The Discord between the AAP ruled Delhi government and Office of the Lieutenant Governor on the appointment of bureaucrats appears to be manifesting itself in the department of health and family welfare.
Minutes of at least four meetings held by the Health Minister Satyendar Jain in October indicates that absence of the Health secratary Chandrakar Bharti, AGMUT-cadre IAS officer serving as environment secretary. Bharti was appointed as the health secretary by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on August 30, replacing Tarun Seem, a non IAS-officer appointed by the AAP government.
With raising questions on the Health secretary’s ‘responsibility towards people’, Bharti claimed that he had not received notices for many such meetings.
From the minutes of an October 10 meeting it is known that while the names of 14 senior government officials were present, Bharti’s name didn’t feature in the attendance list. With no reasons for absence of the health secretary in most of such meetings, minutes of the October 19 meeting recorded that Bharti was ‘in a discussion with principal secretary (law)’.
On a statement to the Indian Express, Bharti told, “There are many meetings for which I don’t receive notices. In case of an overlap of two meetings, I always ensure that the senior-most special secretary attends the meeting. I might be on leave or engaged in inspection during that time. It never goes unrepresented. These things should not be person-specific.”
Two weeks before the appointment of Chandrakar Bharti as the Health Secretary, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia requested the Lt Governor for the continuation of Tarun Seem in the post but Jung overruled the request.