Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has directed the chief secretary to replace Directorate of Information & Publicity (DIP) chief Jayadev Sarangi with another officer citing the latter’s department had failed arrange a Facebook Live event for him. Sisodia has written a letter stating Sarangi’s non-performance and asked chief secretary M M Kutty to initiate proceedings for dereliction of duty against him, according to Indian Express report.
Sisodia wrote that the job of the DIP is to publish information to establish continuous communication between the public and the government — a task that needs to be handled very professionally and creatively and delivered in time to have the desired impact. Sisodia had claimed that Sarangi had failed to do the work assigned to him. Sarangi had that said he was not aware of the letter and that the DIP would work as instructed. He, however, had refused to comment on the allegation of non-performance and dereliction of duty, according to Indian Express report.
It has been learned that Sisodia had wanted a Facebook Live event so he could interact with traders about their demands ahead of the GST council meeting on June 11. The DIP declined citing lack of specialisation. It had said that an open tender is required for the event.
“I was aghast to read that. Why do you need open tender for FB Live? You only need an internet connection and a camera (even a phone camera would do). You do not need to spend a single penny. This means that this officer neither knows what FB Live is nor has a desire to learn. It is really shameful that the DIP of the capital does not know what FB Live is,” Sisodia said in the letter.
The letter also cited an instance in which the DIP had refused to give permission to an advertisement campaign of the Delhi government on the recently-introduced minimum wages in the national capital. The AAP government had on May 31 asked the DIP to present a 360 degree plan to publicise the government’s historic increase of minimum wages. Sisodia said despite emphasising on the need to aggressively reach out to people, there was no response from the DIP.
Subsequently, the Delhi government had also directed the DIP, on May 30, to put up hoardings across Delhi and place ads in radio to publicise that government schools have performed very well. Sisodia wrote that Sarangi has neither put up hoardings nor done FM ads.