Kejriwal, Sisodia take battle to PMO after civil servants go on one-day token strike

New Delhi: With over 200 civil servants on strike in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was dictating the functioning of Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and civil servants in Delhi.

 Kejriwal, Sisodia take battle to PMO after civil servants go on one-day token strike

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. PTI

He said the officers of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) and the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) "have become full fledged B-teams of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)".

At least 200 senior bureaucrats of the Delhi government went on a day's protest leave here over the suspension of two senior officers of its home department for refusing to sign on a file pertaining to a decision of the state cabinet to increase the salary of government lawyers.

A Delhi government spokesperson said Yashpal Garg, special secretary for prosecution, and Subhash Chandra, special secretary for prisons, have been suspended. The action came after Garg and Chandra refused to sign a file pertaining to the cabinet decision to increase salary of public prosecutors, the spokesperson said.

Under the law, only the lieutenant governor of Delhi can suspend DANICS-cadre officers, with permission from the Union home ministry.

The mass leave stands to threaten the implementation of the odd-even formula, as a number of the officers in question are involved in the 1 January implementation of the road-rationing plan.

Mincing no words Kejriwal said that the time has come to replace bureaucrats with "professionals and sector experts".

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also took to Twitter to take on the Centre and the bureaucrats.

With IANS and PTI input

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Updated Date: Dec 31, 2015 16:12:11 IST