Published On: Fri, Jan 29th, 2016

Delhi govt bans bureaucrats from issuing oders

New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Delhi government banned bureaucrats from issuing orders, notifications, instructions and circulars.

 Delhi city Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday.

Delhi city Health Minister Satyendar Jain banned bureaucrats from issuing orders, notifications, instructions and circulars

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on January 21 ordered all secretaries – principal, special, joint and deputy – to refrain from issuing any order without his approval.

“…no notification or order or circular or any other instrument would be issued by the Health & Family Welfare department, without the concurrence of the minister- in-charge,” an order undersigned by Jain said.

As per the transaction of business rules, principal secretaries are the administrative heads of the government departments in Delhi government to issue orders, notifications, instructions and circulars.

Sources in the health department said that with the implementation of these orders, the minister has paralysed senior officers.

“Now for every minor issue, we will have to seek permission from the minister. Though, we don’t have any issue, but the process of getting the issues cleared will become cumbersome. The minister is already busy with many other things. It will now take more time to get even a single order passed as files would require to be routed through his office,” a senior government official said.

The minister has also decided and re-allocated the work of all secretary-level officers.

Health officials said that this is the first time that a minister has interfered with the functioning of the health department in this manner.

From maintenance and planning to taking decisions on human resources, the minister has reallocated the duty of every secretary.
There was no response from Jain’s office, despite repeated attempts.

“We, government servants, work under secretaries and not under any minister. The administrative head is the secretary. This is basically dictatorship,” another government official said.

As per the official process, all policies and decisions are first decided at administrative level and then sent to the minister-in-charge for approval and in the bureaucratic set-up, officials cannot bypass their administrative boss and report to the minister directly.

Most of the work is basically done by secretary-level officers.


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