AAP vs bureaucracy again? Delhi Chief Secretary revokes govt's transfer order
The Service Department of the Delhi government had on January 29 issued the transfer order of Chief Secretary's OSD Ramvir Singh.
New Delhi: Days after the transfer of his OSD by the Delhi government, Chief Secretary K K Sharma has revoked the order stating that the ruling AAP did not seek his permission in the matter, thus opening another flashpoint in the continuing turf war between the government and bureaucracy.
The Service Department of the Delhi government had on January 29 issued the transfer order of Chief Secretary's Officer-on-Special Duty (OSD) Ramvir Singh and placed his services at the disposal of the Gopal Subramanium Commission of Inquiry which is probing the alleged irregularities in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) affairs.
In his order issued yesterday, the Chief Secretary (CS) said, "Services Department has issued the order of transfer of such an important functionary of the office of Chief Secretary without seeking prior and formal permission of the Chief Secretary."
Sharma said the requirements of the office of the Chief Secretary, amongst other things, include dealing with sensitive and the confidential matters need to be handled by a competent official enjoying the trust and confidence of the CS.
"Delhi Chief Secretary, as the official head of civil administration, has to perform multifarious functions and it is imperative that his office functions smoothly and efficiently. Now therefore, the undersigned is of the considered view that any change of incumbent in the post of OSD to CS at this stage is unwarranted.
"And I therefore hereby order cancellation of the order (transfer of Ramvir Singh) with immediate effect," Sharma said in his order.
Earlier on December 31, Delhi government bureaucrats had gone on mass leave to protest against the suspension of two DANICS-cadre (Delhi, Anadaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Services) officers.
The action was taken against Yashpal Garg, Special Secretary (Prosecution), and Subhash Chandra, after they refused to sign a file pertaining to the Cabinet decision to increase salary of public prosecutors.