Delhi chief secretary assault case: Manish Sisodia equates IAS officers association with 'khap panchayat'

New Delhi: Equating IAS officers association with a "khaap panchayat" which issues "fatwa" against the Delhi government, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on Lt Governor Anil Baijal for "backing" officers boycotting meetings with AAP ministers over the alleged attack on the chief secretary.

File image of Manish Sisodia. PTI

File image of Manish Sisodia. PTI

Sisodia's remarks came a day after Baijal wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, saying the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash by MLAs on 19 February has sent "shock waves" among all sections of government employees across the country and had a demoralising effect on the bureaucracy.

Citing Baijal's letter, Sisodia said when an IAS officer goes to the L-G claiming he was scolded by an AAP minister, he wipes his "tears" and despite his "uselessness", the L-G encourages him to boycott meetings, saying he is standing with him.

"You (L-G) were requested (by the Delhi cabinet) to order some officers two days back to attend meetings, but despite this, you wrote a letter to the chief minister, which suggests that you are openly supporting the fatwa of IAS association under which junior officers are being forced not to attend meetings and speak to ministers", Sisodia said in his letter to Baijal.

Claiming non-payment of salaries to anganwadi volunteers for three months in his three-page letter in Hindi, Sisodia continued to fire salvo at Baijal, saying: "You are the Lt Governor of Delhi. You have also been an IAS officer, but I request you to stop seeing things through spectacles of an IAS officer."

"Think about a three-year old child who goes to anganwadi, but his teacher has not got salary for the last three months."

Baijal, a former bureaucrat, has also been a former Union home secretary.

In the letter, Sisodia demanded action against officers who are responsible for non-payment of salaries to anganwadi workers.

"I have tried to calmly make them (officers) understand, but they are not relenting. If they would have been sensitive, there would not have been non-payment of salaries to volunteers.

"If I scold them, they would approach you to register their demoralisation in your diary. If we say more, their IAS association issues fatwa against us like a 'khaap panchayat'," he said.

Earlier in the day, a joint forum of the Delhi government employees also welcomed the L-G for asking the chief minister to take officers in to confidence.

The forum reiterated its demand to seek apology from Kejriwal and Sisodia for the alleged assault on Prakash by some AAP MLAs at the chief minister's residence.

The IAS and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers have not been attending meetings with Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues since the alleged assault on the chief secretary.


Updated Date: Feb 28, 2018 18:37 PM

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