On Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung ordered the transfer of several senior officials of the Delhi government to various departments. This action prompted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to brew up accusations against the Centre for meddling.
Following the Delhi High Court order that has stated that the L-G was the administrative head of the city, this has been the first major bureaucratic reshuffle in departments, including health, public works and environment.
From the various petitions sent to the High Court, which delivered its verdict on August 4th, included the petition sent by Kejriwal’s government, challenging the Centre’s notification on May 21, 2015, that put “Services” under the command of the L-G.
Some of the changes include Health secretary Tarun Seem who has been replaced by Indian Administrative Services (IAS) officer Chandrakar Bharti and now Ashwani Kumar has been appointed as the PWD secretary in place of Sarvagya Srivastava.
Following High Court orders, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia requested Jung not to transfer the above mentioned two officers as they were handling some of the more ambitious projects of AAP, such as setting up mohalla clinics and the construction of new schools.
However, the transfer order invoked a rather sharp response from the government with Kejriwal pointing fingers at the Centre saying Prime Minister Narendra “Modi is hell bent on destroying Delhi through LG.”
“Today, several officers transferred by LG directly. Files not even shown to CM or any minister. Is this Modi model of democracy?” Kejriwal tweeted.
He also added that the LG did not pay heed to Sisodia’s request of not transferring PWD and health secretary till March 31st.