In a move that can aggravate the tension between the AAP-led Delhi government and the Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, the latter on Friday stripped senior officer Tarun Seem of his charge as the director general of health services. Seem, who took over as the DGHS October last and was piloting the AAP government’s ambitious ‘Mohalla Clinic’ project, was relieved of his “temporary” charge.
Attacking Jung over the removal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “This is quite sad. All efficient, honest officers are being marked and removed systematically. Dirty politics.”
This is quite sad. All efficient, honest officers are being marked and removed systematically. Dirty politics https://t.co/4ughSw3yme
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 1, 2016
According to sources, the move was taken as Seem had delayed printing of information and education material for awareness about malaria, dengue and chikungunya. However, denying these allegations, Seem said that his record had been “without a fault.”
The order from LG’s office stated that “Dr Beena Khurana, CMO (SAG), shall look after the charge till a regular incumbent is posted.”
Seem, a 1992-batch IRS officer, is said to be close to Delhi Health Satyendar Jain who had lauded him for leading the ‘Mohalla Clinic’ project, a pet scheme of Arvind Kejriwal government for providing affordable, high quality healthcare to people near their residence.