how many IAS cadre posts are occupied by officers from other cadres. In my knowledge, there should not be more than two to four such officers. I am sure that you have sought similar information from Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chandrababu Naidu, Vasundhara Raje, Devendra Fadnavis,” Kejriwal stated.
Home Ministry sources said the Centre was well within its rights to ask for details on the status of All India Services officers as the MHA is the cadre controlling authority for Delhi. They added that several IAS officers deputed to the Delhi government are awaiting postings while Group A officers were holding secretary-level posts.
They pointed out that the Home Ministry has no role to play in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra — whose chief ministers were mentioned by Kejriwal in his letter — as they were full-fledged states.
According to sources, while Delhi has a sanctioned strength of 58 IAS officers, the Home Ministry had provided 93 such officers to Delhi, of whom many were still awaiting their postings.
In the same letter, Kejriwal asked Singh what measures the MHA had taken against the rising incidents of rape and deteriorating law and order in Delhi. He said the home ministry must have certainly sought a reply from the Lt Governor over the rapidly increasing crimes in Delhi and requested Singh to give him a copy of Jung’s reply.
“Until you hand over the control of Delhi Police to the elected government, please take out at least one hour every day to address the law and order problems faced by the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal wrote.