AAP Govt refutes IP&TAFS officer Ashish Joshi charges

New Delhi, May 9 (PTI) The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government today refuted the charges levelled by former Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) member-secretary and IP&TAFS officer Ashish Joshi, and alleged that the officer has been running a “systematic vilification campaign” against it.

Former Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) member-secretary Ashish Joshi
Former Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) member-secretary Ashish Joshi

The government said it took strong exception to the attempts being made to trivialise the reasons for relieving Joshi from the additional charge of member-secretary of DDC and his repatriation to his parent cadre.

The government also alleged that Joshi has been “harassing” its officials since he was relieved from his additional duty and has been making “unsuccessful attempts” to contact its officers through e-mail and on telephone.

“The officer concerned (Joshi) is supposed to be aware of the conduct rules of service. There are clear instances of multiple violations of these rules by this officer, which have now been duly communicated to his parent cadre,” the government said in a statement.

Normally, the government does not react to insinuations by individuals, but in the present case since the officer has been running a “systematic vilification campaign” against the Delhi government based on false allegations, the government has decided to make a public statement, it said.

“The government has apprised the concerned central government department about specific instances of misconduct and misbehaviour by Joshi, his attempts to interfere in the functioning of its various government departments and adverse comments made by him against senior officials,” it said.

It also alleged that Joshi also appears to be spreading “confusion” about his deputation from the Centre to Delhi Government.

“Deputation is an arrangement between lending and accepting departments of the officer concerned, which can be discontinued in cases of disagreements and lack of faith in a particular officer,” the government said.

The former DDC’s member-secretary had recently alleged that he was repatriated in violation of the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) orders of 2010.

Replying to a recent press release issued by the AAP government, 1992-batch Indian Post & Telecommunication Accounts and Finance Service officer, Ashish Joshi had said, “There is an urgent requirement of ‘vipassana’ and ‘anapana’ practice/training by one and all in Delhi Government.” When contacted, Joshi refused to comment on the issue.

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