AAP vs bureaucrats: Days after alleged assault, Delhi Chief Secretary to attend meeting with ministers, but sets this condition

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New Delhi | Published: February 27, 2018 3:22:22 PM

The controversy over Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash's alleged confrontation with AAP MLAs at the chief minister's residence last week refuses to die down.

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With controversy over Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash’s alleged confrontation with AAP MLAs at the chief minister’s residence last week refusing to die down, the former has written a letter, saying he will attend today’s meeting of council of ministers on budget session only if there is a categorical assurance that there will be no physical attack and verbal assault on the officers.

In the letter, the chief secretary wrote, “The Delhi Government employees are working with full vigour and want that normal functioning of the Government should not suffer. Since finalising dates of the Budget session and passing of Budget are important for the functioning of the government, I along with by concerned colleague officers, will be attending the said meeting. However, this is based on assumption that the CM will ensure that there is no physical attack and verbal assault on the officers. It is also hoped that in the said meeting, proper decorum is maintained and dignity of the officers will be protected.”

The AAP government in Delhi had earlier proposed live streaming of all meetings between government officials and Cabinet ministers, as well as placing all details of file movement and file noting online so that public could also see them, Indian Express reported.

Delhi bureaucrats have avoided attending meetings since the incident, keeping communication with ministers restricted to written channels only. The AAP government said that the step proposed is in response to officers’ demand for more “safety during the meetings”, and will also help to “increase accountability of officers”.

“There is a scheme which the Delhi government has proposed where teachers have to be given tablets. That scheme has been shuttling between the IT, education and finance departments. This is simply because officers are delaying the matter. If these file notings are made available online, it will become clear to the public,” an AAP leader was quoted as saying by the paper.

A joint forum of Delhi government employees has also appealed to the Delhi L-G Anil Baijal and Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik to take action against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia on the alleged assault.

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