New Delhi: AAP MLA Alka Lamba on Tuesday alleged that Home and Finance Secretary SN Sahai was working to "weaken the elected government" of the national capital.
In a letter to Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, Lamba said that Sahai was unhappy with Delhi government's decision to scrap Rs 800 crore project under Shahjanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC).
"In a meeting of SRDC held on September 23, 2015, whose members are Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, Finance and Home Secretary SN Sahai and SMDC's MD Faiz Hasmi, were present. The meeting lasted for around one hour following which the Deputy CM and PWD Minister left and directed to continue with the meeting.
"The moment meeting commenced, SN Sahai started questioning the decisions of government and convince others to do the same. He was upset over Delhi government reversing the decision of scrapping Rs 800 crore projects," Lamba claimed.
Despite repeated attempts, Sahai was not available for comment.
Incidentally, last week the Delhi government and DANICS were at loggerheads over suspension of two officials, following which the DANICS officers association had taken a decision to go on one-day mass casual leave as a mark of protest. The AGMUT-cadre IAS officers association too extended support to the DANICS officers association.
Lamba, who is a Parliamentary Secretary to the Delhi government, further stated in her letter that she had said that the tram project in the Old Delhi would cost Rs 800 crore and take 3 to 4 years whereas starting an electric tram service would incur only Rs 20 crore and take only 6 months to a year to implement.
"Since this (the option of electric tram) would cost less time and money, all members gave their consent. But Sahai said that he is Finance Secretary and it is only he who will decide whether to spent Rs 800 crore or Rs 20 crore.
"I was surprised. How could an officer of the Delhi government talk like about his own government," Lamba alleged in the letter.