New Delhi: Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday wrote to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung seeking disciplinary action against Environment Secretary Chandraker Bharti for the delay in issuing the draft notification banning Chinese manja in the national capital.
In his letter to Jung, the deputy CM said that Bharti has "failed" to issue the notification before the Independence Day despite the fact that Environment Minister had on 5 August approved the same and thereafter Lt Governor had given his nod to it and termed it as "gross negligence" of primary duty by the senior civil servant.
On 15 August, kite strings claimed three lives — two children and a 22-year-old man — after their necks got slit while a Delhi police sub-inspector was injured.
"The lack of timely action by the Secretary Environment Chandrakar Bharti has resulted in unfortunate loss of a precious life on the outer ring road on 5 August," Sisodia said.
"Accordingly, it is proposed that honorable L-G may take necessary disciplinary action against the delinquent official who is found to be absolutely insensitive to the safety of our citizens on a matter (banning of glass-coated thread) which is being followed by the high court," Sisodia said.
On Tuesday, the Kejriwal government issued a draft notification banning sale, production and storage of Chinese manja. Violation of directions will be punishable with imprisonment of up to five years or fine which may be extended to Rs 1 lakh or with both.
"The proposal (of notification) of the Environment Minister through my office was sent to LG on 5 August and Lt Governor had approved the same on 8 August.
"The file was received from the LG office on 9 August and the same was duly processed at deputy CM's office, environment minister's office, chief secretary's office and was sent to environment secretary on the morning of 10 August for issue of notification," he also said.
An official said that as the Lt Governor is the in-charge of Services, he should seek clarification from the official concerned.
The deputy CM said that safety of Delhiites is non-negotiable for the AAP government, and that kite flying though dangerous is a popular activity in Delhi especially during the festive season of Independence Day, Raksha Bandhan and Makar Sankranti.